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User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5168 times:

What are some rare widebody visitors that have paid a visit to your local airport? These can be equipment swaps, charters (excluding sports teams), diversions, etc.

Over the years, MSY has seen numerous oddities. I've listed some of them below....

KLM (B747-400) *charter and diversion
British Airways (B747-400, B777-200) *diversion from IAH
Lufthansa (B747-400, A340) *charter and diversion
Aer Lingus (B747-100) *charter
Swissair (MD-11) *charter
Iberia (DC-10, B747-200) *charter
Lan Chile (B767-300) *charter
Varig (B747-300, DC-10) *charter
Virgin Atlantic (B747-400) * charter, as of January,2004
Britannia (B767-200/300) *returning shortly
Air 2000 (B767-300) *charter
TAM (A330-200) *charter
World Airways (MD-11, DC-10) *numerous charters
ATA (L1011) *charters to DUB,HNL, etc.
Omni (DC10) *charters to CUN
Tower Air (B747-100) *charter
American International (B747-100) *charter
United (B747-400) * "Fantasy Flight" for local school children
Volga Heavy Lift Cargo (AN124) *numerous visits
Airbus Industry (A300 Super Transporter)
Delta (MD-11, B767-400) *equipment swaps
Continental (B767-200) *equipment swaps


Steve in New Orleans







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User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5423 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5123 times:

The main oddity I can think of at CAE:

VC-25A (known in its civilian incarnation as a B747-200) called "Air Force One." Dubya has flown it into Columbia twice if I recall, once to a fundraising function and once to speak at USC's commencement last spring.



South Carolina - too small to be its own country, too big to be a mental asylum.
User currently offlineKAL744 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5088 times:

Several years ago there were some bigger diversion from FRA to DUS cuz of very bad weather situation on FRA. We got many B 747s like Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, .... It was really fantastic to see all the 747s at an airport like DUS at the same time.

User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5042 times:

The concorde was here (GUM) some years ago. I dont know if it would be considered a heavy, but it was definitely a rarity.

User currently offlineMD11Lover From Switzerland, joined Oct 2003, 444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4996 times:


When i was living in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, a DC10 belonging to the Government of Kuwait made an appearance. It was a thrill to the locals who were used to prop planes, 737s and 727s.

Md11Lover


User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4970 times:

NW 742 on Eagles charters at PHL...prolly more but I cant think right now...

Greg



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User currently offlineCospn From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Oct 2001, 1643 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4915 times:

Boeing 777 prototype it flew BFI-SPN-SIN.... they installed an A340 interior in the rear of the aircraft to show the difference in size..I heard the French were so mad they couldn't speak, I guess when billions are on the line, in sales anything goes.. Smile

User currently offlinePilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3152 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4882 times:

Last year, the 49ers flew into STL on a UAL 744. That was rare, the biggest plane they fly in otherwise is a 733.


DMI
User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4847 times:

Here at Adelaide INTL airport the rarest sights i have ever seen are:

-Antonov AN-124(Dec 2002)
-Brittania 767
-Garuda MD-11
-Garuda DC-10
-BA 747 classic
-USAF DC-9
-RAF VC-10
-RAAF F18 Hornet
-Evergreen cargo 747 classic
-Swissair MD-11(charter flight)


User currently offlineN754pr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4809 times:

Hong Kong gets all the heavy stuff on a normal day!!

Just these freighters for example yesterday.

2 x Atlas 747-200F
1 x Atlas 747-300F
2 x Atlas 747-400F
1 x Kalitta 747-100F
2 x Kalitta 747-200F
2 x UPS 747-200F
2 x UPS MD-11F
1 x JAL 747-200F
1 x Korean 747-200F
1 x China Airlines 747-200F
1 x Saudia MD-11F
1 x Martinair 747-200SUD(F)
1 x Northwest 747-200F
1 x Polar 747-400F
2 x Polar 747-200F

+ all the Cathay and Dragonair stuff.


User currently offlineAirblue From San Marino, joined May 2001, 1825 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4794 times:

In Milan Orio Al Serio (BGY):

LY B744 (charters from TLV, not often in the last two years)
VA A332 (some days to replace regular charters scheduled with A320)


User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4768 times:

As far as SFO, the VN 777 was a definite oddity. Although it should become a common sight in 2004 or 2005 when VN starts service to SFO.

User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4719 times:

Back in 1997 an Air France Concorde visited ZRH and not too long ago an Airbus Industries A340-600 came to ZRH as well ...


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User currently offlineJofa From Sweden, joined Apr 2002, 320 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4708 times:

Saudi Arabians visit with a 747-200 at Malmö Sturup - MMX is very rare i guess. MMX has one scheduled heavy a week, other than that we only get SAS 737/MD80's, Malmö Aviation Avros and a couple of charter 737/A320's.


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User currently offlinePortcolumbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1615 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4663 times:

at CMH:

Concorde (years ago)
UAL 747-400 Fiesta Bowl charter
2 NWA 747-200 Fiesta Bowl
Numerous ATA L-1011 Cancun + Fiesta Bowl
World MD-11 Fiesta Bowl
DL 767-200 CVG Divert
TWA 767-300 9/11 divert
VC-25A (AF1)

That's all I can think of off the top of my head.


User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7522 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4583 times:

Here in ROC,we get Fed Ex A300 & A310's daily since Fed Ex won the US Mail contract,but near Christmas we see anything from Kitty Hawk L1011's to Express.net A300's . I always check Flyecomm daily near Christmas to see waht's coming as they don't stay here long.


'Empathy was yesterday...Today, you're wasting my Mother-F'ing time' - Heat.
User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 16, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4564 times:

Steve,

You've been looking at my odd-airliners photo album again, haven't you!!! Anyway, I'll add a couple to the list:

Airbus A340 (prototype)
LTU MD-11

An excellent list, though!

Tom at MSY



"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
User currently offlineElectraBob From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 931 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4423 times:

Many years ago I was watching the action at DTW from the top of the old parking garage and a Heavylift Cargo Airlines Shorts SC.5 Belfast came in. The biggest prop plane I have ever seen.


Having a smoking section in a restaurant is like having a peeing section in a swimming pool.....
User currently offlineLeneld From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 606 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4404 times:

Here a list a oddities I've seen in Portland.....

Qantas 747-400
Atlas Air 747-400
Kalitta Air 747-200
Saudi Arabian MD-11
United Airlines 777-200
United Airlines 747-400
Volga Heavy Lift Cargo AN124
Evergreen Airlines 747-100
Tower Air 747-200


User currently offlineRB211 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 632 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4380 times:

KMGM

Airforce One President Bush
ATA-L-1011-500 Military Charter
Delta-767-200, 300er Auburn University Football Team




Airline photography. Whether they're fully clothed, butt naked, having issues or confused I'm taking pictures!!
User currently offlineFlyCMH From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 2287 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4346 times:

Also at CMH:

North American 767-300: Military Charter
USAirways A330-300: Military Charter
Omni DC-10: came in twice, once as a military charter, also as a Fiesta Bowl charter
Delta 767-300: diverted going to CVG from FRA.


User currently offlineVafi88 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3116 posts, RR: 17
Reply 21, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4274 times:

Here are some from DEN:

Volga Dnepr AN-124 a few times for large cargo I'm assuming
AA 767 Probably equipment sub or diversion
Il 76 Visit from some official
FedEx MD-11 instead of the usual DC 10
LH 747-400 Equip sub for about 3 months
BA 747-400 Equip sub
ATA 757-300 Equip sub
Northwest 747-200 for some odd reason.


I think, thats about it?



I'd like to elect a president that has a Higher IQ than a retarted ant.
User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7522 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4245 times:

Also in ROC,if you consider a 757 a heavy,we have gotten Al Gore in AF2,North American 75 and a DL & NW 757 . Also have seen C5A and C141 Starlifter here for the Airshow.


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User currently offlineLindy field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3129 posts, RR: 14
Reply 23, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4235 times:
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User currently offlineVectorVictor From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4207 times:

When the thunderstorms brew over DFW and Houston, San Antonio has seen diversions of

AA's 777 and 767s
CO's 777 and 767s

But, due to on-airport heavy maintenance facilities many unusual widebodies make an appearance like Air India A300 (for Ariana), European Air Charter 747s, ex-Iberia D10s, UPS 747s, UPS M11s, DL M11s, World D10s and M11s.


25 Teva : From time to time, AN124 and IL76 in CDG Teva
26 Zak : here at eddk we get il 76 and an124 on a daily basis and the an225 every few weeks. also iran air airbus a300 or 747sp on a weekly schedule. plus our
27 Usblue18 : Harrisburg Pa (MDT) has seen diversions from IAD, PHL, EWR, & JFK. Also since the runway is around 9,000 feet long Harrisburg sees a lot of Pilot trai
28 Tjwgrr : GRR/ KGRR (Grand Rapids, MI) One's that come to mind: NW A333- crew training NW 744- crew training & 9/11 diversion NW 742- crew training, promotional
29 Post contains links and images SA006 : Well here's a heavy I've seen at JNB a few times View Large View MediumPhoto © Sven De Bevere View Large View MediumPhoto © Sven De Bevere I
30 Ah414211 : Here are the one's that I'm aware of for BOI Delta MD-11 (Mechanical Diversion and a Military Charter) Delta 767-300, 767-200, 757 All Diversions Unit
31 Yx717pusher : In MKE our best days for heavies are when ORD shuts down due to thunderstorms... I've seen.... Lufthansa 747-400 and 747-200F United...multiple 747-40
32 Post contains images An-225 : We've had a few interesting ones. Plugfest time! That just about covers it. Oh, and UAL 744's have become a rather rare sight these days, but they'll
33 S.p.a.s. : For me the oddity Top-5 would be: 1) Aeroflot Armenian DC8-63 5N-HAS with Pluna Uruguay titles 2) Buffalo Airways CL-44 3) Cubana IL76TD 4) VC-25 9100
34 Flyguy1 : Here at JFK: Tam A330 Garuda A330 Air Algeria 767 AN-124
35 B777 : Garnetpalmetto, UPS flies its 747s into CAE during the winter holidays.
36 Post contains images A340pilot : There have been a few that have come into YVR: This one was an unfortunate way to arrive unscheduled(9/11): IM not sure if this is a regular schedule
37 Redngold : Any heavy aside from the UPS and FedEx A300-600s is an unusual heavy at CLE. redngold
38 Post contains links and images Superfly : San Francisco (SFO) Ilyushin Il-96-300 View Large View MediumPhoto © Bill Hough Another rare 'heavy' at our airport: Ron Jeremy. He was in town f
39 Coronado990 : SV 747's came into SAN a few times back in 1998 for what ever reason. One was heavy and took the entire 9400 feet of RWY 27 to get airborne. I really
40 FrequentFlyKid : At both CLE and ORF any heavy is unusual.
41 Post contains images KAL_LM : To add to PDX, Air Force 1 (ole' Slick Willy came to town back in 98(?), friends of mine did the lav dump on it... And for FLG, heavy? Something bigge
42 Coronado990 : KE 747 which had to land at TIJ during 9/11.
43 Srbmod : With Delta's retirement of the L-1011, ATA's L-1011s are a rare heavy @ ATL. Same goes with the A300 since FedEx doesn't fly them into ATL anymore (AT
44 Wedgetail737 : It's pretty rare to see An-124's in Wichita.
45 DeltAirlines : I've seen a couple of Northwest 747s in BOS before...either as troop transports, or as an equipment swap for a DC-10 on the AMS-BOS route. All have be
46 MSYtristar : Add one more notable to MSY: Air Force One on several occassions. It will return in December for the celebration of the Louisiana Purchase, with Presi
47 Dahawaiian : Saudia 747's carrying members of the Saudi royal family to HNL for a vacation a few years back. They parked about three 747's right next to the contro
48 Canuckpaxguy : I mentioned it in another thread yesterday, but I swear I saw a KLM 777 descending on YYZ last night. I didn't get a good look as I was driving on the
49 Airxliban : January 1, 2003. Saudi Arabian L-1011 at Nassau (NAS) Anyone know what it was doing?
50 UA777lover : This was a few years ago when I used to live in YQR. I was lucky enough to see the AF Concorde when the President of France was visiting. Also was abl
51 AV8AJET : PHX: LH 747-200's (going to storage) Varig MD-11's (going to storage) NW 747-200's (Sports charter) ATL: AN-124 UA 747-400 (mechanical diversion)
52 Copaair737 : while not my home airport, BIL has seen NW 744s and a KL 744 for a medical diversion.
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