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User currently offlineMonorail From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 631 posts, RR: 4
Posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6425 times:

PHX-LAX on WN, LAX-CLE on CO 8/30
CLE Air Show (@BKL) on 9/1

The only way I could redeem my OnePass miles to go home Labor Day weekend was to route through LAX. So, I booked a ticket on WN to take me to LAX to pick up a Conty non-stop back to CLE.

August 30, 2007
Southwest Airlines Flight 1017
Boeing 737-7H4 (wingletted)
N266WN (del. 2/2007)
Phoenix-Los Angeles
Depart: 10:30 am (act. About 10:40)
Arrive: 12:00pm (act. About 12:05)
Gates: C8, 7
Runways: 7L, 24R
Seat : 19A
Load: 97-99%

But before I get to the flight itself, I saw some work on the TZ 757 parked at the gate for the afternoon flight to HNL. The cowlings were opened and some maintenance was being done. It was windmilling quite fast before he climbed up inside and stopped it with his hands.

This flight was supposed to be the continuation of the BWI-RDU-PHX flight of the same flight number. But due to a last minute switch, we got a flight from SLC arriving at 10:10. It turned out to be a relatively new bird delivered this year. On the front is a decal honoring Colleen Barrett, as a “Heroine of the Heart.” (Pic on arrival in LAX later)

Boarding started at 10:25

We pushed 10 minutes late and got into a long line for takeoff on 7L. We get our turn around 11:05 and we’re on our way to So Cal.

It’s only a 55 min flight but we still get a pack of peanuts and a drink. I get the can without even asking.  

We hit some clouds as we begin descending.

We land on 24R, so it’s a straight shot in, with very little midair maneuvering. As we land, I see Wunula Dreaming parked alongside 24L, a familiar sight at LAX. A F9 319 lands behind us, while a MX 320 and a NK 319 take off.
There’s the decal.

I had some fun spotting at LAX during my 3 hour layover. Unbeknownst to me, it’s Max Jet’s debut of the LAX-STN flight today. Unfortunately I don’t even see their plane until I take off later.
Theme building cosmetic work

AA Triple 7

Virgin America “Air Colbert”

QF to JFK (I assume at this hour of the afternoon)

T5 (Nicer than I expected, my first visit inside)
I ventured down to T5 since I had time to spare and I was leaving out of T6. Last time I was in T6, the underground tunnel wasn’t opened, so T5 was new territory for me. I only had time for a quick overview, but it appeared nice.

Continental Airlines Flight 514
Boeing 737-824 (wingletted)
N76502 (del. 8/2006)
Los Angeles-Cleveland
Depart: 2:57 pm (on time)
Arrive: 10:20 pm (on time)
Gates: 64, C5
Runways: 25R, 6L
Seat: 22F
Load: 90-93%

My plane is the foreground 738 (N76502)
I’m thrilled to get another young aircraft. My last flight on a CO738 was 2 weeks ago on CLE-PHX, when I got ship 209, a very early 738 for Conty.

We begin boarding around 2:30ish.
We push on time, and it’s a brief taxi to 25R. We takeoff behind a UA 319 and a NW 753. Landing next to us on 25L while we queue up is a KL 744.
It’s a long but foreceful takeoff, while we carry a reasonable load for a 2,000 mile flight. I have an empty middle seat beside me, so I can stretch a little. Being tall (6’4’’) I’ll take anything I can get.


The movie today is “Fracture” starring Anthony Hopkins. I saw it when it was out in theaters, and I watch it here again. I thought it was an entertaining movie.

Service consists of 3 drink runs, twice with the cart and once with a tray of water. Coupled with the first beverage run is “dinner/snack” service. It’s a HOT breaded chicken sandwhich with a packet of light mayo, a small salad composed almost entirely of lettuce, with Caesar dressing, and a packet of M&M’s. I have a Sprite to drink. It’s a tasty dinner!
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. CO has the best Y domestic service in the country. You get “substantial” food without having to pay [no BoB here] and sufficient trips through the cabin with the beverage cart.

As the flight continues, we hit 2 rough patches (COS and somewhere over Missouri I think) where the seat belt sign is turned on momentarily. Otherwise it was a very smooth flight.
After “Fracture,” episodes of “King of Queens” and “What I like About You” are shown. While I’m indifferent toward the latter, the former cracks me up. Patton Oswalt is great. (On a related note, I just saw “Ratatouille” this week featuring Oswalt, I strongly recommend it!)


The sun goes down, and we begin our descent a few minutes before 10:00 EDT. We land on 6L, with 6R/24L down for construction now. It’s a quick taxi to C5. Even though it’s 10:30 at night now, the concourse is still active. CO757 to LAS, usually departs at 8:55, was delayed 2 hours and was just beginning boarding now.


[Corrected CO seat]

[Edited 2007-09-02 06:59:44]

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12 replies: All unread, jump to last
User currently offlineMonorail From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 631 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6418 times:

On to the air show!!!
Cleveland National Air Show
Saturday September 1, 2007
Hosted at Burke Lakefront Airport (BKL)

Here were the highlights from my perspective:
CO 738
(we’re looking at the C-17)

That same C-17 doing a demo

FX A300-600F
It’s the cargo bay of people who care  Wink No wait, wrong forum…


Lockheed C-130


“Legacy Flight” (?)

CPD (!)

Army helicopters

The jet truck

Shawn D Tucker, Oracle Challenger
Flying under the rope:
Then cutting that rope:

Army parachuters

And of course, the main event, the Thunderbirds

And that was the end.

I go back to PHX on Monday so I’ll post some pics of that leg when I get a chance.
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it!

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User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6375 times:

Quoting Monorail (Reply 1):
“Legacy Flight” (?)

Heritage flight.

Great report and pics! That airshow looks like a great one to go to. While I have no problem with the normal all-military shows, I love seeing the variety from the Cleveland show. Fantastic!

Quoting Monorail (Reply 1):
I go back to PHX on Monday so I’ll post some pics of that leg when I get a chance.

Please do. Then I can compare it to when I flew the route in December.

User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2864 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 6072 times:

I just got back from the Cleveland Air Show.... all I can is WOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!

User currently offlineBok269 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 2104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 6048 times:

Quoting Monorail (Thread starter):
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. CO has the best Y domestic service in the country. You get “substantial” food without having to pay [no BoB here] and sufficient trips through the cabin with the beverage cart.

Amen to that!

CLE looks like a great airshow. I should check it out some time.

Great report and pics. Thanks for posting.

"Reality is wrong, dreams are for real." -Tupac
User currently offlineTriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 788 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6013 times:
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Thank you for your report and pics. The airshow made me want to go sometime. And I appreciated the pics at LAX, especially of the AA 777. LAX is my favorite airport for spotting, next to NRT

Have you kissed a 777 today?
User currently offlineMonorail From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 631 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6007 times:

Thanks for the feedback so far!

Now, as promised, here's the continuation of the TR.

I'm booked on the morning PHX flight at Hopkins. I get to the gate area, C11, before my plane is there. It comes from LGA as CO451 and arrives at 8:08 before turning in an hour for the 9:10 PHX departure. I stop by Great American Bagel to pick up, what else?, a bagel, and when I return to the windows, I see my a/c has arrived. Ship 502 again! I laughed out loud and got a few bizarre stares, but that's nothing new. To recap, I just took 502 on Thursday afternoon on LAX-CLE. This marked my 15th segment on a CO 738, and out of the 105 in the fleet today, I've got 13 of their regs in my flight log with 2 duplicates including today's.

September 3, 2007
Continental Airlines Flight 669
Boeing 737-824 (wingletted)
N76502 ! (del. 8/2006)
Departs: 9:10 am (rotate 9:14)
Arrive: 10:30 am (touch down 9:53)
Seat: 10D
Gates: C11, 6A
Runways: 6L, 8
Load: 90-95%

Flight path courtesy of flightaware

Sorry, no window seat this time, instead I have an aisle seat forward in the Y cabin. Once again, I have a middle seat empty next to me, so I have plenty of room to stretch out. We board quickly, and manage to push back almost 10 minutes early. With northeasterly winds this morning, it's off to one of the 6's for takeoff. Normally that would call for 6R, but it's down for construction/extension now. I can see out the window that one of the 753's (LAS, LAX, IAH, I think this one was the LAS) is taking off on 6C. So I'm a little surprised that we head down to 6L instead for takeoff. I don't know if we needed that extra runway length (6L is ~9000', I think 6C is ~7000') or if it was just the traffic at the time that dictated it, but it ends up being my first time taking off on 6L. Now we're on our way back to the desert.
It takes about 20-25 minutes for the seat belt sign to come off, as we hit crusing altitude. A couple minutes later the FA's (all female on this flight, it was all male on 1 of Thursday's segments) begin drink service #1 and "breakfast" service.
Again, CO delivers a tasty meal.

The drink cart returns in about 45 minutes, then an hour later a tray of water cups is offered. It was a very smooth cruise, we hit one patch of chop, I think it was over Missouri, that prompted the seat belt sign to go on for a few minutes. Otherwise it was a very smooth flight up until our descent. As we made our way back down to the ground, we hit a lot of rough air, presumably thermals. I catch a glimpse of a WN 73G simultaneously approaching with us. We land on 8, he lands on 7R. We made outstanding time, as we pull into the gate before 10:00.

Check this out! 32 minutes early for a domestic jump!

(It seems the dust spots on my censor are breeding like rabbits. I think I've got more now then last week.  Wow! At least some of that junk is on the window)

The only bad element of this flight was that the IFE system was not working. When I flew on 502 on Thursday, the movie was paused a few times (by the FA), and the FA's apologized for A/V problems they were experiencing. I didn't hear or see any problems as I watched the programming from my seat, but evidently other pax didn't have the same luck. CO maintenance didn't get to fixing the equipment yet, so the LCD's weren't used at all on the flight. Even the safety demo was done the old fashioned way, without the video accompaniment with Kellner lounging up in either F or C. The scheduled movie was Pirates of the Caribbean 3, which I had not seen yet. But it was just as well. I had a lot of homework to catch up on after ditching 2 days of classes for the Air Show, so I passed the flight with multivariable calculus instead. It did make the time fly  
So despite the inoperative IFE, I still give Conty 2 thumbs way up for this flight.

[Edited 2007-09-04 05:51:19]

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User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5982 times:

Quoting Monorail (Reply 6):
so I passed the flight with multivariable calculus instead.

Isn't that the greatest?!

Nice conclusion. Too bad you didn't have a window.

User currently offlineABQ747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 873 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5961 times:

Quoting Monorail (Reply 6):
I see my a/c has arrived. Ship 502 again!

I flew on that plane on October 15, 2006 from MSY to IAHBig grin

The reason New Mexico is so windy is because Texas sucks and Arizona blows.
User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 40
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5814 times:

Nice report, Monorail. I'm glad you enjoyed Cleveland.

Unfortunately even though we have a nice show, it is basically the same show every year, and the static displays have significantly deteriorated both in quantity and quality. I have not been in ticket-paying attendance in more than five years. The city has tried to deter people from getting a "free" show by closing off public land along the southern border of the Shoreway (I-90) for the last two years. It's also sad that most people think Burke Lakefront Airport is expendable except for those three Air Show days per year. (Imagine shutting down Hopkins for a show!)

Up, up and away!
User currently offlineHalcyon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5742 times:

Quoting Monorail (Thread starter):
It’s only a 55 min flight but we still get a pack of peanuts and a drink

Ha Ed, I win! Recall that the last time I was on that flight, they forgot about us and then gave us a whole bag of the little packs of peanuts.  Wink Gotta love WN.

Quoting Monorail (Thread starter):
Theme building cosmetic work

Looking like a giant lego thingy. Is that just painting they're doing?

Quoting Monorail (Thread starter):
. Being tall (6’4’’) I’ll take anything I can get.

That's why I don't always mind being so blasted short.  Wink

Quoting Monorail (Thread starter):
Army helicopters

Our airshows in MT have nothing on yours it seems. FedEx did have one of their Fokkers do a fly past a few years ago, but other than that we don't get special helicopters and such. So anyway, did you stop and eat in PHX at the airport? I'm always interested in the airport food, especially after about dying on the last burger I got at Sky Harbor.

Great report as usual, and I loved the pics! Enjoy your Calc.

User currently offlineDimoko From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 307 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5700 times:

great work monorail.

i had just gotten in from seattle, so i couldnt go to the airshow, bu ti wanted to see the helicopter display team.

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." -- Douglas Adams
User currently offlineMonorail From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 631 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5587 times:

Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 7):
Isn't that the greatest?!

You bet...  duck  On top of that it's the first math class of any sort I'd taken in over 3 years. Doesn't get much better than that.

Quoting Halcyon (Reply 10):
Is that just painting they're doing?

That's a good question, I think it's been walled up since the middle of the summer, I may be wrong though.

Quoting Halcyon (Reply 10):
That's why I don't always mind being so blasted short.

You're not missing much, believe me. Tallness is vastly overrated. I must be a masochist to a degree for flying in Y so often, especially on the likes of NK. (shudder) And they were just on 45 minute hops.

Quoting Halcyon (Reply 10):
So anyway, did you stop and eat in PHX at the airport?

I made sure to eat a big breakfast on campus first before heading to the airport, I don't think I got anything in PHX. PHX does have a lot of options though, but of course it's very expensive. I did have a lunch at LAX on my 3 hr layover though, at McDonald's. It was the first time I had eaten at McDonalds in 13 years (with the exception of breakfast or Shamrock Shakes  cloudnine  ) and that wasn't too bad. The reason for that drought is a scary coincidence of consecutive cases of food poisoning of multiple friends at different locations, and this lasted for years. Fortunately I made out well. I normally object to McDonalds but none of the other food venues at LAX were very appealing at the time.

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