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  1. Ross Gale
    Ross Gale at |

    Why couldn’t they use a 747? That’s not too heavy. Or cut a deal with US Gov. to put it on a mil aircraft? Or freaking call AA or DL and rent or buy one from ATL or CLT? There’s something here that’s completely crazy and someone should lose their job over, but it’s boeing and they will likely get promoted.

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    1. Steven Frischling
      Steven Frischling at |

      747 is not Drive In-Drive Out.

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  2. Andreas Mowinckel
    Andreas Mowinckel at |

    Because you can load things in these that won‘t fit in a 747. The US military is frequently using these to ship large items, like eg. helicopters, between military bases.

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  3. Andreas Mowinckel
    Andreas Mowinckel at |

    BTW, none of the airlines you mention have cargo aircraft.

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  4. DaninMCI
    DaninMCI at |

    Silly. In just the time it would take to fly it around you could have just driven one in from say New York.

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  5. Ross Gale
    Ross Gale at |

    I’m not suggesting they have cargo aircraft. I’m suggesting they have de-icing Equipment within a few hours drive.

    All you’d need is a 747 with a nose door to load in a de-ice truck if that truly is the best way to get an iceman to CHS.

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  6. Mike Holovacs
    Mike Holovacs at |

    I guess we found the Russian collusion.

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    1. Ross Gale
      Ross Gale at |

      Ukraine

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    2. Mike Holovacs
      Mike Holovacs at |

      Even worse.

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  7. Dave
    Dave at |

    This is great, but the problem at CHS wasn’t really about lack of deicing for the airplanes (although there is none), it was lack of deicing for the runways. Those deiced Dreamlifters wouldn’t have been able to go anywhere. The airport was closed for four days because the Air Force’s entire plan of attack for clearing the runways was, and always has been “wait for the sun to melt it”. It’s always effective, unless the temps stay at or below freezing for 5 days in a row. D’oh. (Side note:. CHS is joint usebAir Force Base, so the Air Force is responsible for things like airfield maintenance, runway conditions, etc, not the civilian airport managers.

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  8. Brian Fisher
    Brian Fisher at |

    I know this is a novice question, but is there any way to track this flight? IE, what the flight number would be? Would love to see that bad boy on the ground here.

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    1. Michael J. Graven
      Michael J. Graven at |
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    2. Brian Fisher
      Brian Fisher at |

      Thank you! Any word on if this flight has actually taken place already? Don’t see it scheduled or airborne.

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    3. Michael J. Graven
      Michael J. Graven at |

      Brian Fisher dunno. VD also ID-blocks a lot of their flights. You may need to try Flightradar24 alerts or ADSBExchange as well. The latter doesn’t use FAA block lists.

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    4. Brian Fisher
      Brian Fisher at |

      Michael J. Graven Thank you. I’ll keep poking around and see what I can find. Wouldn’t surprise me if the flight took place overnight, but doesn’t hurt to look!

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  9. Dave
    Dave at |

    There’s still hope. These planes actually come to CHS once in a while. They park over on the C-17 ramp, so presumably they are carrying some sort of military cargo when they are here.

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  10. Robert
    Robert at |

    I saw one of these a long time ago at SLC, made a special trip up to see it. It was amazingly huge. Whenever a unique aircraft lands in SLC I try to get there to see it, I wasn’t able to go see the emergency landed A-380 a few years ago. And even though I don’t like President Trump it’s always impressive to see Air Force One, that visit late last year was impressive as well.

    It would seem like a C-5 could handle this load too, why not contract with the USAF for it?

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  11. Seth Miller
    Seth Miller at |

    https://t.co/Vnczffgvg1 seems to be the filed flight plan.

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    1. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      VDA5300 for a flight number.

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    2. Brian Fisher
      Brian Fisher at |

      Thanks for that! Looks like it will be here later this evening. Might be hard to get a good glimpse, but pretty cool that it is coming here.

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  12. JohnB
    JohnB at |

    After this weather event, why would any airline/airport sell or lend deicing equipment? None of the airports mentioned has spare equipment of this type. We are in a winter of unusual weather patterns. No operator, in their right minds, would sell or lend their deicing equipment. I’m sure Boeing inquired first, before going this route.

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  13. Glen Towler
    Glen Towler at |

    I do wonder why people are getting upset that they not using a 747 for this job. I am sure the dispatchers checked which aircraft is best for the job.

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