After a 13 hour stop at the wrong airport, a Boeing Dreamlifter carrying parts for a 787 Dreamliner took off on a short runway and made the final flight to its final destination.
The Dreamlifter operated by Atlas Air Cargo took off at 1:16 CDT Wednesday afternoon from Col. James Jabara Airport in Northeast Wichita.
With a runway far shorter than 747 planes normally use for take-offs, the Dreamlifter lifted off quickly, without incident.
As a precaution authorities in Kansas closed off roads near the airport during the take-off.
The Dreamlifter touched down at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, its originally scheduled destination, after a short flight that lasted 19 minutes. The landing at McConnell was without incident.
Taking a wrong turn
How did a Boeing Dreamlifter, scheduled to land at McConnell Air Force Base, wind up landing at a small private airport about 9 miles away.
The Dreamlifter, a modified and enlarged Boeing 747 which transports sections of 787 Dreamliners, was on a final approach into Wichita when the pilot sounded confused about where he was landing.
Air traffic control tower: "Giant 4241 Heavy, do you know which airport you're at?"
Dreamlifter Pilot: "Well we think we have a pretty good pulse. Let me ask you this,… how many airports do, directly to the south of 1-9,… your 1-9 are there?"
The plane, operated by Atlas Air Cargo, landed at Col. James Jabara Airport without incident. Now the question is whether it can take off?