This year, two Air Atlanta 747-200 jets will be moving the Olympic fire around the world prior to the Olympic games this summer. Around 200 people will be escorting the fire (reporters, etc.).
The expedition will take just over a month, starting on June 2nd and ending on July 9th when the Olympic Games will start. The fire will be transported in four boxes and the route will be Athens - Australia - USA - China - India - N-Africa - S-America - USA - Europe - Athens. 35 cities will be visited on the way.
Reykjavik Aviation Photography - Just bring the aircraft to us and we'll photograph them! :-)
Rio de Janeiro
Within the list, these cities have never hosted the Olympics before :-
Rio de Janeiro
New York (2012 candidate)
Brussels (but Antwerp did)
Lausanne (IOC HQ)
Fire surely is a strange cargo for airliners. It must be added here that if the fire goes out it can only be lit in Athens again as an added complication. But i find the concept of carrying fire as cargo hilarious
i think they actually travel with more than one "flame".... there is a fancy one for the runners to carry but then they bring along several flames so that if the ceremonial one goes out, they can relight it from the standbyflames on the spot. Only if all the redundant flames go out do they need to go back to Athens.
Let us hope that the Captains used will be up to the task...not like the AAI Captain who was arrested recently in a LGW pub, for starting a brawl.
Hilarious details on www.pprune.org
Some of these guys can really tip 'em back, bigtime.
JCS17, I agree with you. It is indeed a shame that the hosting nation's own airline cannot carry the flame. Even more sad that they are named Olympic! Obviously this all came down to cost, which again is a shame.
Regarding the transport of the flame, it was/will apparently be transferred to a special "airplane-safe" lantern for its journey(s); it won't be extinguished as far as I know. Check out the reference to its transport in this article...
^The olympic flame inside a special lantern for its flight(s).
AirframeAS - I think the olympic flame is an exception.
I remember in 2000 the Ansett 767 that flew the flame around had a special kind of flame basinette in two business class seats. Two lanterns to a seat. The basinette looked like a square with a couple of big drink holders carved into them.
By the way - Nice to see a bar on a 747!
Fighting for the glory of the Australian Republic.