:52 SECONDS OF COOL

(Tegucigalpa, Honduras airport runway)
I’m headed to Honduras in about 8 weeks for the “Jesus Banquet” at the dump. I’m excited about the trip, including the landing at the Tegucigalpa airport.
I took the above picture of the airport runway back in August. The runway looked small then, but I didn’t realize at the time that it is the second smallest runway in the world.
Because the runway is built on the top of a mountain, it makes it one of the shortest and toughest places to land a big jet. Besides having to come in amazingly low, the second the plane touches down the pilot has to stomp on the breaks to get the plane stopped before it reaches the end of the runway. I never realized just how amazing a landing was, until I watched the video below. You have got to see this :52 second video.

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  1. preacherman says:

    Cool!!!!
    Thanks for sharing Trey.
    God bless and hope you have a great week in the Lord Jesus Christ.

  2. Jeremy Schopper says:

    I remember that landing. It's a neat experience and it brings backs some great memories. I think they had to put the airport there – it's the longest stretch of flat land anywhere near Teguc. 😉

    Blessings,

    Jeremy Schopper
    jeremyschopper.blogspot.com

  3. TREY MORGAN says:

    Jeremy – When are you going back?

  4. e3 says:

    I think a new video is in order. That one looks old. Trey you should lay down on that rock that plane flew over and take a new one. :). Scary.

  5. TREY MORGAN says:

    e3 – thanks for the love and the death wish :)

  6. That Girl says:

    For some reason, I don't mind the landing there. I don't like taking off – all that engine revving and then a quick upswing and almost taking off the head of the statue of Jesus… I can't wait to do it all again!

  7. lookinferlearnin says:

    My son and his family have been there several times to go to Catacamus? It looks even more scary than they have described it!

  8. TREY MORGAN says:

    Terri – That's funny. Never thought about the Jesus statue that way.

  9. Bobby Cohoon says:

    Does the verse "LO, I am with you always mean anything to you?" :-)
    I'd take the trip with you if I can drive brother!
    You're doing a good work there man; I love you and am praying for all y'all that are going.

  10. Patrick Mead says:

    Get a window seat! Get a window seat! (and wear a Depends! Wear a Depends!)

  11. mattdabbs says:

    I have made that landing a couple of times and it is crazy.

  12. Tim Archer says:

    I was on a flight last year where the pilot took special pains to warn us ahead of time: Yes, we are supposed to curve around the mountain. Yes, we are supposed to fly that close to those houses. Yes, we are going to be able to stop.

    Of course, a week after that a plane overshot the runway, closing the airport for several months.

    Grace and peace,
    Tim Archer

  13. Jeanne M. says:

    Hey, Tim, that is so encouraging when Trey is headed back there soon. 😉

    God bless you, Trey, and may He give you many souls to touch.

  14. Marty says:

    This reminds me of when I landed in Cebu, Philippines. Absolute nightmare, except we came in over water. I only saw land for about 5 seconds before we landed, and the overhead bins rattled and banged because we had to stop so short! I'm super jealous that you get to go to Honduras!!!

  15. Gary says:

    I don't know why, but I thought about the trip we went on when I was a kid up Pike's Peak on the cog train. The guide was telling us of all the safty features and how if something went wrong the brakes would hold us and all. Then he said if all that failed there was a big spring at the bottom backed up by a huge spring. Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs.

  16. jel says:

    how do they take off on that short of runway?

    there had to be a lot of pucker factor going on! 😛

  17. Jeremy Schopper says:

    Trey,
    I have no plans to head back now. Hopefully in the next couple of years. I haven't had the opportunity lately.

    Jeremy
    jeremyschopper.blogspot.com

  18. Frank Bellizzi says:

    Wow, that's amazing. In the U.S., it's pretty bad at Chicago Midway. You descend over a neighborhood and as soon as tires touch, they hit the brakes and put the engines on full drag. You'd swear you were landing on an aircraft carrier.

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