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strangest freight

Old 18th Oct 2015, 08:46
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450 kilograms of frogs to a remote ranch, with even some swamp to keep them happy during flight, in half open frames in a Caravan. Guess what, Bose A20 ANR does not work against croaking ... controller almost wet his pants, because he got such a laughing fit on that permanent disturbance from the little beasties.

Got my assignment for Monday and it says "honeypots and horse semen", so I expect the recipient be Winnie the Pooh on a mare in heat. ;-).

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Old 28th Apr 2016, 18:21
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Some of you will shortly have an interesting load, see here

Just keep the crew meals in a secure place
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Old 3rd May 2016, 13:21
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A ships prop shaft on a Sterling DC6 swing tail (do I remember that correctly? - long time ago) with no means of offloading it, so we came up with some sort of device with slings and pullys and a mobile crane, one end suspended from the crane (which could only lift half the weight) the other resting on a pallet dolly on 10 ton forklift that had to be weighed down with as many people as possible that climb on the back, all synchronised to move at the same time. Modern Health & Safety men would have loved it.
KAR-AIR Finland had a swing tail DC6 and I think Aviaco Spain had one for a spell. As far as I recall all Sterlings DC-6Bs were pax configuration.
SABENA did a couple of swing tail conversions to DC-4/C-54s but I think they finished up in The Congo shortly after completion.
Be lucky
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Old 10th May 2016, 07:30
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Sabena converted 2 DC-6's to Swing Tail. One was for KAR AIR and the other for Spantax. They both were operated by other operators before ending up at Northern Air Cargo in Alaska. One was wrecked in the North Slope Oil fields and the other eventually withdrawn from service. I have heard rumours that the remaining swing-tail was acquired by Buffalo Airways in Yellowknife and is operating again.
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Old 23rd May 2016, 22:02
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-2 X 40ft boats on a 747-400F
-1 X 32ft boat on a 747-8F
-YPC connected 20foot pallets that carried a crate containing airplane wings for embraer
-26ton generator on the SCD of a 747-400
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Old 2nd Jun 2016, 21:43
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Had a couple of tons of silicone breasts the other day
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Old 14th Jun 2016, 05:24
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8 Q7 pallets of Miller highlife to Bogota Colombia, from Miami
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Old 23rd Jun 2016, 03:11
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Bet there were a few cases missing when you arrived!

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Old 24th Jun 2016, 14:38
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Live dolphin from LHR to Santago in Spain in a Beech 18. It was in a sling with an attendant looking after it. I think it did most of the navigating!!
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Old 20th Aug 2016, 08:46
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Live Kangaroos to Erbil, Iraq.
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Old 20th Oct 2016, 13:43
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Originally Posted by Wingsoffury View Post
Live Kangaroos to Erbil, Iraq.
The Kurds have a zoo there, looks like it's becoming a tourist spot, even with isis just some mile away.
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Old 10th Dec 2016, 00:23
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Like many, I've read a FEW of these posts over the years. Last evening, bored to tears and facing a home task that I did NOT want to do, I plowed my way through all of them. Now, nearly 24 hours later, I'm still LMAO about many of them.
In the end, cargo does not argue, as is common with SLF. The odors may be strange and potent at times and as anyone, foo or not will realize, in some world regions the cost of air freight is insignificant to the customers, especially if their goods are shipped NOW. I think I'm missing something important about such people.
IMO, Freight Dogs is one of the most hilarious sub-sections on this site, or at lease has that potential. This driver is now retired for some years and it would be untrue to consider myself a Freight Dog, I do not. I may have stayed too long at the fair, but the logs reflect only TWO all-freight flights over the decades. (Sure, I know the basics of Wt., Ba and C.G., but I'd have begged, borrowed or stolen to get a good Load Master if I could. "Oh, you don't need one! The Dispatch computer does ALL of that for you." And if it breaks down?
If there are one or two or three components missing from so many of these replies, they might be 1) Some sense of date, 1945 - or 2015 makes a BIG difference, 3) Aircraft type, and even 4) Origin/destination/routing. Flesh it out a little guys & gals as it would make for far more amusing reading.
I know that this section was not really intended to be humorous, but it darn sure it! My sincere thanks for all 418 replies. This is FUN, if often silly reading on a dull evening. I've also noticed that the replies tend to arrive in spurts; almost nothing for weeks on end, followed by a flood of new entries... NFZ
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Old 13th Dec 2016, 12:01
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After a spate of potentially disastrous FUBAR's, the mob l work for has employed a heap of load masters to mitigate the problems of automation, that you quite accurately point out.
Wouldn't say they are all good, but it reassuring that someone is overseeing whats going on "back there".

15 amphibious Jeeps ($100,000ea) LAX - CPH - DXB. Did the second sector.

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Old 30th Dec 2016, 10:21
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Wood you believe........

Palm trees from California, for a golf course under construction. The trees were transhipped in FCO, destination..........DXB. Evidently the local palms were the "wrong type."
IIRC there were three separate flights of 40t. each.
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Old 2nd Jan 2017, 15:21
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Flew a DC-3 charter from Dallas to Houston to carry a 727 radome from Houston to New Orleans. In that day the -3 was the only airplane available with a cargo door large enough to take it. It weighed maybe 10 kilos.
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Old 2nd Jan 2017, 19:09
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Originally Posted by airnostalgia View Post
Flew a DC-3 charter from Dallas to Houston to carry a 727 radome from Houston to New Orleans. In that day the -3 was the only airplane available with a cargo door large enough to take it. It weighed maybe 10 kilos.
Had a similar one. Front section of an airbus engine cowl from Atlanta to Minneapolis. If I recall correctly, it was only 1500 lb, including the crate, which isn't much of a load for a Herc.
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Old 20th Aug 2017, 11:07
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Unusual cargo

When I was flying light twins around East Africa, we would have dead bodies often. Sometimes they were in coffins, sometimes in body bags. One of my colleagues was flying a body down to Mombasa from Nairobi. The front right seat of the Cessna 402 had been removed and the body bag was lying beside the pilot. In the descent the body sat up, let out a long sigh and slowly lay down again. It was only expanding gasses being released but it really freaked him out.
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Old 21st Aug 2017, 13:21
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Exit stage left

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Old 22nd Aug 2017, 14:34
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Load instruction a couple of years ago placing the following items in the forward compartment of a B712...

Radioactive Goods
Live Horse Semen

All you'd need is some solid turbulence, a frayed tiedown or two, and voila - mutant zombie centaurs!
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Old 28th Aug 2017, 04:12
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Had a couple of tons of silicone breasts the other day
Sounds like most of my flights with Virgin Atlantic.
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