Foreign airliners in Iceland and other places. Last update, June 12, 2007


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Reykjavík Airport, June 11, 2007. Grumman Tigercat G-RUMT stopped over at Reykjavík during the weekend, and took off for Greenland and the US this morning at 10:45. It was delayed because of low ceilings  in Narsarsuaq. Note the condensation circles from the propeller tips.

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Reykjavík Airport, June 11, 2007. Grumman Tigercat G-RUMT stopped over at Reykjavík during the weekend, and took off for Greenland and the US this morning at 10:45. It was delayed because of low ceilings  in Narsarsuaq. Note the condensation circles from the propeller tips.

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Reykjavík Airport, June 11, 2007. Grumman Tigercat G-RUMT stopped over at Reykjavík during the weekend, and took off for Greenland and the US this morning at 10:45. It was delayed because of low ceilings  in Narsarsuaq.

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Reykjavík, October 12, 2006. The USS Wasp arrived in Reykjavík harbour today on a courtesy visit. One of the USN CH-53Es, from squadron HM-14, Vanguard, landed at the Coast Guards apron 2 to pick up media people and dignitaries for a visit to the ship at sea. Here it is landing on runway 10 in front of the Coast Guard Hangar 2.

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Reykjavík, October 12, 2006. Here it is taxying out to runway 01 in front of the Coast Guard Hangar 2.

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Reykjavík, October 12, 2006. Here it is taking off from runway 01 in front of the Coast Guard Hangar 2.

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Reykjavík, October 12, 2006.  Here it is taking off from runway 01 in front of the Coast Guard Hangar 2 with TF-SIF in the foregound.
     

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Keflavík, September 16, 2006. Two Hawker Hunter Mk. 58s landed here on the evening of the 15th. They belong to a company called Northern Lights Combat Air Support, owned by André Lortie in Montreal, Canada. They operate 12 of these on training contract with various forces of the world. These two, C-GZIB and C-GZIC were on the way to France with next destination being Exeter, England. Here B is taxying out from Kilopad 10, where they spent the night.

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Keflavík, September 16, 2006. Two Hawker Hunter Mk. 58s landed here on the evening of the 15th. Not often these days you see Hunters take off, particularly in formation like here.

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Keflavík, September 16, 2006. Two Hawker Hunter Mk. 58s landed here on the evening of the 15th.
Gear is almost up

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Keflavík, September 16, 2006. Two Hawker Hunter Mk. 58s landed here on the evening of the 15th. On the way to England.

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Keflavík, September 16, 2006. Being ferried to new owners in the US, this old soldier is taking off from runway 20. Note the condensation from the prop tips this early in the morning. This is almost certainly ex OO-DHL, from the L on the nose.

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Keflavík, September 16, 2006. Being ferried to new owners in the US, this old soldier is taking off from runway 20. Note the condensation from the prop tips this early in the morning. This is almost certainly ex OO-DHL, from the L on the nose.
     

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Keflavík, November 10, 2006. Airbus A380 F-WWDD comes to the famous crosswind field. The A380 did six landings in 40-50 knot 90° crosswinds, landing on runway 02, turning around on the other end and taking off on runway 20. This is the first landing. Note the runway lights can be seen and the markers on the left side of the runway. Note also the condensation coming from the front top of the engine nacelles.

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Keflavík, November 10, 2006. This is the first landing. Note the runway lights can be seen and the markers on the left side of the runway. Note also the condensation coming from the front top of the engine nacelles.

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Keflavík, November 10, 2006. This is the first landing. Note the runway lights can be seen and the markers on the left side of the runway. Note also the condensation coming from the front top of the engine nacelles.

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Keflavík, November 10, 2006. This is the first landing.

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Keflavík, November 10, 2006. This is the second takeoff. Note how the wind lifts the right wing. This did not happen on subsequent takeoffs.

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Keflavík, November 10, 2006. This is the last certification takeoff from runway 20.

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Keflavík, November 10, 2006. This is the last landing taken from the south taxiway with the runway easily visible.

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Keflavík, November 10, 2006. This is the last landing taken from the south taxiway with the runway easily visible.

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Keflavík, November 10, 2006. Taxiing in on taxiway November 1 for refuelling after a fruitful day in the wind. Note the engines hang way outside the edges of the concrete.

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Keflavík, November 10, 2006. Just to compate sizes, here is a Boeing 737-300 from Bluebird Cargo in front of the giant. Note the the Baby Boeing fuselage is about as wide as the Airbus engine nacelles.

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Keflavik, July 14, 2006. The old Sólfaxi returns to Iceland for a fuel stop. Here seen landing on runway 20 at 1020 hours in pouring rain. Originally N12826 for American Flyers Airline April 1st 1968, then to TF-FIA May 18th 1971 and TF-FLG October 1st 1979. It left for freighter and RR conversion October 1989, and has flown as N940UP since October 1990.

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Keflavik, July 14, 2006. The old Sólfaxi returns to Iceland for a fuel stop in pouring rain. Cockpit has been radically updated. Originally N12826 for American Flyers Airline April 1st 1968, then to TF-FIA May 18th 1971 and TF-FLG October 1st 1979. It left for freighter and RR conversion October 1989, and has flown as N940UP since October 1990.

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Keflavik, July 14, 2006. The old Sólfaxi returns to Iceland for a fuel stop in pouring rain. Here taking off from runway 20 at 1140 hours. Originally N12826 for American Flyers Airline April 1st 1968, then to TF-FIA May 18th 1971 and TF-FLG October 1st 1979. It left for freighter and RR conversion October 1989, and has flown as N940UP since October 1990.

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Keflavik, July 14, 2006. The old Sólfaxi returns to Iceland for a fuel stop in pouring rain. Here taking off from runway 20 at 1140 hours. Originally N12826 for American Flyers Airline April 1st 1968, then to TF-FIA May 18th 1971 and TF-FLG October 1st 1979. It left for freighter and RR conversion October 1989, and has flown as N940UP since October 1990.

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Reykjavík, March 29, 2006. Taxying south runway 19 for takeoff to the north on runway 01 is De Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8 demonstrator. Stopping overnight at Reykjavík like so many transatlantic travellers.

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Reykjavík, March 29, 2006. Taking off to the north on runway 01 is De Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8 demonstrator showing spirited performance. Stopping overnight at Reykjavík like so many transatlantic travellers.

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Taxying north runway 02 for takeoff to the south on runway 20. The wingspan is such that with the slope there was concern using taxiway echo. The converted B-57B bomber is used for high altitude research by NASA, as being capable of sustained flight at 65000 to 68000 feet, it is valuable for sampling the upper atmosphere. NASA currently has two of the Martin WB-57Fs working and hopes to use them for at least the next 15-20 years. The wings have been rebuilt with stronger spars, than the original F models had.

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Taxying north runway 02 for takeoff to the south on runway 20. The wingspan is such that with the slope there was concern using taxiway echo. The converted B-57B bomber is used for high altitude research by NASA, as being capable of sustained flight at 65000 to 68000 feet, it is valuable for sampling the upper atmosphere. NASA currently has two of the Martin WB-57Fs working and hopes to use them for at least the next 15-20 years. The wings have been rebuilt with stronger spars, than the original F models had.

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Taking off to the south on runway 20. The wingspan is such that with the slope there was concern using taxiway echo. The long wing and powerful engine make for a short takeoff run and a high rate of climb.

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Taking off to the south on runway 20. The wingspan is such that with the slope there was concern using taxiway echo. The long wing and powerful engine make for a short takeoff run and a high rate of climb.

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Far from its usual operating element of 65000 feet, the pilot did a low approach to runway 20 before heading to Goose Bay,Labrador and then home to Texas.

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Far from its usual operating element of 65000 feet, the pilot did a low approach to runway 20 before heading to Goose Bay,Labrador and then home to Texas.

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Far from its usual operating element of 65000 feet, the pilot did a low approach to runway 20 before heading to Goose Bay,Labrador and then home to Texas.

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Far from its usual operating element of 65000 feet, the pilot did a low approach to runway 20 before heading to Goose Bay,Labrador and then home to Texas.

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Sitting on taxiway November 2, as because of size, there are no other parking spots prepared to take an aircraft of this size. AN-225, UR-82060 arrived on Monday night, October 3, and is scheduled to take off for the US on Tuesday night, October 4, at 00:30 hours. Sadly the lack of light will prevent photography of the takeoff.

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Sitting on taxiway November 2, as because of size, there are no other parking spots prepared to take an aircraft of this size. AN-225, UR-82060 arrived on Monday night, October 3, and is scheduled to take off for the US on Tuesday night, October 4, at 00:30 hours. Sadly the lack of light will prevent photography of the takeoff.

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Sitting on taxiway November 2, as because of size, there are no other parking spots prepared to take an aircraft of this size. AN-225, UR-82060 arrived on Monday night, October 3, and is scheduled to take off for the US on Tuesday night, October 4, at 00:30 hours. Sadly the lack of light will prevent photography of the takeoff. the Fire Chief was making an inspection.

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Sitting on the pad by taxiway November 2, as because of size, there are no other parking spots prepared to take an aircraft of this size. AN-124, RA-82074 was parked on Sptember 28.

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Sitting on the pad by taxiway November 2, as because of size, there are no other parking spots prepared to take an aircraft of this size. AN-124, RA-82074 was parked on Sptember 28.

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Sitting on the pad by taxiway November 2, as because of size, there are no other parking spots prepared to take an aircraft of this size. AN-124, RA-82074 was parked on Sptember 28.

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Preparing to taxi out from the Leifur Eiríksson terminal on July 26, 2005 is Ilyushin IL-76TD, 4K-AZ41. These stop here regularly for fuel.

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Taking off on runway 11 on July 26, 2005 is Ilyushin IL-76TD, 4K-AZ55. These stop here regularly for fuel.

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Routing from North Weald, England through stops at Teeside, RAF Kinloss and Wick Scotland, Catalina N9521C, ex BuNo 48294, landed at Keflavik on July 11, 2003. Bad weather on the route to Narsarsuak, Greenland delayed departure until July 15, when it took off for Narsarsuak, earlier called Bluie West One, and then Goose Bay Labrador, the same route these valiant planes followed during WWII. The destination is the Fighter Factory at Suffolk, Virginia.

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Routing from North Weald, England through stops at Teeside, RAF Kinloss and Wick Scotland, Catalina N9521C, ex BuNo 48294, landed at Keflavik on July 11, 2003. Bad weather on the route to Narsarsuak, Greenland delayed departure until July 15, when it took off for Narsarsuak, earlier called Bluie West One, and then Goose Bay Labrador, the same route these valiant planes followed during WWII. The destination is the Fighter Factory at Suffolk, Virginia.

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Routing from North Weald, England through stops at Teeside, RAF Kinloss and Wick Scotland, Catalina N9521C, ex BuNo 48294, landed at Keflavik on July 11, 2003. Bad weather on the route to Narsarsuak, Greenland delayed departure until July 15, when it took off for Narsarsuak, earlier called Bluie West One, and then Goose Bay Labrador, the same route these valiant planes followed during WWII. The destination is the Fighter Factory at Suffolk, Virginia.

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Routing from North Weald, England through stops at Teeside, RAF Kinloss and Wick Scotland, Catalina N9521C, ex BuNo 48294, landed at Keflavik on July 11, 2003. Bad weather on the route to Narsarsuak, Greenland delayed departure until July 15, when it took off for Narsarsuak, earlier called Bluie West One, and then Goose Bay Labrador, the same route these valiant planes followed during WWII. The destination is the Fighter Factory at Suffolk, Virginia.

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Routing from North Weald, England through stops at Teeside, RAF Kinloss and Wick Scotland, Catalina N9521C, ex BuNo 48294, landed at Keflavik on July 11, 2003. Bad weather on the route to Narsarsuak, Greenland delayed departure until July 15, when it took off for Narsarsuak, earlier called Bluie West One, and then Goose Bay Labrador, the same route these valiant planes followed during WWII. The destination is the Fighter Factory at Suffolk, Virginia.

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Two C-54s landed at Reykjavík Airport on Tuesday, September 24, 2002, bound for North Weald in England.
N-44914/ 56498 taking off at last from runway 02, but leaving N-31356/44-42914 with a fuel leak problem still at Reykjavik.
Here doing a flyby of runway 31.

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Two C-54s landed at Reykjavík Airport on Tuesday, September 24, 2002, bound for North Weald in England.
N-44914/ 56498 taking off at last from runway 02, but leaving N-31356/44-42914 with a fuel leak problem still at Reykjavik.
Here doing a flyby of runway 31.

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Two C-54s landed at Reykjavík Airport on Tuesday, September 24, 2002, bound for North Weald in England.
N-44914/ 56498 taking off at last from runway 02, but leaving N-31356/44-42914 with a fuel leak problem still at Reykjavik.
Here doing a flyby of runway 31.

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Two C-54s landed at Reykjavík Airport on Tuesday, September 24, 2002, bound for North Weald in England.
N-44914/ 56498 taking off at last from runway 02, but leaving N-31356/44-42914 with a fuel leak problem still at Reykjavik.

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Two C-54s landed at Reykjavík Airport on Tuesday, September 24, 2002, bound for North Weald in England.
N-44914/ 56498 taking off at last from runway 02, but leaving N-31356/44-42914 with a fuel leak problem still at Reykjavik.

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Two C-54s landed at Reykjavík Airport on Tuesday, September 24, 2002, bound for North Weald in England.
N-44914/ 56498 starting up all four on Friday morning. Number one did not want to start until it had some hot dry air blown around it. Here only No.2 is still.

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Two C-54s landed at Reykjavík Airport on Tuesday, September 24, 2002, bound for North Weald in England. Here is N-44914/ 56498 trying to leave on Thursday 26, some smoke on starting number four.

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Two C-54s landed at Reykjavík Airport on Tuesday, September 24, 2002, bound for North Weald in England. N-44914/ 56498 trying to leave on Thursday 26. After a small starter problem with No.1, it started, but No.3 would not budge. So try tomorrow.

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Two C-54s landed at Reykjavík Airport on Tuesday, September 24, 2002, bound for North Weald in England. One had some manifold problems and landed on three. Not an uncommon occurrence in those days.
N-44914/ 56498 photographed on Thursday, September 26 from the Loftleidir Hotel.

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Two C-54s landed at Reykjavík Airport on Tuesday, September 24, 2002, bound for North Weald in England. One had some manifold problems and landed on three. Not an uncommon occurrence in those days.
N-31356/44-42914 photographed on Thursday, September 26 from the Loftleidir Hotel.

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Two C-54s landed at Reykjavík Airport on Tuesday, September 24, 2002, bo8und for North Weald in England. N-31356/44-42914 had some manifold problems and landed on three. Not an uncommon occurrence in those days.
This photo is by a friend, Morgunblađiđ photographer Árni Sćberg. Published with his permission, and with my gratitude.

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This Lockheed L-749 Constellation came to Keflavik on Sunday, September 22. It was due to leave for Duxford on Tuesday, September 24.
Going down runway 02 after aborting the takeoff due to backfiring at around 1130 hours. It left for Duxford on Wednesday, September 25.

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This Lockheed L-749 Constellation came to Keflavik on Sunday, September 22. It was due to leave for Duxford on Tuesday, September 24. Taxying out in heavier rain on the way to runway 02.

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This Lockheed L-749 Constellation came to Keflavik on Sunday, September 22. It was due to leave for Duxford on Tuesday, September 24. Starting up in a drizzle and low cloud, it is shown on the ramp ar NAS Keflavik around 1100 hours.
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Boeing 737 G-OJSW from Sabre takes off from runway 02 at Keflavik International Aiport on March 30, 1999.
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Airbus 320, N826UA from United Airlines takes off from runway 02 at Keflavik International Airport on March 30, 1999.
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Boeing 737, PH-OZC from Air Holland takes off fron runway 02 at Keflavik International Airport on March 30, 1999.

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Boeing 757-300 landing on runway 20 in high winds and rain on November 7, 1998. Boeing test crews brought it to Keflavik to do crosswind landing tests. The winds were gusting to 45 knots during the Saturday morning. It is easy to see the approach angle of the aircraft as it nears touchdown.

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Here in an earlier landing the visibility is a little better, but the angle of approach is not as visible as in the earlier picture.

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During the crosswind landings the upwind main gear touches first, after the aircraft has been straightened out. This photo reslulted in the photographer getting all the spray from the wet runway over himself. to the right in the picture, the windsock can be seen standing straight out 90 degrees to the runway in the almost steady 35 knots crosswind.

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One of Rich International DC-8s taking of from runway 02 on May 4, 1996.

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A rare sight in Iceland was this A-340 that landed on runway 02 on March 4, 1998. It had a sick passenger on board and stopped for two hours while he was looked at in a Keflavik hospital, but then continued with him aboard. Registration C-FTNQ

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Douglas B-26 (A-26) Invader registered N7705C landed at Keflavik 13. August 1998 on its way to Europe. Seen as it leaves the "Suđurflug" area outside the large Icelandair maintenance hangar.

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Invader N7705C on the Charlie taxiway on its way to the active runway. August 13, 1998.

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(Boeing-McDonnell-) Douglas A-26 Invader taking off for Edinburgh from runway 11 at Keflavik on August 13, 1998. When it passed the tower the controllers could almost see the pilot smiling at them.

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A British Airways Concorde taking off from Runway 29 on 7. July 1996. Concordes do not often come to Keflavik, but occasionally. This aircraft was bringing exchange passengers for the QE2 which stopped in Reykjavik harbour that day. It took back a planeful of people the same day.

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A Canada 3000 B-757 taking off from runway 02 on 29. July, 1998. Canada 3000 757s are almost daily visitors to Keflavik on the way to Europe.

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An IL-76 taking off on runway 02 on 8. May 1998.

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Douglas C-54 Skymaster SPIRIT OF FREEDOM takes off from Scotland and the tour of Europe at 1100 on the morning of 8. May 1998.

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SPIRIT OF FREEDOM makes a low pass of runway 02 after takeoff at just after 1100 hours on the morning of 8. May 1998.  The co-pilot, Candy Bomber, Col Gail Halvorsen can just be discerned in the right front seat, and note the fleeing bird just below the aircraft.

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Douglas C-54 (DC-4) Skymaster N500EJ landing on runway 02 at Keflavik at 21:20 on 6. May 1998.  It is on the way to Berlin to commemorate the 50th anniversary og the Berlin Airlift.  It is a beautiful aircraft and the sound is glorious.

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This is not an Icelandic Airliner, but the latest Boeing 777-300 prototype.  It spent Saturday April 18, 1998 doing crosswind landings and take-offs at Keflavik.  We know that Keflavik is windy, but evidently its fame has spread to Seattle.  The aircraft is shown taking off for home on April 19, rotating at exactly 3500 feet on runway 11 as the pilots said it would.

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Doing one last flyby of Keflavik before flying over Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, the 777-300 leaves with a very satisfied crew of test personnel, having landed and taken off for three hours in beautiful 20-25 knot right angle steady crosswinds the day before.  Could not have been better!!

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While Cargolux is not an Icelandic airline, Loftleiđir Icelandic was very involved in the original formation of Cargolux with their old CL-44s and Icelanders have always pictured the airline as beeing a little Icelandic. A number of the staff are Icelandic. Here burning a lot of rubber is one of its 747s landing on runway 02 in July 1997.

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