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C-133 Lst Flight Right Now!

Thu Aug 28, 2008 9:37 pm

For those of you who show an interest in historical aviation, the last operational C-133 is being ferried right now between Anchorage and Travis Air Force Base for permanent display...It is on flightaware... Im posting it here as it is aviation history...
 
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RE: C-133 Lst Flight Right Now!

Thu Aug 28, 2008 9:43 pm

Could someone post a link to the flight on flightaware or callsign/tail#?

Thanks much...

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RE: C-133 Lst Flight Right Now!

Thu Aug 28, 2008 9:49 pm

Going to TCM first before SUU

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N199AB
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RE: C-133 Lst Flight Right Now!

Thu Aug 28, 2008 9:55 pm

can anyone post pics...N199AB...It looks like a C130 on Steroids mixed with an AN-124
 
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Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:09 pm

This very aircraft...


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Fri Aug 29, 2008 1:42 am

Well into the descent now for approach and landing at McChord....
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Fri Aug 29, 2008 2:01 am

I just watched it land from a Forza Coffee across the street of the runway. What an awesome sight!!! It was great. It roared to a landing.

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RE: C-133 Lst Flight Right Now!

Fri Aug 29, 2008 2:52 am

Why does this always happen when I am at work?!?

I used to live a few blocks from TCM, and I wish I still did!

Does anyone know when it is leaving? I might have to make a trip to Lakewood to see this beast depart.

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RE: C-133 Lst Flight Right Now!

Fri Aug 29, 2008 5:05 am

Absolutely awesome ZANL188! Thank you for sharing...Very similar sounds to a B-36 and AN-22...
 
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RE: C-133 Lst Flight Right Now!

Fri Aug 29, 2008 5:10 am



Quoting Crownvic (Thread starter):
For those of you who show an interest in historical aviation, the last operational C-133 is being ferried right now between Anchorage and Travis Air Force Base for permanent display

I had no idea that any C-133's were still operational.

As a teenager in the late '50s/early '60s, I used to see them land at Redstone Arsenal to pick up and deliver missile components.

Any idea what cargos this airplane was transporting in later years?
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Fri Aug 29, 2008 5:15 am

I remember as a kind when that and her sister ship where parked down at by international airport road and Jewel Lake road.

Anchorage international is going to be a much less charming place without those airplanes.
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Fri Aug 29, 2008 5:40 am

Hate to see her go but....... I got a lot of butt time on the 133's going between Hickam, Wake Island and Tachikawa. Like all the great birds it's time to retire.  old 
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RE: C-133 Lst Flight Right Now!

Fri Aug 29, 2008 6:10 am

Wow, I too am amazed to learn that there were any of these still operational. Thanks for sharing and thanks to ZANL188 for posting the video. Too neat.

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RE: C-133 Lst Flight Right Now!

Fri Aug 29, 2008 9:32 am



Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 8):
Landing video here....

Awesome video!! I was just opposite of the view... with only a mobile phone camera... behind a chain-link fence... Sad But I still got to see it come in!! Big grin

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RE: C-133 Lst Flight Right Now!

Fri Aug 29, 2008 10:37 am



Quoting KBFIspotter (Reply 7):
Does anyone know when it is leaving? I might have to make a trip to Lakewood to see this beast depart.

I understand it's leaving about 0930 pacific time this morning. The idea being to being to arrive at Travis before the airspace closes for Travis' airshow.....

http://www.travisairshow.com/c133.php
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RE: C-133 Lst Flight Right Now!

Fri Aug 29, 2008 3:10 pm



Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 15):
I understand it's leaving about 0930 pacific time this morning.

Is this for sure? I have read on several sites that it is cheduled to arrive at Travis tommorrow... None of those sites though give a time of departure (or arrival at Travis), though... If it does leave that early tommorrow, I might just drive down there and try to get its departure...

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Fri Aug 29, 2008 3:29 pm



Quoting KBFIspotter (Reply 16):
Is this for sure? I have read on several sites that it is cheduled to arrive at Travis tommorrow... None of those sites though give a time of departure (or arrival at Travis), though... If it does leave that early tommorrow, I might just drive down there and try to get its departure...

Sorry... That would be saturday morning...
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Fri Aug 29, 2008 4:07 pm

Could someone shed some light on this aircraft. Where has it been for the past 30 or so years. I know it has not been in the US Air Force inventory
 
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RE: C-133 Lst Flight Right Now!

Fri Aug 29, 2008 4:11 pm



Quoting Bobnwa (Reply 18):
I know it has not been in the US Air Force inventory

It is a 4 engine turboprop built by McDonnell Douglas.

They where originally ordered to haul Minuteman missles around the country. That role was taken over by the C-141 in the early 1960's and the aircraft where quickly retired.

I think the air force had some tail cracking issues, if you look closely at this aircraft you can see a lot of doublers around the tail section.

I do know that you had a cruise speed of 170 kts. I used to work with a C-133 mech that talked of riding in the back of one for 17 hours between Travis and Kadena.
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Fri Aug 29, 2008 4:22 pm



Quoting L-188 (Reply 19):



Quoting L-188 (Reply 19):
It is a 4 engine turboprop built by McDonnell Douglas.

They where originally ordered to haul Minuteman missles around the country. That role was taken over by the C-141 in the early 1960's and the aircraft where quickly retired.

I think the air force had some tail cracking issues, if you look closely at this aircraft you can see a lot of doublers around the tail section.

I do know that you had a cruise speed of 170 kts. I used to work with a C-133 mech that talked of riding in the back of one for 17 hours between Travis and Kadena.

I know the history of the aircraft, I flew them for four years. I am wondering where this particular aircraft has been for ober 30 years.
Also the cruise speed was a hell of a lot faster than 170 kts.
 
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Fri Aug 29, 2008 5:26 pm



Quoting Bobnwa (Reply 18):
Where has it been for the past 30 or so years.

Alaska.....


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RE: C-133 Lst Flight Right Now!

Sat Aug 30, 2008 3:22 pm

I was recently surprised to see that there is a Shorts Belfast still flying, commercially too.
Really a British C-133, in this case to carry the subsequently cancelled Blue Streak IRBM around.
It also needed mods to raise it's cruise speed too, lots of parallels here!
It did have a strategic transport role too, but the reduction in overseas garrisons caused a reduction from 30 to just 10 aircraft being produced. Which were then withdrawn after only 10 years in 1976.
(Later, the RAF would charter their ex aircraft from the HeavyLift cargo airline).

I got to see a Belfast flying a few times, (BA used them at least once in the 1980's to transport some engines, an unusual sight at LHR), sadly I'll never get to see it's American cousin the C-133 in the air.
 
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Sat Aug 30, 2008 4:24 pm

Gah, went outside, (I live in Oregon) and couldn't see it. Too far East. Damn...  cry 
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RE: C-133 Lst Flight Right Now!

Sat Aug 30, 2008 4:37 pm



Quoting GDB (Reply 22):
I was recently surprised to see that there is a Shorts Belfast still flying, commercially too.

Is there only one still flying??


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RE: C-133 Lst Flight Right Now!

Sat Aug 30, 2008 4:39 pm

Add me to the list of those who thought the C-133's last flight was a few decades ago.  Smile

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I got to see a Belfast flying a few times

I used to see a Heavylift Belfast flying in and out of PIK in the '80s but my greatest memories of it came from an overnight stay at Brize Norton on arrival back from the far east in 1971. My room overlooked the ramp and it seemed like a continuous procession of Belfasts and VC-10s.

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RE: C-133 Lst Flight Right Now!

Sat Aug 30, 2008 4:51 pm

Check this thread for more information about this bird, her sisters, and this last flight.

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/military/read.main/94993/

My question is- what will become of the two out in Mojave now???
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Sat Aug 30, 2008 5:09 pm



Quoting Studedave (Reply 26):
My question is- what will become of the two out in Mojave now???

Article in the link you provided states the 2 in Mojave willl be donated to the museum as well. Though i have no idea what the museum will do with 2 spare airframes that no one seems to want..
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Sat Aug 30, 2008 6:13 pm



Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 27):
Article in the link you provided states the 2 in Mojave willl be donated to the museum as well. Though i have no idea what the museum will do with 2 spare airframes that no one seems to want..

Exactly!!! I doubt someone would patch them up and fly them out of there- if they could even be put back together. It'd be nice if someone with deep pockets would save them for another museum, but we all know that won't happen- who saves freighters? Let's hope for the best, but prepare for the worst, I suppose. It's sorta like what happened to all those KC-97s not too long ago...
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Sat Aug 30, 2008 6:39 pm



Quoting StudeDave (Reply 28):
Exactly!!! I doubt someone would patch them up and fly them out of there- if they could even be put back together. It'd be nice if someone with deep pockets would save them for another museum, but we all know that won't happen- who saves freighters? Let's hope for the best, but prepare for the worst, I suppose. It's sorta like what happened to all those KC-97s not too long ago...

My guess is the air force partner in this deal is really the NMUSAF at Wright Patterson , not the museum at Travis. Maybe they want to piece one together for Dover? They have, after all, taken on the XC-99 project..... Which was a real basket case....
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RE: C-133 Lst Flight Right Now!

Sat Aug 30, 2008 7:20 pm

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 29):
Maybe they want to piece one together for Dover?

Looking at Google maps it would appear that Dover has already got one~
AND some other cool stuff like both models of the C-141!!!
I don't see one at Wright/Patterson, though- unless it's in the hanger...


How do you do that thing where I can put a link to the map in here?

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Sat Aug 30, 2008 7:50 pm

National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson already has one but it's indoors...

http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/fac...actsheet_print.asp?fsID=392&page=3

NMUSAF is the owner of all museum aircraft at USAF bases so they say yay or nay to any deals.

Here's the KDOV Museum... and sure enough there is a 133 there... lower right hand corner...

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RE: C-133 Lst Flight Right Now!

Sat Aug 30, 2008 8:44 pm



Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 27):
My question is- what will become of the two out in Mojave now???



Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 27):


Quoting Studedave (Reply 26):
My question is- what will become of the two out in Mojave now???

Article in the link you provided states the 2 in Mojave willl be donated to the museum as well. Though i have no idea what the museum will do with 2 spare airframes that no one seems to want..

BeerCans and spare parts. Those airframes are trashed from sitting in Mojave for 30 years without getting attention, the insides are stripped bare. I have heard the cockpits are getting cut off for museums but the rest will be Coors in a ago months.

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RE: C-133 Lst Flight Right Now!

Sat Aug 30, 2008 9:06 pm



Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 8):
Landing video here....

...and what a nice landing it was! -Makes me wonder how the pilot got to practice on the -133 since this apparently was it's first flight in some years. Or is landing a large airplane like riding a bicycle, once you get the hang of it, they are all the same.

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RE: C-133 Lst Flight Right Now!

Sat Aug 30, 2008 10:12 pm

Always looked forward to seeing the beast parked at Anchorage. That was a reliable sighting since it so rarely flew!

I also remember the last time I saw one flying: Summer of 1970, my brother and I were hiking the ridge north of the Verdi Peak lookout and heard faint turbine and LOUD prop noise. It passed right overhead, looked to be on descent into McClellan AFB.

The Wright brothers' first flight could have taken off on one wing of a C-133 and landed on the other. (unless the engines were running!)
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RE: C-133 Lst Flight Right Now!

Sat Aug 30, 2008 11:33 pm



Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 31):
National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson already has one

Ah! That's where I've seen one (1980).

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