ScarletHarlot
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A 747 At Thunder Bay (CYQT)?

Fri Jul 15, 2005 8:06 am

The local Thunder Bay, Ontario news is reporting that a 747 is at the airport:

Several questions from Thunder Bay residents Wednesday night when a large jumbo jet landed at the Thunder Bay International Airport. And there are more questions now about what its doing here. The Boeing 747 is owned by a humanitarian organization called Global Peace Initiative. And its landing in the city came not as the result of an emergency, as some initially speculated...but because of a planned layover.

http://www.tbsource.com/Localnews/index.asp?cid=76101

The arrival of this 747 brings up a big question from me...HOW? As far as I know, no 747 has ever landed or taken off from YQT before.

I thought maybe the media got the airplane type wrong but...



Now this is cool...

The arrival of Global Peace One posed some challenges for the airport.

“We don’t have a ladder big enough to get in there,” Mazurski said.

Passengers on board left the plane through an avionics compartment under the front row of passenger seats, through the floor behind the nose cone, he said.


http://chroniclejournal.com/story.shtml?id=28051

Dang! I wish I could have seen this! I remember asking my dad if he thought a 747 could land at YQT and he thought maybe it could just do it, if the pilot plonked it down early and got on the brakes right away. Must be pretty neat to see.

[Edited 2005-07-15 01:06:53]

Dammit...why can't I get the title right!  Smile

[Edited 2005-07-15 01:07:40]
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RE: A 747 At Thunder Bay (CYQT)?

Fri Jul 15, 2005 8:39 am

Yeah I saw this flight last night on the Flight Explorer en route to YQT from CVG and was wondering what they were doing going to such a place. I was unaware that YQT was such a small airport, I guess the longest runway is only 6200ft. Being a 747SP I am sure the short runway won't be much of a problem. Should be a cool site though.
 
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RE: A 747 At Thunder Bay (CYQT)?

Mon Jul 18, 2005 10:15 pm

Wow that must have been quite the sight to see a 747 @ YQT. Up until now I guess the largest aircraft to ever operate into YQT is the A310 unless AC's brought in the odd 767 from time-to-time???
 
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RE: A 747 At Thunder Bay (CYQT)?

Mon Jul 18, 2005 10:46 pm

AC had the 767 through here many years ago, so this is the biggest to date. In the meantime she sits their baking in the 33C heat hogging up the limited ramp space we have.

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RE: A 747 At Thunder Bay (CYQT)?

Mon Jul 18, 2005 11:21 pm

I remember seeing this plane before. It used to sit at MDT(Harrisburg Int'l, Pa) while it was being outfitted and painted.
I was kind of funny, when you would pass the airport on the highway bridge, and see this big white tail sticking up above the buildings.
I know that it left MDT sometime last year to start it's mission.
I guess it is as out of place in Thunder Bay, as it was in Harrisburg!

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RE: A 747 At Thunder Bay (CYQT)?

Tue Jul 19, 2005 2:20 am

Quoting WGYQT (Reply 3):
AC had the 767 through here many years ago,

I remember hearing about that from my dad. That was an emergency landing, right? It must be quite a sight to see that 747 on the tarmac. WG YQT, did you get to see it come in?
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RE: A 747 At Thunder Bay (CYQT)?

Tue Jul 19, 2005 2:50 am

Sure did ScarletHarlot, it came in around 1900lcl, the pax on board used a stepladder to disembark as there is no ground equipment here for that size aircraft.
Quite the event let me tell you and of course the entire town has been to the airport to see the bohemeth.

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RE: A 747 At Thunder Bay (CYQT)?

Tue Jul 19, 2005 2:57 am

Which way did it come in? Over the city? (Runway 25, is it?) Oh man, that would have been SO cool, and I bet everybody was having fits over this giant thing landing. How much of the runway did he need for braking?
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RE: A 747 At Thunder Bay (CYQT)?

Tue Jul 19, 2005 12:18 pm

Quoting ScarletHarlot (Reply 5):
Quoting WGYQT (Reply 3):
AC had the 767 through here many years ago,

I remember hearing about that from my dad. That was an emergency landing, right?

Scarlet: Are you thinking of the famous "Gimli Glider" in 1983, or another AC 767 incident?
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RE: A 747 At Thunder Bay (CYQT)?

Tue Jul 19, 2005 1:11 pm

First post on a.net, been reading here a long time...

I grew up in Thunder Bay, and my mom was a travel agent there. I remember the AC 767 at YQT, maybe in the late 80s. (You know, back when AC used to actually come to Thunder Bay.) It was subbed around Christmas time for the heavier loads, I think. Because she was a travel agent, she got invited by AC out to YQT to go and tour the plane, and even back then I loved aviation, so she brought me along. It was my first time in a widebody, and I thought it was the biggest and most beautiful plane I'd ever seen. I'm sure there have been diversions of 767s or other widebodies since then, but if anyone else was there that Christmas night when the 767 was in town, they'll surely remember how it was snowing and lightning that night, something almost as rare a widebody at YQT.
 
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RE: A 747 At Thunder Bay (CYQT)?

Tue Jul 19, 2005 3:17 pm

Quoting StevenUhl777 (Reply 8):
Scarlet: Are you thinking of the famous "Gimli Glider" in 1983, or another AC 767 incident?

Not the Gimli Glider. I thought there was one AC 767 that had an emergency landing in Thunder Bay. But per MyOthrCarsA777 above, it was on scheduled service. I think it had to be later than the late 80s, though, because I don't remember one coming in before I left Thunder Bay in 1990. I could, of course, be wrong though.
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RE: A 747 At Thunder Bay (CYQT)?

Fri Jul 22, 2005 7:53 am

Interestingly, it has now had its airworthiness certificate pulled...

http://chroniclejournal.com/story.shtml?id=28157

When it takes off is uncertain. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has pulled its permit to fly on the basis of failing to comply with airworthiness directives and improper maintenance.

“The aircraft now has no legal basis on which to fly,” FAA spokesman Paul Turk confirmed Wednesday.


And also...

Global Peace One incurred a $2,800 fee to land in Thunder Bay and has been billed, Schmidtke said. If the plane stays the anticipated four weeks on the tarmac, it’ll rack up $2,000 in additional fees.

$5000 to land and park a 747 for two weeks seems pretty darned cheap to me.
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RE: A 747 At Thunder Bay (CYQT)?

Fri Jul 22, 2005 8:00 am

Anyone in Thunder Bay going to take photos and submit it to the database?
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RE: A 747 At Thunder Bay (CYQT)?

Fri Jul 22, 2005 8:21 am

I don't know of many a.nutters in TBay...only WG YQT. How about it, WG?  Smile
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RE: A 747 At Thunder Bay (CYQT)?

Sat Jul 23, 2005 12:58 am

Looks like the shortened 'SP' version. A regular full size 747 probably wouldn't be able to land at YQT due to lack of runway space.
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RE: A 747 At Thunder Bay (CYQT)?

Sat Jul 23, 2005 1:02 am

Quoting Bmacleod (Reply 14):
Looks like the shortened 'SP' version.

Yes, that is correct.
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RE: A 747 At Thunder Bay (CYQT)?

Sat Jul 23, 2005 3:52 am

The AC767's talked about would come through for peak period travel, I think I can remember two such occasions plus a medical emergency one in the late 80's early 90's.

As for the behemoth sitting here now. I have taken pics, that were denied, went and took more, now their two large, so I'll shrink them down and try again when I get a chance...

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RE: A 747 At Thunder Bay (CYQT)?

Sat Jul 23, 2005 3:55 am

Quoting WG YQT (Reply 16):
I have taken pics, that were denied, went and took more, now their two large, so I'll shrink them down and try again when I get a chance...

Indicate how unique this photo is and that there is no such photo already in the database. They may cut you some slack that way. Also sweet-talking some of the scanner people also helps. Big grin
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