nwafflyer
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Planes At SDF On Derby Day

Mon May 07, 2007 2:15 am

I hope this hasn't been posted, I did a search, and could find nothing. Last night, landing at Louisville about 8:30, I saw a fantastic collection of planes, all parked, obviously waiting for the end of Derby partying

Delta had a 757 parked, I've never seen that at SDF, in addition, American had MD80's waiting, not the usual regional jet, but the most fascinating thing was all of the private planes. I've never seen so many in one place in my entire life. Most were jets, a few props, but even the props were 8 - 10 passenger planes. I couldn't begin to guess how many there were, hundreds at least.

I'm used to seeing the UPS fleet, but other than that, it's mostly regional jets, with a few dc-9's, 737's. Wish I'd brought my camera. ATC must be having fun today, trying to get them all into pretty busy airspace
 
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RE: Planes At SDF On Derby Day

Mon May 07, 2007 2:59 am

When it comes to derby time, SDF is loaded not to mention LEX, that's where the shiek parks his 74SP, and the 744. Last year was incredible. Go to flightaware.com and check out the departures to the minute, like launching from a carrier.
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nwafflyer
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RE: Planes At SDF On Derby Day

Mon May 07, 2007 7:28 am

How can LEX support a 744? or a 777? SDF can, because of UPS, but Lexington has 2 runways, one short, and the other shorter
 
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RE: Planes At SDF On Derby Day

Mon May 07, 2007 10:55 am

It was nice to see some larger a/c here and all of the bizjets! A few of the a/c I saw this week included a JetBlue A320, Frontier A319, USAirways 737-300 and 400, Continental 737-300,500. Delta 757, and Northwest seemed to have a bunch of DC-9-50's here too. I'm sure there were more that I missed.

It was interesting listening to tower and ground as ATC was quite busy keeping up with all of the traffic. Besides all of the SDF traffic the tower had banner tow a/c and a bunch of helicopters operating near the racetrack which is on the final for 17 right.

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RE: Planes At SDF On Derby Day

Mon May 07, 2007 11:03 am

i havent gone back, but i spent 3 straight derby's working in SDF.............all the celbrities, it was awesome, and then all the jets......I was working for COEX at the time, and workgin all those jets was so much fun. every time i was there, the 747SP was always parked on the UPS ramp
 
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RE: Planes At SDF On Derby Day

Mon May 07, 2007 11:08 am

Quoting Nwafflyer (Reply 2):
How can LEX support a 744? or a 777?

They have a 7,000 foot runway that can easily handle either one. BNA has a 7,000 foot runway (20R-2L) that a China Airlines fully loaded cargo plane lands on daily.

Well, I shouldn't say it can "easily" handle them, but it gets the job done. The 747's show up there atleast twice a year if not more.

[Edited 2007-05-07 04:09:10]
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RE: Planes At SDF On Derby Day

Mon May 07, 2007 11:18 am

Quoting Nwafflyer (Thread starter):
I've never seen so many in one place in my entire life. Most were jets, a few props, but even the props were 8 - 10 passenger planes. I couldn't begin to guess how many there were, hundreds at least.

The funny thing to watch is how quickly they start taking off after the derby itself is finished but still a few races left in the day. I was in the infield a few years back and probably 15 minutes after the race the private jets started leaving every minute.

Quoting Nwafflyer (Reply 2):
How can LEX support a 744? or a 777?

I seriously doubt they take off with a full fuel load. Plus I also doubt the queen and her entourage push a 777 to the max takeoff weight. The arab guys on the other hand I'm sure load their planes to the gills with God knows what just because they can.

[Edited 2007-05-07 04:19:08]
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RE: Planes At SDF On Derby Day

Mon May 07, 2007 11:28 am

Quoting SDF880 (Reply 3):
It was interesting listening to tower and ground as ATC was quite busy keeping up with all of the traffic. Besides all of the SDF traffic the tower had banner tow a/c and a bunch of helicopters operating near the racetrack which is on the final for 17 right.

Wasn't the Outback Blimp flying around there too?

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 6):
The funny thing to watch is how quickly they start taking off after the derby itself is finished but still a few races left in the day. I was in the infield a few years back and probably 15 minutes after the race the private jets started leaving every minute.

Probably like after the Daytona 500 at DAB, you can sit out by the runway for 5 hours with constant traffic leaving.

Too bad there isn't an SDF link anymore for the airport monitor on www.passur.com. That would be cool to watch after the Derby.
 
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RE: Planes At SDF On Derby Day

Mon May 07, 2007 11:35 am

I did see a blimp over the track but could not make out which one it was. I did not hear the blimp on ATC while I was listening, had to turn ATC off after awhile as it was to much to listen to for very long.

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RE: Planes At SDF On Derby Day

Tue May 08, 2007 2:01 am

Looked like the Outback blimp on TV