Lats night, a Boeing Dreamlifter mistakenly landed at Colonel James Jabara airport, rather than it's intended destination of McConnell air force base, just a few miles away.
Apparently the runway at Colonel James Jabara airport is just 1,860m long, while the Dreamlifter needs a runway longer than this for takeoff.
Boeing are currently investigating to see how they can get the aircraft back out of the airport.
Oh dear! I'd be keen to know exactly what they did to move it. Anyone know?
I live in Wichita, KS where the incident happened. They drove a tug from McConnell AFB to Jabara airport (KAAO) on public roads at 13 mph the 7 miles from McConnell to Jabara. The tug was needed to turn the airplane 180 degrees on the 100 ft wide runway, which took many back and forth interations.
The reason for the 180 degree turnaround is that the winds were out of the south when the plane landed by mistake at Jabara. While it was on the ground during the night a cold front moved thru the area, resulting in 30 mph winds from the north, and about 35 deg F. The cold temperatures and stiff wind helped to shorten the takeoff roll. The plane had landed and stopped at the south end of the runway, and took off from the south end to the north.
Interesting - thanks for the run-down on how the aircraft was 'freed'.
very interesting indeed! What would they have done if there was no wind, and it was a bit warmer? Looks like they lucked out on the weather!
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