Landing a Boeing 747 is to the pilot like bringing down a four story building. He sits atop a forty foot flight deck. With a wingspan of 211 feet, 5 inches, he has to find the end of a 150 foot wide runway, and often doesn’t see the runway until the last second. Approach instruments (category three) can actually land the aircraft without the pilot touching anything if he knows how to use them. At most foreign airports, the pilot takes over at the MDA (minimum descent altitude) of 250 feet on a precision approach and has to “hit the numbers” touching down at a ground speed of about 140 miles an hour. Over 800,000 lbs. and 380 passenger lives depend on split second decisions from his hands, heart and head.
Now, imagine landing a 747 without lights, in the dark, in a foreign country, with enemy all around. That’s what the pilot of Air Force One did on Thanksgiving Day, 2003, for Pres. Bush at Bagdad Airport.
Only those who were on board can perhaps appreciate the pilot’s skills. “Never do rainbows (runways) look so good than to those who have flown through the darkest storms.”
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