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strangest freight

Old 3rd Mar 2008, 14:32
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I am not a freight pilot but I do remember ("in the 70s") when a French Dc 3 /C47declared an emergency at Liverpool (Speke). When he landed and the side cargo doors were opened out popped a lot of LIVE LOBSTERS that had got loose and in the rear hold and onto the flight deck. These were being freighted to Paris and the lobsters obviously did not want to go ?
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Old 4th Mar 2008, 15:47
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There was a similar incident to the Great Lobster Escape
at Luton involving EELS from Ireland, and an Autair Lizzy.
Eels were popping up everywhere for weeks after.
Stronger crates were needed.
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Old 4th Mar 2008, 17:26
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Rhyspiper wrote:

The secretest secret load with extra secretness

Stuff so secret that if I told you what it was 50 million ninjas infected with HN-51 (who also happen to be freemasons) hired by the same arm of the CIA that blew up the WTC would absail from black helicopters with no lights on and they would all simultaneously give you the touch of death and then you would be dead and no-one would ever know that you existed because they would erase your identity.

That is how secret this was, and it was even more secret than all the other stuff that other people on here have "claimed" is so secret that they can't tell you about it or verify it for that matter.

As I previously posted we hauled Coca Cola "concentrate" on a DC-6 in the early 80's. I never saw so many cops (armed) and undercover etc. than any other flight Ive done including a plane full of prisoners, top secret military stuff, money, diamonds etc.

Things go better with Coke
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Old 7th Mar 2008, 04:06
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Can anyone remember Ace Freighters flying 2 tons of Nitro Glycerine a time
(Frozen in CarDice packed containers) from Lyneham to Woomera
in 1966. Did three trips on one of these.
Apparently for the Snowy Mountain Dam scheme in Aus.
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This sounds like a fairy tale to me. First, nitroglycerine is in liquid form, very sensitive. In explosives or pharmaceutical factories (it is also used as a medication for heart conditions, e.g. nitrolingual), it is usually made in a remote bunker, away from other factory installations, and then transported in polyethylene cans of 10-20 liters at one time to the mixing building (where it is being mixed with other components, like wood pulp and ammonia nitrate for ammonia nitrate dynamites) to desensitise it.
Frozen nitroglycerine is extremely dangerous, much more than the liquid stuff, when frozen, it forms little cristalls, which can go off at the slightest touch.
Not for nothing is handling frozen dynamite considered one of the most dangerous operations in blasting. Many commercial dynamite type explosives use a mix of nitroglycerine and nitoglycol, which has a lower freezing point.

BTW, I did my national service in a heavy rescue engineering unit of the German civil defense and was trained in demolitions and blasting, so I have a bit of experience (theoretical as well as practical) with explosives.
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Old 7th Mar 2008, 13:24
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Danger Kabooooom

Wow I'm really impressed by all that info MD11engineer!
Had we known all that back in '66 I'm sure none of us
would've bothered to turn up!
I'll know better next time. Thanks.
But , Seriously , That's the way it was then.
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Old 9th Mar 2008, 18:58
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Smile Greenbacks, lots of them

About once a month there is a flight from FRA to Libya with about 1 metric ton of brand new $$$, delivered from the Federal Reserve Bank in the US.

Worth just shy of 100 million, but dyed red, so no thief could speculate on spending it...
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Old 13th Mar 2008, 15:50
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Why dyed red? Why was it being flown around like that?
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Old 18th Mar 2008, 08:34
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Thumbs down

ah, come on!
1. "brand-new"
2. 100 million
3. bucks dyed red
4. to Gaddafi (Lybia)?
5. monthly

very hard selling story
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Old 18th Mar 2008, 11:43
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Box of advil from NBO to a lodge in Northern Kenya in a C310.
Total cost:$1200
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Old 29th Mar 2008, 21:20
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2500Kg of Pork to the middle East
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Old 31st Mar 2008, 09:43
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Flew from Kennedy to Colonge in a MD-11 with just one box. It was full of Russian Art worth 60 million.. And the person they sent along to watch the cargo was the hottest Russion girl Ive ever seen. Well, all I can say is that "I" flew the whole flight (and the auto pilot) cause the captian was to busy telling war stories to her...HA HA I guess its good to be the Capt!
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Old 3rd Apr 2008, 19:57
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I flew a Superpuma helicopter from Stavanger, Norway, to an oilrig 1.5 hours offshore to deliver a floppydisk. Never asked about using the internet.

Later that same year I flew barrels of oil out to that same rig
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Old 11th Apr 2008, 17:30
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Strange Cargo

2 tons of earth worms.
1 million honey bees.
frozen frog legs.
frozen sheep intestines.
used whiskey barrels (wow, do they smell great!).
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Old 14th Apr 2008, 17:58
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TMM - talking meat missiles - aka skydivers , they're pretty strange ...
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Old 17th Apr 2008, 15:05
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One more from SOAF

Sultan of Omans Air Force Seeb, mid 80's. At the end of Ramadhan the Sultan shipped, by air, live goats and sheep to outlying townships and villages so they could be slaughtered for the Eid celebrations.

They mostly went on Skyvans to the small dirt strips, but one C130 full of sheep and goats went to Masirah Island and Thumrait for the troops to celebrate Eid. On this occasion a dump truck turned up at the air cargo hangar full of goats, so I asked the Pakistani driver how we would get the goats out of the dump truck so they could go into their crates which were then palletized for loading in the Herc. "No problem sir" was the response as he yanked the lever that made the dump bed rise in the air. Result? All the goats slid to the back and fell through the unfastened flap and promptly scattered far and wide.

Seeb airport was then closed for about two hours while we rounded up the goats like crazed herders. We got most of them, but some of my cargo handlers had liberated goats jammed in the back of their cars ready to celebrate Eid in fine style.
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Old 28th Apr 2008, 13:05
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I remember a sign outside Liverpool airport which used to read 'Welcome to Liverpool. A nuclear Free City', whatever that was supposed to mean!
I was rather surprised considering I was taking spent nuclear fuel rods from Sellafield (which had arrived overnight by truck, through said same streets!) onto their rather odd destination!
But it was the early 80's!
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Old 29th Apr 2008, 07:58
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13 White Rhino to various destinations in Europe.

The challenge was that we had to load 40T of Fish ex. JNB on the same -400F, tricky, managed and glad to get them off again.
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Old 12th May 2008, 21:41
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The strangest thing I have ever carried in my airplane was a 20 ibs box with a heart in it. I flew it from LAX to Montgomery field. I had the permission from the chief pilot to bump up the power if I needed to get there on time.

It was fun,,,,
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Old 28th May 2008, 09:46
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In this morning's post:
6 boxes of live lobsters
1 bucket of live worms, type unspecified.
2 boxes medical samples.
1 box Fresias (apparently it's a plant)
Breakfast anyone?

Oh, and some post.
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Old 29th May 2008, 19:56
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car engines...

whATdo you think'bout 4 Volvo car engines on 4 PMC pallets on our 742F completely empty maindeck from vbs to orebro sweden?????

that's why oceanirlines failed down....

i don't trust commercial dep.
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