Jc2354 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 632 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2306 times:
You are going to enjoy the day. At times, a bit boring and tiring, but the landings and takeoffs are spectacular. Especially the approach into Chuk/Truk over the bay, where most of the Japanese fleet was sunk.
I've done it twice, both times on the Air Mike 727. I don't remember having to lower the window shades at KWA, but it was the only stop where you couldn't deplane for a few minutes.
I'm jealous! Have a great trip! Guam is a great place, too. At one time, they had the world's largest MacDonald's. Duty Free shopping is available on the island as well. If you are careful, and know what you are looking for, you can get some great deals on electronics. If you don't know already, read up on the black snakes that inhabit the island!
Like everybody else, I look forward to seeing your photos and trip report!
JohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1706 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2240 times:
My wife and I took this flight in 2000, shortly after it had transitioned from the 727 to the 737-800 aircraft. We flew from Guam to Chuuk, stayed in Chuuk for 5 days, then did the rest of the route over to Honolulu. For our departure from Chuuk, our incoming aircraft executed a missed approach on final and tried again before giving up and going back to Guam. The weather was iffy but not terrible. The plane came back about 4 hours later with a new crew. There was an Air Mike tech sitting across the aisle from me who was on the plane during the missed approach. His take was that the pilot chickened out. I dunno - better safe than sorry. However, perhaps the pilot on the plane wasn't familiar with the route and didn't push the limits as far as a more experience pilot might have. It sucked for us, though, as most of the flight was in darkness due to the delay.
"Especially the approach into Chuk/Truk over the bay, where most of the Japanese fleet was sunk."
The reason we went to Chuuk/Truk in the first place was to do wreck diving on some of these ships. Absolutely spectacular!! We saw Zeroes in cargo holds, tanks that had been lashed to the decks of some of the ships, a Betty bomber that had crashed on takeoff, and a lot of other stuff. The wrecks are deteriorating, though, so you should take advantage of this while there's time. Incidentally, it wasn't really the Japanese Naval fleet that was sunk, but rather a large portion of their merchant ship fleet. I don't know that any significant Naval vessel was sunk at Truk.