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Flagship Detroit DC-3 With Pics And Vids  
User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 44
Posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 10464 times:

Hello all, and welcome aboard my next TR installment. Be sure to check out my old ones here:

My First SXM Experience + Plenty Of Pics And Vids
AA AUS-CUN First Class (40+ Pics And Vids)

The sole purpose of this trip was to ride on the DC-3, through the [url=www.flagshipdetroit.org]Flagship Detroit Foundation[/url]. You can become a member for a $100 donation, and one of the perks is you can ride any on any ferry flights. They were doing a swing through Texas (AUS and SAT), for AA Station Visits, and this seemed like a perfect time to go, as I could fly up to DFW, and then ride back home on the Flagship. I had originally scheduled a flight for the late afternoon, as it seemed originally like we would leave in the evening of the 6th, however, I had to use AA's Confirmed Standby option, pay a $25 fee, and change to an earlier flight, that put me into DFW a little before 2, since the plane was going to leave about 3:30.

August 6, 2007


Scheduled Departure: 12:55 PM
Actual Departure: 12:47 PM
Departure Gate: 15
Seat: 24A
Departure Runway: 17R
Wheels Up: 12:56PM
Cruising Altitude: FL 230
Arrival Runway: 18R
Touchdown: 1:35 PM
Arrival Gate: C29
Scheduled Arrival: 1:55 PM
Actual Arrival: 1:51 PM

I arrived at the airport about 12, and parked in the garage. I did the self service check-in, and made sure to get 24A, as when I tried to do it the night before, it wouldn't let me. Since I didn't have any bags to check, this whole process didn't take long. I waited to clear security, and did so without incident about 5 minutes later. I went to Amy's to get some ice cream, as I was craving some. Our plane had already arrived, and people were deplaning when I got to gate 15. We started boarding a little early, at about 12:25, and quickly I was called in Group 3. I made my way to the plane, and had a chat with the pilots. These guys were REALLY funny! The F/O was talking about the "skipper" has to be there to correct all the mistakes he makes. Funny stuff! I went back, and settled in 24A. There was no one sitting in 24B, so I could stretch out a little bit. We pushed back almost 10 minutes early, and made a B-line for 17R.

Company Super 80, N470AA

taxiing toward 17R

legroom isn't bad, even for a 6'2 guy like me

Takeoff from AUS

It was an uneventful flight, we were served a full beverage service, though no snack of any sort. Still not TOO bad on such a short flight.



Not a whole to see, that hasn't already been well documented on my other flights, so not many pictures from the flight itself. Sooner rather than later, we started down, and quickly we came into the sprawling metroplex of Dallas/ Ft. Worth.

Ft. Worth

turn to final for 18R

Landing at DFW

It was a rather rough landing, we were powering up right until we hit the ground, which was strange, and as such, we had a long rollout.

We taxied across the Bravo Bridge, and back up Kilo to the C terminal, where we had to wait for a clusterf*** of planes to get out of our way, including the one that was pushing out of our gate. After a little sit, we made it, and were still In 4 minutes ahead of schedule.

Ok, you all have 1 guess as to which terminal this is!


Any of you that read my TR to SXM know I had the Astrojet stalking me. Fortunately it stopped after that trip. N683A is STILL stalking me.


DFW in early July

I've taken 3 trips this summer, and I've seen it all 3 times. Weird, huh?!

I was picked up by Steve, one of the retired AA pilots (all of them retired off the 777 left seat) on the Flagship Detroit's crew, who was picking up another volunteer, an AA flight attendant. We then drove out to Alliance airport, and met up with the rest of the crew. We signed in, and made our way onto the secure side of the building, and eventually out to the Flagship, sitting on the ramp.

Ex-TWA 757-200 engine
Man, the 777 is really big!

We packed up, and got going about 3:50, and made our way past the AA hanger, and several RG 777s, and a Royal Brunai 772, on our way to 16L.

Holla Drew!

Takeoff from AFW (Sorry about the noise in the background, Jeff and Steve were being loud!, and the dirty windows as well. I suppose it can't be helped).

After takeoff, we climbed to a comfortable cruising altitude of 2,500 feet.  biggrin  Our routing was KAFW Direct -> KAUS. hehe. We flew at a deadly paced 150 knots.

After takeoff

Dave and Ron at the controls

It was a fun flight, getting to wander around whenever I wanted to, wherever I wanted to. We had to make a slight left turn to avoid getting shot down over Crawford  Wink, but other than that, it was a pretty direct flight.

Are we in Texas or Virginia? It's soo green!

Yes, the windows are open. You've got to get some circulation some way!

After about 1:15, we began our descent...at the outer marker.  Smile. Straight in approach to 17L.


Dave's landing in AUS. Sorry about the head!

After that, we taxied over to the maintenance ramp south of the cross taxiways on the west side.

B6 A320 I didn't know they were flying these in here again.

We met up with the AA crew, including the Station Manager. They bussed us back over to the terminal.

A unique view!

That's all she wrote for the day. Tomorrow was the official station visit, and I volunteered to help. It was SO much fun.

August 7, 2007

Well, the worst part of the day was over with quickly. I had to get up at about 7, which, when you've been staying up past 4 for about 2 straight weeks, isn't particularly fun. I managed to get to sleep at an early 3:30.  biggrin 

I was running a little late, so they left a boarding pass for me at the ticket counter to get through security.


I caught up with Dave and Carol at security, as he got secondary screening, and then the rest of the group, who was waiting for him. We were bussed back over to the Flagship, and set up the tow over to gate 13, where the festivities would take place. We had to wait for the 8:20 to Seattle to depart, but after that, we had the gate until 6:30 that evening. We were towed back over to the gate, and set up our tents, merchandise, and whatnot. Some of the gate agents had done an excellent job decorating for the occasion.


We finally got set up, and eventually opened up for business.


This was really neat, because anybody was allowed to go down, through the jetbridge (with airstairs connected to it), and have a look in and around the plane. It was certainly a unique experience for many, I'm sure, and we attracted all kinds of people, young kids, older people reminiscing flying on a DC-3, business travelers in a really big hurry etc.... It was fun to be a part of something that turned so many heads. We probably had at least a dozen flight crews go down and check it out, and word is the AA pilots were informing inbound pilots we were here, and to come check us out. It was a lot of fun, personally, because I was one of the people helping usher people toward the plane, along with the gate agents (must've been a nice day off for them!), and with my AA polo on, I'm sure everybody thought that I worked for American. I really enjoyed this because I've always wanted to, and even if I wasn't being payed, I still felt very....possessive about it, and wanted to do anything I could to improve AA's image. I was having a blast, chatting with the gate agents (whom I'll know by name next time I fly, and vice versa), and seeing people's reactions to the plane.

I did this from about 9-4, save for about a 45 minute break for lunch around 1:15. While I got really tired physically (my legs and back!!!!!!!!!! I'm SOOO OLD), this never got old. People were so surprised that they could go down and have a look. It was really funny, because this one guy came up to me and was like, "I'm executive platinum, can I go down and have a look," as if you needed to be AAdvantage elite to go down there.  Smile It was fun to just let anybody be able to go. We were doing a scenic flight around Austin at around 4:30-5, so we had to pack up at 4ish. You just hated to have to tell people that they couldn't go down there anymore. Originally, there was a raffle for the AUS station people to see who could go on the flight, but in the end, most people got to go. I'm not sure if they payed the $150 that would buy you a seat or not, I'm pretty sure they did. In the end, we wound up having 14 people plus crew, all of which except for me were either current or retired AUS AA employees. There were some B6 flight attendants who must have spent about 30 minutes down at the plane, and another 30 standing up in the terminal looking at it through the windows. They, in their typical NYC charisma, really wanted to go, but they didn't have the time. I think they probably would have, because the E190 went M/X.

Here are some more pictures from the flight, on which we had Martha (one of the gate agents, and an ex-flight attendant), serve us chips and champagne. Everyone had a BLAST!

Water Cannon Salute


Pennybacker Bridge
the Capitol
Short Final for 17R

Cal makes a nice landing

After that, we got off the plane, parked right next to the aforementioned B6 E190


And were bussed back to the terminal, where my day ended.

I hope you all enjoyed my TR, it was a blast for me!


18 replies: All unread, jump to last
User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5717 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 10381 times:

Excellent Pics and Videos Man!

I always congratulate AA for bringing a sense of pride and aviation with their aircrafts to people like us.

I enjoy when they do that to KMDH, Carbondale, Illinois here.

MD80 is always a treat to ride, and will enjoy it again when I fly them in Sept.

Good job on helping AA out!


Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
User currently offlineTriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 788 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 10350 times:
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Excellent report with the videos. Today you don't see many trip reports on a DC-3 so I was glad to see this one.

Have you kissed a 777 today?
User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1658 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 10336 times:

Nice report.

One of your photos I saw the door on the DC-3 is on the right side, while the one I flew on in New Zealand the door was on the left.

South Australian Spotter
User currently offlineNorthstarBoy From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1979 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 10255 times:
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great report, can anyone join? or do you have to be a current or former AA employee? i'd pay 100 bucks for the chance to fly on DC-3, that'd be a once in a lifetime experience

Yes, I'd like to see airbus go under so Boeing can have their customers!
User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 44
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 10229 times:

Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 4):
great report, can anyone join? or do you have to be a current or former AA employee? i'd pay 100 bucks for the chance to fly on DC-3, that'd be a once in a lifetime experience

Anybody can join, it really is worth it! The guys are all very nice, and they're great to talk plane stuff with, as they all know their stuff. Not only is it 100 bucks to get on the DC-3, but it's 100 more bucks that keep it flying. It is in pristine condition, inside and out. I'm glad you enjoyed it!


User currently offlineEXAAUADL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 10059 times:

I use to live in DFW, I cant believe how green TX is this summer!!! All that rain.

User currently offlineAA787823 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 9996 times:

I flew on the FSD, she is a great airplane!. Check out her video


User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 44
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 9874 times:

Quoting AA787823 (Reply 7):
I flew on the FSD, she is a great airplane!. Check out her video

Hey, that's a neat video! And yes, she is a wonderful airplane!


User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7475 posts, RR: 78
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks ago) and read 9586 times:
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Another famous trip report dude.

Keep them coming bro!

Perhaps, AUS-JFK, n/s?


User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7475 posts, RR: 78
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks ago) and read 9582 times:
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Quoting Longhornmaniac (Thread starter):

Holla Drew!

Word Cam!  rotfl 

User currently offlineDoor5Right From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 710 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 9445 times:


How beautiful to see this graceful and timeless Grand Dame of the Skies looking to gorgeous and well cared for. A magical piece of aviation history. Still turning heads and drawing excited crowds wherever she flies and lands. Stirring deep within us all glorious feelings of flights past, present and yet to be flown.

You are indeed most fortunate to be a part of all this. Post more and please can we see some internal pictures of this lovely old girl?

My soul is in the sky...
User currently offlineDFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 9185 times:

Thanks for the trip report! Based on your trip report, I'm probably about to join the foundation, so good job with the PR bud!  Big grin I work in the AA flight academy and they have a big display on it...think I'll go get a brochure.

Anyway, nice job with all the great pictures and details.

User currently offlineBoston92 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3390 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 8978 times:

Great Job, man. Always enjoy reading your trip reports.

"Why does a slight tax increase cost you $200 and a substantial tax cut save you 30 cents?"
User currently offlineB737100 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 160 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 8840 times:

What a great report, thanks so much for sharing! She is coming to SAN October 2nd, and I hope to get to take the flight!

All the best,


Boeing 737 sunjet service
User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 44
Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8716 times:

Quoting B737100 (Reply 14):
What a great report, thanks so much for sharing! She is coming to SAN October 2nd, and I hope to get to take the flight!

All the best,


Hey Will!

Thanks for the comment! Did you get to go see her, or get up?


User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17697 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (8 years 7 months 18 hours ago) and read 8456 times:

Really interesting and great TR.

Enjoyed to read it.

The pics and videos are great.

Thank you for sharing.


Work Hard, Fly Right
User currently offlineBlue747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 30 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 8051 times:

Cameron, Fantastic trip report as usual. I noticed the ops guy waiting
on your landing on 17L.

User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2949 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 7853 times:

Flagship Detroit came to YVR last summer, I paid my $100 and got an hour flight seeing flight over Vancouver and up the Sunshine Coast and got a ton of pictures. We got a A4 print of the bird, the pilots let us listen in to ATC on spare headphones (they flew too low over Vancouver and annoyed all the floatplane guys plus didnt inform ATC what they were doing and they thought they had mistaken the water landing strip in Coal Harbour for YVR and there was going to be a big oops..... Big grin), the local YVR AA sales rep arranged all the bookings and acted as hostess on board and served champagne with crackers & salmon paste - thanks for evoking great memories!!

Big thank you to AA in all their support in keeping this bird flying - its worth noting this is the oldest airworthy DC3 in the world at 71 years old....

Follow me on twitter for YVR movements @vernonYVR
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