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A 747 At Thunder Bay (CYQT)?  
User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4685 times:

The local Thunder Bay, Ontario news is reporting that a 747 is at the airport:

Several questions from Thunder Bay residents Wednesday night when a large jumbo jet landed at the Thunder Bay International Airport. And there are more questions now about what its doing here. The Boeing 747 is owned by a humanitarian organization called Global Peace Initiative. And its landing in the city came not as the result of an emergency, as some initially speculated...but because of a planned layover.

http://www.tbsource.com/Localnews/index.asp?cid=76101

The arrival of this 747 brings up a big question from me...HOW? As far as I know, no 747 has ever landed or taken off from YQT before.

I thought maybe the media got the airplane type wrong but...



Now this is cool...

The arrival of Global Peace One posed some challenges for the airport.

“We don’t have a ladder big enough to get in there,” Mazurski said.

Passengers on board left the plane through an avionics compartment under the front row of passenger seats, through the floor behind the nose cone, he said.


http://chroniclejournal.com/story.shtml?id=28051

Dang! I wish I could have seen this! I remember asking my dad if he thought a 747 could land at YQT and he thought maybe it could just do it, if the pilot plonked it down early and got on the brakes right away. Must be pretty neat to see.

[Edited 2005-07-15 01:06:53]

Dammit...why can't I get the title right!  Smile

[Edited 2005-07-15 01:07:40]


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User currently offlineERAU pilot From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4620 times:

Yeah I saw this flight last night on the Flight Explorer en route to YQT from CVG and was wondering what they were doing going to such a place. I was unaware that YQT was such a small airport, I guess the longest runway is only 6200ft. Being a 747SP I am sure the short runway won't be much of a problem. Should be a cool site though.

User currently offlineYOW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4389 times:

Wow that must have been quite the sight to see a 747 @ YQT. Up until now I guess the largest aircraft to ever operate into YQT is the A310 unless AC's brought in the odd 767 from time-to-time???

User currently offlineWG YQT From Canada, joined Dec 1999, 151 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4357 times:

AC had the 767 through here many years ago, so this is the biggest to date. In the meantime she sits their baking in the 33C heat hogging up the limited ramp space we have.

Cheers,
WG YQT


User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4313 times:

I remember seeing this plane before. It used to sit at MDT(Harrisburg Int'l, Pa) while it was being outfitted and painted.
I was kind of funny, when you would pass the airport on the highway bridge, and see this big white tail sticking up above the buildings.
I know that it left MDT sometime last year to start it's mission.
I guess it is as out of place in Thunder Bay, as it was in Harrisburg!

Russ



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User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4194 times:

Quoting WGYQT (Reply 3):
AC had the 767 through here many years ago,

I remember hearing about that from my dad. That was an emergency landing, right? It must be quite a sight to see that 747 on the tarmac. WG YQT, did you get to see it come in?



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User currently offlineWG YQT From Canada, joined Dec 1999, 151 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4163 times:

Sure did ScarletHarlot, it came in around 1900lcl, the pax on board used a stepladder to disembark as there is no ground equipment here for that size aircraft.
Quite the event let me tell you and of course the entire town has been to the airport to see the bohemeth.

Cheers!
WG YQT


User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4146 times:

Which way did it come in? Over the city? (Runway 25, is it?) Oh man, that would have been SO cool, and I bet everybody was having fits over this giant thing landing. How much of the runway did he need for braking?


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User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3981 times:

Quoting ScarletHarlot (Reply 5):
Quoting WGYQT (Reply 3):
AC had the 767 through here many years ago,

I remember hearing about that from my dad. That was an emergency landing, right?

Scarlet: Are you thinking of the famous "Gimli Glider" in 1983, or another AC 767 incident?


User currently offlineMyOthrCarsA777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3949 times:

First post on a.net, been reading here a long time...

I grew up in Thunder Bay, and my mom was a travel agent there. I remember the AC 767 at YQT, maybe in the late 80s. (You know, back when AC used to actually come to Thunder Bay.) It was subbed around Christmas time for the heavier loads, I think. Because she was a travel agent, she got invited by AC out to YQT to go and tour the plane, and even back then I loved aviation, so she brought me along. It was my first time in a widebody, and I thought it was the biggest and most beautiful plane I'd ever seen. I'm sure there have been diversions of 767s or other widebodies since then, but if anyone else was there that Christmas night when the 767 was in town, they'll surely remember how it was snowing and lightning that night, something almost as rare a widebody at YQT.


User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3896 times:

Quoting StevenUhl777 (Reply 8):
Scarlet: Are you thinking of the famous "Gimli Glider" in 1983, or another AC 767 incident?

Not the Gimli Glider. I thought there was one AC 767 that had an emergency landing in Thunder Bay. But per MyOthrCarsA777 above, it was on scheduled service. I think it had to be later than the late 80s, though, because I don't remember one coming in before I left Thunder Bay in 1990. I could, of course, be wrong though.



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User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3811 times:

Interestingly, it has now had its airworthiness certificate pulled...

http://chroniclejournal.com/story.shtml?id=28157

When it takes off is uncertain. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has pulled its permit to fly on the basis of failing to comply with airworthiness directives and improper maintenance.

“The aircraft now has no legal basis on which to fly,” FAA spokesman Paul Turk confirmed Wednesday.


And also...

Global Peace One incurred a $2,800 fee to land in Thunder Bay and has been billed, Schmidtke said. If the plane stays the anticipated four weeks on the tarmac, it’ll rack up $2,000 in additional fees.

$5000 to land and park a 747 for two weeks seems pretty darned cheap to me.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39898 posts, RR: 74
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3798 times:

Anyone in Thunder Bay going to take photos and submit it to the database?


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User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3774 times:

I don't know of many a.nutters in TBay...only WG YQT. How about it, WG?  Smile


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User currently offlineBmacleod From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 2290 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3629 times:

Looks like the shortened 'SP' version. A regular full size 747 probably wouldn't be able to land at YQT due to lack of runway space.


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User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3613 times:

Quoting Bmacleod (Reply 14):
Looks like the shortened 'SP' version.

Yes, that is correct.



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User currently offlineWG YQT From Canada, joined Dec 1999, 151 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3528 times:

The AC767's talked about would come through for peak period travel, I think I can remember two such occasions plus a medical emergency one in the late 80's early 90's.

As for the behemoth sitting here now. I have taken pics, that were denied, went and took more, now their two large, so I'll shrink them down and try again when I get a chance...

Cheers
WG YQT  Smile


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39898 posts, RR: 74
Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3526 times:

Quoting WG YQT (Reply 16):
I have taken pics, that were denied, went and took more, now their two large, so I'll shrink them down and try again when I get a chance...

Indicate how unique this photo is and that there is no such photo already in the database. They may cut you some slack that way. Also sweet-talking some of the scanner people also helps. Big grin



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