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strangest freight

Old 10th Nov 2010, 15:29
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Regular shipments of over 20 tons of Body armour from MAN to DXB, Final destination Bagdad.
Nothing strange in that except the said body armour was manufactured in
Oman! Shipped to LHR then by road to MAN then flown back to middle east. Has someone got soething to hide
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Old 6th Dec 2010, 21:46
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A few years back I did some Dispatching at EGSS. Came in late one afternoon for the evening shift and one of our Ramp Leaders, who had the broadest west country accent you can imagine regailed us of his day.....

"Well this morning I was doing the Cyprus, loading instructions said one piece at 100kg in the forward hold. Well with 10 minutes to go no sign of it. Now rules is ain't if, if it's cargo and don't turn up, don't f**king go does it? So we closed up cleared away, pushed back and f**ked off. Five hours later I got called into Boss's office, Andy I gota suspend ya. Party of twenty to Cyprus for a funeral, sandwhiches laid on for 200, no deceased".

So needless to say HUM's became the watchword over the coming weeks. So late one evening as the show was coming to an end most of us sat around the table in the rest room awaiting home time, with just another Cyprus going on in the background. Radio crackles to life

"Cyprus from ops"
"Go ahead"
"Malc, have you loaded that coffin yet?"
"Whatever you do don't load that coffin. I've just had the undertaker on the phone and he thinks there's been a mixup at his end"

I've never laughed so hard with so many other people. I had to pull over on the way home because I coulnd't see where I was going for the tears in my eyes.
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Old 14th Dec 2010, 15:31
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hahaha that's a classic one - condoms to brazil! where were you flying from?
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Old 2nd Jan 2011, 15:39
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Strange Freight

Flying a metal box "trommel", only one, from a mine in east-Angola to Luanda during 2001, in a Hercules C130, full of diamonds !!!
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Old 3rd Jan 2011, 22:11
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Boerseun: Welcome and nice to see a fellow Afrikaner on PPRuNe! I grew up in "die Baai", so very close to you.

Sorry back to topic now..
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Old 26th Jan 2011, 07:41
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my friend said during the 2010 world cup the british government sent 40 billion condoms down there to stop people getting aids. It was a load of boxes hehe
Old 29th Jan 2011, 08:25
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100 tonnes or so of wooden chair legs....dunno where the rest of the chairs were
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Old 31st Mar 2011, 08:54
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Live rainbow trout to Red Dog mine in northwest Alaska.
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Old 6th Apr 2011, 23:18
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Seems. as if animals are always the strangest freight. I once had a very large sled dog team in a very small airplane--Piper Chieftain. Most of the seats were out, so, looking back, it was all sled, bags, 13 dogs, and one musher. After not too long, two of the females fell out, and the view looking back was just teeth, claws and flying fur. Quite a sight, lots like a really bad bar fight. The musher solved it all by literally wading into the fray and biting one of the offending dogs as hard as he could on her right ear. After that, all was quickly quiet, and he looked up at me and grinned.

Otherwise, a 747 should hold about 170 pregnant cows. But, when that mission suffers big delays, those ladies start having big problems if they are not off-loaded and watered. One of the most entertaining experiences of my career so far was watching my flight engineer trying to coax our local handlers into recruiting some willing local rancher into helping us. Which they did, and all was well. Nearly 200 pregnant cows on a Belgian cargo ramp is quite a sight.
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Old 23rd Apr 2011, 20:56
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I had six cruise missiles on one flight and a live, Navy seal (not the human kind) on another. Both during military charter flights.
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Old 23rd Apr 2011, 21:01
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Flying a metal box "trommel", only one, from a mine in east-Angola to Luanda during 2001, in a Hercules C130, full of diamonds !!!
I did that with TIA/Transamerica Herc's during the latter 70's through the mid 80's, while based @ Dundo.
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Old 30th Apr 2011, 14:54
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Bull semen packed in a liquid nitogen dewar. Delivered by armed guards.
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Old 1st May 2011, 00:06
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More Semen & Stuff

Every Monday, we carried 15kgs (gross weight) of Pigs semen from London to Denmark so a) I guess Danish bacon is actually English and b) the supplying farmer must have had an enertaining weekend.

Also carried British Olympic rowing teams "boat" to Ibiza for training but even on a Caledonian Tristar , it was too long to get in forward hold. We ignored the shippers instruction to "cut it in half" but that is exactly what they did then stuck it together at destination.

The USA used to buy it's surgical gloves from Taiwan and on arrival, irradiate them to kill all bacteria but their facility was broken. So gloves were sea freighted to the USA, we flew them to the UK, they were irradiated (told it was Sellerfield) and then we flew them back. According to agent, Gamma radiation kills all bacteria but not dangerous to aircraft or pax.
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Old 4th Jun 2011, 20:11
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Got sent over to DSA to offload a full B737 QC of very angry lions !!! Very strange seeing two blokes walking around the ramp with shot guns
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Old 9th Jun 2011, 21:08
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Normal day offloading the pax then was it?
even the two legged are at least grumpy

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Old 2nd Sep 2011, 10:46
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Old 6th Oct 2011, 15:35
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Used to fly Sea World charters around the USA. Fairly standard load:

-all on the same load

polar bears

Great times!
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Old 13th Feb 2012, 09:28
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22,000 pounds of dynamite from Ilopango to CHS during the Salvadoran war in a Herc. Military contract. We didn't worry about it, because if it had gone off, we wouldn't have heard a thing.
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Old 14th Feb 2012, 00:17
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Four hundred fifty kg of distilled water in 5 gallon jugs going from the the mid east to the USA. I guess they couldn't boil water in the the US at that time.
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Old 7th Mar 2012, 16:54
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A courier with five carry on bags. each with 75kg of gold. From a Middle Eastern country to Libya.
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