Freight DogsFinally a forum for those midnight prowler types who utilise the unglamorous parts of airports that many of us never get to see. Freight Dogs is for pilots and crew who operate mostly without SLF.
But of course, you are most correct my dear Watson - about the SAT part of course! (Of course I could always be Miss Zones, couldn't I?)
Not directly involved with Free Willy, that was sold and organised Stateside. U r correct though, SAT did lots of fun stuff with the Hercs. Airdrops, oil spraying, refugee's, lots of odd cargo similar to that recounted by others herein.
I got mainly involved with good old fashioned ACMI stuff with the jets.... but the fun stuff such as the Giraffe's provided much needed distraction to day to day chores!!
Baby (and adolescent) crocodiles, loose, in an Islander in West Irian. (I figured if the croc hunter was prepare to sit down the back with them it was OK, although some of them wound up under my feet a couple of times) I was younger then.
Opium (legal) out of Tasmania, in a 727, but then, everyone's done that.
"Baby (and adolescent) crocodiles, loose, in an Islander in West Irian. (I figured if the croc hunter was prepare to sit down the back with them it was OK, although some of them wound up under my feet a couple of times) "
Had a baby pig that made a run for it and got behind the rudder pedals. A lot of squealing and incontinence (the pig) while we got that one out!
Stangest was being accused of stealing (in flight) of over a ton of Yams, by a shipper who could not grasp the concept of evaporation loss, (although on a previous flight we had dumped a couple of tons of loose macheroni from split sacks, by using a hose pipe through the sextant hole.)
Back in the days of the ol' CL44 we did things like -
20T of special grass (green stuff, not THAT grass!). Flown from California with a Tigers 74 into LHR, trucked to STN & then flown to MCT. Had to be in the ground within 24 hours of pick-up so the Sultan of MCT had a bunch of locals with dibbers in hand awaiting our arrival;
Also into MCT, a complete circus but I've told that one before so won't get boring;
4T rhino HKG to MST;
Won't even go near the 9mm carpet slippers & the 7.6mm agricultural machinery although did do 4 rocket launching Landrovers into THR 2 days before the Shah left!
(Goes misty eyed - nostalgia 'ain't what it used to be)
Not my story, second hand from a mate - but I'll tell it anyway.
An RAF Hercules many years ago with my mate as the FE was due to fly from Colombo to Singapore empty, but at the last minute some frieght showed up in the form of an RAF police dog with it's handler. The dog had an abcess on a tooth which was going to be treated in SIngapore and was loaded in a wooded kennel crate.
In the climb, the dog's abcess got a bit painful as the pressure reduced. The dog went apesh!t and smashed it's way out of the crate. The crew barricaded themselves on the flightdeck and suggested to the handler that he should go back and calm it down.
"**** Off, h'ell eat me" was the reply.
So the solution was to go onto oxygen, depressurise, wait until the dog passed through hypoxia out than lash it to the floor!
did not fly it myself, but arranged for it in the late 80's:
the oceanic games (or south pacific games) were to be held in tonga and a 20' container worth of rubber granulate (for the running track) was not depatched in time from europe by seafreight.
2 weeks before opening of the games, this was noticed and off went 18 tons of 50kgs bags to SIN by airfreight, palletized - still mae it down to AKL palletized, but from there it was belly in 727 and 737.
the running track was useable (eg DRY) 6 hours before the opening ceremony.
invoice value of the rubber granulate came in at a mere USD 5.000, but the freight went six digits.
about 15% of the bags were broken in transit in AKL, but the quantity ended up bebing sufficient.
the supplier of the rubber granulate went bust in the early 90's following a major scandal.
A collegue of mine had a flight with thousands of one day old ducks in the back. During the flight he and the FO suddenly heard funny sounds inside the cockpit. They searched and found one little duck behind the Captains rudder paddel....
Know of a bloke who wrecked a TriPacer with 20 odd baby ostriches crawling around in the back and on the right seat (Engine failure, actually, before anyone barks up the wrong tree). Rumour has it he then shovelled the wreck down a well to hide the evidence of ostrich smuggling..........?