A group of friends and I decided to attempt to fly into and out of Milford Sound, a tiny little airport in New Zealand’s Fiordland region of the South Island; which has some… issues.
Over 3 days we ended up testing around 46 different aircraft, of which only 36 were able to safely depart: the CC19, TBM-930, DHC-8, Citation X, 717, all 737’s, all A320’s, all ERJ’s, 757, 767, all 747’s, 788, 789, A33F, A346, A359, B77W, A10, F22/18/16/14, All DC-10’s, and all MD-11’s.
In order to land at this monstrosity of an airport you have to stall over “the edge”, dive straight down (for what we later found out was a 900ft drop), pull up just before crashing into the runway, and then proceed to hit the breaks like your life depends on it; which it does. The only aircraft we have been able to safely stop on the runway are the Citation X, the C130, and all ERJ’s.
(Note: This list is ever-growing, so more will be added over time)
(Our lovely little hole in the ground: NZMF - Milford Sound Airport)
(Our first successful departure was an obvious choice: the extremely overpowered B752)
(One of us diving onto the runway for our first successful landing in the Citation X)
(Our first wide-body aircraft departure: the equally overpowered B762)
(An A346 having no issue pulling off a vertical departure from the airport)
(An E195 slamming down on the runway in order to stop as quick as possible)
(The aircraft we all least expected to be able to depart: the B77W)
(Last but not least, our largest departure yet: the majestic B748)
Special thanks to @CaptainRyan for giving me tips for landing at the airport, and for helping me set up this post!