Ushermittwoch From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2989 posts, RR: 15 Posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3054 times:
Hi! I will be flying into MEM on my way from MSP to DEN and have around 80 minutes to connect. I am sure that this is plenty of time but I was also wondering if there is someting to see, in this short period of time. Some Elvis stuff maybe.
Sampa737 From Brazil, joined May 2005, 637 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3021 times:
I don't know if the airport has any actual Elvis memoralbilia or not. But there in concourse B is a new atrium which shoecases the city's ties to music including Elvis. Dude, take advantage of the barbeque! Forget Presley.
I just got back from three weeks of training in MEM and was at the airport/hanger quit often. There is some mighty good bbq scattered throughout the terminal. Jim Neelys, Corkys, theres another place too I believe. There is also a good place to eat called Backyard Burger. Really reasonably priced for airport food. There are some stores in terminal B I think it was, but dont quote me on it. As for Elvis stuff, I am sure there is some in the airport, but I just never saw it.
Enjoy MEM! Most people dont like it, but it has a very retro feel to it, I loved it. From the sign-age to the lady and gentalman making the announcements about final boarding calls and where you can smoke.
SNCntry32 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1524 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2970 times:
Quoting Gregarious119 (Reply 3): I was hoping to see the FX planes, but unless you see them come in or go out in a bank, they're situated pretty far away from the passenger terminal
There is actually a hotel that is not to far away from the airport if you just wanted to spot FX widebodies all day with the occasional red tail, you can, perfect view. Courtyard by Marriott Memphis Airport. I don't know what runways you can see, but its perfect for spotting.
CIDflyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2472 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2962 times:
The food court and shopping mall area in the rotunda on concourse B is very nice. I have always liked going thru MEM, it might not be as flashy as the NWA World Gateway at DTW or the new AA terminal D at DFW, but it is always seemed clean and spiffy and as mentioned up above the new rotunda area is pretty modern and nice. MEM has a certain "southern" charm to it. Link to MEM below:
JohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1706 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 2921 times:
If you're into photography at all, or just plane-watching, head over to Concourse A or C. You can get to all three concourses without exiting security. Northwest has three daily banks at MEM - morning, afternoon and evening. If you're flying through on the morning bank, you can go to Concourse A and see lots of FedEx and Northwest activity on Runway 18R/36L. Lots of activity on the other side, too, but the view to the east is bad for lighting. I doubt you'll see much FedEx activity in the early afternoon bank, but things really get hopping at the airport in the 4-6 p.m. timeframe. They have this thing timed down to a science - FedEx has a huge push that runs up until about 5, and as soon as that wraps up the Northwest evening bank starts arriving. This operation is really worth seeing. I was there on Thursday afternoon when a huge storm rolled through at the height of the FedEx rush (about 4:30). The controllers had to switch the airport from south to north configuration during the storm - then switch to a primarily west configuration (Runway 27) when the storm tapered off, then back to a south configuration when the whole thing blew over. FedEx and NW planes were scattered all over that airport.
The two most interesting NW flights are NW 57, the Amsterdam A330 that arrives at 4:55 p.m.; and NW 444 from MSP, the only 757-300 currently scheduled into Memphis. 444 is scheduled to arrive at 5:15 p.m. Concourse C, with good views of Runways 18C/36C and 18L/36R, is your best bet for the afternoon flights for lighting reasons. In my experience, 57 almost always uses 18C/36R and 444 is normally on 18R/36L.