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strangest freight

Old 21st Dec 2004, 15:36
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probably caryying a Giraffe from Lux- DME, was only a young one though

have the pics to prove it and how cute it was, but cant post!
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Old 23rd Dec 2004, 20:58
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strangest freight

80,000 Lbs of paper eurs from VIE to ATH and 80,000Lbs of eurs rom LIS to BRU .
thats a lot of money.
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Old 30th Dec 2004, 16:20
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5,000 cases of Budweiser and Xmas trees to Thule AB
54 thouroughbred race horses to Macau
The "flycatcher" perimeter defense system to Ankara, Turkey
Several long haired "fellows" and a non-descript white van from point A to point B
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Old 10th Jan 2005, 10:35
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finally got it to work!.

Voila, the strangest one I've seen yet.

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Old 27th Jan 2005, 13:51
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Strangest freight

Wonder if anyone actually gets down this far apart from me - ah well - here goes.
In the Belfast freighter everything that you could get on board was carried. Satellites to Canaveral and during the last Cypriot punch up, a cargo bay full of polystyrene packing. Absolutely full - no weight but bulked out.
The worst one was when flying in the Middle East when we carried a homicidal maniac from France to Luxor. He tried to kill the flight crew three times, The first being on the ground in France then twice in the air approaching Cairo. Unfortunately he was the Captain. I left the company immediately afterwards and never flew again with that outfit.
With another outfit - one that flies very old aircraft out of an airfield in the Midlands - the crew inadvertantly forgot to tell the g/crew in Spain that the forward hold was full of new tyres. They( the Spanish) signed as having received a full complement and the tyres went back to the UK. They wouldn't admit in Spain that they hadn't received them and they were off loaded until some time later when "allegedly" they were sold to a local garage. Couldn't possibly tell you who sold them.
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Old 27th Jan 2005, 22:02
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Didn't fly it, but I reckon the strangest thing I've seen was a fully operational Main line Diesel locomotive for Irish Rail that was shipped across the Atlantic on on of the Russian heavy lifters (an AN124 I think).

It took quite some work to get it out of the hold and on to the transporter that took it through Dublin to the maintenance base.

As to why it was flown over rather than coming by ship, as the rest of the order did, we never found out the reason for that.
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Old 29th Jan 2005, 19:17
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During GW1 the 3rd a/c into Dhahran carried approx 15 ton of sandbags (full!!). Waste of tax payers money?, nearly as bad as the VC10 full of NBC boots that when opened turned out to be jungle boots. Needless to say the went back on the same aircraft!!.
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Old 7th Feb 2005, 08:41
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... on our passenger aircraft we actually have instructions on the seating arrangements required when passengers bring FALCONS on board...
Funny that- we actually did some falcon flying from the great sandpit to places like Rahim Yar Khan- hunting trips in a 146 Statesman...

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Old 9th Feb 2005, 17:59
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Op safe Haven, Southern Turkey/Northern Iraq just after GW1. Loose loaded (shovelled on) bread loaves delivered in the hover from our Chinook.

Four 20 ISO containers of dead Argentinians (by Chinook) from Port Stanley to the argy cemetary in Goose Green?1982.
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Old 18th Feb 2005, 17:56
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Some IRA prisoners form a High security prison in the UK to Ireland!!
Lots of security on the ground! flying freight is a lot safer!!

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Old 22nd Feb 2005, 13:56
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Flew with a doll that kept saying "mommy, mommy" and that is scarry!
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Old 25th Feb 2005, 02:38
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AirYard - I love your picture "the difference between Europe and the USA"...
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Old 25th Feb 2005, 16:49
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Flew Jordan last week out of BNE without any make up ...

Never seen anything like that before!
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Old 8th Mar 2005, 20:52
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400kg of dried fish wrapped in hessian with what appeared to be an equal quantity of flies (it had been piled at the side of the strip in the sun for four hours waiting for me) - it must be the most disgusting thing I have ever smelt, flew the whole 2 hour flight (and the empty return) with the windows open and the aircraft reeked for days afterwards.
Otherwise saline drips for a cholera epidemic supplied by the Indonesian government that were clearly marked as being 3 years past their sell by date, 45 gallon drums of diesel (not unusual until one splits in flight and you find two inches of diesel slopping around the rudder pedals), and ladders which are to long to fit in a 185 so you have one end sticking out of the front pax window and the other end out of the rear baggage door as if you had just picked them up from B & Q and are hoping the police won't spot you on the way home - the ladder made little difference to the aircrafts handling characteristics but when I repeated the experiment with rolled up sheets of corrugated aluminium roofing it flew like a pig!

Or as the aircraft was a kind of mini combi how about naked tribesmen covered in an inch of rancid pig fat to keep the cold out, or the guy with comound fractures of both thighs whose family simply bent his legs up as far as they could so there would be room for them to sit behind him on the flight to hospital.

Or the tribal passenger who decided he needed a dump in flight so he just let go in the back seat of a 185, with results that you can imagine. That last one actually happened to a colleague of mine and I p*ss myself laughing everytime I think of it (as I am doing now)!

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Old 10th Mar 2005, 13:49
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Strangest Freight

Our strangest freight was a full AN-124 575Cumtrs of empty egg-
cartons from AMS to CPT with a payload of only.....21Tons
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Old 21st Mar 2005, 08:55
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"Notice to Captain" on the Loadsheet says "One Live Animal on Hold #1- CAT"....during pre-flight turned out to be a beautiful Tiger Cub.
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Old 23rd Mar 2005, 16:40
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Best I ever heard was during my days in the commercial dept at HeavyLift, where one of the sales team sold a flight to carry 100,000kgs of ice cream on an Antonov An124 Spain to UK. Of course a An124 is not a freezer and some of the ice cream melted, well most of it in fact, then the shipper decided to try and sue for the lost ice cream.

Of course you do not work at some where like HeavyLift without hearing the odd story or two, or three, four, well lots. Especially if Webby was around.
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Old 30th Mar 2005, 21:21
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We had a body come in once, usually the funeral home comes to pick them up in a herse and it's all perfectly normal. There was this one guy that came in a beat up old dodge, got us to throw the stiff in the back and make sure it was secure 'cuz he had a long drive ahead of him' kinda a morbid thought - spend your last few hours above ground in the back of a pickup.
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Old 7th Apr 2005, 08:46
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During the '90s BY did a lot of work with the Born Free Foundation. One flight they brought back a couple of lions from Mombassa (I think) to go to the Born Free sanctuary in the UK. Problem was no-one told the loaders! Hold door open, GROWL, 2 loaders leg it!
Recall talking to a C130 skipper during GW1. He had been feeling very proud of himself having flown 3 Gazelle heli's and 10 tonne of freight in the back of his Herc. Didn't feel so good when a C5 parked beside him and offloaded 3 Lynx, 5 Gazelles, 50 tonne of freight and 40 pax!
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Old 19th Apr 2005, 12:34
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Back in the good ole 707 days out of Belgium we carried the lions, rhinos, llamas, pigs, chickens, rockets, hand grenades and the like but during gulf war 1 in '91 we carried 2 flights a day of rocks. It seems the king of Saudi proclaimened all in his kingdom should have a gas mask so we were hired to transport gas masks from Bratislava to Jeddah. Turns out that the factory couldn't keep up so they crated up rocks and sent them. The Saudis were so slow in opening the crates and distributing to their people that they didn't discover it until the day before the war ended. That was about 2,000 tons of rocks. hazzard pay was great.
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