27 February 2013

"Everything Had to Be Correct"

In the video at the link,

"A Boeing 727 approaches the runway at Merrill Field in Anchorage on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. FedEx is donating the aircraft to the UAA's aircraft maintenance program and it will stay on the ground at Merrill Field. Landing the aircraft on a 4,000-foot runway presented challenges, the flight crew says. "It was a situation were everything had to be correct," said first officer John Baines. "The runway surface had to be in a proper condition. The wind had to be right." Captain Timothy Powell said they planned to make a couple passes before landing the plane. "I wanted to touch the aircraft down right on the numbers," Powell said. "I was very pleased with that." UAA Aviation Technology director Rocky Capozzi says the plane will be used to train maintenance students."

Click the link for the video and more photos.

12 comments:

Stephen said...

Now if I'd have been aboard the flight my but would have left pinch marks on the seat.

Rev. Paul said...

Probably just as well they had to be empty, then. :^)

Jenny said...

Awesome!

There are some weird things on that flight line. :)

Rev. Paul said...

You betcha; Russian biplanes and all.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Some excellent flyin there!

Rev. Paul said...

You betcha, WSF. They did well.

Cathy said...

Gotta share this video with hubby. He spends a lot of time on his flight simulator. I've watched as he's made several dicey landings - once into a grove a pine trees.

Rev. Paul said...

I hope he enjoys it, Cathy. Tell him they could only land in winter when the ground is frozen, because otherwise the runway might have broken.

Sandy said...

Sweet!

Rev. Paul said...

Thanks, Sandy.

Old NFO said...

Good for them! Fedex is a good provider for schools...

Rev. Paul said...

I didn't know they were doing it all over; we only heard about the Anchorage & Fairbanks donations. Thanks, NFO!