Tornado82 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2251 times:
After some people gave US some un-due grief over just taxiing their "flight" to the North Pole, here's news of a similar event at ABE where Hooters Air actually FLEW the kids on a half hour flight. Whether it flys or taxis, it's the thought that counts... doing good for some sick kids. God bless and give strength these kids and their families as they struggle through their ailments, especially now at the Holiday season.
Smokeyrosco From Ireland, joined Dec 2005, 2112 posts, RR: 14 Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2204 times:
I know CityJet took kids from Temple street hospital (I think?) in Dublin on an hour north poll flight, they've done this for the last few years, it really is great to see the kids getting so excited over it.
LesMainwaring From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 539 posts, RR: 3 Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2139 times:
A few years back, I was lucky enough to go for 3 consecutive years on a TWA "Flight to the North Pole" --- at the time TWA had a res center in ORF.
For 3 years they took underprivileged kids in an MD-80, and we actually flew. I was surprised we did.
I still have my boarding passes. We taxied out, took off, and flew around the Norfolk-Virginia Beach area for almost an hour, singing carols.
It was so cool to look down the aisle and not see any heads! The whole flight were kids, and it looked empty because they didn't sit up high enough to be seen!
There was a funny moment when we took off and hit a little turbulence and the captain came on and said "Oops, I think we sucked Rudolph into our Number 2 engine" and everyone on board let out an audible gasp!!!
I knew one of the f/a well, and they let me up in the cockpit (this was pre 9/11) and we even flew over the school where my partner worked. We called on the cell phone to walk outside, and here we were in this big MD-80, flying over Churchland High School, doing a low pass, and tipping our wings.
Once we landed, we taxied to the old terminal (shameless promotion, I have pics of the old ORF terminal in a book I just wrote titled "Aviation in Hampton Roads" from Arcadia Publishing in Charleston, S.C.) and the kids got out and were greeted by Santa and lots of free toys from Target.
Man, I miss some of the old carriers like TWA, Eastern, Piedmont and Southern. Most of all I miss the way things were before 9/11.
Happy Holidays to all,
The Lester Mainwaring Party
I want something under my wheels thats plenty long and mighty dry --- Vern Demarest
CruzinAltitude From United States of America, joined May 2004, 415 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1933 times:
When I worked in Res for United we did a "North Pole" flight out of ONT. I volunteered for the fun of it and ended up being the Santa's coordinator. Which included getting him on the Aircraft (I think it was a 757). The cabin crew asked me to stay on the flight and sit in first to keep an eye on the kids.
I had an isle seat and was supprised that the flight crew kept the flight deck door open, so I got to watch the procedures and take off roll. We flew out over Big Bear, and Palm Springs then came back around and landed and taxied to one of the old terminals as the "North Pole."
Even though this was pre 9/11 times (I think it was 2000) I was still suprized when the flight crew came over the PA and asked any kids that wanted to come up to the flight deck and take a look. Knowing full well that this was a great opportunity for me to briefly experiance a life long dream I refrained from getting up and heading in there because this day was for the kids. But no one got up and went in. He announced it again, and NO ONE GOT UP. The THIRD time he announced it I thought, "Screw this, if they are not going up, I AM!" I went up and all I can say was that the view was incredible. Below was Big Bear Lake, the snow capped mountains, the ski resorts in plane view. One of the most incredible views I have ever seen. After talking with the crew for a few minutes kids did finally start coming up and I ended up standing at the flight deck door acting as flow control. Very cool experience for me, and I imagine pretty hard to come by these days.
Hiflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2123 posts, RR: 4 Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1871 times:
Kudos to Hooters/Pace for flying!!!!!
UA still does Fantasy flights but without going airborne now due to costs and insurance. MIA flew a 747 for a couple years in the mid 90's full of underprivileged and handicapped kids with a meal service to boot...and talk about a noise level in the gate area