STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16316 posts, RR: 52 Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1839 times:
Definetly a Guard Unit, Fort Dix handles pre and Post Deploments for Guard and Reserve Troops. They even built a new ramp from McGuire to Fort Dix so that they can load and off load troops and supplies right onto the Fort.
It's the first time I've seen WN doing one of these charters, it's usually World or ATA.
Would have loved to have gotten a pic of the Southwest iron there.
I actually designate MLI as an alternate for MDW and STL sometimes, since it's closer (and thus less fuel) than MCI.
I usually get a call from the crew, telling me that I made a "typo" by typing MLI instead of MCI, when in fact I meant Moline all along. Since the VOR there is MZV and it's a westbound fix departing MDW, nobody thinks about the airport itself much... Having worked there eons ago, I know it's a viable airport...
If I ever have to actually divert one there, I'll call ya...
Wjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 4594 posts, RR: 18 Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1500 times:
WN is a very substantial supplier of domestic (as opposed to long-range international CRAF) military charter. A significant amount of domestic military charter is moving guard and reserve units around for exercises. Hope this helps.
Atrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5623 posts, RR: 54 Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1466 times:
Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 5): I actually designate MLI as an alternate for MDW and STL sometimes, since it's closer (and thus less fuel) than MCI.
Hey- friend of mine who is a pilot for SWA he was flying into STL and he said dispatch called MWA as the divert airport into STL and MWA is only 15 minutes away from me, he also thought they meant MCI too. MWA is a viable airport as well and only a 2 hr drive, but why regionl airports? wouldnt BNA be the better divert, or SDF?
Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16316 posts, RR: 52 Reply 11, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1253 times:
McGuire Air Force base is humming today with chartered flights..
Champion Air 727-200 from Minneapolis/St.Paul (landed)
United Airlines 747-400 from Chicago Ohare (landed)
Berry Aviation, Inc Swearingen Merlin 4 from Harrisburg PA (en route)
Berry Aviation, Inc. "Berry" Swearingen Merlin 4 to Newburgh (SWF)
Air Transport International Llc DC-8 to Thule Air Force Base Greenland
Champion Air 727-200 to Norfolk Naval station
Evergreen International Airlines 747-200 to Frankfurt Main