Jumbo Jet Crew Had Right City, But Wrong Airport

WICHITA, Kan. (November 21, 2013) The crew of A 747 jumbo jet used to haul parts for construction of Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner jet had the right city, but landed at the wrong airport Wednesday evening in Wichita, Kan.

Boeing says the Dreamlifter landed safely Wednesday evening at Colonel James Jabara Airport, several miles from McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita where it was supposed to touch down.

Boeing spokesman Marc Birtel says the Dreamlifter was bound for McConnell because it is adjacent to Spirit AeroSystems, a major supplier for the Dreamliner, but did not say why or how the plane landed at the wrong airport.

Spirit makes the forward section or nose area of the jet's fuselage.

Boeing uses four modified 747s to haul parts for the new plane's construction.

At first it appeared the 6,100-foot runway at the airport would be too short for the plane to take off, but the crew got the jet into the air around midday Thursday and made the short flight to the right place.

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