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Old 05-16-2017, 06:43 PM   #1
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Only in Alaska

Was driving the other day, and saw the Dream Lifter taking off from Anchorage. A minute later a DC-6 took off. What a difference in size, age, and noise!
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Old 05-16-2017, 09:06 PM   #2
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Pics or it never happened.
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Old 05-16-2017, 09:13 PM   #3
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Some time back, I was camped out at the departure end of 3-3 leisurely taking in the chatter on ANC Ground, when "Giant, so and so Heavy" (a DreamLifter) was cleared to push-back on Sierra. Everts had already exited their pad and was doing run-ups with the DC-6. Giant called-in ready to go and was issued taxi instructions, while Everts called immediately after. Ground instructed them to follow Giant to runway 3-3 for departure. Everts read back the taxi clearance and confirmed...

"we'll follow the pregnant rat."

I've never been able to look at the LCF quite the same way since!
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Old 05-17-2017, 12:30 AM   #4
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Have to go to Alaska before they retire them (DC-6s of course), and fly on the milk runs by AS.

Although the Connies are a bit more eye catching (well just a little) they're both better than a stream of new 737s and A320s...
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Old 05-17-2017, 10:22 AM   #5
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Well, the story has a twist. I have an old friend who flies for Atlas, who overnights in ANC every now and then. He arrived yesterday and we went to dinner last night. Of course I told him the Dream Lifter / DC-6 spotting. He casually says, "Oh, I flew the Dream Lifter in today. Got qualified on it last year." !?!?!?!

I did not know that the Dream Lifter is owned by Boeing, operated by Atlas. Departs this afternoon, so I will keep a lookout and wave. I will have to get a tour on his next visit.

Small world...
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Old 05-17-2017, 11:19 AM   #6
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That is pretty cool,back to back. I saw a photo (can't find it now) of a DC-3 (parked) and an Air Canada B787-9 in the same frame.
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Old 05-17-2017, 11:20 AM   #7
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Well, the story has a twist. I have an old friend who flies for Atlas, who overnights in ANC every now and then. He arrived yesterday and we went to dinner last night. Of course I told him the Dream Lifter / DC-6 spotting. He casually says, "Oh, I flew the Dream Lifter in today. Got qualified on it last year." !?!?!?!

I did not know that the Dream Lifter is owned by Boeing, operated by Atlas. Departs this afternoon, so I will keep a lookout and wave. I will have to get a tour on his next visit.

Small world...
Pacmin version of the Dreamlifter on eBay right now.
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Old 05-17-2017, 11:22 AM   #8
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Indeed Mule. Back in 2012 I visit Alaska and Don was very kind tlo bring me to the ANC spotting point. For those of you that think that MIA is heaven you must fly up to ANC and see it with your naked eye.

There is also a fantastic museum close to Lake Hood.

One day I will be back...
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Old 05-17-2017, 12:43 PM   #9
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That was a great time Doc Santos!
Maybe next time we'll have more time to enjoy. Indeed ANC is a very special place and I miss it terribly when I am away.
Look forward to seeing you there again very soon.
And hopefully you will be able to stay a while and really enjoy it!
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Old 05-18-2017, 01:55 PM   #10
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Indeed Mule. Back in 2012 I visit Alaska and Don was very kind tlo bring me to the ANC spotting point. For those of you that think that MIA is heaven you must fly up to ANC and see it with your naked eye.

There is also a fantastic museum close to Lake Hood.

One day I will be back...
Museum: http://www.alaskaairmuseum.org/

The museum is a great spotting place and it grows every year.
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