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User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3163 posts, RR: 13
Posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 9052 times:

Hey all,

Well.... summer load factors are just about in full force now, so nonrevving is becoming a bit more difficult. So, instead of my normal international nonrev "fix", it seems I'll be going to Podunk, USA for a few months, haha. I usually don't do TR's for any of my domestic trips, but I figured I'd make an exception for this one. Anyhow, I thought a cool first trip would be to Roswell, New Mexico. It's a brand new route for AA, and it's a place I've wanted to see anyway. I want to go back again to visit the alleged UFO crash site as well as White Sands, but this trip was to visit the boneyard at Roswell Industrial Air Center. Despite being pretty hot, it was really cool to walk around and get to see all sorts of old planes: 741, L10, 727, etc. Like I said though, I have to head back to ROW soon.... pretty cool place!!



26 May 2008
AA3511, DFW-ROW
Block Time: 01 hours, 35 minutes
ERJ-145, N665BC
Seat: 17B, Coach

Load Factor-
Coach: 75%

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Photo © Timothy Hannan





Again, the point of trip was quite simply to just go sight-seeing in Smalltown, USA. I've always wanted to see a boneyard.... Marana, Mojave, etc, but since AA now has scheduled service to the Roswell Industrial Air Center.... that makes it a lot easier!! The flights themselves on American Eagle were short an uneventful, so I won't post anything on them as there really is nothing to report. Here, though, are some pics I took along the way:


http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i239/elementx109/roswell/IMG_0565.jpg
Pushback from gate in DFW. The Super 80 on pushback is the exact plane I took on DEN-DFW.


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On short final into ROW. Talk about the middle of the desert out there.


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Rollout in ROW. You actually taxi through the boneyard on your way to the terminal.


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Walking into Roswell terminal - nice sign.


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Definitely a ghost town in the middle of the desert.


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AA Super 80's - there were quite a few of them around, probably no less than 30 or 40 of them.


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Closeup of an AA Super 80.


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Ex-UA DC10. Note the FE registration number.


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Aloha 732's in the distance.


http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i239/elementx109/roswell/IMG_0593.jpg
I really can't stress enough how I was literally the only person around for miles. This picture reminds me of the one line from the Don Henley song The Boys of Summer: "Nobody on the road, nobody on the beach"


http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i239/elementx109/roswell/IMG_0591.jpg
Talk about an extremely lonely place - almost spooky.


http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i239/elementx109/roswell/IMG_0594.jpg
DC8 row. My first time up close & personal with DC8's!!


http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i239/elementx109/roswell/IMG_0596.jpg
For some reason, the DC8 seems smaller than it looks. Maybe it's just me, though.


http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i239/elementx109/roswell/IMG_0598.jpg
ATA Tritanics. Always wanted to get on one of those, but probably never will.


http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i239/elementx109/roswell/IMG_0600.jpg
This was the worst for me. I love the 727 and it will be a genuine sad day in a few days when Champion closes their doors. Along with that company will die my last best hope of actually getting to fly that glorious plane.


http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i239/elementx109/roswell/IMG_0602.jpg
Effective shade  Big grin


http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i239/elementx109/roswell/IMG_0604.jpg
A couple more Tritanics. There were probably 20x L-1011's total at ROW.


http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i239/elementx109/roswell/IMG_0609.jpg
An immaculate FedEx 727-100. Those signs were all over the perimeter fencing.



Well, I suppose I should cut the pics off there so this page doesn't take WAYY to long to load.




26 May 2008
AA3700, ROW-DFW
Block Time: 01 hours, 25 minutes
ERJ-145, N673AE
Seat: 2A, Coach

Load Factor-
Coach: 95%

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Photo © Bruce Leibowitz





Like I said before, the flights to and from DFW were short and completely uneventful. So, here are a few last pics of departing the Roswell Industrial Air Center.


http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i239/elementx109/roswell/IMG_0611.jpg
Small terminal building and ticket counter


http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i239/elementx109/roswell/IMG_0612.jpg
Walking out to the ride back to DFW




Well, thanks to everyone for reading & viewing. All comments & feedback appreciated!!


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User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3244 posts, RR: 45
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 8992 times:

Nice report, Matt.

I've wanted to go out to ROW and see the boneyard. I think I might have an emotional breakdown, however.

Excellent pics!

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineTriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 8907 times:
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I did not even know American Eagle flew into Roswell. Some more of our Super 80's will be joining the ones already there. Did you see any 777's parked there?


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User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1661 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 8820 times:

Hi There,

Amazing report, with some very good looking oldies. I always love to see those old birds.
It's sad that they are not used anymore, but times do change.
Thanks for sharing!

Cheers,
Joost ( D-ALCE )



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User currently onlineKingAir200 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1605 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 8461 times:

I liked how you worked that Don Henley reference in. I hope you listened to that while you were there.  Big grin


Hey Swifty
User currently offlineGosimeon From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 663 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 8449 times:

Great little report. Sad to see all those old planes lying idle forever more!

Out of interest, why do so many flights fly to ROW? Seem's a bit "middle-of-nowhere...


User currently offlineEbs757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 758 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 8240 times:

Great trip report as always Matt. Too bad tpa-ord had a few open seats. Roswell looks like a cool place to visit, let me know when your going back


Viva la Vida
User currently offlineJmy007 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 598 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 8207 times:

Neat report, thank you.

So who else flys schedule into ROW?



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User currently offlineEXAAUADL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 8098 times:

I didnt know AA had retired so many MD-80s already.....are those ex-TWA?

User currently offlineEbs757 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 758 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 8090 times:



Quoting EXAAUADL (Reply 8):

Most likely not... AA is phasing out the oldest Md80's. From what I've heard, twa's are some of the youngest



Viva la Vida
User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5686 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 8021 times:

Awesome Report dude.

ROW certainly sounds a fun place to go visit! You didn't need a car or anything? Just walked around? If so, pretty damn cool!

Maybe worthy of a TR Mileage run to check out in the late summer.

Alex



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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7974 times:

Good to see & to know that one can get that close to the airframes.

Quoting Jmy007 (Reply 7):
So who else flys schedule into ROW?

ROW used to be linked to ABQ, but at the moment I cannot find any flights between these two cities.
-HT



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User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3163 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 7893 times:



Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 1):
I think I might have an emotional breakdown, however.

Oh, I'm emotionally unstable anyway, so I was just crying hysterically the entire time. I suppose there are fringe benefits to not a single soul being around for miles  Wink

Quoting Triple7man (Reply 2):
I did not even know American Eagle flew into Roswell.

Brand new route. Literally only weeks old.

Quoting Triple7man (Reply 2):
Did you see any 777's parked there?

Not a single one. Very few 747's too, only a few ex-UPS 741's.

Quoting KingAir200 (Reply 4):
I hope you listened to that while you were there.

Of course!! My fave song of all time.

Quoting Gosimeon (Reply 5):
Out of interest, why do so many flights fly to ROW? Seem's a bit "middle-of-nowhere...

AA started the route with 2x daily Eagle ER4's, now it's up to 3x daily ER4's. Apparently the route tends to run with pretty full loads. Surprise to me too, no doubt.

Quoting Ebs757 (Reply 6):
let me know when your going back

Sure thing, sir. Next time I'm back there I wanna tour around a bit though. It's a neat place.

Quoting Jmy007 (Reply 7):
So who else flys schedule into ROW?

AA and AA alone. Mesa used to fly in there, but no longer.

Quoting Ebs757 (Reply 9):
Most likely not... AA is phasing out the oldest Md80's. From what I've heard, twa's are some of the youngest

Yes, some of the ex-TW Super 80's are some of the youngest around. That having been said though, AA tends to prefer their own equipment compared to the planes acquired through TW, Reno, etc. Other than the young S80's, all TW aircraft are now gone. 763, 752, and 717. AA kept the Reno Air Super 80's for only a short time before getting rid of them. So, oddly enough, AA is retiring some of the young TW birds right along with the older AA-original birds.

Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 10):
You didn't need a car or anything? Just walked around?

No car, just walked!! Bring some good shoes though, that place is HUGE. I probably walked a couple good 2-3 miles and only saw maybe 2/3 of the facility.

Quoting HT (Reply 11):
ROW used to be linked to ABQ, but at the moment I cannot find any flights between these two cities.

Mesa used to fly it but terminated the route. Now AA is the only carrier in there, 3x daily ER4.



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User currently offlineLucky727 From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 602 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 7622 times:

A fantasy trip report: Southern NM is on my list - would love to visit the boneyard...& thanks for the Don Henley reminder:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Qgy0rOsD4-k

L727



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User currently offlineDFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 7596 times:

Wow!

Loved your report. I'm now inspired. I think I have to go there--soon! As a nonrev I have heard ROW is a difficult flight due to high loads and low frequency of service.

Thanks for posting.


User currently offlineCap2008 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 255 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6968 times:

Hey Matt,

Awesome report, you're a helluva lucky guy to get to nonrev on NW, UA, and AA. I'll have to make it out to ROW.....as soon as NW starts that route  boxedin 



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