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— — - Sioux Gateway Airport (KSUX); serving Sioux City, Iowa; is viewed here in this click taken back in 2013 (seven years ago).br /To orient the viewer, Runway 13-31 is the long runway that goes from upper left to bottom middle. The other runway going from top center to the center of the pic is 17-35.br /An interesting note .... The very famous crash of UA Flt 232 (7/19/89) occurred here at Sioux City. The fabulous team of pilots who struggled and strained to get their heavy DC-10 down on the ground here had fought to get their crippled jet lined up to land on 31-13 but as it careened in circles in the Iowa sky it ended up aligned with a closed runway, 22-4, and because they had no other choice, it was on Runway 22 where the pilots managed to get Flt 232 down. In my photo here, which I snapped exactly 24 years after the crash, I believe that the remnants of Runway 22-4 are the faded diagonal running from near the top center downward toward the left middle edge. In my photo, the "4" portion of 22-4 still appears to be paved for a short distance while the "22" end of 22-4 has been built over and is now occupied by the two blue-roofed buildings of an Air Museum. The arrow-shaped intersection that today is the museum's parking lot was ... back on July 19, 1989 ... the start of Runway 22 which was marked with an "X" designating that it was closed. Also of interest, there are two aircraft (barely visible) sitting out on display on what was once the first few feet of Runway 22 (at the exact spot that Flt 232 touched down), and one of those two aircraft is an old Armstrong-Whitworth AW-660 Argosy (G-BFVT).
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Sioux Gateway Airport (KSUX); serving Sioux City, Iowa; is viewed here in this click taken back in 2013 (seven years ago).
To orient the viewer, Runway 13-31 is the long runway that goes from upper left to bottom middle. The other runway going from top center to the center of the pic is 17-35.
An interesting note .... The very famous crash of UA Flt 232 (7/19/89) occurred here at Sioux City. The fabulous team of pilots who struggled and strained to get their heavy DC-10 down on the ground here had fought to get their crippled jet lined up to land on 31-13 but as it careened in circles in the Iowa sky it ended up aligned with a closed runway, 22-4, and because they had no other choice, it was on Runway 22 where the pilots managed to get Flt 232 down. In my photo here, which I snapped exactly 24 years after the crash, I believe that the remnants of Runway 22-4 are the faded diagonal running from near the top center downward toward the left middle edge. In my photo, the "4" portion of 22-4 still appears to be paved for a short distance while the "22" end of 22-4 has been built over and is now occupied by the two blue-roofed buildings of an Air Museum. The arrow-shaped intersection that today is the museum's parking lot was ... back on July 19, 1989 ... the start of Runway 22 which was marked with an "X" designating that it was closed. Also of interest, there are two aircraft (barely visible) sitting out on display on what was once the first few feet of Runway 22 (at the exact spot that Flt 232 touched down), and one of those two aircraft is an old Armstrong-Whitworth AW-660 Argosy (G-BFVT).

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Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
In the foreground of the FA gallery photo of G-BFVT, the last remnants of the yellow-painted "X" that indicated 22-4 was closed are visible. In the most recent photos of KSUX on the web, it is almost impossible to find any remaining trace of 22-4.
CHRIS ROBEY
That's a great explanation Gary. And I can well remember that DC10 and her heroic crew. I'm glad they have an AW660 Argosy parked on the field. They look like large military aircraft parked in the huge ramp area in the SE corner of the airport. But I can't identify what type they are?
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Hey, Chris, howdy. (Wave) Been awhile. Hope all is A-OK by you. I haven't seen that Argosy up close, but judging by the pic of it here in FA's gallery, it is not being very well maintained. Just sort of sitting out there "aging." My photo here was snapped from 35,000 - 36,000 feet overhead (enroute ORD-RNO) AND while trying to sit up high enough in my (economy class) seat to shoot almost straight down so there wasn't a way for me to get truly sharp quality, but I can tell you that the Argosy is the plane farthest away from those two museum buildings. Also, regarding those military birds, I cannot say with 100% certainty but I think they are probably KC-135 tankers. KSUX is home to the 185th Air Refueling Wing of the Iowa ANG and even tho this pic was taken July 19, 2013; the 185th ARW is still there today.
Darryl Sarno
Great aerial view and explanation Gary!
Dwight Hartje
Epic overview shot of Sious City Gateway Airport! There is a rather fabulous museum on the airport grounds that I visited nearly 10 years ago. there are some pics that were some of the first images I posted on FA 6 years ago. They had a special section on the famous crash at the airport and have a nice aircraft collection including a FedEx 727 and several other interesting aircraft.
CHRIS ROBEY
Thanks Gary for that info. You did well to get the shot from that economy seat! I'm glad the 185th ARW are still at Sioux City Gateway. ALL good down here in SYD. Even our winter weather has been warm (70F) and sunny.
Tom Vance
Al Haynes famous quote....when cleared for the runways " You have to make it a runway"...I was lucky to meet him in Morgan Hill and got his autograph mid 1990s....an excellent gentleman.

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