Auburn flight to BCS: DL 747?


#1

I was just watching the Orange Bowl, and they showed the Auburn team deplaning to get ready for the really big game. It was a DL 747, which kinda surprised me because that’s a lot of capacity, but maybe they had the band etc. on board. Also, it was out of ATL, so did they have to take a bus there? You would think that there might have been a closer airport that could handle a 747.

flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL8900


#2

Montgomery (KMGM) is the closest “decent” airport to Auburn. However, they have a 500,000 lb limit on 747’s there and not much room to move.
I guess they’d rather bus it to ATL instead of, say, Birmingham.


#3

Auburn frequently uses CSG. But a 747 at CSG … not a good idea. To my knowledge that has only happened once, and that was many many years ago. Thus, it seems logical to use ATL. Auburn to the ATL Airport is a short 90-minute ride up I-85.


#4

for all prosperity: flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL8 … /KATL/KPHX


#5

LOL, look at the flight track … it left ATL and flew right back down to Auburn (approximately) before turning west.


#6

The guys on this thread (I know it’s a Bama thread) claim that they had Delta change the flight path to fly over Auburn. What’s the point, I mean you might be able to recognize the stadium and the airport but it just seems silly if it’s true. Here’s the thread: tidefans.com/forums/football … silly.html


#7

Is there a way to find out what the altitude was when they went over Auburn? If they were able to do it at a few 1000 feet, that might have been interesting for both passengers and folks on the ground.

Does anybody know the tail number?


#8

N667US


#9

Thanks. But I just used FlightAware to track the flights on the plane, and it says the last flight was over week ago. Why would that be?


#10

Don’t know but I check it with this ACARS tracker and that is what came up,

antonakis.co.uk/acars.php?page=request


#11

bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-0 … cmpid=yhoo


#12

We don’t always get tail numbers for charter flights.

There’s no dip in the altitude graph until the final descent, so passing over Auburn was at 38-40k feet.


#13

GO DUCKS


#14

If only they would paint a 747 like this. :wink:


#15

Dear lord. Typical Bama fans whining and moaning.


#16

This pic confirms it was N667US (ship 6307 is N667US)

flickr.com/photos/auburnuniv … 324460700/

airliners.net/photo/Delta-Ai … 1792765/L/