Posts tagged: Boeing Aerospace
Oops. Pilots who fly one of Boeing's very large 747 Dreamlifter aircraft made a mistake yesterday, landing at the wrong airport, then being stuck overnight.
As spotted on Wired.com, the pilots thought they were landing at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas, but instead landed at another nearby airport.
“The modified jumbo jets hopscotch the world picking up sections of the 787 Dreamliner and flying them to the company’s factories in Everett, Washington and North Charleston, S.C. … They landed several miles away at Jabara airport. (airport code AAO).
No big deal? Big deal: The runway at Jabara is only 6,101 feet long, a bit shorter than the 747′s normal takeoff requirements,” the Wired report noted.
You might try the interesting audio recording of the ground to pilot communication on the Wired page. Fun stuff, how they call the plane “Giant 241.” The pilots don't even know the name of the airport they landed at.
Sidenote: McConnell is the Air Force's selected site for the first fleet of the new KC-46A air tankers.
If you or a good friend works at the West Plains Goodrich brake production site, watch this video. It will make you feel proud of American technology.
The video, produced by Boeing and found on YouTube on Wednesday, shows what happens when the Boeing 747 Dreamliner is forced to abort a full-speed takeoff on the runway.
The massive kinetic energy of the aircraft has to be slowed by carbon wheel brakes developed and made by Goodrich, at plants such as the one we have on the West Plains.
Quite a feat. Feel free to share this video.