For the aircraft enthusiasts !!

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015 at 16:44
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As you know when approaching Longreach one of the first features is the tail of a boeing 747 sticking up in the sky.
Well, Albion Park (just south of Wollongong) will also be getting a Qantas 747-400 (City of Canberra) sometime next month.
All the approvals have been granted. The pilots have been practicing in a simulator. And the plane is being prepared for this historic landing.
It will have to land from the North as there are too many obstructions to the South. Wind will have to be ideal as I think the strip is only about 1700m long.
The Princes Highway and surrounding roads will be closed (just in case!!)
If anyone is interested I will find out more info as times & dates are confirmed.
Should be a spectacular sight.



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Reply By: Frank P (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015 at 17:18

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015 at 17:18
I believe they also just took delivery of a Mirage from the RAAF. That was trucked in with some disruption to road traffic due to the wide load. Wonder if they are going to make it flyable again, though I suspect that at 1700m the strip is too short for a Mirage.

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Follow Up By: TomH - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015 at 18:57

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015 at 18:57
You may find it lacks engines as well.
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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 10:24

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 10:24
That would certainly affect its take-off performance, Tom :-)
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Follow Up By: TomH - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 20:51

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 20:51
Nothing a few cans of baked beans wouldnt fix ROFL
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Reply By: rodnirene - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015 at 18:40

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015 at 18:40
I heard on ABC that the 747 arrives about 8.30am on 8.3.2015, about a 30 minute flight from Kingsford Smith.


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Follow Up By: wombat100 - Friday, Mar 06, 2015 at 16:30

Friday, Mar 06, 2015 at 16:30
Hi Rod
Now due to land at 7.47 !!!
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Reply By: Roughasguts - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 07:24

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 07:24
So this record breaking breaking Aircraft that flew the worlds longest flight.

Wil now probably fly the worlds shortest flight, of only around 10 minutes.
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Follow Up By: TomH - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 20:50

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 20:50
Here you go Worlds shortest commercial flights

The shortest flight belongs to Scottish airline, Loganair. Its service from Westray to Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands spans a total of 1.7 miles and spends about 2 minutes in the air.

If you're looking for second best on this, look no further than Maya Island Air in Belize. Their 2.4-mile island-hopper flight from Caye Chapel to Caye Caulker ferries paradise seekers from blue water to even bluer water in the Caribbean.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 11:00

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 11:00
Thanks for that Wombat.

Wasn't able to get to see the 747 land in Longreach, but a friend sent some good photos of the event. Because of the narrow (25M) runway, the pilots shut down the outer engines so they didn't pick up any debris on landing. Stand corrected, but I believe these aircraft can land on only one engine, if the need arises.

Took a bit of finding details of Albion Park airstrip. It is not listed as Albion Park, or Illawarra, but Wollongong!!!

It seems that the main runway is a bit shorter @ 1586M than Longreach @ 1684M, but weather conditions, if the wind is right, should be quite a bit more favourable for landing, than the hot, dry conditions in Longreach.

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 11:11

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 11:11
Probably the pick of them?



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Follow Up By: Zippo - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 11:35

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 11:35
On one engine, they MUST land. (They can sustain flight on two in certain cases).
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 20:46

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 20:46
MUST land, eh Zippo?

That sounds like a controlled crash!

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Follow Up By: TomH - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 20:48

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 20:48
More like an uncontrolled crash on one engine
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Follow Up By: madfisher - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 21:23

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 21:23
I recently seen one of those aircraft investigation shows where the pilot landed a plane in the US with all engines out, plus the one that landed in the river.
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: TomH - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 21:30

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 21:30
I SAW that as well
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Friday, Mar 06, 2015 at 22:27

Friday, Mar 06, 2015 at 22:27
I have made about 1,000 landings with no engine (in gliders) and all were successful.
The 747 actually has quite good glide performance with all engines out. About 20:1 from memory. So it can go quite a long way to find an airfield from cruising altitude.

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Follow Up By: Zippo - Saturday, Mar 07, 2015 at 00:34

Saturday, Mar 07, 2015 at 00:34
If you want some interesting reading about jets gliding, google "Gimli glider".
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Reply By: The Landy - Friday, Mar 06, 2015 at 18:11

Friday, Mar 06, 2015 at 18:11
So more detail on timing for Sunday here...



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Follow Up By: wombat100 - Friday, Mar 06, 2015 at 18:27

Friday, Mar 06, 2015 at 18:27
Hi Baz Touchdown now expected at..........7.47
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