legoguy
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Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sat Jun 17, 2006 8:41 am

Hey there, Does anyone know what the shortest ever planned flight is.
By this I mean...

Taking off and landing at different airports,
Experienced no problems,

I know of a flight by a Bucaneer that took off from RAF Aldergrove and landed at Langford Lodge with flight time being only 43 seconds. Any flights out there that beat that or come close?
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sat Jun 17, 2006 8:53 am

When you meant short, you meant short didn't you!?
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sat Jun 17, 2006 8:58 am

Quoting Raventom (Reply 1):
When you meant short, you meant short didn't you!?

Yup  Smile shortest recorded flight between airports
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sat Jun 17, 2006 9:02 am

Naknek to South Naknek, Alaska. The plane crosses the river and lands. Kids used to have to fly to the other side of the river to go to school. Not sure if they do anymore.
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sat Jun 17, 2006 10:37 am

I'm not certain, but I seem to remember a scheduled flight between SFO and OAK in the 1970's or 80's. I also remember a story in the media at the time, about somebody who thought they had boarded one of these flights bound for Oakland, but after getting airborne realized he somehow had mistakenly boarded the wrong flight and he was really headed to Auckland, New Zeland by mistake.


Does anybody remember these flights across the bay linking SFO and OAK and who flew them? United?


At one time, I think it was AA, there was a MIA-FLL or MIA-PBI flight on 757's, although I forget if it was PBI or FLL.

Also, I remember about twenty or thirtey years ago DL operated jet service between BOS and MHT, which is about 50 miles by road, perhaps closer in a straight line.

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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sat Jun 17, 2006 11:11 am

Quoting PWM2TXLHopper (Reply 4):
, about somebody who thought they had boarded one of these flights bound for Oakland, but after getting airborne realized he somehow had mistakenly boarded the wrong flight and he was really headed to Auckland, New Zeland by mistake.

That was a Full House episode! Big grin
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sat Jun 17, 2006 11:42 am

Falwell field (W24) to Lynchburg Regl. Airport (LYH) in Lynchburg, VA...its a 5 mi. flight and there are constantly airplanes running back and forth between them, mostly student training and solo flights.


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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sat Jun 17, 2006 11:45 am

Westray to Papa Westray is the shortest scheduled flight in the world, as per the Guiness Book. I don't remember the shortest ever time but it was under 40 seconds.
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sat Jun 17, 2006 11:57 am

Quoting JpetekYXMD80 (Reply 5):
That was a Full House episode! Big grin


Was it really?!? I hope it wasn't Bob Saget's character that was stuck on the flight.... 14 hours with him could really get to one. But seriously, I think there was a real life senario involving this situation.
 
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sat Jun 17, 2006 12:05 pm

Quoting PWM2TXLHopper (Reply 8):
Was it really?!?

Yeah, they were picking up DJ at the airport, and Stefanie and Michelle decided to get on the flight to 'Auckland' with a school group, thinking it was right across the bay. Rather sad I have this down pat, i'm aware.

Quoting PWM2TXLHopper (Reply 8):
I hope it wasn't Bob Saget's character that was stuck on the flight.... 14 hours with him could really get to one.

At least the a/c would stay spic and span!

Quoting PWM2TXLHopper (Reply 8):
But seriously, I think there was a real life senario involving this situation.

Hmm..before ANZ came recently, when was the last SFO-AKL nonstop?
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sat Jun 17, 2006 12:07 pm

I once took off in a C172 from Republic Airport on Long Island (FRG) and landed at Zahn's Airport about 600 yards away. Zahn's is long gone, of course.
 
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sat Jun 17, 2006 12:12 pm

I know of a certain owner of a fleet of jets that prefers to fly out of OAK than SFO for both price and convenience. All the flights come into OAK and then jump over to SFO where they are placed in their respected hanger. When they go out again, they jump SFO-OAK and leave from OAK to their destination. Probably 5-6x a week.

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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sat Jun 17, 2006 1:15 pm

American Eagle ferries two round trip ERJ flights each day DFW-DAL to move equipment and crews between DAL and DFW, as the DAL-AUS and DAL-SAT runs are isolated from the system. Just FYI the AUS-RDU service is not blended into the DAL service. These flights are not open for sale but they are scheduled each day. They vary between one and two flights a day--and it's just 7 miles!
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sat Jun 17, 2006 1:30 pm

Didn't CO at one time operate between IAH and Ellington Field? I seem to remember seeing that in a CO timetable from the early to mid 90s.
 
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sat Jun 17, 2006 2:04 pm

CO did operate flight from IAH to HOU for a time. IIRC, I remember seeing pictures of a DC-9 with a special logo referring to the flight. I think they change to props before finally getting rid of it all together. It never did make sense to me.
 
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sat Jun 17, 2006 2:29 pm

Quoting PWM2TXLHopper (Reply 4):
Does anybody remember these flights across the bay linking SFO and OAK and who flew them? United?

I remember flying that route; SFO-OAK-ORD. It was a DC8-61. We left SFO, landed in OAK and when we pushed back at OAK, the ground crew noticed we had a flat tire. Somewhere around a 2 hr delay there, as they had to truck the replacement tire over from SFO.
Not as easy as originally perceived
 
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sat Jun 17, 2006 2:31 pm

Forgot to mention, yes it was United.
Not as easy as originally perceived
 
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sat Jun 17, 2006 2:39 pm

What about the first flight, by the wright brothers, December 17th, 1903?

Quoting Wikipedia:
The repairs for the abortive first flight took three days, so that the Flyer was ready again on December 17. Since Wilbur had had his chance, Orville took his turn at the controls. His first flight lasted 12 seconds for a total distance of 120 feet (36.5 meters).
 
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sat Jun 17, 2006 2:40 pm

United flew a DC-10 from SFO-OAK up until around the late 1990's (there abouts).

I flew on a Delta 767-400 from MIA-FLL, normal sceduled flight with passengers, also in the late 1990's.
 
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sat Jun 17, 2006 2:49 pm

Quoting PHLAUA (Reply 14):
I remember seeing pictures of a DC-9 with a special logo referring to the flight.

Yes, for a while, they outsourced to Emerald Air a DC9-10 that was "Houston Proud." I've got pictures of it in a photo album still! After a while, the HOU service went to the new Continental Express after 1989 and the Emeral Air DC9s were flying a lot for Royale on the SHV-BTR and SHV-MSY runs, plus some experimental SHV-OKC and SHV-MCI. They didn't repaint them, so often you'd see "Houston Proud" as a Royale airlines flight SHV-MSY. The other jets were either plain white or white and green. Emerald also flew under its own name on the East Coast as well until about 1992 or so.
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sat Jun 17, 2006 10:28 pm

BX did a HVN-BDR leg at the end of the day back in the early 90s. Roughly 15 miles.
 
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sat Jun 17, 2006 10:32 pm

Just out of curiosity, has anyone ever operated a LHR-LGW flight?

How long (distance and time) was the BHX-LON flights before they were dropped?

The shortest scheduled flight I've flown was in duration of 6mins in Iceland  Smile

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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sat Jun 17, 2006 10:57 pm

Eastern did a 5-10 min flight with a L-1011, so short they left the landing gear down the whole way.

Can't remember the route it was on...
 
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sat Jun 17, 2006 11:02 pm

IN 1998 when Hong Kong HKG move to the new airport, all the planes were flying from Kai Tak to the new Chek Lap Kok airport. That included all the widebodies like 747 to fly that approximately 18 miles route.
 
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sat Jun 17, 2006 11:03 pm

There has been scheduled service in the past by the major airlines between PIE-TPA which are about 8 miles apart.
 
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sun Jun 18, 2006 1:07 am

According to the Great Circle Mapper, ABE - 1N9 (Queen City Municipal) is a 6 mile flight. As in CptSpeaking's case, a decent portion of the traffic between the two is student pilots or pilots working on T&Gs. Because of where my house is located relative to the airports, I've heard a/c take of from one and head over to the other for some T&Gs or similar practice. Also, there are ferry flights between the two for GA traffic.

The great thing is, regardless of which airport you take off from, all you need is one ~90 degree turn, left or right, and you'd be basically lined up to land at the other.


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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sun Jun 18, 2006 1:08 am

Back in the day when Air Wisconsin, was their own airline. Appleton to Oshkosh = 13nm.
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sun Jun 18, 2006 1:44 am

The United OAK-SFO flights might have had to do with ferrying to and from maintenance. I recall them listing them in the timetable, under San Francisco to San Francisco (since Oakland and San Jose are usually listed under San Francisco, too).
 
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sun Jun 18, 2006 1:54 am

Take a look at this video :
Syrian Airlines from Lisboa to Alverca ( 10 miles ) , Altitude :1500 F. Landing gear never retracted .

http://www.flightlevel350.com/Aircra..._Syrianair_Aviation_Video-943.html

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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sun Jun 18, 2006 1:56 am

when HKG was moving from Kai Tak to Chak Lap Kok. is a 20km flight
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sun Jun 18, 2006 3:00 am

I took a 727 flight on Braniff from IAD to DCA in the mid-80s. The flight originated at SAT, direct to IAD, dropped off a few, picked up a few, and flew to DCA.
 
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sun Jun 18, 2006 3:02 am

Quoting YLWbased (Reply 29):
when HKG was moving from Kai Tak to Chak Lap Kok. is a 20km flight

Are we talking about revenue flights anymore? Or just planned in general for any purpose. Cause I've got numerous IFR flights of MWC-MWC to shoot approaches. Big grin
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sun Jun 18, 2006 3:23 am

I flew LAX-SNA once. Can't remember how long the flight was but it was a bit quicker than driving.
 
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sun Jun 18, 2006 3:32 am

Quoting JpetekYXMD80 (Reply 9):
At least the a/c would stay spic and span!

Only if he stayed in character! When he does stand up, he's as raunchy as it gets.
 
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sun Jun 18, 2006 3:58 am

There are a lot of bizjet repositions from BUR to VNY and back. If they use a visual approach it is less than 5 miles from VNY Rwy 16R to BUR Rwy 8.
 
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sun Jun 18, 2006 4:34 am

Thanks for the replies. I guess the flight by the Bucaneer is the winner then with a flight of 43 seconds

...unless

Quoting N766UA (Reply 7):
I don't remember the shortest ever time but it was under 40 seconds.
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sun Jun 18, 2006 4:51 am

I know AA has ferried a/c from ORD to MDW.... but as far as scheduled service I think the HOU to IAH might take the cake...
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sun Jun 18, 2006 5:04 am

In the 1990's TWA operated MCI-BUR-LAX (LAX-BUR-MCI). If you continued on from BUR to LAX you got 12 less frequent flyer miles.
 
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sun Jun 18, 2006 5:25 am

Quoting B742 (Reply 21):

British Caledonian used to run a helicopter shuttle between LGW-LHR using a sea king if i remember right.
 
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sun Jun 18, 2006 5:58 am

I know many people that fly BFI to RNT. This is a 4 mile flight. I wonder if some Boeing planes have flown that route.
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sun Jun 18, 2006 5:58 am

I think Westray to Papa Westray is shortest.

Tahiti to Moorea is also very short. Scheduled at 2 minutes, but the record is under 1.
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sun Jun 18, 2006 6:20 am

How about the Wright Brother's first flight? That was scheduled and very short.
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sun Jun 18, 2006 6:23 am

Quoting Raventom (Reply 41):
How about the Wright Brother's first flight? That was scheduled and very short.

True but it was not between two airports  Silly
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sun Jun 18, 2006 6:46 am

I can remember scheduled flights of Pacific Western Airlines back in the 70's
that went from the International airport in Edmonton Alberta to the municipal airport in downtown Edmonton. Distance of about 20 miles, It took the boeing 737 (200 series) about 15 minutes, cost was $12.00
 
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sun Jun 18, 2006 7:17 am

What about the flight from Moorea to PPT? I flew it on Air Moorea Twin Otter its about 5min. or so if that.
 
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sun Jun 18, 2006 8:53 am

Off and on, there has been skd ORF-PHF service --- UA, US and their predecessors (Capital, Piedmont) ... i once flew ORF-RIC (and on to DFW) on AA and it took about 13 min.
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sun Jun 18, 2006 9:21 am

What about Chicago O Hare to Chicago Midway or vice versa. Has it ever been done in the past.
 
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sun Jun 18, 2006 9:22 am

Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 40):
I think Westray to Papa Westray is shortest.

Tahiti to Moorea is also very short. Scheduled at 2 minutes, but the record is under 1.

Westray to Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands is also scheduled at two miunutes as part of the Kirkwall-Westray-Papa Westray-Kirkwall service operated by Loganair.
 
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sun Jun 18, 2006 9:27 am

Quoting PHLAUA (Reply 14):
CO did operate flight from IAH to HOU for a time. IIRC, I remember seeing pictures of a DC-9 with a special logo referring to the flight. I think they change to props before finally getting rid of it all together. It never did make sense to me.

They've also had IAH-EFD (Ellington) service on a ATR-42 and when they retired those it was on an EMB135. It was stopped in either the fall of 2004 or 2005.
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RE: Shortest Ever Planned Flight

Sun Jun 18, 2006 9:27 am

In the early-eighties, I flew a Piedmont 737 Greensboro-Winston Salem-Atlanta. I was actually working in Winston Salem, but drove over to Greensboro because it was cheaper to take a flight that wasn't a non-stop. I don't recall the distance, but the first leg of the flight took 6 minutes.

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