Transpac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3214 posts, RR: 13 Posted (6 years 5 months 7 hours ago) and read 9334 times:
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!!
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:
Pushback from gate in DFW. The Super 80 on pushback is the exact plane I took on DEN-DFW.
On short final into ROW. Talk about the middle of the desert out there.
Rollout in ROW. You actually taxi through the boneyard on your way to the terminal.
Walking into Roswell terminal - nice sign.
Definitely a ghost town in the middle of the desert.
AA Super 80's - there were quite a few of them around, probably no less than 30 or 40 of them.
Closeup of an AA Super 80.
Ex-UA DC10. Note the FE registration number.
Aloha 732's in the distance.
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"
Talk about an extremely lonely place - almost spooky.
DC8 row. My first time up close & personal with DC8's!!
For some reason, the DC8 seems smaller than it looks. Maybe it's just me, though.
ATA Tritanics. Always wanted to get on one of those, but probably never will.
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.
A couple more Tritanics. There were probably 20x L-1011's total at ROW.
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.
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.