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.
Location: Gone from the FL sun to the desert Oasis
How about Komodo Dragons
Ok, heres my contribution. I had to oversea 3 Komodo Dragons from CGK to LAX on GA and then ship two to MIA and one to MSP. The one to MSP went fine, if you consider you couldnt approach the cages and had to stay at least 10ft away from the fronts. The duo to MIA was the nightmare from Hell. At 11pm on a Friday night, Bloody domestic carrier, no naames here, decided they wouldnt carry the creatures onto MIA. So with Customs, Fish & Wildlife, and Officers from the Center of Disease control standing around to monitor the process, I had to figure out how to get them to the Miami Zoo. Thankfully cargo carriers dont have problems with animals that could kill ya by looking at ya..LOL.
Also shipped Sly Stallone's Ferrari to the Sultan of Brunei.
Just remembered the time we loaded 30tons of McNugget powder to OZ. We all looked like Pillbury dough boys after that one
Princess Royal in Viscount - only one old lady noticed and then kept going to loo so she could walk past for a look. Suzie Quattro - strange lady Sir Teddy Taylor MP (before his K) Really nice guy.
Oh! You mean in a freighter? Most amusing: Two adolescent female gorrillas, one of which (whom?) made a grab for the FO. Best offer he'd had all month! Boring: Usual horses, flash cars etc. Strangest: A selection of colleagues of course!
...a 'sighting device' for one of Betty's underwater cigars.......raised on wooden pallets so that it would fit over the ramp incline. Cigar had exceeded 'peeping speed' and bent the other one 'somewhere down south!'
1. Gonorrhoea samples to DXB (all they would have to do is scrape a Dubai bog seat and they'd save a fortune) 2. Manchester United football shirts to HKG to be trucked to China, embroidered, trucked back to HKG and then flown back to Manch & sold.
Was at EGPF in the 80s when a USAF C5A arrived to pick up an American submarine to take home for servicing.
Doing walkround at LGW prior to flight to ESSA. Loaders were considering what to do about a box about 15'x3'x2' which was leaking clear fluid. Closer inspection revealed that it smelt of fish.Turned out that a Swedish holiday maker had caught a Marlin (?) whilst game fishing in the Seychelles and was shipping it back to Stockholm. I declined to take it, never did find out what happened to it.
14 live caribou in a DC-3 on skis from a lake out in the boonies to a nature park. They were tranked and hobbled.
A load of beds in a Beaver on floats in to a fishing camp. The cabin was full of matresses, so the bed frames were strapped onto the canoe strut. There was no room for a seat for the passenger that went in, so he climbed up on the matresses and lay down for the whole flight.
Live lobsters in an Otter on floats. The were loose and I spent half the time kicking the bloody things outta the cockpit.
Max Ward once carried a full sized upright piano strapped to the float of an Otter. He said his touchdown was so smooth there was nary a sour note.