Update: 11:23am. Wichita's KWCH TV is going to televise the take off. It is scheduled for "around noon" and it will be broadcast over-the-air and on their web site per email from KWCH President Joan Barrett.
Boeing's Dreamlifter lands at the wrong Wichita airport. Its goal was McConnell AFB and it landed at Jabara Airport about 10:30pm yesterday evening.
|Dreamlifter taking off on a happier day|
Here is the problem: It needs 9,199 ft. to take off. Jabara's runway is 6,101 ft. It is so big, they have had to close Jabara. Buzzfeed has a great report including tower tapes.
|Photo by Alex Hunt and Caleb Carey.|
There are two public airports: Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport where the commercial flights land and Jabara Airport where general aviation flights land and take off. Cessna and Learjet use Mid-Continent's runways.
Beechcraft has its own airport. There are numerous small airports.
One would think in this era of GPS this couldn't happen… but it did. Now, they are trying to figure out how to get it out of there. Tentative plans are to try to fly it out around noon.
UPDATE: Here is a photo I took of the plane at the north end of Jabara's runway. It was raining lightly with a low ceiling.