Jeffie813 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 238 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2018 times:
on january 29th while i was on my way to PBI to catch a flight i saw antonov or illushyn (it was something russian!) cargo jet taking off very low and heavy. it took it a good 6 miles to get above 1,000 ft. i was in such a state of shock that i couldn't even think about reaching for my camera.
Air1727 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 328 posts, RR: 9 Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1820 times:
It was actually common to have MD-11 and 777 subs with Delta flights to FLL and MIA. Same with Tampa.
South Florida does get its share of fog; advection fog; not the standard convection fog you see in valleys in higher elevations. Advection fog can occur in South Florida quite easily during mid-late winter season into early spring.
In the Alaska bush I'd rather have a two hour bladder and three hours of gas than vice versa.
MIAMIx707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1815 times:
I've seen a couple of rarities there: Most recently last week, First choice 757 landing from?? About at this same time the last 2 yeas i've seen an Air 2000 at FLL. Also the hybrid Star Airlines/Air Transat A320
other rarities I've seen at FLL:
Air Columbus 727 (kelowna flightcraft) operated for a few months
Caribbean Sun Dash-8
Nacional (Brazil) 737-200 probably returning from a lease
Reliant Airlines falcon? cargo jet
Geo Air Convair 580
Algerian Air Force Il-76 about 3 years ago
Lauda air 767-300 (back in 1995)
Balkan Bulgarian 767-200 around 95 or 96
MIA rarities would take me a while to remember all, too many...
DB777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 885 posts, RR: 47 Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1789 times:
Well, for MIA there were a couple of JetBlue A320's just this past week when FLL was fogged in.
MIA has had so many one rareties over time it isn't funny. Right off the top of my head I can think of:
The A300 demonstrator aircraft in 1973 - they parked at Eastern for a day or two for them to check out (I got onboard) and then at National for a day or two.
The Concorde demonstrator aircraft came in 1974 with British painted on one side and Air France on the other. They parked on an Eastern gate since Eastern was interested at the time and had models and paintings of a Concorde in Eastern's scheme in their offices.
Iraqi B747 freighter in the 80's (I have a photo in the database)
NASA Super Guppy carrying a damaged Navy fighter in the back (I have a photo(s) in the database)
BAe-146 demonstrator aircraft that put on one hell of an airshow over the north half of MIA in 1984, the same day Concorde started 3x weekly service on the LHR-IAD extension. We closed 9L/27R for the event. Photos to be scanned someday.
F-4 Phantoms and F-16's diverting from Homestead whenever their runway was closed due to FOD, incident, heavy rain, etc. They were always low as hell on fuel making them Alert II's.
Various Russian aircraft types hijacked on internal Cuban flights and forced to fly to MIA. Photo or two in the database.
An Iberia DC10 diverted to MIA one night in the mid 80's after takeoff from HAV to MAD and they suspected they blew some tires on takeoff out of HAV but they didn't know which gear. I used a high power portable spotlight on my ramp car to illuminate the main gear as they did a low flyby just to the north of the tower and we could see the right mains were blown out. He used every inch of 10,500 ft 9-left landing and left rubber from the touchdown point to the very end of 9-left. Photos somewhere to be scanned. Passengers had to be transported to secure area from the runway and held there until another aircraft could be brought in because no one had visas to enter the USA.
Various Saudi royal family aircraft (74's and SP's and L1011's)
Numerous USAF KC-10 tankers when Pan Am had a maintenance contract on them in the 80's
Japan Airlines used to stop at MIA for fuel only with DC8's enroute from Japan via Anchorage enroute to Brasil and on the return trip
RAF L1011 tankers and Nimrods from time to time - I have a circular crew patch decal from a Nimrod that says "236 OCU" on it
CammaCorp DC8-72 demonstrator
and all kinds of foreign dignitary and government aircraft over the years plus other diversions I can't think of right now.
Photographing aircraft since the Earth was flat and on Airliners.net since #338
MIAMIx707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1734 times:
very interesting accounts, especially the flashlight inspection! but why go through all that hassle, why didn't it continue over to madrid and land over there istead??
Also don't forget the many rare airlines that get their planes into MIA for painting, maintenance, delivery..
some of which end up lasting only a few months in business after their aircraft leave here: Swedeways, Africa One etc
MIAMIx707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (9 years 10 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1706 times:
whoa u got a tour of the biman bangladesh while i could only watch it and wonder if and when it would go out so i could get at least a record shot! lol
the Ted A320 was flying for united that day but Ted just started so unless they serve miami, it would indeed be a rare sight. By the way I don't spend much time at the wholes but I do go by MIA a lot and never see you or Graham, are you two invisible or something? hehe
DB777 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 885 posts, RR: 47 Reply 12, posted (9 years 10 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1690 times:
Very nice photos Ryan! I'm glad you're down there a lot catching the oddball stuff that comes into MIA.
Unfortunately Commodore Aviation will no longer be the reason for a lot of the oddball stuff as they're moving their operations to Rome, NY. There's still a couple of aircraft in their mostly closed up hangar, a 707 and a C-130 like your photo above and I imagine once those aircraft are done they're outta here. Fortunately there's still Avborne plus the maintenance companies in the old Pan Am hangars on the north side to attract a lot of oddball aircraft.
On the Iberia diversion question, it was the captain's decision to divert to MIA, perhaps after consultation with his company's ops control center. Maybe he had more confidence in the ARFF capabilities at MIA than that at MAD or HAV. And very likely he didn't feel comfortable crossing the pond with hot blown out rubber in the wheel wells that can sometimes ignite and create a disastrous fire. I don't know that he even retracted the main gear after takeoff and he sure wouldn't cross the pond with the main gear down.
Photographing aircraft since the Earth was flat and on Airliners.net since #338
Flymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 6790 posts, RR: 6 Reply 15, posted (9 years 10 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1566 times:
MIA does not really have many rarities. MIA must be the most diveresed airport in the country or atleast after JFK but i think it gets alot more different types. Especially all the old planes that come into MIA and all the Russian planes. And AF and IB A320's and A319's ERJ-145! Does not get any better. Just showing some of the Diversity!
Does anyone know if MIA still gets these giant ones?
Pmanchuk From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 115 posts, RR: 5 Reply 17, posted (9 years 10 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1534 times:
Delta 777's aren't that rare in FLL... twice in the past two years, the 767's I was scheduled to fly on up to ATL were swapped out with 777's last minute.
The one rare thing I personally saw at FLL was the Virgin Atlantic 747 that made an unannounced visit there sometime last year. I was actually driving up I-95 as she was lining up to roll... let me tell you I nearly got into an accident when I saw her there, right next to the highway.
Bluewave 707 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3147 posts, RR: 7 Reply 18, posted (9 years 10 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1485 times:
You guys in South FL, have some pretty interesting birds passing through. Keep your thread going. You guys post some cool photos from FLL & MIA. On behalf on the HNL spotters, we wish you success in your thread. God bless.
"HNL Rarities ..."
"The best use of your life will be to so live your life, that the use of your life will outlive your life" -- D Severn
MIAMIx707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 20, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1400 times:
Bluewave if we were to post pics of all the rarities MIA has had, just only in the past 6 or 7 years, the thread would be endless and my computer would crash
Flymia: "MIA does not really have many rarities"
-You're right, -if you are talking about scheduled airlines that don't go anywhere else in the US, yes unfortunately those years are long gone. Still, there are a few like TAM, Aerocontinente, TAMPA, ABSA..
What IS scarce is the number of (passenger) charter flights by international airlines not usually serving miami. But MIA makes up for that for the rare visitors that unexpectedly appear for maintenance, delivery or VIP flights etc.
-As far the the russian planes, the Antonovs come in once in a great while, they can be considered rare here. The Aeroflot IL62s are long gone (since 1998) from miami. Those ERJs145s above are very common now. The only Russians (now Ukranian) we get regularly are the Antonov-26 and An-12 which sometimes visit MIA but are based at the Opa Locka airport.
Sinlock From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1563 posts, RR: 3 Reply 22, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1358 times:
I totaly forgot!
About 3 years ago we (FLL) had an AN-124 in the "Antonov" colors come in to drop off two boats for Gulfcoast Marina. She landed up sitting on the ramp for 3 weeks near Term 3 (Term 2 back then) waiting for a load that went to Texas.
Back when you could look at Satilite Photos on mapquest.com the photo of Ft.Lauderdale Intl Arpt showed the AN-124 on the ramp.
I find it hard to believe that all the other FLL locals forgot about the -124.
(I'm suprised our "Pal" who moved to AZ hasn't chimed in.)
Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2592 posts, RR: 59 Reply 23, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1341 times:
The First Choice Airways/Air 2000 B757s that visit FLL (and also IAD) several times every year are operating round-the-world VIP charters in an all First Class configuration. The flight routing through FLL are generally on the way to/from South America.
Sinlock From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1563 posts, RR: 3 Reply 24, posted (9 years 9 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1311 times:
It's me again,
Just a small update. I read the captions on the these photos and there not 100% right. The Concorde was on her way to Buenos Aires, but it was the first leg of an around the world flight that was going to stop at over 17 cities and end at JFK on Oct 31st. Tickets for the full flight were $60,000