Dutch Harbor is down the chain about 600 miles from Anchorage. Takes about three hours to fly it in a Metro.
It was a fun trip.
Bouncy as hell over Turnigan Arm on both legs. That was Monday, the same day that they had those wind storms take out all of those power lines down at Girdwood.
We had a charter to drop off a generator at Nikolski which is on Umnak island, the next one out from Dutch Harbor. Just happened to be scheduled to leave at 0800 which was an hour after I got off work that night. Since there was no passengers I hopped down. And since the generator weight a little over 750 lbs I think they wanted the extra help to get it off the aircraft.
Stopped for gas at my old stomping grounds at Cold Bay and then we had to go over to Dutch Harbor and pickup the mechanic that was actually going to install the generator at Nikolski and take him over there too.
We then flew VFR from Dutch Harbor to Nikolski staying under 2000 the whole way. At Nikolski we must have had the whole town out taking photographs of out aircraft. Apparently the only thing they ever see on that 3400 foot strip is the Goose that Pen-Air flies out of Dutch Harbor, nothing as big at that Metro we where flying around in!
Got to see my old ramp lead from Cold Bay at Nikolski too. Which was very cool, didn't get to see his dog though, which I puppy sat on a couple of occasions.
The only thing that was a downer is that I didn't bring a camera with me.
Like I said A really neat trip.
Like I said it was really impressive watching the 737 land, used only about two thirds of the strip but it was wet so the whole backside of the aircraft disappeared in water vapor being kicked up by the aircraft.
Too bad I didn't bring a camera, I was at our aircraft on the ramp when it landed, it would have made a great inside the fence shot.
On other observations, saw the TSA agents at work there in DUT, they must have hired those guys right off the cannery/processor lines......SCARY!!!
OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.