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(YouTube) Video World's shortest runway. Or "how a redneck lands his plane"   ( divider line
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2007-06-19 4:08:38 AM  
Yeah, but look how wide it is.

/old joke
2007-06-19 9:24:18 AM  
I'm not scientist, but isn't having a moving runway counterproductive to the credibility of this feat?
2007-06-19 9:35:00 AM  
That's one of the 'Missions' in Flight Simulator X. :)

/been there
//done that ;)
2007-06-19 10:15:31 AM  
now let's see that with a Jumbo 747
2007-06-19 10:52:50 AM  
Tripod, do you have one motherfarker?
2007-06-19 12:52:30 PM  
I don't get the redneck reference.
2007-06-19 4:06:19 PM  
rancidPlasma: now let's see that with a Jumbo 747

A 747 landed at Meigs Field in Chicago. you cut, you paste.

They put it there so they could tow it to The Museum of Science and Industry. The towing of it was also pretty cool to see.
2007-06-19 4:31:14 PM  
Not a 747 at Meigs, I was there, so I got a kick out of the fact it was a 727, the three-engined short-runway jet commuter plane with a built-in exit ramp stairway in the tail. Designed to access every short runway in every small town airport, it had some of th emost elaborate sets of flaps and spoliers and airbrakes ever put on a passenger jet. You see bits of it as a museum display in that Keanu Reeves movie where he's on the run after accidentally discovering the secret of cheap fusion. The scene is supposed to be in the Smithsonian museum in D.C. but it's the United 727 display at MSI in Chicago.I got tape of the 727 comingin at Meigs: with most of the seats stripped out and a low amount of fuel onboard, it was as light as possible, and the pilot buzzed the skyline ina couple of beutiful chandelle like passes before making an approach with a strong gusty crosswing. As he came ove rthe numbers, he had ALL the boards out, and was walking the rudder like Gene Krupa, you can see the reversers start deploying just as the tires hit and start smoking from locking up. He stopped that baby at the first, central cross-taxiway. The handful of United Execs that were aboard for the last ride and to make the press conference there came out looking exceptionally green. :-)

2007-06-19 4:48:52 PM  
Sorry for the typos, Daley makes me get all upset....

To be more clear, the youtube video references a "simulated" 747 landing there in MS flight sim, I was talking about a REAL plane landing there that was generally considered too large to land on the Miegs runway.

As to the sim 747, while it might be possible to land an lightly loaded one in that spot, getting off again would be tricky. You generally need much more runway to take off than to land.
2007-06-19 6:28:32 PM  
To the person inquiring about the 'redneck' reference...

Its an unwritten law that EVERY day, at least once, there must be an headline with a white racial slur.
2007-06-19 7:30:01 PM  
that's not a runway, its a way that's running.
2007-06-19 8:28:13 PM  
How did he see through all those Coors Light cans falling out of the windows?
2007-06-19 8:35:38 PM  
re: Fark Daley.

Absolutely. What a complete jackass.
2007-06-19 10:03:16 PM  
Too bad there's no online video of Don Quinn's C-97 landing at Dodgeville, Wisconsin. More impressive than the 727 at Meigs.

/Agreed...Daley should have gone to prison for destroying Meigs
2007-06-20 5:32:11 AM

747sp landing at Rand Field in South Africa on a retirement flight in 2006. Short field yes, but apparently a 15m wide runway just about as wide as the wheels of the 747sp.
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