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Largest Plane Into Smallest Airport You've Been On  
User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3201 posts, RR: 9
Posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 8031 times:

I'd say when I flew CO's 737 from ACK (Nantucket) to LGA many years ago. The 737 used up the entire runway, which I think is just about 5,500 feet.

Others? (And let's look for first hand experiences, not guestimates!)


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User currently offlineBDRules From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 1501 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 7959 times:

Mine was
Britannia 757-200 from MAN - SMI (Samos, Greece). the 757 is the biggest plane that can land there


User currently offlineGulfair From Australia, joined Jul 2001, 78 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 7965 times:

This is not USA related, I am from Australia.

The largest aircraft I have flew into the smallest airport was a Qantas scheduled service from MEL (Melbourne, Tullamarine Intl) to MCY (Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast, Queensland).

The aircraft operated was Boeing 737-476 VH-TJJ, the largest aircraft this airport usually handles are QantasLink 717's.

The 737 took literally the whole runway to land and had to do a u-turn at the end because it passed the last taxiway.

Cheers
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User currently offlineDjb77 From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 242 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7903 times:

BA 767-300ER into Aberdeen coming from London-Heathrow. Aberdeen's runway is 6,001 ft long.

User currently offlineN175dz From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2000, 274 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7896 times:

Landing in an Air New Zealand B747-219 at Rarotonga airport in the Pacific. The aircraft looked like it was bigger than the terminal. Afterwards, I watched it take off and it felt like it took the entire runway. Very impressive.

cheers, Phil.


User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6204 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7894 times:

Well, I wasn't actually on this plane, but it seems appropriate to post this video clip once again:

http://airside.paradise.net.nz/video/tonyblairb777200.wmv

This British Airways B-777 departed College Station Easterwood Airport April 7, 2002 with British Prime Minister Tony Blair on board who had just visited the George Bush Presidential Library. The airport normally only sees SAAB-340s and ATR-42s, and just recently, Embraer RJs. The longest runway is 7000ft, and the terminal has no jetways.




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User currently offlineSccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5579 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7890 times:

Fawcett Peru- from a berg called (IIRC- its been 25 years) Trujillo, to Lima. It was on a BAC 1-11.


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User currently offlinePaulc From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7863 times:

Monarch 757 into Samos - interesting approach  Smile


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User currently offlinePilatus From Switzerland, joined Aug 1999, 185 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7857 times:

I landed in an Airbus A310 at Zanzibar (ZNZ), Tanzania. The airport is very small, but I don't know the length of the runway.

Another one was with an Airbus A330 at Holguin (HOG), Cuba. Also small airport.

And one time I landed at Lajes (TER), Azores in a A310. The runway there is long enough for a 747, but the passenger terminal is very small. The check-in hall was completely full of people because of the single A310 waiting outside.


User currently offlineHkg_clk From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 999 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7845 times:

For me, it was a 747 into Male, Maldives airport:


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User currently offlineKL713 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2001, 772 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7855 times:

Been to Paramaribo, Suriname (PBM/SMJP) several times......a KLM 747-200SUD visits PBM 4 times a week outbound from AMS, other visitors are Dutch Caribbean(M80), BWIA(738) and Universal Airlines(DC9), and Surinam Airways has some scheduled operations out of PBM to the neighbourhood countries such as French Guiana, Guyana, Trinidad and Brazil

The length of the runway (rwy 11) is more then enough for a A/C type like the 747 and other widebodies.....but you will laugh your butt out if you see the arrivals and departures! Like a bus stop in the low lands....  Laugh out loud


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User currently offlinePronto From Canada, joined Mar 2000, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7770 times:

Several "tactical" landings and take-offs in Hercs - Beautiful!!! - I guess they weren't really airports, though...

User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 12, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7761 times:

Geez, I have always flown appropriate a/c to airports. Nothing too extraordinary here. A DL 757 into NAS.


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User currently offlineIFlyMidwExprss From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 160 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7751 times:

Two years ago I flew on a China Southwest A340-300 out of Lhasa, Tibet (bound for Chengdu).
Big plane, little airport!


User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7753 times:

For me, it's a Philippine Airlines 744 into Cebu Mactan Airport, Philippines.


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User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 15, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7742 times:

How about flying a 757 into SNA-Orange County (5,700' runway)?


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User currently offlineCV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1424 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7722 times:

For me it was a CO A300 into St. Thomas. The plane was a replacement for a 727 that went mech. at Newark. Everyone applauded when we came to a stop on the runway!


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User currently offlineJohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1671 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7721 times:

I've done the 757 routine into SNA many times, and it is a bit on the exciting side, particularly on the takeoff if the plane is heavily loaded.

I took the Continental Micronesia Island Hopper flight back in 2000, which was flown into some very small airports with a 737-800. We stayed over in Truk, and our outbound flight was delayed for about four hours as the pilot tried to land the incoming flight from Guam several times unsuccessfully in rainy weather. We saw his last pass from the terminal, as he roared over the end of the runway on TOGA power. He had to go all the way back to Guam as he was getting low on fuel. Later, once the plane had been refueled and recrewed in GUM, it landed successfully in TKK and we went on our way. There were a couple of Air Mike employees in the row next to ours, and their take on the situation was that the pilots had chickened out. I say better safe than sorry. After every stop on this flight, brake coolers (giant cone-shaped fans) were wheeled out to the plane and placed against the wheels of the main gear.


User currently offlineDanialanwar From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 421 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7719 times:

SQ B747-300 into Male, Maldives (been on that)
Concorde to Basel (now Europort) ... they had to actually lengthen the runway for this one off event - havent been on that one though



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User currently offlineCaetravlr From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 910 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7753 times:

Nothing too out of the ordinary for me... Delta used to have scheduled 767 service here into CAE when I first started travelling for business. Thats no problem as far as runways go though I know, because there is even a picture on airliners.net of a DL L1011 here at CAE that was diverted from ATL one time. Also, Air Force One has landed here at least twice in the past 4 years that I can remember. Once with Prez Clinton, and then once last week with George W. Bush on board.

My ex fiance, a UAL F/A, had a diversion on a flight from LHR to IAD, on a 777. They ended up landing in MDT (Harrisburg, PA). I am sure there is plenty of runway there, too, but the largest commercial aircraft that frequents that place is a 737. I am sure that the 777 dwarfed everything around it! I can't even begin to imagine where they parked it! I have flown in there many times and would die if I saw something like that there.

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User currently offlineParisien From France, joined Dec 2000, 825 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7708 times:

Years ago when I was young(er) i flew to CGK from LAX with GA. I think the plane was a DC10 I cannot remember exactly though I remember admiring their very cool livery (blue tail with the stylized bird of Garuda and eurowhite fuselage). The routing was a bit bizarre as we flew first to HNL and from there a long stretch to BIAK (dont know the airport code) in the island of Irian. The terminal was a single small building smaller than many high school gyms ! we were the only commercial aircraft at the airport. Lots of local people milled about outside the airport but we could not get out of the building or the airport. We got off the aircraft using stairs, cool cool cool, but boy the heat just hit you as you exit. The aircraft completely dwarfs the terminal !! one hour later off for the long stretch to CGK.

User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3076 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7695 times:

For me it was when I paid $95 to take a ride on the MATS Connie when it visited Iowa City Municipal Airport a couple months ago. The airport is a light traffic GA airport with no tower. There's no scheduled service (with CID being so close, there's no point). It does have three runways though and they are 150 feet wide so the Connie could turn around at the end of the runway without any problem. The longest runway is less than 5,000 feet though so it used quite a bit of runway but nothing too scary.

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User currently offlineJohn From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1374 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7680 times:

Shortest RUNWAYS I've ever flown into with large aircraft, SNA for sure, DL MD-90 and US 757. Also, PVD crosswind runway 16. Actual runway length is 6,081 feet, BUT, it has a displaced threshold, leaving only 5,516 feet for landing and rollout. Landed on that runway several times on 737-400 and 727-200 equipment. 757s use it to. Interesting steep approach, too, lots of buildings at the end of the runway and no clear zone, similiar to MDW in Chicago, I would guess.

User currently offlineAirways From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 880 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7671 times:

What about a 747-400 in Bremen? I flew in on a CX there on a charter flight. Runway length is 6693 feet. Quite an impressive landing and takeoff.

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User currently offlineFlyingbronco05 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3840 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (12 years 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 7653 times:

AA 757 into SNA. Damn you stop fast in those planes and take off like a rocket; straight up!

1L/19R 5701 x 150 ft. / 1738 x 46 m


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25 LPL : My dad went on a Air2000 757 into Blackpool. It's the biggest plane they can handle.
26 KaiTakFan : For me it was An Air New Zealand 737-300 into Queenstown airport! One concrete runway which is probably no longer then 5,500 feet long. After landing
27 OzarkD9S : Mine's nothing out of the ordinary: TWA 757 into DCA.
28 Wannabe : Americal Airlines A300 into Newark Airport, but using runway 29 due to cross winds. That runway is 6800 feet long, with an approach that takes it over
29 Tomindc : Eastern Airlines B727 into and out of Key West, FL.
30 Cap'n Dan : Ansett 762 out of Hamilton Island....now that was a little nerve wracking!
31 FUTURA : 747-100/200 from MAN to HER Crete - Very large plane for a charter flight and very small airport to cope with the huge amount of passengers, people ha
32 Soupthansa : How about a C-17 into KAEX (Alexandria, Louisiana)
33 AZO : Mine is pretty weak, a DC-9-31 right here into AZO.
34 The777Man : For me it was UA 747-100 into Kona, Hawaii. It was supposed to be a DC-10 but the put a 741 on instead. No jetways at Kona so everything else but the
35 Airplanetire : My biggest plane into the smallest airport was a Delta 757 nonstop between ATL and GNS (Gunnison, Colorado). The runway is 9,402 feet long, so the air
36 MSYtristar : Numerous 757's into PVD....not a lot of room to stop! And how's about a B767-400 takeoff from New Orleans on the 7000' runway 1? That was an interesti
37 Dinker225 : For me it would have to be an American 757 into Eagle/Vail. Not sure how long the runway is but it sure was exciting taking off with a mountain almost
38 Trvlr : British Airways 747-400 into San Diego. SAN is only 500 acres. I've also taken a DC-10 into Kona (KOA). Aaron G.
39 Post contains links and images Superfly : Hawaiian Air DC-9 Molokai (MKK) View Large View MediumPhoto © Bruce Highland
40 Power : Guatamalea City in November of '98 huge storm we went around 4 times before we could, land plane was shaking, and according to the KL pilot the plane
41 Skyguy11 : 'AA 757 into SNA. Damn you stop fast in those planes and take off like a rocket; straight up!' Just try landing on the other runway; now THAT is a rus
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