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Basil
07-09-2016, 09:47 AM
Well this had to be embarrassing

https://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/07/08/ntsb-says-delta-plane-landed-at-wrong-airport.html

HealeyRick
07-09-2016, 11:01 AM
What's that saying ..."Any landing you can walk away from ...."?

SaxMan
07-09-2016, 11:53 AM
Kind of reminds me of the opening scene in the movie "Strategic Air Command", where an errant DC-3 wants to make an emergency landing at a SAC base. Turns out it is a drill set up by the Curtis LeMay-esque commander and the DC-3 is loaded with theoretical enemy soldiers. Good movie with some great flying scenes, and the typical Jimmy Stewart / June Allyson husband/wife chemistry.

Tybalt
07-09-2016, 12:25 PM
Delta used the slogan "Delta Gets You There" several years ago. Perhaps they could bring it back with a slight variation as "Delta, We Get You Close."

TOC
07-09-2016, 02:37 PM
Or the C-17 near Tampa fully loaded that landed on a commuter and light aircraft strip several miles short of the base on a runway in line with the one at the AFB.
NEW crew, unloaded cargo, max power and got it off the strip...and the OLD crew had a whole lot of 'spainin' to do back at the base...
https://www.flyingmag.com/news/cause-c-17-landing-too-small-airport-revealed
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkuqsd_tRHw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wi58Ds3Krgw

Basil
07-09-2016, 02:50 PM
Kind of reminds me of the opening scene in the movie "Strategic Air Command", where an errant DC-3 wants to make an emergency landing at a SAC base. Turns out it is a drill set up by the Curtis LeMay-esque commander and the DC-3 is loaded with theoretical enemy soldiers. Good movie with some great flying scenes, and the typical Jimmy Stewart / June Allyson husband/wife chemistry.

I love that movie! I own that movie! (I love June Allyson - huge crush on her as a youngster)

PS: I just got inspired and am watching it now!

NutmegCT
07-09-2016, 05:24 PM
I love that movie! I own that movie! (I love June Allyson - huge crush on her as a youngster)

PS: I just got inspired and am watching it now!

Agree! Great movie!

One of the best scenes - the "hard landing" of the B-36 during a blizzard in Greenland.

Yes!
Tom M.

Tybalt
07-09-2016, 05:52 PM
Kind of reminds me of the opening scene in the movie "Strategic Air Command", where an errant DC-3 wants to make an emergency landing at a SAC base. Turns out it is a drill set up by the Curtis LeMay-esque commander and the DC-3 is loaded with theoretical enemy soldiers. Good movie with some great flying scenes, and the typical Jimmy Stewart / June Allyson husband/wife chemistry.

Most of the filming of aircraft operations were shot pointed west on takeoffs and landings instead of eastward. That part of the filming was done at an actual SAC base, Carswell AFB, just outside of Fort Worth TX and the active SAC base operations would have been shown had they filmed to the east. The buildings that you see in those takeoff and landing shots are of USAF Plant 4 which has been operated over time by Consolidated/Consolidated Vultee/Convair/General Dynamics/Lockheed/Lockheed Martin. The B-36 bombers used in the film were built at that plant which has also built B-24s, B-32s, B58s, F-111s, F-16s, F-22 mid bodies and F-35s, several modification programs and a few "Project Cancelled" efforts since being built.

Attached is an aerial shot of the Convair plant taken in 1953 with part of the Carswell runway and taxi ways in the view. The aircraft in the red box is the XB-50 that was Convair's competitor in the jet engined heavy bomber competition won by Boeing with what went on to become the B-52.

Basil
07-09-2016, 05:53 PM
Agree! Great movie!

One of the best scenes - the "hard landing" of the B-36 during a blizzard in Greenland.

Yes!
Tom M.

That just happened as I'm watching.

One small editorial boo boo I just noticed. When Col Holland is back home from Thule, Greenland he is talking to his wife and about to meet his new baby. He gives her a present from Thule, which turns out to be a stuffed penguin. Since Penguins are found almost exclusively in the southern hemisphere, that present seems a bit out of place as a gift he picked up in Thule.

Basil
07-09-2016, 05:56 PM
Most of the filming of aircraft operations were shot pointed west on takeoffs and landings instead of eastward. That part of the filming was done at an actual SAC base, Carswell AFB, just outside of Fort Worth TX and the active SAC base operations would have been shown had they filmed to the east. The buildings that you see in those takeoff and landing shots are of USAF Plant 4 which has been operated over time by Consolidated/Consolidated Vultee/Convair/General Dynamics/Lockheed/Lockheed Martin. The B-36 bombers used in the film were built at that plant which has also built B-24s, B-32s, B58s, F-111s, F-16s, F-22 mid bodies and F-35s, several modification programs and a few "Project Cancelled" efforts since being built.

Attached is an aerial shot of the Convair plant taken in 1953 with part of the Carswell runway and taxi ways in the view. The aircraft in the red box is the XB-50 that was Convair's competitor in the jet engined heavy bomber competition won by Boeing with what went on to become the B-52.

Very interesting! Thanks for the info and picture.

GTP1960
07-09-2016, 10:03 PM
A few years ago, after a week long road trip, I dropped one of my Corp. VP's off at Greenville/Spartanburg AP to pick up his car.
we drove around the parking lots for an hour looking for it.
finally he called his wife to let her know her Mercedes had been stolen from the GSAP.
........she pointed out he had departed from the Atlanta AP.

NutmegCT
07-10-2016, 07:05 AM
More airport trivia!

Here's a photo of the Convair plant in the early 1950s. Note all the B-36 Peacemakers on the field - and the two YB-60 prototype bombers. YB-60 was Convair's attempt to use the B-36 design for the Pentagon's requested jet-powered long range bomber. The YB-60 lost out - to the B-52 we still use today.

43778

(To the south of that field was a house at 5108 Geddes Avenue - where we lived at the time. Boy do I remember the sound of the Peacemakers as they flew overhead.)

Basil
07-10-2016, 10:37 AM
Never had the opportunity to see a B-36 in flight, but it was always one of my favorite planes. I remember building a model B-36 as a kid.

SaxMan
07-10-2016, 02:29 PM
Most of the filming of aircraft operations were shot pointed west on takeoffs and landings instead of eastward. That part of the filming was done at an actual SAC base, Carswell AFB, just outside of Fort Worth TX and the active SAC base operations would have been shown had they filmed to the east. The buildings that you see in those takeoff and landing shots are of USAF Plant 4 which has been operated over time by Consolidated/Consolidated Vultee/Convair/General Dynamics/Lockheed/Lockheed Martin. The B-36 bombers used in the film were built at that plant which has also built B-24s, B-32s, B58s, F-111s, F-16s, F-22 mid bodies and F-35s, several modification programs and a few "Project Cancelled" efforts since being built.

Attached is an aerial shot of the Convair plant taken in 1953 with part of the Carswell runway and taxi ways in the view. The aircraft in the red box is the XB-50 that was Convair's competitor in the jet engined heavy bomber competition won by Boeing with what went on to become the B-52.

Wow. Any place that can make a B-36 look small has to be absolutely enormous!

mikephillips
07-11-2016, 11:29 AM
Being a reserve colonel at the time with a full combat tour over Europe during the war as well as being on Dolittle's 8th AF staff along with being Jimmy Stewart certainly opened the doors to film and use AF assets.

When I was young my home was under the training area for Wright Pat and Rickenbacker AF bases and we'd see aircraft out doing training all the time. One I recall was an f-15 and a group of A-7 attack aircraft which came over and circled for a couple minutes then the A-7s scattered in all directions. The F-15 circled another couple minutes, and then went a hunting..

catfood
07-13-2016, 07:34 AM
and the two YB-60 prototype bombers

Somebodies got b***dy good eyesight!