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Old 10-30-2020, 02:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I thought I'd share some of my photos of the sightings at this underrated, undisclosed airport located about 20 miles to the west of Detroit's large metro airport (KDTW).
I took two trips here in 2019, before this COVID disaster started.
You have the potential seeing 4 727 and 3 DC-9 operators here (after Kalitta Charters sadly retired theirs early this year).
If some of you are missing the roar of JT8D's on takeoff, this is probably the best place to go!
Being only 24 years old, the last 727's flying into Sydney were at night, some 10 years ago (VH-DHE), meaning it was almost impossible for me to see/photograph them accept for when they sometimes flew over my house on downwind for runway 16. It has always been my favorite aircraft so it's very special for me to see them active in the flesh. As well as these other old gems!

Day 1:
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Old 10-30-2020, 02:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Day 2:
More to come! As I slowly edit the photos.
Unsure if the 727 (N725US) will continue to fly, or be used for spare parts.
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Old 10-31-2020, 02:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Day 3:
First 3 photos: N216WE (Ex Fedex super 27) arriving and departing on a short 7 minute flight from KPTK (IFL groups main 727 hub).
Next 727: N209TR (Ex American Airlines) Interjet West departing for Laredo TX. (Note the 3 noses) one is a DC-8-63 (N865F) and is currently being restored to flying condition (she has been purchased by a new startup freight carrier) hopefully she will depart for KOSC soon for a heavy check!
The Kalitta Charters (N724CK- ex Eastern airlines) at the end departed off a different runway (headed for Laredo too). Probably one of the oldest 722's still active.
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Old 10-31-2020, 02:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Day 4:
Not as busy, Ameristar jet charter 737-200, and a USA jet DC-9 departing on the far runway...
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Yes a very underrated airport for the oldies but goodies... I follow the movements on flight aware all the time ...I remember when the Zantop Electras we’re going in and out of there as well!
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Yes a very underrated airport for the oldies but goodies... I follow the movements on flight aware all the time ...I remember when the Zantop Electras we’re going in and out of there as well!
Yes sir, I've watched some cool youtube videos of the Zantop Electra's flying out of the airport. Hopefully the new FAA modification requirements on the 727 auxiliary tanks will not kill any off.
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Day 5:
That's a $300 fine for speeding, 727 captain! (N729CK)
N727US Ex American airlines, (in the last photo, two ex AA 727's parked next to each other).
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Day 6:
Some early morning movements, it got quiet around midday so i headed out to KDTW to check it out.
Got busy again in the arvo so went back.
There are also many learjets buzzing in and out of the airport.
Also quite a few flying schools are based here, (see picture #7) how many of this generations student pilots can say they've shared their skies with 727's and DC-9's!?
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Day 6 cont:
Was great to catch the B-25 in decent light, as it was atrocious the first time I caught her!
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Day 7:
2 MD-80's and a 727.
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Awesome!
I wasn't aware of so many 727s and DC-9s still flying.
Thanks for sharing.

Such classics are a long gone sight over here.
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Awesome!
I wasn't aware of so many 727s and DC-9s still flying.
Thanks for sharing.

Such classics are a long gone sight over here.
Thanks Alex! And no worries, still got another day to upload, plus trip #2 with a friend, wasn't as busy unfortunately.
I took some video due to the fact that more of the movements where at night, can't beat the 'crackling' sound of a JT8D at full power at 5am in cold temperatures!
I also payed Bogota a visit, a beautiful city which has it's share of 727's too, there's even a 50 year old 727-100 still buzzing around.
I'll share my photos from Bogota too, if you'd like?
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Day 8:
Was my final day at KYIP, spent the next day relaxing with a few beers and exploring Detroit.
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