Okay...this has held my interest, and I've posted bits and pieces in various threads and have had a few requests/suggestions to start a new thread
about it...the plane that transported the patients from Liberia to Atlanta.
I spoke to a pilot friend who said (I hope I get this right) it is likely they refueled somewhere before Maine on the return trip. So I dug into it a
little more and am hoping that others here may find/know more than I do. So here it is.
originally posted by: [post=18244828]~Lucidity with a few additions...
PhoenixAir, Cartersville, Georgia USA
Phoenix Air Group, Inc. known worldwide as Phoenix Air is a U.S. certificated air carrier based in Cartersville, Georgia, USA serving a wide range
of clients by providing a wide range of aviation services. Welcome to our web site. In the pages that follow, you will be guided through Phoenix
Air’s varied capabilities – from air charter to air ambulance to air cargo to military training... capabilities that have made Phoenix Air one of
the most trusted names in the aviation industry. Home Page
One of their specialties is air ambulances, but they appear to do a lot of "military" work too. phoenixair.com...
At first we were told that Samaritan's Purse contracted with the company on their own. Then the military connections started to appear. And the
government connections. Landing at a military reserve base was a big clue.
Multi Patient VIP
One of the pilots also was the company's chief lawyer.
"I volunteered to fly," said Randall Davis, vice president and general counsel of Phoenix Air Group Inc., after he was back at his desk, covered in
contracts for future trips for the company.
Davis flew with a team of pilots on the second of the two missions to bring back a nurse who had worked with the doctor. The pair had worked in Africa
as a team through a North Carolina-based mission group. "These are selfless people," said Davis. "We're just hoping for their recovery. We're also
hoping for Emory and the CDC that they're able to research this disease so that it can be eradicated someday. That's never going to happen unless you
get them to a facility like they are now."
Phoenix Air Group is a special missions company, said Davis. "Sometimes the missions are medical, sometimes exotic animals or artwork. Some are
Read more: www.dailyreportonline.com...=1202666106682/GeorgiaBased-Phoenix-Air-GC-Flew-to-Liberia-on-Ebola-Rescue-Mission#ixzz39kx0UaYi
Here's a pretty damn interesting article about the plane used.
This Amazing Jet Will Transport Ebola Victims From
Africa To The U.S.
The jet initially took off on its mission Thursday at 2:03pm EST, but turned back after only 2 hours and 14 minutes of what should have been a six
and a half hour flight to the Azores for a refueling stop. Then, at 5:08PM EST, Phoenix Air flight 333, under the callsign "Gray Bird" made its way to
the Azores once again.
Reportedly, it was also Royal Danish military plane.
So, anyway, the official route was from Cartersville, Georgia USA, to Liberia (I'm assuming Monrovia, but haven't really seen that in "writing" or
heard it...maybe someone else has?)
Then the plane flew back from Liberia to Bangor, Maine, USA, and then on to Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia, USA.
Reportedly it then went back to its home base in Cartersville, Georgia, USA, for decontaminatin and preparation for the second flight. The second
flight allegedly followed the same path as the first. I think I got that right. From what we were told, of course.
The stop in Maine threw everyone it seemed for a loop. First they speculated it was for "customs" and then started saying it was for refueling. Who
knows...maybe it was both. Who knows what they could have smuggled in under all that sheeting and wrap, and for sure they needed fuel by then anyway
(maybe for the second time).
Anyway, other places might have been closer than Maine and just as well equipped. At least for refueling, if not the customs part.
This plane, again a GIII, has a range
of 5,070 miles (4,410 nautical miles) with maximum fuel and
reserves, but when flying at its top cruise speed, can go 3,330 miles (2,900 nautical miles) nonstop.
Distance is 8107 kilometers or 5038 miles or 4378 nautical miles from Liberia to Atlanta.
However, the distance from Libera to Maine? That's 7079 kilometers or 4399 miles or 3822 nautical miles.
So I guess it makes sense it had to stop to refuel in Maine? No. It probably makes more sense for it to have stopped somewhere else along the way,
someone they are not publicizing, maybe for any number of reasons? It doesn't make sense for it to have traveled with a viral disease onboard and cut
it that close to it's range capacity from Liberia to either Atlanta or Bangor.
Maybe it has bigger fuel tanks than the specs...I dunno enough about planes to know if this is even possible. Doesn't sound like it is.
Aside from all this, doesn't it look to you as if it can fit two patients? So why did they bring them one at a time?
So what's up with the Azores thing?
The tail number N173PA is registered to N173PA LLC, WILMINGTON, DE (Corporation), not Phoenix Air. The plane is its own LLC?
The plane made a round-trip flight on Thursday , July 31 to Delaware. It show it at the same time starting to make a trip to the Azores, specifically
to Lajes Air Base, but it then diverted, if I'm reading this right.
The last records I can find are from that date...I'm sure I'm doing something wrong.
The World's 18 Strangest Military Bases
See page 14...right in there with Detrick.
Lajes honors Biomedical Sciences Corps
That's all...I have time for for now. I'm working on a map, too.
ther places plane has been...
Thoughts? Additions? Anything else you may have spotted on this topic?
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