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In Case of Emergency, Fly to One Tiny Airport in MaineTrouble lands here, sometimes twice a week. Airline flights with security threats, sick passengers and mechanical problems often end up at Bangor International Airport—the first or last major airport in the U.S. for the hundreds of flights across the Atlantic Ocean every day. Flights that are running low on fuel or need to wait out bad weather at their destinations put down here, too. (online.wsj.com) More...
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Bangor is definitely a class act. We overnighted there many times and everybody from the airport to the hotel and restaurants were great. The hotel was hosting a unit of A-10 drivers one night and we partied late (long overnight). Brought back memories of my Air Force times.
The headline on Yahoo was misleading. The airport is not tiny although Bangor is. KBGR is a National Guard field for KC-135 tankers and was an alternate for the Space Shuttles as well!
With 2.6 miles in runway length, I can see why it was good alternate for the shuttle.LOL
I live in line with the runway and my company does work there every once in a while. The team they have there is a class act. From a spotters view it is cool to see AN-124s more often than a B757.The other thing about Bangor is the Maine Troop Greeters. They are a group that no matter the day or time are always there to greet the incoming or out going troop charters.
It's also a stopping place I have often used while driving from Toronto to Halifax, Nova Scotia. I would always see some cool military planes buzzing around when the base was open. I remember explaining to my wife what a warthog was : )
bangor is showing all airports how to do things two thumbs up for bangor