now it was time to leave Orlando, some more sightseeing aviation wise and the flights back to FRA.
Leaving the Fairfield Inn at the Marriott Village:
First a visit to Kermit Weeks Fantasy of Flight at Polk City, Florida.
A recommendable place to go for the interested in vintage aircraft.
Another nice machine:
Ready to go?:
Fly by, B-25 Mitchell:
Anyone remember Indiana Jones?: Yes, it´s the filmstar, the Ford Tri-Motor:
Looks like at the aircraft carrier:
The Tri-Motor again:
Any idea who own´s this Super-Constellation?:
Yes, it´s one of the Lufthansa machines bought last year:
In the hangar again:
Then we changed the location to Daytona Beach
View from our room:
The other side:
Sometimes also the biggest tyres are not big enough:
The beach again:
Castillo del Sol:
The next day NASA´s Kennedy space center was on schedule
Welcome to the rocket garden:
NASA´s main building ahead:
Less interested in rockets!:
The main building again:
Again to departures:
The other ramp:
Satellite assembly station:
Under the Space Shuttle:
MCO (Orlando-International) Tornado alert and thunderstorms, 26 degrees centigrade
PHL (Philadelphia-International) Light rain, 9 degrees centigrade
Duration: 2 hours, 20 minutes announced
2 hours, 35 minutes actual
Service US 1726 operated by US Airways
Scheduled: 12.10 // 14.37
Actual: 12.25 // 15.00
Gate: 58 Seat: 34B
Load factor: 100%
There was a tornado alert late Monday and also Tuesday morning for Daytona Beach and also Orlando.
The weather turned with heavy wind, rain and thunderstorms. Not the best settings for ontime flights.
Therefore we started early to MCO airport, returned the car without problems and looked for the US check-in.
Also here I´ve secured my seats of choice online during booking at the US Airways homepage.
The flight was announced as ontime on the departure board when we reached the terminal building.
A long queue at the standard desks, free stations available for self-service check-in.
No problem there, typed my reservation number, confirmed the seats and baggage to check and after a matter of seconds
we hold our boarding passes.
A elderly female checked our passports, labeled the bags and on the way for another TSA security check while the rain pouring heavily down outside.
Thanks god that we made it in the terminal earlier than the thunderstorm arrived.
Several TSA desks open, a young male, not unfriendly checked our passports and boardings and we joined the long lines for security.
It was faster than expected, some ten minutes thereafter we´re trough and on the way by the shuttle train to our terminal.
Orlando airport is a spacious building with several satellite terminals, enough seats around the gates and good views to the apron. OK so far.
Interesting action there, most of the flights delayed up to two hours, no sign for our flight.
More planes to departure:
On the runway:
Some minutes prior to boarding touched a 752 down, nicely painted in Star Alliance livery, not bad and parked at our gate.
Our machine was N936UW, one of 38 in the fleet of US Airways, delivered at 24.03.1994 to US Air and further at 27.02.1997 to US Airways. .
Leg. no 12 on the B752 for me, a plane that I especially like, and also a new entry to my log.
Lots of pax around, it seems US doing well these days in case of load factors.
Boarding started finally a little late, two male, two female FA´s on that machine. OK so far.
The cabin fitted also with dark blue leatehr seats, oldfashioned and comfy. Center cabin monitors, not in use, the safety demo was manual.
The captain welcomed us short during boarding and announced a bumpy takeoff.
Departure from the 2743 meters runway 17L , clouds along the whole way and a very bumpy flight above Daytona,Charleston and Richmond.
Flight level 37.000 feet.
Free beverages, nothing to eat.
The captain announced some holding prior finals into PHL´s 3202 meter runway 09R, where we arrived some 20 minutes delayed.
Also here finger deboarding.
PHL (Philadelphia-International) Rainy, 9 degrees centigrade
FRA (Frankfurt-Rhein-Main) Sunny, 10 degrees centigrade
Duration: 7 hours, 35 minutes announced
8 hours actual
Service US 700 operated by US Airways
Scheduled: 16.15 // 06.10 Six hours time difference
Actual: 16.15 // 06.15
Gate: A19 Seat: 38B
Load factor: Around 95%
A long way to go here from arrival in the C area to departure in the A area.
PHL is also an acceptable airport from my point of view, especially the new built A area, real good.
The plane was present when we´re arrived, boarding started some minutes thereafter.
N274AY was our machine to FRA, another A333 from the nine machines in the US fleet.
Delivered at 27.06.2000 , leg no. 2 for me on the A333 and another new entry to my log.
A company B762:
The cabin crew was american/german, neutral friendly all together.
Safety demo was also here manual.
The same dark blue leather seats like on the other A333, surprisingly, this plane was older than the other, but cleaner and in real good conditions.
The flightdeck crew was from the US, the pilot with a short welcome during boarding.
Some open seats on this flight, but alltogether also a good load.
Departure from the 2896 meters runway 09L in direction Canada, south of Greenland, Ireland, the UK and Belgium.
Flight level 35.000 feet. Good views from Canada on.
Service was a hot meal short after departure, free beverages for several times and something danish short ahead to arrival.
Due to the massive jetstream the announced flighttime was only 7 hours, 35 minutes, but with several shakers along the way.
As usual, stay awake during daylight and sleep at night, therefore I´ve noticed not that much from this flight till they offered a small breakfast.
Waking up only for some minutes to wave fellow member Eric (Airbuseric) doing the westbound leg this day.
The captain wished us a very friendly "Guten morgen" during approach and a good time in Germany.
Touchdown on FRA´s 4000 meter runway 07R nearly ontime, followed by a long taxi to the apron in front of Terminal 2.
Deboarding by bus, no time to wait at passport control, only some minutes for the bags and some really annoying minutes at customs,
both lanes blocked with some special checked pax arrived with Air India from the belt beneath.
I´ve asked if its possible to pass by, the answer was an unfriendly no way, welcome back to german reality.
Some minutes more for our shuttle to the Autohotel and back home with a lot of new impressions some two hours later.
I like the US way of living, US Airways was acceptable, no need to fly them again soon, but also no problem if fare and time will be ok.
And like the 737 beneath the single aisle airbus planes, I prefer the 777 beneath the A330, a better feeling of flying there.
My sons statement while he counted our remaining cash dollars "Dad, you dont need to change it back in Euros, I will go to the States
Airbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4125 posts, RR: 51 Reply 1, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 9202 times:
Funny last sentence, that statement by your son! I thought the same, last week, after returning from the US. So, I will keep the Dollar notes in the pocket for the next time
Good to see the pics, Daytona looks good and you're so lucky to catch up again with a B752. I think quite a few from US fly around in the Star Alliance livery.
Dinner Meals look good on this flight, that breakfast is really poor. And how about the commecials? Are these stickered on the table?! If so, then I really downgrade US further in my mind
The A330, it's a beautiful aircraft to see, prefer the -200 series more then the longer variant. To fly, not my choice. I prefer the B777 anytime, or a wellkept B747 of course. Flown the A332 myself once on a shorter leg, but enough experience to decide not to take this aircraft accoss the pond so far.
Freudliche Gruße nach Stuttgart,...
"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
Chepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6101 posts, RR: 11 Reply 3, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 9024 times:
Thank you for the trip report, glad youe enjoyed your US Airways experience. Load factors out of MCO are usually prety high, espically towards the summer months, as well as most European flights. FRA is an important US destination due to the onward connection on LH which is why the flight is op double daily in th summer.
FLIEGER67 From Ukraine, joined Sep 2003, 4807 posts, RR: 56 Reply 10, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 8469 times:
Hello, good to follow some comments.
Thanx for your reply.
Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 1): Funny last sentence, that statement by your son! I thought the same, last week, after returning from the US. So, I will keep the Dollar notes in the pocket for the next time
Let me know, when you go!.
Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 1): so lucky to catch up again with a B752. I think quite a few from US fly around in the Star Alliance livery.
Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 1): And how about the commecials? Are these stickered on the table?!
So it was.
Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 1): . To fly, not my choice. I prefer the B777 anytime, or a wellkept B747 of course.
Quoting OA260 (Reply 2): Excellent report. I loved all the photos of the places and also NASA. Also nice to see a insight into US Airways as they are now. You got some good pics.
Quoting OA260 (Reply 2): LOL... very sweet. You will have to take him again soon. Its great to be able to share your hobby with your Son.
Yeah, that´s really good.
Quoting Chepos (Reply 3): Thank you for the trip report, glad youe enjoyed your US Airways experience.
Thank you for reading and your further comments.
Always good to follow more backround.
Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 5): All in all looks like US provided resonable service from A to B, nothing special but nothing bad, can't complain at that these days.
Quoting Contact Air (Reply 6): Nice return report with lots of great pictures from Florida and from your flights. Besides beaches and cities, Florida seems to be an interesting destination aviation-wise as well.
Thank you and Florida is for sure worth the way to go.
Quoting FCA767 (Reply 7): Really nice to see kennedy again and Orlando is quite a nice place...especially after driving round an island this month where we got lost every day for 6 of the 7 days lol
Zonks From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 166 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 8056 times:
I was wondering when we'd see the second part of this report and here she is! Good job and nice to see that you guys had a good time in our country... although Florida is as similar to Oregon (where I am) as Germany is to Portugal.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter): My sons statement while he counted our remaining cash dollars "Dad, you dont need to change it back in Euros, I will go to the States
You know, I think the same way when I come home with a bunch of Euros... I'll be back in Europe soon!
Thank you and about Los Angeles, yes, maybe sounds interesting!.
Quoting Zonks (Reply 14): I was wondering when we'd see the second part of this report and here she is! Good job and nice to see that you guys had a good time in our country... although Florida is as similar to Oregon (where I am) as Germany is to Portugal.
Thanx for your reply.
Oregon sounds also interesting!.
Quoting Zonks (Reply 14): You know, I think the same way when I come home with a bunch of Euros... I'll be back in Europe soon!
Good to know, the same way of thinking.
Quoting MSPNWA (Reply 15): Thanks for the report and great pictures of the old airplanes, NASA, etc.! Glad to hear you and your son liked your trip to the states.
Thank you for your reply.
Yes, we like the american way of life.
DALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1636 posts, RR: 7 Reply 17, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7679 times:
Great read again! A very detailed and complete report from your hand!
Some very nice pictures of old aircraft, which is exactly my cup of tea. I love the B25's, the Catalina, and especially the B26 Marauder you nailed on your camera! Simply great!
US does provide a decent product, and intra US all airlines seem to be bad
Thank you for sharing this very good report!
flown on : F50,F70,CR1,CR2,CR9,E75,143,AR8,AR1,733,735,736,73G,738,753,744,319,320,321,333,AB6.
Infodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1372 posts, RR: 35 Reply 20, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 7469 times:
Excellent reading as always. Thanks for the great insight into NASA and also all the pics of the vintage planes, you certainly enjoyed some special sightseeing. Loved the long sandy beach at Daytona, but is that that normal that people drive onto the sand with their cars?! Can't they park them somewhere else?
Glad to hear that the tornado forecast didn't cause too many problems, one's sure got to respect those things.
Your breakfast on the return leg looked pretty pathetic. Wouldn't fill much of a corner.
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Thread starter): Waking up only for some minutes to wave fellow member Eric (Airbuseric) doing the westbound leg this day.
What a coincidence!
Happy flying as always
"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
FLIEGER67 From Ukraine, joined Sep 2003, 4807 posts, RR: 56 Reply 21, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 7338 times:
Hey, ready to follow some more comments.
Quoting DALCE (Reply 17):
Great read again! A very detailed and complete report from your hand!
Thank you for reading.
Quoting DALCE (Reply 17): Some very nice pictures of old aircraft, which is exactly my cup of tea. I love the B25's, the Catalina, and especially the B26 Marauder you nailed on your camera! Simply great!
If you ever go to Florida, it´s really worth to visit.
Quoting IliriBDL (Reply 18): Thanks for the trip report Markus, loved all the pics.
Thank you for reading and your comment.
Quoting WNTex (Reply 19): Really enjoyed your TR! And like others have said, that last line was classic.
Good pics, and I hope your time in the States was enjoyable.
Thank you and yes, our trip was for sure, enjoyable.
PlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6528 posts, RR: 79 Reply 24, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6325 times:
well done, really enjoyed reading part 2 of your latest series. I especially liked the pictures from the Kennedy Space Center. I also went there during my first visit to the US in 1993, too bad I didn't have much time there. Definitely a destination which I will visit again.