cytz_pilot From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 565 posts, RR: 1 Posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4590 times:
This is a trip report from a trip about six years ago. It's pretty uneventful overall, but I have been longing to write trip reports despite not having any recent trips to write about. So, I dig into my archives!
My wife and I had been married for over a year, when we decided to move to California (she was from California herself). We had lived in Toronto (where I grew up) for two years while she finished her BA at the University of Toronto. But with our son due by early December, she wanted to be closer to her family...and I, as always, welcomed a new adventure!
Over the course of 2005, we went through the U.S. immigration procedures so that I could enter as a temporary resident. Most of it was through mailed forms, but in early October we travelled to Montreal for a final interview at the American Consolate. With a visa in hand, we arrived at YYZ on Wednesday, October 19 2005.
I was really excited about the upcoming trip. I'd be travelling for the first time on one of Air Canada's brand-new Embraer 175's, and also taking my first flight on the Boeing 777. We'd also be transitting through ORD, which I was excited about (it would be my first time there during daylight hours with a camera).
Anyone who remembers Toronto's old Terminal 2 (it's was demolished to make way for the new Terminal 1) knows how useless it was for plane pics. The gate area was separated from the terminal windows by a corridor that arriving passengers walked along to Canada customs. So, it was never possible to get decent photographs of your aircraft unless you happened to be at one of just a few gates that were in a particular spot. I didn't end up getting a photo of the plane until we arrived in Chicago.
Flight 1 of 2
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Toronto Pearson International Airport (CYYZ) – Chicago O'Hare International Airport (KORD)
Air Canada, Embraer 175
(this graphic is a result of boredom and Adobe Illustrator – I really like making aviation posters, so I worked on-and-off for about 10 months creating all of the commercial aircraft I have flown in, and putting them together into a poster which is hanging on my wall.)
After boarding, we settled down in our seats, and I grabbed my camera for a quick snapshot of the A319 parked beside us. I was greeted with a message that made my stomach drop – no memory card found. I couldn't believe it, but I had packed my one-gigabyte memory card with the rest of our belongings that we had shipped separately. What a disheartening mistake, considering how much I was looking forward to snapping tons of photos during these flights.
Luckily, I had another memory card that came with my camera tucked away in the pocket of my camera bag. It was only a 64 megabyte card, but with lowering the resolution of the 5mp camera to 1600 pixels wide, it would fit about 30 photos. Well, I guess I had to be a little more picky. Ultimately, I ended up deleting photos that weren't that interesting. In any case, here's what I walked away with...hope you like.
The A319 parked beside us
The views weren't great taxiing and taking off from YYZ many times in the past having grown up there. So I kept my camera off for most of the flight.
It was pretty exciting being on an almost brand-new aircraft! It had that 'new airplane' smell. There was a single drink service, and no entertainment – the IFE screens weren't up and running at the time, even though they were installed. All we saw on the screens was a message saying that they were 'coming soon.' The seats had a great pitch for short-haul economy: about 33 inches.
The flight to Chicago was a little less than an hour, and before we knew it, we were arriving at ORD (I forget which runway).
Our E175 booting across some Chicago suburbs on approach to ORD
You're going to love this – after landing, I got one photo taken before we reached the gate. Take a careful look at the following photo:
Now compare it to this photo in the Airliners.net database:
That photo was taken of our aircraft, probably about 10 seconds after I took my photo! Now that...is pretty cool.
We got off the aircraft, took a snap...
Almost brand new
...and then we were off into the labrynth that is Chicago O'Hare. To put it mildly, it's big. Except for the international Terminal 5, all of the terminals are connected by walkways. We walked from Terminal 3 to Terminal 1, where our next flight was to depart from. We still had two hours or so, so my wife sat at the gate and read while I walked around taking photos.
Battleship gray, looking good!
Good ol' Ted
This livery looks awesome on a CR7!
Lufthansa 747 tail – I wondered why this wasn't parked at the International Terminal.
The flying pencil
Another AC E175 arriving
At a glance, it always looks like the CR7/9 has a broken nosewheel
Spirit's MD-80 – it's amazing how much better this livery looks with silver/gray.
Finally it was time to regroup with my wife and get ready for our next flight, on to San Francisco.
Our aircraft waiting at the gate
Flight 2 of 2
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Chicago O'Hare International Airport (KORD) – San Francisco International Airport (KSFO)
This particular 777 was one of United's domestically-configured widebodies. It took a while to get everyone boarded. I was so excited to be here on a triple-seven (the largest aircraft I had ever flown on), and we finally got going and started to head out to the runway.
Taken during pushback
We entered what seemed to be a lineup for one of the runways. We were stopped for a good solid five minutes on one of the taxiways. It was fine for me, because the lighting was perfect, and aircraft would slowly taxi by, one-by-one, for my camera!
IMO, the CR7 looks perfect in these colors
And another regional jet
Remember that second E175 I had photographed? Here it is after turnaround, heading out for the runway
This still remains one of my favorite aviation photos. Everything came together perfectly!
United has some Embraers also
That was about it. We started moving, took off, and the flight was very uneventful. I enjoyed being on such a large aircraft though. When we started our descent into San Francisco, I was actually hit with the worst ear pressure problem I had ever had. No matter what I did, I couldn't clear my ears. I was in agony through the whole descent...it was terrible!
California is much grayer than Chicago – go figure!
As we were leaving, I was finally able to clear my ears and the experience of arriving here in San Fran was finally something I could enjoy. We caught a shuttle van into the city, where my mother-in-law had booked a surprise for us – two nights in a suite at the Parc 55 hotel. Wow! Here are some photos from the room (and also a few taken on the other side of the building).
The Trans-America tower in the clouds
Looking down on a historic streetcar running on Market St.
One last view of San Francisco
After a couple of days in San Francisco, we were picked up by my in-laws, and we headed towards the Central Valley, and then up into the foothills near Yosemite where our new rental home was waiting. Our belongings came about a week after that, and I was happy to get my full-sized memory card back.
So, I know it was a fairly milk-run trip, but I hope you all enjoyed the photos, and heck – it was five-and-a-half years ago – some would even say it's historic.
As a special bonus for reading this trip report, I'm going to add some spotting photos from Toronto and Los Angeles (we travelled down to SoCal for a wedding about 2 weeks after arriving). Just scroll down to the next post. Cheers y'all!
I hope you enjoyed my 10th trip report! Links to my other 9 are below in case you missed them.
cytz_pilot From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 565 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3691 times:
Hi folks, thank you for the compliments! I know there's not much meat to this trip report, and for the longest time I wasn't going to post it - but I really like the photos I took on it, so what the heck.
Quoting JHCRJ700 (Reply 2): Nice report. It's amazing how much has changed in just a few years!
Definitely! Changes really do creep up over the years.
Quoting signol (Reply 3):
Nice report! A shame about the camera card, but it turned out ok. I hope your new life in the USA is continuing to treat you well!
Thanks! Yes, all is well and I'm quite happy here!
I can't quite make it out, but is that C-GITR? If so, it's the very same plane that took me from LHR to YYT and back in August 2007!
Nice report with some great photos. Sometimes lack of memory can be a good thing, in that we become more choosy with what we snap away at rather than photographing everything that moves...or even doesn't move! It must have felt like the "old" days when we only had 24 or 36 exposures at a time to play with, followed by costly developing!
Thanks for the interesting stroll down memory lane.
Ladies & gentlemen this is Captain Tobias Wilcock welcoming you aboard Coconut Airways flight 372 to Bridgetown Barb
cytz_pilot From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 565 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3148 times:
Quoting BAViscount (Reply 6): I can't quite make it out, but is that C-GITR? If so, it's the very same plane that took me from LHR to YYT and back in August 2007!
Looks like it! On the original photo, I could see that the airline code is 287, which matches C-GITR. That must have been a blast riding on such a small aircraft across the Atlantic.
Quoting BAViscount (Reply 6): Nice report with some great photos. Sometimes lack of memory can be a good thing, in that we become more choosy with what we snap away at rather than photographing everything that moves...or even doesn't move! It must have felt like the "old" days when we only had 24 or 36 exposures at a time to play with, followed by costly developing!
I hear ya there. It was always a struggle between wanting to take a lot of aircraft photos, but also wanting plenty of remaining film for the rest of a trip, and also not wanting to pay a small fortune for developing them. In this case it was just a matter of photos that didn't pass muster getting deleted. Thanks for the compliments!
LFutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3239 posts, RR: 29 Reply 8, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3067 times:
Quoting cytz_pilot (Thread starter): Lufthansa 747 tail – I wondered why this wasn't parked at the International Terminal.
Nice trip report. Nice to see all the different aircraft and livery changes such airlines have made since 2005. Lufthansa arrives into T5 and then they get tugged over to T1. BTW, Air Canada arrives and departs out of T2 at ORD.
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