INNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3782 posts, RR: 59 Posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 43742 times:
Hi, sorry if these photos have been posted before, but that landing is amazing! Very good work!
Who needs a 150' or 200' wide strip?
Actual shots are from a fairly impressive landing operation. One of SAA's
first B-747s retiring to Rand Airport, South Africa (elevation 5568 feet
with 4898 long x 50 feet wide
runway!) The 747-100 outer-to-outer main gear tire width is
41.33 ft. Empty aircraft Vref was 115 kts! Right on the center line. An inch
is as good as a mile. Nice work.
Haan From South Africa, joined Aug 2004, 289 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 42784 times:
You can see the B747 parked at Rand in these pictures.
If you visit SA at all one day, you have to go to Rand airport
and visit the B747. Great place to take your children for the day
or someone who has never been near a B747. Well done to
the SAA museum for keeping the B747 classic spirit alive..
SA006 From South Africa, joined Sep 2003, 1883 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 40111 times:
I think I flew what was ZS-SAN's last ever commercial flight...GRJ-JNB on November 23...not sure if this was its last ever commercial flight but very near the end of its career.
http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/big/ready/ZS-SAN_742_GRJ_Dec.jpg (linking doesn't seem to be working for me )
Have a pic of it on the 23rd in the queue.
It's a shame to see the 747-200's go...such lovely aircraft. Those pilots have alot of skill...when I went to see SAN at Rand (Note the pic in Andz's post) the guide was telling us the pilots said "It was like trying to land on a piece of liquorice." . If you want to know what it must be like to land a 742 at rand fire up your flightsim and give it a go .
Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8506 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 30516 times:
A interesting sideline for those praising the flying skill, the captain on the left is Dennis Spence and he is an aerobatic pilot in his spare time, as are several other SAA pilots.
Iahcsr they tried using a tug brought from JNB which is not too far away but the tug lost traction on the grass, so they started the engines again and moved her under her own power, I couldn't stay to watch the whole operation but I believe some taxiing over grass was required.
[Edited 2004-10-17 20:53:53]
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