Okay, so I am in Wichita for my weekly job assignment when I am required to visit the US Post Office near ICT. Since I am a male and don't have exact directions I manage to miss the Ridge Street exit which is the exit to ICT. While enroute (and unbeknownst to me) to missing my exit while driving westbound on US54 I am distracted by large A/C to the south landing on 1L.
Since I am a proper Anetter and familair with the regular scheduled arrivalsI am womdering what is this aircraft doing landing at this time of day. As it is approaching the outer marker I see the siloutte of a large bloated aircraft and realize that it is the Dreamlifter. I continue on and then in appears in my windshield in what I am assuming is a missed approach to ICT since the winds were out of approximately 300 @ 25 kts and gusting to probably 40 kts and lots of unstable weather to the west and north. It flies to the west then south for what I am assuming is another attempt to land at ICT. I quickly backtrack and find a nice hidden parking spot right outside of the airport security office. I fiegn looking at my paperwork and calling the Post Office for directions in order to buy myself some time to see the second attempt. After about 15 minutes I am rewarded by seeing this gahstly beast on final with what looks like a ground speed of about 120kts at best and it seemed to take forever for it to make it over the threshold to make a very nice landing with the rollout right in front of me. There it is in all its glory with zero paint and plenty of the anti-corrosion lime green.
I snap a shot with my camara phone and hussle over to the FedEx parking lot and am rewarded with a close up of one of the most spectacular and quite frankly most ugliest aircraft I have ever laid eyes on. I manage to get another phone camara shot and head for my meeting at the Post Office. I send the picture to my fellow KU Jayhawk and avid Anetter buddy because he is the only person I know that would give a rip at what I just saw.
Bottom line.....what a lucky break for me because while I go out to ICT occassionaly to see the 9:27PM departure of the UPS A300 to Springfield, I have no real reason to be at ICT at 4:20PM. Once back at the office I checked flightaware.com and realized it came from Billings. I did a check later and saw that it was headed back to Boeing Field after probably no more than a couple hours on the ground at ICT.
I know thtat Spirit builds nose sections for the 787, but it apparently it left a couple of hours later for Boeing Field and I can't imagine that was enough time to load the first nose section for the initial 787, or perhaps it was. Can anyone enlighten me on why this flight was made?
BTW, it is ironic that an aircraft this ugly has such a key role in making a plane so beautiful.