Jmc1975 From Israel, joined Sep 2000, 3377 posts, RR: 14 Posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1982 times:
When I was a kid growing up in Prescott, Arizona with a deep interest commercial aviation, there wasn't much opportunity to watch planes. Throughout the years, Golden Pacific, Sunwest, Stateswest and Mesa all served PRC at various times.
For Christmas one year, I got a telescope (155X), which was intended to look at stars, however, I had a different use for it. It would set it up in my driveway and watch airplanes traversing the country mainly via Drake VOR. I would also see numerous planes in/out of Phoenix to LAS, SFO, SEA, etc.
Some interesting sightings in the late 80s:
Royal Jordanian L1011 (east to west)
Delta DC10 (east to west)
Cathay Pacific 747 (north to south)...still puzzles me to this day
USAir BAe-146 (NW to SE)
America West 747 (PHX to LAS)
TWA L1011 (LAS to PHX)
Alaska 727 (SE to NW)
Numerous AA, UA, DL, TW, WN, EA of all types as well as UPS 747s and Fedex DC10s.
Has anyone had any experiences with Prescott and the Drake VOR?
This is kinda random, but (I grew up in Tucson, AZ) when I was a kid, I saw a Cathay Pacific 747 land at Tucson and taxi to one of the ramps....this could easily have been in the late 80s....don't know if that was a one time maintenance thing or there was a contract....but I remember distinctly the old green and white livery.....
Or, perhaps it was going to Pinal (Marana) for something maintenance related....