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Air Force C-17 Globemaster III landed at small Peter O. Knight Airport(KTPF) rather than MacDill
Aviation News In The Raw ^ | 7/20/12

Posted on 07/21/2012 9:56:41 AM PDT by Teflonic

Air Force Cargo Jet Lands at Wrong, Smaller, Airport

TAMPA | A military cargo plane that typically requires 3,500 feet for takeoff landed unexpectedly Friday at Peter O. Knight Airport, where the longest runway is 95 feet short.

Work began immediately to lighten the load of the 174-foot-long aircraft so that it might leave Davis Islands safely.

The drama ended at 8:27 p.m., when the C-17 Globemaster III took a hop over Hillsborough Bay to MacDill, the original destination. It landed just a few minutes later.

It was unclear why the plane, headed to MacDill, made an unscheduled landing at the small airport near downtown Tampa. Master Sgt. Bryan Gatewood, a spokesman for MacDill Air Force Base, said authorities are investigating.

Hillsborough County Aviation Authority spokeswoman Janet Zink said the plane landed “inadvertently” at Peter O. Knight Airport.

The plane, arriving from U.S. Central Command operations in southwest Asia with 23 passengers and a crew of 19, touched down on Davis Islands about 1:20 p.m., authorities said.

“It was so loud, it woke up my sister who was sleeping at the time,” said Chelsea Alper, 23, a Stetson University College of Law student who was in a convenience store on E Davis Boulevard when she heard the roar of the engines.

Minutes later, witnesses saw a caravan of military vehicles respond to the runway, retrieve the crew and begin to haul away cargo.

According to an Air Force fact sheet, the bulky plane has a wingspan of nearly 170 feet.

At 55 feet high, it appeared twice as tall as a nearby hangar, and from certain angles it eclipsed two blue-and-white buses that pulled onto the runway shortly before 5 p.m.

Peter O. Knight is a general aviation airport operated by the Aviation Authority.

It has two runways, including a smaller one that is 2,688 feet and a larger one that is 3,405 feet. The longest runway at MacDill is 11,421 feet.

Over time, the runways of MacDill, Peter O. Knight and Tampa International Airport have occasionally been confused with one another, though unscheduled landings at MacDill have most often made the news.

One week in 2004, two planes mistakenly landed there.

In 1984, a commercial pilot mistook the base for Tampa International Airport and landed a jet loaded with passengers.

This time, all the excitement happened at Peter O. Knight.

“This is the second time this has happened,” said spectator Gary Garrett, 71, who has a real estate office on Davis Islands.

“The last time, it was a 727 in the ’80s,” he recalled, “and they took that plane apart to get it out of here.”

All traffic at Peter O. Knight Airport was grounded for seven hours.

“I was supposed to leave about five minutes after that plane landed,” said Ryan Gucwa, 29, a corporate pilot from Tampa. He was scheduled to pick up passengers at Tampa International and get them to Georgia on Friday afternoon. Instead, he caught a cellphone video of the C-17′s amazing landing.

“It stopped about 6 feet from the end of the runway; any farther and it would have been grass,” Gucwa said.

Hours later, Alper thought the takeoff would be impossible.

“It was going so slow I didn’t think it was going to make it,” she said.

Dozens of people stood outside the gated perimeter, forming an impromptu tailgate party, as the engines roared and the plane inched toward the sky. With about 400 feet to spare, the nose pulled up and the C-17 was back on course.

Marti Smith, 58, a nurse from Tampa, came just in time for takeoff.

When he started moving, I started praying out loud,” she said. “It was quite a show.”



TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: c17; florida; tampa; usaf
The pilot is in deep doo doo but you can't fault his landing akills. There's video of the takoff at the link amd more details as well but here's the landing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdAvTMnb6co
1 posted on 07/21/2012 9:56:52 AM PDT by Teflonic
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To: Teflonic

Oops.


2 posted on 07/21/2012 9:59:47 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: Teflonic

Must have worn out his brakes.


3 posted on 07/21/2012 10:00:08 AM PDT by bergmeid (Leftism kills babies and economies. Leftism is truly a DEAD END.)
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To: Teflonic
“It was going so slow I didn’t think it was going to make it,” she said.

It only appears to be going slow because of its size.

4 posted on 07/21/2012 10:03:42 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The Democratic Party strongly supports full civil rights for necro-Americans!)
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To: Teflonic
I saw that crazy I think the guy needs to prepare 3 more letters

In a somewhat related clip

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ThoZNxy2JZk

One of my favs the tower commentary is priceless

5 posted on 07/21/2012 10:05:52 AM PDT by al baby (“If Barack Obama has a Harvard law degree, he didn’t earn that. Somebody else made that happen.”)
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To: al baby

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ThoZNxy2JZk


6 posted on 07/21/2012 10:07:04 AM PDT by al baby (“If Barack Obama has a Harvard law degree, he didn’t earn that. Somebody else made that happen.”)
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To: al baby

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ThoZNxy2JZk


7 posted on 07/21/2012 10:07:05 AM PDT by al baby (“If Barack Obama has a Harvard law degree, he didn’t earn that. Somebody else made that happen.”)
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To: Teflonic
and what did the pilot think all those tiny white planes on the ramp were for on an Air Force base??? needs to get wings clipped
8 posted on 07/21/2012 10:13:12 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: al baby

Wow that was close, Aussies are funny.


9 posted on 07/21/2012 10:14:03 AM PDT by Teflonic
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To: Teflonic
I can just see the OER.
* Outstanding pilot, even when he lands at the wrong airport.
10 posted on 07/21/2012 10:26:36 AM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Teflonic

Seems like someone punched the wrong airport code into the nav system.


11 posted on 07/21/2012 10:29:21 AM PDT by 2CAVTrooper ( For those who have had to fight for it, freedom has a flavor the protected shall never know.)
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To: Chode

Yeah I don’t think he’ll be flying for the Air Force anymore even if he can pull off a perfect reverse thrust maneuver.


12 posted on 07/21/2012 10:31:34 AM PDT by Teflonic
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To: al baby

Those guys were great. Good sense of humor.


13 posted on 07/21/2012 10:39:38 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Teflonic
i heard that... i wonder what the tower was saying while this was going on???
14 posted on 07/21/2012 10:39:47 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: al baby
we have Smirnoff... just damn
15 posted on 07/21/2012 10:41:23 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: bergmeid

With probably a smaller payload than this one, C-17s set takeoff and landing world records: Less than 1400 feet with a payload of 40,000 lbs, I think. This guy didn’t appear to be jumping on the brakes, but as they offloaded some payload prior to takeoff, maybe he did have a full load and did wear down his brakes. You may be right.


16 posted on 07/21/2012 10:49:52 AM PDT by Imnidiot (THIS SPACE FOR RENT)
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To: Teflonic
C-17 Globemaster Landing and Reverse Thrust Action
17 posted on 07/21/2012 11:29:40 AM PDT by BufordP ("Drink me if you can't take a joke." --Kool-Aid)
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To: Teflonic

C-17 has STOL.


18 posted on 07/21/2012 11:31:33 AM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Teflonic; zot

I wonder if the pilot thought he was flying a C-123 and had to make a short field landing in Vietnam?


19 posted on 07/21/2012 12:01:15 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: bergmeid

“Must have worn out his brakes.”

Reverse thrust.


20 posted on 07/21/2012 12:29:50 PM PDT by dljordan ("Tyranny, like Hell, is not easily conquered.")
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To: 2CAVTrooper
Seems like someone punched the wrong airport code into the nav system.

Possible, but after watching a 747 passenger jet line up for a landing on one of the runways at (inactive) Floyd Bennett NAS instead of JFK...ya never know.

21 posted on 07/21/2012 12:31:46 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: Red Steel
this should put it to the test then since it's STO is listed at 3000'...
22 posted on 07/21/2012 1:38:42 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: dljordan

OK. I never made it past my IR.


23 posted on 07/21/2012 2:06:00 PM PDT by bergmeid (Leftism kills babies and economies. Leftism is truly a DEAD END.)
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To: GreyFriar
I wonder if the pilot thought he was flying a C-123 and had to make a short field landing in Vietnam?

The C-123 vets all retired years ago. This guy probably set the wrong airfield coordinates in the computer and never looked out of the cockpit until he was on the ground.

24 posted on 07/21/2012 3:30:27 PM PDT by zot
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To: Teflonic

This was SO wrong on SO many levels.

A massive FAIL for these pilots.


25 posted on 07/21/2012 5:56:49 PM PDT by zipper (espions sur les occupants)
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To: Red Steel
C-17 has STOL.

That's what I thought -- I had a friend who worked at McDonnell-Douglas in Long Beach when the C-17s were rolled out, and he had mentioned their short-field capabilities. So, this report didn't really strike me as a huge problem for the aircraft (although it may be a different story for the pilots).

26 posted on 07/21/2012 10:52:27 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: Teflonic; MindBender26
Less than a mile as the crow flies.

Methinks there is a C-17 pilot who's ass in a sling.

5.56mm

27 posted on 07/21/2012 11:10:24 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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