C767P From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 893 posts, RR: 2 Posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6592 times:
Background: I had a friend from college getting married in Oshkosh, WI with the reception at the EAA Museum. Due to cost and aircraft types on schedules I booked to MKE. I grew up in Minnesota and moved to San Diego four years ago, so since I was taking time off to travel to WI, I figured I would work a quick visit to MN to see a few friends and family. It turned out to be cheaper to fly from MKE to MSP instead of drive, and got me on another DC-9, made for an easy decision. For a while I have wanted to see the Delta Heritage Museum in Atlanta. On the return I was able to book a long connection through ATL. A friend ended up meeting me there to check out the museum.
I checked in online the night before and printed my boarding pass at home. I arrived at the airport about 4:45 am to find no line at bag check. There was no line at security as well so it also went quickly. I am never sure how to plan for this, with enough early morning departures out of T2 I rather be early and pass through security quickly instead of wishing I had arrived earlier.
After clearing security I walked around down to T2E to get some pictures that I could around that area. The number of RONs at SAN is increasing again, this is a good thing!
After walking around for a little while I proceeded to gate 39 where they started boarding at 5:40 am. Once they started boarding by zones boarding went early.
We were ready to push back at 6:10, and did so three minutes later once the SLC 738 next to us had pushed back. After pushing back we started our taxi to 27. We had a 10 minute wait at the end due to the curfew and we were number four to depart.
After a smooth takeoff from 27 we made the left turns on the Boarder Five Departure. It was clear enough this morning that I was able to get a good view of TIJ.
After we pass through 10,000 ft. I start to check out the TV and end up channel surfing. I notice that Delta has changed some of the channel options. I don’t care for some of the channels they added and wish they would have kept others on.
Service started about 20 minutes after takeoff. Because of the length of flight the EATS Menu is offered. Because of the time of day I did not really want anything from it, so I just took a Biscoff and Coke.
I looked out the window, watched some TV, read the magazine some and passed the time.
About an hour before landing the second drink service started. I took a water and Biscoff on this round. The flight attendants were New York based and they were very nice and quick with both sets of service. They kept presence through the cabin throughout the flight.
Before long we start a descent into ATL. We make right downwind into a very hazy and humid Atlanta. A smooth touchdown is followed by a typical taxi to Concourse A. We pull into A18 a few minutes early.
While walking through the jetway the person ahead of me commented how humid it was and how she is no longer used to it, but quick to add how it is great for the skin. I thought the remark was funny, and it wasn’t that humid for Atlanta in June.
DL is using gate 26 for a RON gate, it did not appear they are using it as a departure gate.
My ride to ATL.
The SLC flight.
The 9am to ATL. I tried my best to get on this flight, as the 767 is my favorite type, but the cost was way too high to justify it.
I walked around Concourse A for a few minutes to get a few pictures before taking the train to Concourse B.
The DC-9 pulled into the gate I think about how fitting it is that the classic workhorse will all but end commercial service where it all started from. In 1965 the first DC-9, a -10, entered service with Delta flying ATL-MEM-MCI. The DC-9-50 that arrives at the gate, N764NC, was delivered to North Central in September 1976.
The inbound aircraft arrived a few minutes late and there was a slight delay in getting everyone off because there was an unaccompanied minor that needed someone to take them to the next gate.
Around 2:40 boarding first class started. A few minutes after boarding started the gate agents switched. I am not sure if this was a shift change or for something else.
During boarding I stuck my head in the flight deck to get a picture and talked to the pilots briefly. Both were very friendly and had a good sense of humor.
The DC-9-51 has new interiors that resemble the 717. The leather seat covers make the airplane look a lot like the MD-88. I bet most passengers have no idea how old the plane is.
Once we were ready for pushback we had to wait for a few aircraft behind us before we could push. There were a number of announcements about how warm the cabin was but I did not really notice. There is a big push from DL to keep window shades drawn until in the air. I understand, but I am not going to sit in a window seat with the shade closed until in the air!
We pushed back and the engines come to life with drones and groans and we start our taxi to 26L. Once we reach 26L we pull off to the side. I figure there is weather in route or flow control dealing with us going around Chicago. Turns out we have too much fuel and have to burn some off. So power in increased on the JT8Ds to burn some excess fuel off for about 10 to 15 minutes.
Once we were ready to go the DC-9-50 accelerated quickly and smoothly. There is a nice buzz, but not as defined as the -88, and not the roar of the DC-9-30. Flaps are set at zero so we have a long takeoff roll.
We turn to the north and the power was reduced. On the DC-9-30 I was on last year you could really hear the out of sync engines. This could still be heard on the DC-9-50, but not as clearly. In many ways the -50 is more like an MD-88. I am sure some of that is due to the upgrades the plane has received over time.
Service is started about 30 minutes after takeoff and takes a while to get to the back. I take a Coke and Biscoff. When the FA got to me she asked if I was going home to Wisconsin. I said, no, just going to a wedding. She asked if I had family there. Nope! She paused, “I could have sworn that you were one of these northern guys, I can usually pick out that fair skin.” I smiled and replied “oh, well I am originally from Minnesota!” This brought a smile to her face, “We are MSP based! We get to go home to Minny today!!” She was very friendly. After drink and snack service they were quickly to clear trash.
All too soon it was time to start our descent into Milwaukee. It would have been nice to be on the other side of the plane to get a good view of Chicago.
We make a visual approach to MKE and maneuver to line up with 1L. We are on the ground only a few minutes behind schedule.
Bags were delivered to baggage quickly. This is the first time I have been outside of MKE, I made a connection through the airport once. It is always interesting to see how car rental facilities are set up. At MKE you have to go outside and cross the street, go upstairs and after checking in with them go up another level to pick up the car.
I left Oshkosh at 7:00 am to have enough time to get back. An uneventful drive got me into Milwaukee at 8:30. I drove around a little before getting gas and returning the car around 9:30 am.
I checked in online but was not able to print my boarding pass, so I printed that and checked my bag in. This went quick and easy so I proceeded upstairs to check out the Museum of Flight that is open and free to everyone. Overall the museum was worth stopping at. I liked how they featured airlines that had some meaning to MKE. Midwest and Frontier were the obvious airlines featured there, but they also had a write up and display about AirTran. I was a little surprised to see nothing on Northwest, as they were pretty big in MKE at one point.
After the museum I grabbed lunch at Northpoint, a burger place in the main Terminal, which was pretty good. I would have tried the frozen custard, but the burger was filling enough for such an early lunch.
Security was quick as the lines were short. Once into the rotunda that serves Delta and Continental (or UniCo) things were pretty quiet, but I get a few pictures.
Around 11:00 am the DC-9-50 from MSP lands and is quickly at the gate where the plane is turned and ready to board not long after the plane arrived.
Boarding starts around 11:25 am with pre-boards and quickly moves down the line. I take my seat in 24A, as far back as you can go in the -50 and still have a window – perfect!
It appeared that mostly business people made up this flight, as everyone was into their own routine allowing us to pushback early. As we push back the -9 comes to life and we taxi out to 1L.
With no other traffic around no stop is needed at the end of 1L and we quickly depart Milwaukee. On departure we make a gradual left turn to the northwest and pass directly over Miller Park.
After we pass 10,000 ft. service is started and they move through the cabin quickly, which is needed on a shorter flight. There is no choice of snacks, only peanuts are offered. I take a Coke with snack. The cabin crew was friendly and professional.
All too quickly, near Eau Clare, WI the Captain lets us know the computer tells them that we are about 17 minutes out. I would like to know what computer this is, an E6B?! Shortly after the throttles are pulled back and we start down.
We make a wide left traffic for 12L, on downwind we get a nice overview of MSP. We pass just over the U of M and the TCF Field and downtown Minneapolis. The sun was in a good position so I got a good view of the deflated Metrodome. As we continued north we made a base leg that gave a good view of the tornado that passed through North Minneapolis weeks before. I always enjoy arriving from the northwest into MSP, the approach gives a great view of downtown.
After a smooth landing we taxi around the terminal to F4, where we arrive early. The MSP based crew was very friendly and helpful for the short flight.
After disembarking I walk around the terminal a little. The NRT 744 is at the gate, but due to the double glass I am unable to get a picture. I had to head up to the observation deck. It was busy with regional traffic, unfortunately very little mainline.
After watching ops on 12L for a while I went down to baggage where my bag was waiting for me. After picking it up I go through the maze to get to the car rental counters.
Jim Lovell’s stuff.
Go-getters go Ozark!
Arriving from MSP, my ride to MSP.
U of M and TCF Stadium
Downtown Minneapolis, not the deflated Metrodome and new Target Field on the other end of Downtown.
The following day I had to go check out the deflated Dome and stop by Target Field to pick up a shirt.
I was able to check in for DL671 and print my boarding pass, but due to the long time on the ground in Atlanta I was unable to check in for DL1467 to San Diego, and when I called I was told I need to do this at the airport.
Since I had to get gas and return the car I planned for enough time for something to go wrong. At 4:00 am there is not much going on around the Cities, so getting gas goes quickly and I find my way back to the car return through construction that is going on in the parking ramp.
Because of the time, the check in located on the lower level was not open, so I had to go to the main ticketing hall. The lines were short and I was able to get right up to counter. It helps that Delta has added ticket counter space in the main hall. I told the agent that my final destination was San Diego and that I was unable to print my boarding pass and was told I could do it now. She had to leave the stand to do this, and when she came back she had my bag checked all the way to San Diego, but I still had to print my boarding pass in Atlanta. This was fine, as I did not have to deal with my bag.
After my bag was taken care of I proceeded to a short security line, where things went quickly and smoothly.
With MSP being a hub for Delta, there is not many RON aircraft at gates, most everything is at the maintenance area or at an out station. It appears the early morning bank is around 7:30 am. I headed to the observation deck to get a few pictures. The E concourse is full of RONs for US Airways, Continental and United, American and Frontier. American had a RON parked at F as well, which I had never seen. US had a RON at F and C. The RON at C has been the norm for some time, but the one at F is not.
I watched the flights from ANC and LAX arrive before walking around some more. Despite having grown up in the Cities, I have never tried the home town coffee shop, Caribou Coffee since I didn’t drink the stuff at the time. Since there is only one Starbucks that I could find in the Lindbergh Terminal, why not give the home town place a try. I had to try the dark chocolate in the mocha, very good!
Of all the gates available for our 6:20 am flight, for whatever reason we are out of F5, one of the smaller gates on the F Concourse. It is the perfect size for a DC-9 or E175, but not a 738. The flight was not full, so it was not too bad. If it had been full though, it would have been interesting to see where everyone would have gone.
Boarding starts at 5:40 am using the automated system. With it being an early flight we are quick to board which means we are ready to go early. The door closes around 6:10 am and we push back a few minutes later. The engines spring to life and we taxi to 12R where we are number one and there is no need to stop.
On departure we fly to the southeast, flying parallel to the Mississippi until we pass over the Nodine VOR, just west of La Crosse, WI.
The LCD screens are lowered and a few TV shows are shown. The audio for the programing did not work, so I just listened to my music.
Service started not long after we were at cruise, where we were given the choice of Biscoff, peanuts or pretzels. I take Biscoff with a Coke.
The flight is smooth and uneventful. I have only done MSP-ATL once, and it was 16 years ago on Northwest, took a 727 to ATL and a DC-9-50 on the return. This has nothing to do with the current flight, just reminiscing.
The Atlanta based cabin crew was very friendly and present in the cabin through the entire flight. They offered water and coffee after the snack service and continued to walk the cabin to collect trash.
We land on 8R around 9:25 am and have a rather short taxi to A2.
A week after this was taken this DC-95 would be retired.
My ride to ATL.
The DC-95 that was retired a week after this was taken.
The 5:20 am to ATL.
An E170 that Compass just picked up.
Just arrived from ANC.
RON at the F Concourse.
Arriving from LAX.
Anyone know who’s -9 this used to be? I would guess NW?
Once in the terminal I met up with my friend and we proceeded over to baggage claim and ticketing where I check in and print my boarding pass for the afternoon.
We got a ride to the Hilton, which is across the street from Delta’s headquarters where we checked in at security. At the entrance to the Delta Museum is the DC-3. Unfortunately timing did not work out and none of the aircraft were open.
The Museum does a nice job talking about Northwest Airlines and its history. I wish they had as much information about other airlines of the past that make up today’s Delta. It seemed as there was little information about Western, which was a pretty significant merger.
The Delta Spirit sits alone in the second hanger that makes up the museum. A serious of Delta logo’s line a wall of the hanger, which are pretty cool to see. They also have some history on Ship 102. It would have been nice to see inside the 767, but it was still fun to be able to see it, and to see an aircraft in the classic Widget again.
After the Delta Museum we walk back to the Hilton where we can get a ride back to the airport. We walk around the terminal and grab lunch at Chili’s in the A Concourse.
The Breast Cancer Awareness 764 landed while eating lunch, so we walked from A to E to see the aircraft. After checking out the international flights and many 767s in E we walk around part of C and all of A. By the end of the day we had walked 5.7 miles around the Museum and Atlanta Airport.
Boarding for 1467 started right at 4:15 pm. Boarding for pre-boards and zone one and two went quickly and smoothly. Once people started boarding for zone three, everyone gathered near the gate and it was the biggest mess I have ever seen. People talk about WN’s cattle call, this was a cattle call. People with zone 4 boarding cards were blocking those in zone 3 from getting to the gate. Once zone 4 was called, they all tried to funnel to the gate at one time. I thought people were going to start pushing each other. I blame the gate agent on this one, they should have made a call to get people to organize.
I take my seat in 35G. The very friendly lead FA is San Diego based and very happy to welcome everyone onboard and very happy to be going to SAN.
Once we are ready to go we have to wait a few minutes to push back due to the aircraft next to us arriving. While we were getting ready to push back I watched the long line up for 8L, it was consistent and continued to move, but a pretty good line up.
Once we pushed and started the engines we taxied to 7R where we are number two for departure. We line up on 7R to wait for a 757 to cross the runway. On departure we turn to the north and eventually to the west.
About 20 minutes the FA informs us of what we already know, the entertainment system is not working. All the TV stations say they are not available. They do a hard reboot which does the trick.
Snack and drink service is started after they do the reboot. They hand out menus, but I did not plan on eating. I did take a Coke and Biscoff.
After the snack I took a nap for about an hour. When I woke up we were over the pan handle of Texas and I watched The Office and watched out the window. We passed over Arizona and the fires there, the smoke was rather impressive.
After passing just to the south of PHX they start our second snack service. I took two glasses of water with Biscoff. Not long after the Salton Sea is in sight and we start our descent to San Diego. The marine layer is in so we pass through this and make a nice landing on 27.
Once at the gate we quickly disembark where I get some pictures of other aircraft already there, including the British Airways 777, which has only been back at Lindbergh for about one week.
Overall the flights were great. Everything was on time or close to it. All the crews were friendly and professional.
KingFriday013 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 1304 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4730 times:
Really enjoyed your report. Sounds like you had a great time.
Quoting C767P (Thread starter): Delta 1592
Depart: 6:20 AM | 6:13 AM
Arrive: 1:30 PM | 1:28 PM
Boeing 757-200, N694DL
I was on that flight back in May! Although we were on N6706Q and I think we left from gate 40. I had spent the night at baggage claim since I didn't have a way of getting to the airport early in the morning.
Tho' I've belted you an' flayed you, By the livin' Gawd that made you, You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!
I was just looking through this again and noticed I made a mistake when posting this. Somehow I left out the pictures from inflight on ATL-MKE and the arrival pictures. I might have posted too many in one post. I think there are enough there to make up for it, but didn’t mean to cut off part of the report.