Giant military cargo plane lands at small Tampa airport

Somebody’s got some ‘splainin’ to do…

TAMPA (FOX 13) –

Residents of Davis Island got an unusual sight Friday afternoon: A large military cargo plane “inadvertently” landed at Peter O. Knight Airport instead of MacDill Air Force Base.

The C-17 Globemaster roared in around 1:20 p.m., surprising many in the downtown area.

“I see this big guy coming over the top of the hangars there. And I knew, him being that low, that he was at the wrong airport,” recalled corporate pilot Ryan Gucwa, who provided the video footage of the landing seen here. “He touched down probably about a third of the way down the runway and as soon as they did they slammed on those brakes. I thought for sure they were going to go off the end of the runway.”

The small waterfront airport usually handles commuter planes and other general aviation aircraft. Its longest runway is 3,400 feet; Boeing, the plane’s manufacturer, says the 164-foot plane can land in as little as 3,000 feet.

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5 thoughts on “Giant military cargo plane lands at small Tampa airport”

  1. PIlot: “Boeing says this thing will land in 3,000 feet.”
    Co-Pilot: “Oh bullsh*t.”
    Pilot: “How ’bout that little runway down there? It looks like about 3,500.”
    Co-Pilot: “I dare ya.”
    Pilot: “No, we better not. Remember the fly-by scene from Top Gun?”
    Co-Pilot: “Awww, you don’t have a hair on your a**!”
    Pilot: “Okay, then, smart-a**, watch this!”

  2. Geez, I just now remembered to watch the video, the pilots have some xplaining to do. I would most definetely not want to be in their shoes.

  3. That’s going to leave a mark on their OERs. A for Airmanship, F for Navigation and Judgement?

  4. Those of us with Flight Training know you can land an AC on a strip too short to launch from. I hope they are reeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaal light when they try it.

    I hope they were reeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaal light when they landed too. A C-130 landed on the Barnesville, OH airport and destroyed the runway pavement. Most General Aviation airport runways are built for AC of 12,000 pounds or less. I’d bet the C-17 is heavier than that empty.

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