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Boeing pilots mistakenly land huge 747 Dreamlifter at wrong airport in Kansas

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, 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.

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