The late Len Morgan used to write a column called "Vectors" for Flying Magazine years ago. A former Braniff captain, he wrote about that orange 747, which they had dubbed "Fat Albert." One day while flying Fat Albert on that DAL-HNL, 31L was closed for whatever reason, so they went ahead with a max gross departure off of the shorter 31R. He wasn't sure if they were going to make it out, since Vr speed didn't come until they were past the 18/36... They did barely make it, but anyone driving past on Shorecrest Dr were likely ducking for cover!
Thanks for the blast from the past!
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