Here is an ATC audio recording of the Boeing Dreamlifter landing at the wrong airport while on a parts run from McConnell AFB to Boeing’s Wichita plant. Sounds like there were some very low information pilots flying that massive and highly modified Boeing 747-400 Large Cargo Freighter, otherwise known as the freakishly plump “Dreamlifter.” Boeing’s Dreamlifter was built to haul major parts of the 787 around the globe and back to major assembly points for the Dreamliner. This is fantastic audio. I give great credit to everyone for remaining so calm, but man these pilots, with all their expensive navigational gear, had to ask for every piece of info from ATC. Maybe they were doing it to cover their backs, but I doubt such acting will work. This could have been a very, very deadly affair. If there was a collision with another aircraft there would be literally hundreds of tons of metal and steel raining down over Wichita….
Now the big question is how will it get out of that airfield? Jabrara has runway just over a mile in length. If this Dreamlifter has some heavy cargo onboard I cannot see it safely flying out of there even with almost no fuel onboard. Boeing will probably have to unload the parts before the jet can safely depart for a very short trip to Boeing’s Wichita plant. Then there is the question of potential damage the heavy Boeing could have made on arrival or on departure, as this airport was never designed for such heavy aircraft operations. Check out the audio of the Dreamlifter landing at Jabrara airport in Kansas here: