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747-400 At SJC In 2007  
User currently offlineJawed From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 482 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3490 times:

Does anyone know what the reason was for this 747-400 landing at SJC in April of 2007? The video descriptions say "special charter", but who would be special enough to get such a charter? (I know that a 747SP visits SJC fairly regularly)







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User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4941 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3473 times:

There's several A.net photos with description of the occasion, so I'll choose a random one-


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Photo © Manas Barooah




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User currently offlineJawed From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 482 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3466 times:

thanks. technically speaking, wasn't there some amount of risk in having the plane land on the (inappropriate?) SJC runways? was this symbolic event worth the risk, if there was any?

User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4941 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3461 times:



Quoting Jawed (Reply 2):


thanks. technically speaking, wasn't there some amount of risk in having the plane land on the (inappropriate?) SJC runways? was this symbolic event worth the risk, if there was any?

Doesn't SJC have a 10,000 foot runway? Doesn't seem like any problem with that... Then again, I'm not a local. I'm from the other underused, way-too-small airport in CA that sees 747s seemingly once a decade- SANBig grin



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User currently offlineAS739X From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6098 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (6 years 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3448 times:

Inappropriate, how so?

They have 2 runways that are 11,000 feet and handled daily 777 to NRT for a number of years.

Runway 12L/30R
Dimensions: 11000 x 150 ft. / 3353 x 46 m
Surface: concrete/grooved, in good condition
Weight bearing capacity: Single wheel: 220.0
Double wheel: 250.0
Double tandem: 605.0

Runway 12R/30L
Dimensions: 11000 x 150 ft. / 3353 x 46 m
Surface: concrete/grooved, in good condition
900 FT DSPLCD HR ON NE END NOT GROOVED.
Weight bearing capacity: Single wheel: 220.0
Double wheel: 250.0
Double tandem: 605.0
Dual double tandem: 875.0


ASSFO



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User currently offlineLimaNiner From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 400 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3448 times:

What's "inappropriate" about a 744 landing at SJC?

Agreed, it might be unusual, because the SJC market probably doesn't support the required pax count/quality, given that SFO -- a real international airport -- is nearby, but not really "inappropriate" in the sense of "unsafe", as you seem to be implying...

For comparison, have you ever seen the International Arrivals "shack" at LAS, which is perfectly capable of handling VS 744s, albeit fairly rustically...?


User currently offlineJawed From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 482 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3438 times:

got it, i was just wondering if there was any safety issue involved in the decision not to have 747 at SJC regularly.

User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4772 posts, RR: 26
Reply 7, posted (6 years 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3420 times:
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I don't recall the specific reason for the visit, but I do believe it was some sort of charter.

As far as SJC being able to handle 747s...

The runways were extended to 11,000 feet a few years ago. The issues have always been with taxiway and ramp limitations. As I understand it, the taxiways are not wide enough, and surfaces not strong enough in most areas to accomodate a 747. Work was done 1-2 years ago on some of the taxiways...I'm not sure if that had anything to do with making the airport more accessable to larger aircraft, but I have heard that it was part of it. Been sorta out of the loop since leaving SJC three years ago.



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User currently offlineAAH732UAL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (6 years 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3397 times:

Quoting Jawed (Reply 2):
thanks. technically speaking, wasn't there some amount of risk in having the plane land on the (inappropriate?) SJC runways? was this symbolic event worth the risk, if there was any?

No risk at all. Heck it is one of the main diversion airports for all planes heading to SFO.

[Edited 2008-07-07 23:07:09]

User currently offlineNjgtr82 From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 121 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (6 years 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3386 times:

It was due to a sister city program's fiftiest anniversary with the city of Okayama, Japan and San Jose.
http://sj-okayama.org/


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