789 at KDCA

Did you guys know that the Vietnamese government flew a VN 789 into KDCA! So are we allowed to fly private 787s out of KDCA?

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Looks like they’re gonna hit the Washington Monument… But no, cool find! I bet they’re flying in for diplomatic reasons.

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No not really. I bet this was just a special that will most likely never happen again. You could try on Training Server though (:

That’s unbelievable! I went to the DC area for a day about a month back and stopped at DCA to do some plane watching. An A321N for Alaskan could barely get out.

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This is old news.


Not the best thing in the world to do. This was a special circumstance. The airport still has size restrictions in place.

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KDCA’s runway 1/19 is about 7,200 feet long, which is plenty of runway for a super lightly loaded 787. Takeoff would be difficult with a full load of fuel, but most likely the aircraft had just enough fuel to get it to a closer airport.

I encourage you to not try this on expert

I denied a 789 attempting to takeoff from KDCA earlier. I realize that he probably could’ve taken off but rather safe than sorry :)

As @Plane-Train-TV said, this was only from IAD if I rember, and I’m sure there was quite a bit of planning. Now in the skies of IF, go for it. Only thing I”d say is not when there is IFATC at DCA or nearby airports…

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