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Virgin A340 at Schiphol

Old 12th Sep 2007, 18:09
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For charter flights BA owned 2 towbar adaptors so you could use a B747 towbar to push back a Concord. They were closely guarded to stop them getting lost. We had a Concord in ARN on a charter, and after the push back was completed, I detached the adaptor and the flight engineer lowered a rope from the R1 door and fished it back on board!
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Old 12th Sep 2007, 22:58
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suppie,

Please read carefully what I wrote - I spoke about the MLG (MAIN landing gear). It has lugs especially for recovery movements!
I consider my question therefore still as open.

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Old 25th Sep 2007, 17:39
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Out of interest, which typeof A340 do Cathay fly into AMS (I'm sure I've seen a Cathay 340 there...)? And is the towbar really that different for each type?
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Old 25th Sep 2007, 17:45
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In the usual archives only CX 343 can be found @ AMS.
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Old 25th Sep 2007, 18:19
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Or there again, maybe a towbarless tug could have been used, of which there are plagues in AMS? Or maybe someone wanted a night out in town?

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Old 25th Sep 2007, 18:35
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Piltdown, someone mentioned already that KLM had a towbarless tug available, but wouldnt use it for the pushback due to insurance issues...
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Old 25th Sep 2007, 21:07
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A 767-300 towbar turned upside down with a 320 pin fits a 500/600 from memory. Don't ask !
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Old 25th Sep 2007, 22:29
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tug

We have plenty towbarless tugs at AMS but none of them r qualified for the 340-600 according the books
interessting ref the 767-300 towbar up side down
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Old 26th Sep 2007, 18:20
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Seen plenty of 'broncho' push back starts in DTW with thrust reversers on DC9s. Strange risky practice.
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Old 27th Sep 2007, 06:54
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A South African airways 346 diverted to Phuket recently due to medical emergency.. they were also stuck with no towbar. Dunno how they got out
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