Airchive.com takes us on a freighter from Anchorage to Seoul

Have you ever wondered what it takes to fly packages?

From all I understand from pilots, it's a sweet gig, especially once you build up seniority. (Not having to deal with passengers can be a real perk of the job.) I wanted to call attention here to a recent piece on Airchive.com in which freighter pilot Ken Hoke described his Boeing 767 journey from Anchorage to Seoul, Korea. 

It's probably best if you check out the full piece on Airchive. But a couple of things caught my attention for the piece. First, for long-haul flights, pilots get to change into comfy pajama-like gear once they're at cruising altitude.  And they're fed two meals that look pretty decent. 

The cockpit crew wearing lounge-wear in cruise. Photo: Ken Hoke, via airchive.com 

The cockpit crew wearing lounge-wear in cruise. Photo: Ken Hoke, via airchive.com 

There's also a discussion of landing in Seoul that's pretty interesting. I imagine this is similar for passenger gets, but it's still a bit unusual among larger airports. 

Takeoff and landing at Incheon is interesting. Only 20 miles north of the airport is North Korea and the most heavily militarized border in the world. It’s no secret that tensions are high between the two Koreas. We must not stray into the military prohibited area. During our approach, we fly within 6 miles of the border and only 1 mile from the prohibited zone, so we follow the arrival route precisely

In addition to Airchive, which is a great site, you might want to consider checking out Ken's blog, where he gives some inside info on what it's like to be a pilot. .