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Largest Aircraft To Land On A Grass Runway?  
User currently offlineDogfighter2111 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1968 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 18734 times:

Heya,

Can anyone help me out by telling me, with pictures, what the largest passenger aircraft was to land on a Grass Runway/Strip.

I have seen a Fokker 100 perform a touch and go on a Crass Strip, so largest aircraft that has done a touch and go or preferablly a full landing. Can anyone provide info?

Thanks
Mike

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User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 18685 times:

I saw a video clip once of a TU154 doing a very bouncy landing on a grass strip. I will try to research it, and see if I can find it, but it has been a long time and not sure I can find it.

Russ



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User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9651 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 18658 times:

The Russian jets were designed for landing on unpaved fields. The Tu-154 definitely could land on unpaved runways and routinely did for years in the vast Soviet Union. I think the IL-86 was designed to be able to as well, but I don't know if it did. Sorry I don't have any pictures.


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User currently offlineSe210 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 112 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 18647 times:

InterFlug IL-62 DDR-SEG at Stolln - Rhinow

http://www.airvideo.de/videos/landung/il62_landung.rm
(Source: www.airvideo.de)

More information (in german)
http://www.otto-lilienthal.de/

[Edited 2006-06-24 00:32:08]

User currently offlineGQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 18623 times:

Isn't the C-17 capable of unimproved field ops? I don't know if this means grass, though. I don't think grass will hold alot of weight....

User currently offlineAfay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 18580 times:

I suppose you mean intentionally land on a grass strip, rather than, er, unintenionally. Didn't the Tu-144 land on a gravel/grass in order to be displayed?

User currently offlineLennymuir From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2002, 434 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 18527 times:

Larger than a Fokker 100 and very close to home:


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User currently offlineLennymuir From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2002, 434 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 18513 times:


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Of course, I've been to see DDR-SEG Lady Agnes as well at Stolln!

Landed on a grass strip and then hauled up the hill.

 Smile


User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 18495 times:

Quoting Se210 (Reply 3):
InterFlug IL-62 DDR-SEG at Stolln - Rhinow

Thanks Se210!
That's the one I was thinking of!

Awesome landing!

Russ



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User currently offlinePlanenutzTB From United States of America, joined exactly 9 years ago today! , 256 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 18495 times:

Quoting Se210 (Reply 3):
nterFlug IL-62 DDR-SEG at Stolln - Rhinow

http://www.airvideo.de/videos/landung/il62_landung.rm
(Source: www.airvideo.de)

More information (in german)
http://www.otto-lilienthal.de/

Holy s**t, what a landing. Can you imagine being a passenger? They build those Russian planes like tanks.



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User currently offlineDon81603 From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 1185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 18447 times:

Not sure if this qualifies, but didn't Boeing test a 707 (albiet with over sized tires) in a muddy field that could barely hold the weight of a passenger car?

I seem to recall reading that someplace. I'll dig around and see if I can find a link to something more substantive.



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User currently offlineGARUDAROD From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1517 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 18447 times:

How about the TACA B737 that landed on the levee outside of New Orleans
some years ago.
That was a grass runway. They had to strip the interior completely to
be able to fly it out.



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User currently offlineStarstream707 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 174 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 18266 times:

Quoting Don81603 (Reply 10):
Not sure if this qualifies, but didn't Boeing test a 707 (albiet with over sized tires) in a muddy field that could barely hold the weight of a passenger car?

Yes, the 707 prototype was flown to Orchard Field before it was renamed O'Hare. That flight was in the mid-50's and take-off was done at full power. The tires were sunk halfway into the mud.

It seems like I read this on the fliers they handed out that day Aug. 23 or 24, 2003 at BFI on the Dash 80's way to IAD. There were press kits handed out at the ceremony.


User currently offlineAfay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 18266 times:

Confirmed, the Tu-144 and indeed all the other jets present at Monino landed on its gravel strip.

User currently offlineSmokeyrosco From Ireland, joined Dec 2005, 2112 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 18172 times:

I've seen a video of an AN-124 landing on grass, it was a couple of years ago and i don't remember where but... I watched that video about 30 times, it just did not seem possible.


John Hancock
User currently onlineWNCrew From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1473 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 18143 times:

Quoting GARUDAROD (Reply 11):
How about the TACA B737 that landed on the levee outside of New Orleans
some years ago.
That was a grass runway. They had to strip the interior completely to
be able to fly it out.

This incident has always fascinated me, it's a shame I've only ever been able to find one photo and that there wasn't more documented about it considering it was a fairly big deal!



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User currently offlineGQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 18036 times:

Quoting WNCrew (Reply 15):

Care to share? Big grin


User currently offlineN353SK From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 823 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 17926 times:

I'm going to volunteer the C-130 since I have proof.



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User currently offlineThegooddoctor From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 523 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 17923 times:

Alaska has 737-200s that are equiped with special tires to do field landings (I think this means Gravel in most cases - but probably grass in some of the remote places in Alaska during the summer time).


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User currently onlineWNCrew From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1473 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 17906 times:

Quoting GQfluffy (Reply 16):
Care to share? Big grin



YAY! My first PHOTO post! I am amazed I figured it out!

[Edited 2006-06-24 07:13:30]


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User currently offlineUnited787 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2708 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 3 days ago) and read 17841 times:

Quoting PlanenutzTB (Reply 9):
They build those Russian planes like tanks.

Good thing it wasn't an MD-80, the tail probably would have fallen off
 duck 


User currently offlineDogfighter2111 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1968 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 17772 times:

Gee, thanks everyone for the replies. I had no idea that the russian builds were that capable. Also, that landing! Wow!

Well, thanks very much for all the info. And sadly we can't see the photo posted by WNCrew, but perhaps he can post the URL to it?

Thanks
Mike


User currently offlineQFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2077 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 17712 times:

If desert grass, ie dirt counts then this would take the cake. QF sent a 742 back to the QF mueum in Longreach Queensland.


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User currently offlineRheinbote From Germany, joined May 2006, 1968 posts, RR: 53
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 17658 times:

That's what the C-5 Galaxy was designed to be capable of. The landing gear of the An-124 looks even more suited.

User currently offlineNZ8800 From New Zealand, joined May 2006, 425 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 17649 times:

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 22):
If desert grass, ie dirt counts then this would take the cake. QF sent a 742 back to the QF mueum in Longreach Queensland.

Sorry - but it landed on the SEALED 04/22 1936 x 30m runway at Longreach - the dirt is from beside the runway, and from turning at the end - where I imagine it would have gone off the turning bay!!!
(And 747s can land on a runway that length, Qantas operated 747SPs into Wellington for years - RWY 19/36 1936x45m)

Here is the runway photo:


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Meanwhile, Kendell Airlines in the southern states was given permission to operate their SAAB 340 aircraft from grass runways; and I am pretty sure they did. Maybe one of the Australian members could help me out on that one!  Smile



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25 Post contains links WNCrew : http://www.airdisaster.com/photos/taca-msy/photo.shtml PS: I can see my picture, but noone else can?
26 Dw747400 : Air Disasters apparently prohibits hot-linking to save bandwidth, so it won't show up for us unless we input the URL. thanks for the image, by the wa
27 BA787 : Pity they don't maintenance them like that really isn't it? Getting better though. Am I the only one who thinks the Tu-204 looks like a 757 slightly.
28 Post contains links Baron52ta : An An22 landed on the grass at Farnborough in 1988 I think it was http://www.airliners.net/open.file/1029995/L/ which resulted in Flight International
29 Post contains images QXatFAT : Way back when, New Tribes Missions owned a DC-3 that they would fly from Chicago to Venenzuela I believe. They would take missionaries into the tribal
30 Tony lu : hahaha. nice!
31 Dstc47 : The An 124 certainly has landed on grass / gravel strips.
32 Zvezda : Yes, most Soviet aircraft were built to land on unpaved runways. Speaking of tanks, Soviet military doctrine never considered combat helicopters as a
33 Post contains images FJWH : Guys.. You forget the biggest plane in the world (I believe it's the biggest) The Antonov 225!!!! Because of it's many wheels (saw it last week on Dis
34 Post contains images MCIGuy : Yes, the Globemaster III can do it. The reason mil. transports can do it is literally the number axles on the landing gear. I spreads the weight out
35 Rdwootty : I was flying from Portsmouth(UK)_ and this was a limited grass runway. The aircraft due to operate to jersey was a DC3 of Channel Airways. It went Tec
36 Post contains images EGNR : Boeing 727s have used mud runways in Angola...
37 DHHornet : A bit vague, but this subject sparked my memory. A good story if true? Anyone know anything about a Bizjet (Gulf 2?) landing on the grass in a emergen
38 Smokeyrosco : Ohh i remember that, I think it was a Mexican registered Gulfstream II that was due to land in Shannon, but due to bad weather diverted to cork and a
39 Post contains images Solnabo : The Russians and Ukrainians made their planes to land on grass strips like AN 124 and TU154/134,cant imagine AN225 to land on grass or sand. Dont know
40 Post contains images CptSpeaking : Those planes are almost as dirty as AF jets... I'd think the mud would be considered a FOD hazard, no? Your CptSpeaking
41 Post contains images Solnabo : "Those planes are almost as dirty as AF jets" B727 in Angola are sparkling clean compared to AF fleet, hell even AFs new 773ER are in a horrible dirt
42 Aviator27 : Some chap landed an Airbus A320 in the grass a few weeks ago, unintentionally of course.
43 Post contains images Hmmmm... : Any aircraft can use a grass runway as long as the weight distribution is equal to or less than another plane that can. Tractors are big heavy machine
44 Dogfighter2111 : I am nto askign what aircraft can land on a grass runway though, i am asking what is the largest aircraft that HAS landed on a grass runway. And to a
45 Adam727 : I know that the boeing 737-200 could land on unpaved runways. Airlines could order them the 737-200 would come with a different kind of linding gear.
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