interesting factoid from your link:
The Bangor [Maine] airport is accustomed to dealing with diverted flights. It’s the first large U.S. airport for incoming European flights, and it’s the last U.S. airport for outgoing flights, with uncluttered skies and one of the longest runways on the East Coast. Aircraft use the airport when there are mechanical problems, medical emergencies or unruly passengers.
Yes, we have a little cottage industry going here involving hauling drunk Brits off flights, dragging them down to the conveniently located Federal Building (mere minutes from the airport) for processing and then kicking them back out. :-)
Thanks thouworm for the post. Had not read all the info when was posting. Went back to review. Wonder if there are any updates? Have heard via news on radio (local) this is being played down as a non-incident and the standard retort of [not terror related] by authorities. Everything read (in the main lame media) and heard thus far (radio) has to be the truth, one is required to believe, in the new obamanation. OOPs, hearing helicopters. Call ‘em off ... janet! Scary, thank goodness they continued on and did not stop.
“....The Bangor [Maine] airport is accustomed to dealing with diverted flights. Its the first large U.S. airport for incoming European flights, and its the last U.S. airport for outgoing flights, with uncluttered skies and one of the longest runways on the East Coast. Aircraft use the airport when there are mechanical problems, medical emergencies or unruly passengers.....”
Yep. It’s the old Dow AFB which became one of the larger SAC bases during the cold war. As a kid growing up in eastern Maine, I can remember watching groups of B-52s coming in off the Atlantic at tree-top level with their long black smoke trails off their engines. I guess this was to test radar detection etc.? That airport has over an 11,000’ runway.
Bangor International has had it’s share of diverted flights over the years. Bomb threats, drunk and unruly passengers, etc.
The City of Bangor gets fat fees from the airlines for these diversions. Bangor has a small amount of commercial airline flights every day, as well as general aviation. The Maine Air National Guard has a base that’s part of the Bangor International facility. It was called Dow Field during World War II. I attended an air show at the Maine Air National Guard facility in late May of 2000. It was the one and only appearance of the Navy’s Blue Angels in northern Maine since the Blue Angels’ were established in 1946.
Our troops come and go through Bangor International on a regular basis. After the first Gulf War in 1991, returning troops were met by mobs of local people.....the terminal was packed wall-to-wall with well-wishers. There are glass display cabinets in the terminal showing military uniforms and memorabilia from this era.
Since 2003, more than 6,000 flights carrying one million military men and women have landed at Bangor International.
Local people, known as “troop greeters,” meet each and every one of these planes no matter the time of the day or night. The troop greeters chat with the troops, give them pre-paid cell phone and snacks to eat, etc. There are a lot of flag wavers around here.