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Shortest Ever Planned Flight  
User currently offlineLegoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3313 posts, RR: 39
Posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 8559 times:

Hey there, Does anyone know what the shortest ever planned flight is.
By this I mean...

Taking off and landing at different airports,
Experienced no problems,

I know of a flight by a Bucaneer that took off from RAF Aldergrove and landed at Langford Lodge with flight time being only 43 seconds. Any flights out there that beat that or come close?


Can you say 'Beer Can' without sounding like a Jamaican saying 'Bacon'?
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User currently offlineRaventom From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 269 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 8537 times:

When you meant short, you meant short didn't you!?


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User currently offlineLegoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3313 posts, RR: 39
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 8521 times:

Quoting Raventom (Reply 1):
When you meant short, you meant short didn't you!?

Yup  Smile shortest recorded flight between airports



Can you say 'Beer Can' without sounding like a Jamaican saying 'Bacon'?
User currently offlineAirlinebrat From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 652 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 8512 times:

Naknek to South Naknek, Alaska. The plane crosses the river and lands. Kids used to have to fly to the other side of the river to go to school. Not sure if they do anymore.


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User currently offlinePWM2TXLHopper From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1328 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 8415 times:

I'm not certain, but I seem to remember a scheduled flight between SFO and OAK in the 1970's or 80's. I also remember a story in the media at the time, about somebody who thought they had boarded one of these flights bound for Oakland, but after getting airborne realized he somehow had mistakenly boarded the wrong flight and he was really headed to Auckland, New Zeland by mistake.


Does anybody remember these flights across the bay linking SFO and OAK and who flew them? United?


At one time, I think it was AA, there was a MIA-FLL or MIA-PBI flight on 757's, although I forget if it was PBI or FLL.

Also, I remember about twenty or thirtey years ago DL operated jet service between BOS and MHT, which is about 50 miles by road, perhaps closer in a straight line.

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User currently offlineJpetekYXMD80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4389 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 8347 times:

Quoting PWM2TXLHopper (Reply 4):
, about somebody who thought they had boarded one of these flights bound for Oakland, but after getting airborne realized he somehow had mistakenly boarded the wrong flight and he was really headed to Auckland, New Zeland by mistake.

That was a Full House episode! Big grin



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User currently offlineCptSpeaking From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 639 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 8292 times:

Falwell field (W24) to Lynchburg Regl. Airport (LYH) in Lynchburg, VA...its a 5 mi. flight and there are constantly airplanes running back and forth between them, mostly student training and solo flights.


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User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8268 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 8281 times:

Westray to Papa Westray is the shortest scheduled flight in the world, as per the Guiness Book. I don't remember the shortest ever time but it was under 40 seconds.


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User currently offlinePWM2TXLHopper From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1328 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 8256 times:

Quoting JpetekYXMD80 (Reply 5):
That was a Full House episode! Big grin


Was it really?!? I hope it wasn't Bob Saget's character that was stuck on the flight.... 14 hours with him could really get to one. But seriously, I think there was a real life senario involving this situation.


User currently offlineJpetekYXMD80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4389 posts, RR: 29
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 8240 times:

Quoting PWM2TXLHopper (Reply 8):
Was it really?!?

Yeah, they were picking up DJ at the airport, and Stefanie and Michelle decided to get on the flight to 'Auckland' with a school group, thinking it was right across the bay. Rather sad I have this down pat, i'm aware.

Quoting PWM2TXLHopper (Reply 8):
I hope it wasn't Bob Saget's character that was stuck on the flight.... 14 hours with him could really get to one.

At least the a/c would stay spic and span!

Quoting PWM2TXLHopper (Reply 8):
But seriously, I think there was a real life senario involving this situation.

Hmm..before ANZ came recently, when was the last SFO-AKL nonstop?



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User currently offlineRobertS975 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 941 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 8235 times:
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I once took off in a C172 from Republic Airport on Long Island (FRG) and landed at Zahn's Airport about 600 yards away. Zahn's is long gone, of course.

User currently offlineUA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 8221 times:

I know of a certain owner of a fleet of jets that prefers to fly out of OAK than SFO for both price and convenience. All the flights come into OAK and then jump over to SFO where they are placed in their respected hanger. When they go out again, they jump SFO-OAK and leave from OAK to their destination. Probably 5-6x a week.

Matt



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User currently offlineDFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 8132 times:

American Eagle ferries two round trip ERJ flights each day DFW-DAL to move equipment and crews between DAL and DFW, as the DAL-AUS and DAL-SAT runs are isolated from the system. Just FYI the AUS-RDU service is not blended into the DAL service. These flights are not open for sale but they are scheduled each day. They vary between one and two flights a day--and it's just 7 miles!

User currently offlineAdam T. From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 957 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 8108 times:

Didn't CO at one time operate between IAH and Ellington Field? I seem to remember seeing that in a CO timetable from the early to mid 90s.

User currently offlinePHLAUA From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 8063 times:

CO did operate flight from IAH to HOU for a time. IIRC, I remember seeing pictures of a DC-9 with a special logo referring to the flight. I think they change to props before finally getting rid of it all together. It never did make sense to me.

User currently offlineSfomb67 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 8037 times:

Quoting PWM2TXLHopper (Reply 4):
Does anybody remember these flights across the bay linking SFO and OAK and who flew them? United?

I remember flying that route; SFO-OAK-ORD. It was a DC8-61. We left SFO, landed in OAK and when we pushed back at OAK, the ground crew noticed we had a flat tire. Somewhere around a 2 hr delay there, as they had to truck the replacement tire over from SFO.



Not as easy as originally perceived
User currently offlineSfomb67 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 8033 times:

Forgot to mention, yes it was United.


Not as easy as originally perceived
User currently offlineN353SK From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 822 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 8011 times:

What about the first flight, by the wright brothers, December 17th, 1903?

Quoting Wikipedia:
The repairs for the abortive first flight took three days, so that the Flyer was ready again on December 17. Since Wilbur had had his chance, Orville took his turn at the controls. His first flight lasted 12 seconds for a total distance of 120 feet (36.5 meters).


User currently offlineAviator27 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 8011 times:

United flew a DC-10 from SFO-OAK up until around the late 1990's (there abouts).

I flew on a Delta 767-400 from MIA-FLL, normal sceduled flight with passengers, also in the late 1990's.


User currently offlineDFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 7997 times:

Quoting PHLAUA (Reply 14):
I remember seeing pictures of a DC-9 with a special logo referring to the flight.

Yes, for a while, they outsourced to Emerald Air a DC9-10 that was "Houston Proud." I've got pictures of it in a photo album still! After a while, the HOU service went to the new Continental Express after 1989 and the Emeral Air DC9s were flying a lot for Royale on the SHV-BTR and SHV-MSY runs, plus some experimental SHV-OKC and SHV-MCI. They didn't repaint them, so often you'd see "Houston Proud" as a Royale airlines flight SHV-MSY. The other jets were either plain white or white and green. Emerald also flew under its own name on the East Coast as well until about 1992 or so.


User currently offlineHVNandrew From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 435 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7810 times:

BX did a HVN-BDR leg at the end of the day back in the early 90s. Roughly 15 miles.

User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3768 posts, RR: 19
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7806 times:

Just out of curiosity, has anyone ever operated a LHR-LGW flight?

How long (distance and time) was the BHX-LON flights before they were dropped?

The shortest scheduled flight I've flown was in duration of 6mins in Iceland  Smile

Rob!  wave 


User currently offline777WT From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 876 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7768 times:

Eastern did a 5-10 min flight with a L-1011, so short they left the landing gear down the whole way.

Can't remember the route it was on...


User currently offlineGeniusjacky From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 38 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7764 times:

IN 1998 when Hong Kong HKG move to the new airport, all the planes were flying from Kai Tak to the new Chek Lap Kok airport. That included all the widebodies like 747 to fly that approximately 18 miles route.

User currently offlineBobnwa From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 6471 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7761 times:

There has been scheduled service in the past by the major airlines between PIE-TPA which are about 8 miles apart.

25 Post contains images Airwave : According to the Great Circle Mapper, ABE - 1N9 (Queen City Municipal) is a 6 mile flight. As in CptSpeaking's case, a decent portion of the traffic b
26 Skyexramper : Back in the day when Air Wisconsin, was their own airline. Appleton to Oshkosh = 13nm.
27 Cschleic : The United OAK-SFO flights might have had to do with ferrying to and from maintenance. I recall them listing them in the timetable, under San Francisc
28 Post contains links MSYYZ : Take a look at this video : Syrian Airlines from Lisboa to Alverca ( 10 miles ) , Altitude :1500 F. Landing gear never retracted . http://www.flightle
29 YLWbased : when HKG was moving from Kai Tak to Chak Lap Kok. is a 20km flight
30 Toneale : I took a 727 flight on Braniff from IAD to DCA in the mid-80s. The flight originated at SAT, direct to IAD, dropped off a few, picked up a few, and fl
31 Post contains images SkyexRamper : Are we talking about revenue flights anymore? Or just planned in general for any purpose. Cause I've got numerous IFR flights of MWC-MWC to shoot app
32 N867BX : I flew LAX-SNA once. Can't remember how long the flight was but it was a bit quicker than driving.
33 Longhaulheavy : Only if he stayed in character! When he does stand up, he's as raunchy as it gets.
34 Atcman : There are a lot of bizjet repositions from BUR to VNY and back. If they use a visual approach it is less than 5 miles from VNY Rwy 16R to BUR Rwy 8.
35 Legoguy : Thanks for the replies. I guess the flight by the Bucaneer is the winner then with a flight of 43 seconds ...unless
36 HPAEAA : I know AA has ferried a/c from ORD to MDW.... but as far as scheduled service I think the HOU to IAH might take the cake...
37 474218 : In the 1990's TWA operated MCI-BUR-LAX (LAX-BUR-MCI). If you continued on from BUR to LAX you got 12 less frequent flyer miles.
38 Cardiffairtaxi : British Caledonian used to run a helicopter shuttle between LGW-LHR using a sea king if i remember right.
39 Thepilot : I know many people that fly BFI to RNT. This is a 4 mile flight. I wonder if some Boeing planes have flown that route.
40 Starlionblue : I think Westray to Papa Westray is shortest. Tahiti to Moorea is also very short. Scheduled at 2 minutes, but the record is under 1.
41 Raventom : How about the Wright Brother's first flight? That was scheduled and very short.
42 Post contains images Legoguy : True but it was not between two airports
43 White : I can remember scheduled flights of Pacific Western Airlines back in the 70's that went from the International airport in Edmonton Alberta to the muni
44 Tundra767 : What about the flight from Moorea to PPT? I flew it on Air Moorea Twin Otter its about 5min. or so if that.
45 LesMainwaring : Off and on, there has been skd ORF-PHF service --- UA, US and their predecessors (Capital, Piedmont) ... i once flew ORF-RIC (and on to DFW) on AA and
46 Jumbo747 : What about Chicago O Hare to Chicago Midway or vice versa. Has it ever been done in the past.
47 VV701 : Westray to Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands is also scheduled at two miunutes as part of the Kirkwall-Westray-Papa Westray-Kirkwall service operate
48 JetBlueAUS : They've also had IAH-EFD (Ellington) service on a ATR-42 and when they retired those it was on an EMB135. It was stopped in either the fall of 2004 o
49 Hinckley : In the early-eighties, I flew a Piedmont 737 Greensboro-Winston Salem-Atlanta. I was actually working in Winston Salem, but drove over to Greensboro b
50 Gsoflyer : GSO-INT is 19 miles as the bird flies. They flew 737 and 727 planes on this route. Both GSO and INT were big maintanence and crew bases for Piedmont i
51 Post contains images Aeroplan73 : Yeah but what was the inflight movie, and did you have the chicken or fish?
52 Aussieindc : The flight from BNE-HVB-(Maryborough)-BNE. The sector between Hervey Bay and Maryborough only takes 20 mins by car.
53 DFW13L : I've heard that Fedex schedules some OAK-SFO runs sometimes.
54 Diesel1 : On May 10th, Sunwing 737-800 C FTAE had a go at the shortest 737 flight between two airports, taking off from Cardiff and flying to St Athan. Unfortu
55 Teixeim : UAL had a ORD-ORF-RIC service in 1998 (or thereabouts). We got stuck briefly in ORF waiting for a stuck slat to be shaken loose for the 12 minute flig
56 Post contains links and images Rikkus67 : White... I have to wonder what flight level they took the 737-200 to from YEG to YXD ?! I have flown into the old "MUNI" from Lethbridge on a King Air
57 Emseeeye : I dont know what the time length is but just less than a mile even to the North West of MKC there used to be an airport called Fairfax Municipal. Sepe
58 FutureFO : CO did run an Be-1900 from IAH-EFD in the mid-90's. Maybe 4 minutes in the air. Shortest flight I have personally worked is CVG-DAY at 13 minutes in a
59 Scintx : When DL still had a DFW hub they had a flight IIRC that left SAT and landed at AUS and then to DFW. SAT-AUS is a very short flight.
60 SAA346 : Internationally ?? Would GF's old 73x service DHA to BAH count? I seem to remember flight time of about 10 minutes. It would have been quicker to the
61 Raffik : I flew Beirut-Damascus with JAT on one of their 737-300s and the flight time was 20 minutes. Quite short for a 737-300 I thought!
62 NZ8800 : Am pretty sure the shortest scheduled flight that remained operational was - as said - from Westray to Papa Westray in the Orkneys - two minutes.
63 StarGoldLHR : If you feel like a short Taxi ride in a 757... US airways flies PHL - BWI (80 miles) quite often
64 Jhooper : Are you sure it wasn't an L-1011?
65 Babaero : Here are a couple During SARS in Hong Kong. British Airways crews stayed in Macau for a period. Each night Cathay Pacific flew an A330 from HKG to MFM
66 Iluv727s : AA ferries A/C from DFW to AFW (and vice versa) on a regular basis. A 777 was ferried the other day with a whopping flight time of 4 minutes
67 Post contains images Rossbaku : I'll possibly be flying it in the next 2 weeks as I'm up that end of Scotland! I've been told by a friend who took the flight that Loganair and a few
68 JetBlueGuy2006 : If it was true, then they showed that type of story on an episode of "Full House" Stephanie and Michelle got on a flight to talk with this kids singi
69 Christeljs : Nah that was Mary-Kate or Ashley Olsen.
70 BatonOps : Allegheny/USAir/USAirways use to operate DC-9's and BAC 1-11's between ITH and ELM. 27.6nm.
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