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Miami Air Int'l To Cape Verde  
User currently offlineScxmechanic From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 534 posts, RR: 1
Posted (5 years 4 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3824 times:

A Miami Air B738 is enroute to GVAC at the moment. Does anyone know what their final destination is? I used to work charters like this for another airline as a flight mechanic and I sure miss the adventures...Just wondering where they're headed.. I know they do a lot of DOD charters so could this be one of them?

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/B...5/history/20090825/2115Z/TJSJ/GVAC

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User currently offlineTZTriStar500 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1460 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3647 times:



Quoting Scxmechanic (Thread starter):
I know they do a lot of DOD charters so could this be one of them?

I do not know for sure, but most probably is for this. We (ATA) just started to use the 738s on DOD charters in 2008 before we went out of business, but I think they mostly went through Budapest or Leipzig.



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User currently offlineFalcon flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1332 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 4 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3608 times:

Coming out of AEX with a 90 minute turn in San Juan, DOD is probably a good guess. Maybe headed to Diego Garcia ?


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User currently offlineSCXmechanic From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 534 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (5 years 4 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3176 times:

Thank you both.. I appreciate your replys..

User currently offlineFlyer732 From Namibia, joined Nov 1999, 1368 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3139 times:



Quoting Falcon flyer (Reply 2):
Coming out of AEX with a 90 minute turn in San Juan, DOD is probably a good guess. Maybe headed to Diego Garcia ?

I heard something about some medical staff and engineering staff from various bases doing work in West Africa a few weeks ago, could be that.


User currently offlineWjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5369 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3033 times:

Miami Air is running a bunch of repatriation flights for the INS (or whatever it's called now), but they appear to be all from Airzona to Mexico.

The flight in question seems odd for a DOD flight, given the size and range of the aircraft. However, maybe for a mission involving a very limited number of personnel it would make sense. (Many military members can describe having taken zillion-stop flights on 727s or 737s back to the US, but this often has been in situations where the contractors with larger aircraft are committed during a time that a lot of troops are being moved at once. AMC usually prefers a liimited number of stops, but aircraft subsitutions, etc., sometimes used to create flights of shorter stages. Now that the 727 is basically gone from the fleets of the contractors and replaced with aircraft with range like the 757, "multi-stop" means many fewer than sometimes happened before.)


User currently offlineFLYjoe From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 295 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2992 times:

Miami Air does some chartering within Africa. I did a tour of Miami Air's facilities a couple of years ago and in their ops control center, I remember seeing the aircraft routing on the board and there were intra-African routes. Sorry, I don't remember where they were or who they were operating for. I remember the ops agent telling me their 738s had airstairs built in to support some of the locations they would travel to, because of the lack of ground equipment.

User currently offlineRFields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 7, posted (5 years 4 months 4 days ago) and read 2883 times:

AEX is also used for US Justice Department "Con Air" flights and a federal holding facility is near the airport. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justice...er_and_Alien_Transportation_System

But - on Aug 27 there was a Miami Air flight EINN-KPSM-KAEX

Also that day was Miami Air and Ryan International (B763) from Wheeler-Sack AAF in New York - KGTB-KAEX. The Ryan International bird is enroute back to KGTB right now. The Miami Air B738 made the return last night. AEX military movements are large enough that a dedicated military terminal was built at the airport recently.


User currently offlineAirNovaBAe146 From Canada, joined Jun 2008, 369 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 4 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2660 times:

I believe Miami Air had a plane doing some wet lease in Kigali, Rwanda in 2006 - not sure who for - but saw it on a few occasions.

AN


User currently offlineLexy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2515 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2513 times:



Quoting RFields5421 (Reply 7):
AEX military movements are large enough that a dedicated military terminal was built at the airport recently.

That sounds like the set up down at BIF in El Paso, TX. They have enough stuff coming in and going out that they constructed a "terminal" at the southwest corner of the runway with a very large ramp. I noticed while I was close by that two C-17's, a DC-10, and a 747 were all comfortably parked there together. This ramp is visible very easily, from outside the base's perimeter. Very fascinating to see so much activity at an army airfield.



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User currently offlineSCXmechanic From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 534 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2457 times:



Quoting Wjcandee (Reply 5):
Many military members can describe having taken zillion-stop flights on 727s or 737s back to the US

Yeah, I can recall doing several transatlantic DOD charters on the 727-200RE at my previous employer. One in particular was KMSP-CYHZ-EINN-ETAR-(RON overnight) ETAR-EINN-CYQX-KMSP, Wow what a long ride. Short 10 hrs rest in K-town and back to MSP.

Did a number of other charters across the pond in DC-10's but it was a much nicer ride..The cockpit jumpseat on the DC-10 has the best view in the world.

Thanks again for the replies...


User currently offlineFI642 From Monaco, joined Mar 2005, 1079 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2352 times:

Frequently there are missions where the ACL is light enough to use a 738, and when there is a shortage of available lift in the 75/767 category, the 737 is pressed into service.

I'll personally pass on another trip to Cape Verde. Been there, done that, no desire to do that again.



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