Scxmechanic From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 534 posts, RR: 1 Posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4090 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?
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.
35 years of American Trans Air/ATA Airlines, 1973-2008. A great little airline that will not be soon forgotten.
Wjcandee From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5559 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3299 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.)
FLYjoe From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 305 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 3258 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.
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.
Lexy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2515 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2779 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.
SCXmechanic From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 534 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2723 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.