Crew Flies Boeing 747-8 From Seattle To Pittsburgh For Sandwiches

Posted Jun 25th 2011 09:15 AMUpdated Jun 26th 2011 10:07 AM



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The Seattle-based flight crew testing out Boeing's 747-8 decided to take the new jet for a Pittsburgh for some sandwiches.

It all went down on Wednesday, when flight test director Paul Shank handed out Pittsburgh's famous Primanti Brothers menus while in Seattle.

Roughly 8 hours and 2,500 miles later, the flight crew landed in Pittsburgh to nosh on some sandwiches, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Staffers from the Pittsburgh-based Atlantic Aviation picked up the sandwiches, and the crew was back en route to Seattle an hour later.

Shank told the paper: "Everybody loved it. They were all like, 'Who would have thought to put fries and cole slaw on a sandwich?' It was comfort food for me, something that reminded me of home."

In the future, Shank told the paper, he and his crew will take the plane to try out some pasties in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and lobster rolls in Maine.

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. . . I didn't read it that way at all (bad move). I thought it was great. If ya have to fly to Pittsburgh on a test flight, why not get some sandwiches. I think where the article failed is in the fact that the author was trying to be amusing, and it came out sarcastic like a tattle-tale-tattle-tale-hanging her britches on a nail as in the opening line . . . They shouldn't have opened with the phrase "taking it for a spin." Could have started out with "Test flights aren't just up and down and stay in town ...we're testing this thing against a crash . . . want a sandwich? be back in a flash." gawd. I'm so good. Hard to believe I'm unemployed.

August 24 2011 at 2:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
disgusted boeing emp

Kate, you must be a tabloid reporter. All of us flight test engineers at Boeing are just amazed that you'd skew this report to make it look like we went joy-riding. PLEASE try to understand this was a test flight, the new -8 model of the 747 has to undergo many ,many hours of testing to prove -out he airframe, test the navigation system, ensure airport support equipment compatibility, etc. And yes, since the flight crew knew they'd be in Philly, they arranged for sandwiches at a local shop. And they are ALLOWED to do this, YES those sandwichesd were paid for by Boeing. Its called per diem. Twist THAT into another tabloid-style article, why don't you? Kate, is that your cell phone I hear ringing? Answer it, its the National Enquirer probably telling you your next article's late.

August 14 2011 at 2:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

For those of you offended by the fuel consumption, cost, etc., what's the difference between what these guys did and Obama using Air Force One to travel to Democratic fund raisers?

July 23 2011 at 2:40 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to jamies3545's comment

How about every other president who's done the same thing in their 747.

Your react like Peta when I swat a fly. Idiot.

July 26 2011 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

For 1, President Obama is the .ummm ..President!! All other presidents have used Air-force One for the same reasons.'d rather he took the bus? Ridiculous...

August 09 2011 at 1:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I'd rather he laid under the bus.

August 09 2011 at 1:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

We had a pizza delivered from Chicago to Columbus when I worked for Flying Tigers in college. We had a crewman there pick it up and send it on the first plane. It was still warm when we got it. :D

July 22 2011 at 2:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Conti

If they're going to Maine, they should fly to Bangor (2 mile long runway, used by TWA as the training facility for the 747 when it first rolled out for commercial service) and have some lobster rolls from Dana's Grill. Look people, the plane has to undergo a lot test flights. What should they do, circle Seattle? They have to take it to cruising altitude and service speed. This is a brand new version of the aircraft with a fairly substantial change to the upper deck. So chillax.

July 21 2011 at 2:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Pasties are from Cornwall (South West England) originally.

July 20 2011 at 2:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hey folks, it's a test flight. They had to fly the plane x number of miles to make sure it was operating correctly. Would you want to fly on a brand new plane that hadn't been tested?

Pasties are meat turnovers. They're Welsh.

July 20 2011 at 1:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

A bunch of unmitigated aholes. Shows how disconnected some people are...but it's their karma.

July 16 2011 at 3:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Larry Weaver

Pasties,what are you saying they are checking out strippers in Michigan? Sounds fantastic,that plane should be able to carry a heck of alot of pasties. Maybe while you're there you should try out some pastries. Although they won't be as sweet.

July 12 2011 at 11:35 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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July 14 2011 at 2:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Who cares? If the flight crew management doesn't care, why should we? This article leaves out a lot of facts, like, "was the flight crew scheduled to go to Pittsburgh anyway"?

July 11 2011 at 1:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply