PPNA Happenings

Happenings, history and news of the Prospect Park Neighborhood and Ypsilanti

Kalitta Air — Business and Accident

Posted by ppna on May 26, 2008

A few weeks ago I posted an article about the TV show Mythbusters and their use of a Kalitta Air 747 to show how cars get blown away if they get to close to the thrust. This weekend a Kalitta Air 747 made the TV again except this time it was because the plane broke in two upon take off in Belgium. Four of the Five crew members were slightly injured but the accident wasn’t as bad as it could have been.


Kalitta Air is owned by Conrad “Connie’ Kalitta and is based at the Willow Run Airport. Kalitta Air has 18 747s in its fleet of cargo planes and it delivers cargo around the world. Kalitta Air is also responsible for transporting fallen troops to the Dover Airforce Base in Delaware.

Connie Kalitta, one of the most famous drag racers of all time, also owns Kalitta Motorsports which runs drag cars in NHRA events. Connie is also known for serving as crew chief to the first female top fuel drag-racer Shirley Muldowney . Connie is played by Beau Bridges in the movie about Shirley Muldowney, ‘Heart Like a Wheel.‘ If you haven’t seen ‘Heart Like a Wheel’ I suggest you watch it, it is a great film.


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