N288FE a FedEx Boeing 727-200 cargo jet named Michelle, is stuck in the mud at Cahokia Airport. This retired three engine cargo jet, built in 1979 was first operated by Ozark Airlines, then Pan Am, and eventually was converted to a freight hauler and operated by Federal Express. When fedEx retired it from service in May of 2013 they donated it to the St Louis Downtown Cahokia Airport for Fire Fighter training. Its final flight was to CPS where it was left by its three man crew. Later, as it was being towed to the northwest corner of the airport, it sank into a muddy field. At an empty weight of 98,400 lbs the soft ground it was being moved on to could not support the aircraft weight. It came to rest with the main landing gear sunk in the field and the nose gear resting on a city street. In the video A hawk is perched on one of the main wheels seemingly assessing the fate of this poor old bird. A week later and after some digging, the wheels of this airplane were pushed on to sheets of plywood and it was pushed further into the field to clear the road. Boeing built 1,831 of these aircraft which served as both passenger and cargo jets.
FedEx 727 landing Gear in Mud
N288FE Boeing 727-2D4
Power Plant 3 Pratt and Whitney JT8D-15 engines
15,500 lbs Thrust each
Maximum Takeoff Weight 184,800 lbs
Empty Weight 98,400 lbs
Maximum Fuel Capacity 8,090 gal
Maximum range 1,700 nm
Maximum Cruise speed 0.9 Mach
Service ceiling 42,000 feet
Length 153 ft 2 in
Wing Span 108 feet
The cockpit view of a King Air 350 Night landing and flight over south St. Louis. Half way through the video we pass over a house fire. In the cockpit you can see the night lighting of the instrument panel and in the center of the panel is a Garmin GNS 530W combined GPS,Nav, Comm integrated avionics unit . The Garmin is great for situational awareness. It gives the pilot a map view with his course and weather super imposed on top as well as your normal navigation and communications functions
A Cessna Citation II landing on runway 30L at the Cahokia Illinois airport. The Citation II is an eight seat corporate jet that cruises at 365 kts. Cessna’s citation corporate jets fly all over the world and have been one of the most successful private jets ever built.