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Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Mon Oct 27, 2003 3:43 pm

What are some rare widebody visitors that have paid a visit to your local airport? These can be equipment swaps, charters (excluding sports teams), diversions, etc.

Over the years, MSY has seen numerous oddities. I've listed some of them below....

KLM (B747-400) *charter and diversion
British Airways (B747-400, B777-200) *diversion from IAH
Lufthansa (B747-400, A340) *charter and diversion
Aer Lingus (B747-100) *charter
Swissair (MD-11) *charter
Iberia (DC-10, B747-200) *charter
Lan Chile (B767-300) *charter
Varig (B747-300, DC-10) *charter
Virgin Atlantic (B747-400) * charter, as of January,2004
Britannia (B767-200/300) *returning shortly
Air 2000 (B767-300) *charter
TAM (A330-200) *charter
World Airways (MD-11, DC-10) *numerous charters
ATA (L1011) *charters to DUB,HNL, etc.
Omni (DC10) *charters to CUN
Tower Air (B747-100) *charter
American International (B747-100) *charter
United (B747-400) * "Fantasy Flight" for local school children
Volga Heavy Lift Cargo (AN124) *numerous visits
Airbus Industry (A300 Super Transporter)
Delta (MD-11, B767-400) *equipment swaps
Continental (B767-200) *equipment swaps


Steve in New Orleans





 
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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Mon Oct 27, 2003 3:50 pm

The main oddity I can think of at CAE:

VC-25A (known in its civilian incarnation as a B747-200) called "Air Force One." Dubya has flown it into Columbia twice if I recall, once to a fundraising function and once to speak at USC's commencement last spring.
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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Mon Oct 27, 2003 4:00 pm

Several years ago there were some bigger diversion from FRA to DUS cuz of very bad weather situation on FRA. We got many B 747s like Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, .... It was really fantastic to see all the 747s at an airport like DUS at the same time.
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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Mon Oct 27, 2003 4:27 pm

The concorde was here (GUM) some years ago. I dont know if it would be considered a heavy, but it was definitely a rarity.
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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Mon Oct 27, 2003 4:57 pm


When i was living in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, a DC10 belonging to the Government of Kuwait made an appearance. It was a thrill to the locals who were used to prop planes, 737s and 727s.

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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Mon Oct 27, 2003 5:18 pm

NW 742 on Eagles charters at PHL...prolly more but I cant think right now...

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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Mon Oct 27, 2003 5:50 pm

Boeing 777 prototype it flew BFI-SPN-SIN.... they installed an A340 interior in the rear of the aircraft to show the difference in size..I heard the French were so mad they couldn't speak, I guess when billions are on the line, in sales anything goes.. Smile
 
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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Mon Oct 27, 2003 6:07 pm

Last year, the 49ers flew into STL on a UAL 744. That was rare, the biggest plane they fly in otherwise is a 733.
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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Mon Oct 27, 2003 6:29 pm

Here at Adelaide INTL airport the rarest sights i have ever seen are:

-Antonov AN-124(Dec 2002)
-Brittania 767
-Garuda MD-11
-Garuda DC-10
-BA 747 classic
-USAF DC-9
-RAF VC-10
-RAAF F18 Hornet
-Evergreen cargo 747 classic
-Swissair MD-11(charter flight)
 
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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Mon Oct 27, 2003 6:59 pm

Hong Kong gets all the heavy stuff on a normal day!!

Just these freighters for example yesterday.

2 x Atlas 747-200F
1 x Atlas 747-300F
2 x Atlas 747-400F
1 x Kalitta 747-100F
2 x Kalitta 747-200F
2 x UPS 747-200F
2 x UPS MD-11F
1 x JAL 747-200F
1 x Korean 747-200F
1 x China Airlines 747-200F
1 x Saudia MD-11F
1 x Martinair 747-200SUD(F)
1 x Northwest 747-200F
1 x Polar 747-400F
2 x Polar 747-200F

+ all the Cathay and Dragonair stuff.
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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Mon Oct 27, 2003 7:02 pm

In Milan Orio Al Serio (BGY):

LY B744 (charters from TLV, not often in the last two years)
VA A332 (some days to replace regular charters scheduled with A320)
 
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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Mon Oct 27, 2003 7:26 pm

As far as SFO, the VN 777 was a definite oddity. Although it should become a common sight in 2004 or 2005 when VN starts service to SFO.
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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Mon Oct 27, 2003 7:58 pm

Back in 1997 an Air France Concorde visited ZRH and not too long ago an Airbus Industries A340-600 came to ZRH as well ...
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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Mon Oct 27, 2003 8:04 pm

Saudi Arabians visit with a 747-200 at Malmö Sturup - MMX is very rare i guess. MMX has one scheduled heavy a week, other than that we only get SAS 737/MD80's, Malmö Aviation Avros and a couple of charter 737/A320's.


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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Mon Oct 27, 2003 8:25 pm

at CMH:

Concorde (years ago)
UAL 747-400 Fiesta Bowl charter
2 NWA 747-200 Fiesta Bowl
Numerous ATA L-1011 Cancun + Fiesta Bowl
World MD-11 Fiesta Bowl
DL 767-200 CVG Divert
TWA 767-300 9/11 divert
VC-25A (AF1)

That's all I can think of off the top of my head.
 
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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Mon Oct 27, 2003 10:11 pm

Here in ROC,we get Fed Ex A300 & A310's daily since Fed Ex won the US Mail contract,but near Christmas we see anything from Kitty Hawk L1011's to Express.net A300's . I always check Flyecomm daily near Christmas to see waht's coming as they don't stay here long.
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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Mon Oct 27, 2003 10:17 pm

Steve,

You've been looking at my odd-airliners photo album again, haven't you!!! Anyway, I'll add a couple to the list:

Airbus A340 (prototype)
LTU MD-11

An excellent list, though!

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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 12:08 am

Many years ago I was watching the action at DTW from the top of the old parking garage and a Heavylift Cargo Airlines Shorts SC.5 Belfast came in. The biggest prop plane I have ever seen.
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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 12:17 am

Here a list a oddities I've seen in Portland.....

Qantas 747-400
Atlas Air 747-400
Kalitta Air 747-200
Saudi Arabian MD-11
United Airlines 777-200
United Airlines 747-400
Volga Heavy Lift Cargo AN124
Evergreen Airlines 747-100
Tower Air 747-200
 
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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 12:20 am

KMGM

Airforce One President Bush
ATA-L-1011-500 Military Charter
Delta-767-200, 300er Auburn University Football Team

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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 12:34 am

Also at CMH:

North American 767-300: Military Charter
USAirways A330-300: Military Charter
Omni DC-10: came in twice, once as a military charter, also as a Fiesta Bowl charter
Delta 767-300: diverted going to CVG from FRA.
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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 12:53 am

Here are some from DEN:

Volga Dnepr AN-124 a few times for large cargo I'm assuming
AA 767 Probably equipment sub or diversion
Il 76 Visit from some official
FedEx MD-11 instead of the usual DC 10
LH 747-400 Equip sub for about 3 months
BA 747-400 Equip sub
ATA 757-300 Equip sub
Northwest 747-200 for some odd reason.


I think, thats about it?
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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 12:56 am

Also in ROC,if you consider a 757 a heavy,we have gotten Al Gore in AF2,North American 75 and a DL & NW 757 . Also have seen C5A and C141 Starlifter here for the Airshow.
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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 1:00 am

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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 1:05 am

When the thunderstorms brew over DFW and Houston, San Antonio has seen diversions of

AA's 777 and 767s
CO's 777 and 767s

But, due to on-airport heavy maintenance facilities many unusual widebodies make an appearance like Air India A300 (for Ariana), European Air Charter 747s, ex-Iberia D10s, UPS 747s, UPS M11s, DL M11s, World D10s and M11s.
 
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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 2:28 am

From time to time, AN124 and IL76 in CDG

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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 2:34 am

here at eddk we get il 76 and an124 on a daily basis and the an225 every few weeks.
also iran air airbus a300 or 747sp on a weekly schedule.
plus our german government planes that are based here.
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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 2:45 am

Harrisburg Pa (MDT) has seen diversions from IAD, PHL, EWR, & JFK. Also since the runway is around 9,000 feet long Harrisburg sees a lot of Pilot train from the Military to Civil.

Aircraft Seen:

MD11 from World & US Africa
DC-10 from World
747SP in storage. They ran out of money. Aircraft is own by Global Peace Initiative Inc. N4522V .
United 777 & 763
Air France 763
A124 Volga-Dnepr
United 747-400 on charter for Neb/Penn State Game.
TWA 747-100 on charter for Penn State Game.
ATA L-1011 on charter for Penn State Game.

US Airways 333 for Pilot training.
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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 3:03 am

GRR/ KGRR (Grand Rapids, MI)
One's that come to mind:

NW A333- crew training
NW 744- crew training & 9/11 diversion
NW 742- crew training, promotional event, diversion
NW DC-10 - various diversions
UA 772 - emergency diversion
UA 763 - diversion
UA DC-8-71 - charter
AA DC-10 - diversion
AA 762 - crew training
TZ L-1011 - various charters
TZ 707 - charters
SY DC-10 - charters
Emery DC-8 - scheduled
Kalitta DC-8s - chartered cargo
AFR / ANG KC-135 - crew training
Air Force VC-25A (AF-1) - Both President Bush's.
Air Force C-141 - support a/c for Presidential visits
Air Force C-17 - support a/c for Presidential visits
Air Force E-4B - crew training
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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 3:19 am

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Its also flown low over my house once. The sound of those engines......WOW

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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 3:21 am

Here are the one's that I'm aware of for BOI

Delta MD-11 (Mechanical Diversion and a Military Charter)
Delta 767-300, 767-200, 757 All Diversions
United 777 (Boeing Training Flight)

These are not heavies but still a little unusaul:

Aloha 737-700 (charter)
Air Tran 717-200 (charter)
American MD-80 (Diversions)
West Jet 737-200 (Diversion)

Possibly the most odd:

Japan Air System 777-200 (Boeing Flight Testing)
 
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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 4:18 am

In MKE our best days for heavies are when ORD shuts down due to thunderstorms... I've seen....

Lufthansa 747-400 and 747-200F
United...multiple 747-400's, B757's, 767's, 777's
American 767's and 757's
Atlas Air...747's
Air France A340-300
Polar Air Cargo 747-400
Mexicana A320 (not a heavy..but rare just the same)
Evergreen 747-100 and -200 during the holidays
AirForce One with current and former Presidents
AN-124-100 Antonov Design Bureau several times




MKE also used to have NWA DC10 scheduled service to MSP and DTW.
Also Fed-Ex has daily A300/A310 service.
UPS flies the DC8-73 stretch daily. Near the holidays we also see UPS 747-100's filling in for the extra lift.



 
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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 4:44 am

We've had a few interesting ones. Plugfest time! Big grin


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That just about covers it. Oh, and UAL 744's have become a rather rare sight these days, but they'll come back.


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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 5:02 am

For me the oddity Top-5 would be:

1) Aeroflot Armenian DC8-63 5N-HAS with Pluna Uruguay titles
2) Buffalo Airways CL-44
3) Cubana IL76TD
4) VC-25 91000 and 92000 same day
5) Air India B747-200

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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 5:07 am

Here at JFK:
Tam A330
Garuda A330
Air Algeria 767
AN-124
727, L1011, MD80, A300, 777-200, 737-300, 737-700, 747-400, 757-200, 737-800, A320. E190, E135, 767-200, CRJ9
 
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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 7:58 am

Garnetpalmetto,
UPS flies its 747s into CAE during the winter holidays.
 
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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 8:17 am

There have been a few that have come into YVR:

This one was an unfortunate way to arrive unscheduled(9/11):


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IM not sure if this is a regular schedule but I've never personally seen one:


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And I have never seen this one before at all. Apparently it was in for repair:


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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 8:24 am

Any heavy aside from the UPS and FedEx A300-600s is an unusual heavy at CLE.

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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 8:26 am

San Francisco
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Ilyushin Il-96-300

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Another rare 'heavy' at our airport:
Ron Jeremy.
He was in town for the annual Exotic Erotic Ball.

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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 8:34 am

SV 747's came into SAN a few times back in 1998 for what ever reason. One was heavy and took the entire 9400 feet of RWY 27 to get airborne. I really did not think it was going to make but somehow emerged from a dust cloud and cleared Pt. Loma (I guess they were not interested in any kind of fuel stop). Another time it took off at 2am or something, way beyond SANs 11pm curfew (what's $2000 or $3000 bucks to SV?), and rattled a few windows. That's the last I heard of them.

Also saw a PR A340 at SAN and it surrrre looked nice! In the 1970s saw a RG 707 and later a LH 707 land here. I'll never forget SAN first 747 in 1973. It was a TWA on demonstration.
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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 8:37 am

At both CLE and ORF any heavy is unusual.
 
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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 8:43 am

To add to PDX,
Air Force 1 (ole' Slick Willy  Smile/happy/getting dizzy came to town back in 98(?), friends of mine did the lav dump on it...

And for FLG, heavy? Something bigger than a Dash-8? Nothing lately...but then I've only been here awhile.

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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 8:45 am

KE 747 which had to land at TIJ during 9/11.

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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 9:07 am

With Delta's retirement of the L-1011, ATA's L-1011s are a rare heavy @ ATL. Same goes with the A300 since FedEx doesn't fly them into ATL anymore (ATL is all DC/MD-10s and 727s). Air Jamaica flew one of their A340s as a swap a few months back. We also used to get their A310s as well. We get the AN-124 about once a month.
 
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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 9:52 am

It's pretty rare to see An-124's in Wichita.
 
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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 10:10 am

I've seen a couple of Northwest 747s in BOS before...either as troop transports, or as an equipment swap for a DC-10 on the AMS-BOS route. All have been -100s or -200s.

BDL gets quite a bit, from being a NYC diverting point. Concorde made a pit-stop there last week (and several other times), and many heavies are common there.

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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 10:13 am

Add one more notable to MSY:

Air Force One on several occassions.

It will return in December for the celebration of the Louisiana Purchase, with President Bush and President Jacques Chirac(spelling?) of France.



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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 12:20 pm

Saudia 747's carrying members of the Saudi royal family to HNL for a vacation a few years back. They parked about three 747's right next to the control tower for the duration of their visit if I remember correctly. Other rare large aircraft I have seen include:

IL-76
BA and AF Concorde
RAF Tristar
AN-124
Delta MD-11
 
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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 1:02 pm

I mentioned it in another thread yesterday, but I swear I saw a KLM 777 descending on YYZ last night. I didn't get a good look as I was driving on the highway and needed to focus on my cell phone conversation (and the road too).

I had to take a double-take...but I'm pretty sure it was a KLM 777. Another a.netter from the Netherlands told me it could have quite possibly been a test flight as it has not yet started revenue flights.

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RE: Rare Heavies At Your Airport

Tue Oct 28, 2003 1:35 pm

January 1, 2003.

Saudi Arabian L-1011 at Nassau (NAS)

Anyone know what it was doing?
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