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Gander International

Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:44 am

CNN Travel: Gander International ... index.html

An interesting article on an airport that once served most of the major airlines crossing the Atlantic.

TWA, Pan Am, BOAC, El Al, Air France, Alitalia, Sabena, SAS, Swissair, TCA etc. were all there and most had extensive operations with crew bases, dispatch etc. Even Aeroflot, Interflug (East Germany) CSA-Czechoslovak and Cubana stopped for fuel on their way to and from Cuba and many travelers on those flights got their first taste of freedom there when they defected during the stopover in the Gander Terminal. ... ing-lounge
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Re: Gander International

Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:12 pm


Obviously this was in the days that aircraft had far less range and there was need for a fuel stop. As range increased, the need for a fuel stop disappeared.
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Re: Gander International

Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:14 pm

I visited once in 2005 in a 767 with a tech issue that required a diversion. It was interesting to see such a big airfield with only a few biz jets, Canadair waterbombers and a few local Beech 1900s..
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Re: Gander International

Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:16 am

Reading the article, something caught my eye in the picture of the planes on the ground at the airport during Operation Yellow Ribbon - the C-5 parked alongside all the other commercial jets.

Why was the C-5 grounded? Surely as a USAF plane they could have been cleared to continue into the US now couldn't they?
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Re: Gander International

Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:23 pm

No, it was diverted with everyone else. The crew certainly didn’t have a Priority Tasking List number (my memory of the precise acronym is gone) that would have allowed access to US airspace. Every flight once the US airspace was closed required a NORAD number to operate. My squadron operated a few C-5 support missions on the 12-14 th, all were issued a ckearanc3 from NORAD.

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Re: Gander International

Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:43 pm

I remember that article from the Tribune, I always thought being the Rcmp officer there would be interesting.
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Re: Gander International

Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:56 am

There are a fair amount of airports just like Gander, such as Anchorage, though they obviously get a lot more cargo traffic than Gander
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Re: Gander International

Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:41 pm

Last time I tech’d at Pago Pago it looked pretty deserted, but once was fairly busy for PAA and QF

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