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Who Said That Flying SUX?  
User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 10204 times:

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BACKGROUND

As you probably know, winters in Chicago and the entire US Midwestern Region can be long and brutal. For those of us who live there and like to occasionally fly on daytrips winter is a forbidding time. There are simply no nearby destinations where you can fly to, explore, and depart from, all in one day, without freezing your butt off (I'm not the kind of daytripper that would just fly in and out of an airport without exploring the city/town). Plus, even if you choose to fly somewhere south and warm, there is a good chance you'll get stranded there due to bad weather in the Midwest. Not to mention that (some parts of) the South give me the creeps. Just Kidding. Sort of.

As a result of this situation I tend to do very little flying between January and May and this year was no exception. It was no surprise therefore that once the weather started improving I immediately entered daytrip-planning mode. This is the first part of a 3-segment series (see map further below) about daytrips I've organized to (what I consider to be) interesting destinations within the Midwest.

SUX and Flight 232

An airport that I've always been interested in is the Sioux Gateway Airport (also known as Colonel Bud Day Field). Situated near the northwestern corner of Iowa, it serves the Sioux City metropolitan area which spans across 3 states: Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. There are two reasons Sioux Gateway Airport is known to aviation enthusiasts. The first is of course its (in)famous IATA code: SUX. For many years local officials kept trying to convince IATA to change the airport's "disgraceful" designation code but despite being offered several alternatives (GWU, GYO, GYT, SGV and GAY, to name a few) a code change never took place. Eventually, SUX decided to embrace its name and started making the most out of it. "FlySUX" became the airport's motto and local authorities started selling t-shirts, hats and other products featuring the new slogan (more about this later).

The second reason for SUX's fame/infamy is the "Miracle in the Cornfield" incident; the crash-landing of UA flight 232 in 1989, when a UA DC-10 on its way from DEN to ORD lost its tail engine and all of its hydraulic systems. The pilots skilfully controlled the aircraft using only its wing engines (using them independently in order to steer) and attempted to land at SUX. The crash-landing resulted in the loss of 111 out of 307 people on board. Despite the disaster, the pilots were celebrated as heroes given that they prevented what could have been an even larger death toll. Items from the crash are on display at the aviation museum attached to SUX and a memorial near downtown Sioux City commemorates the event.


BOOKING

AA (more specifically, American Eagle) is the only airline that serves SUX with 2 daily flights to/from ORD, subsidized by the Essential Air Service program. These flights filled the service gap left by Delta in 2012 when it decided to eliminate several regional airports, including SUX, from its network. At a very reasonable (by US-standards) $150 return fare I went ahead a booked myself a ticket. Due to the timing of the flights I could not turn this into a daytrip (unless I did a same-plane-turnaround which was not gonna happen) so I decided to stay in Sioux City for a night.

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Here is the complete map of my summer's Midwestern wanderings, featuring the states visited (or to be visited). In red, the segment reported here.




HEADING TO SIOUXLAND


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This being tornado season I was a bit nervous about the weather in the days leading up to my trip. Sure enough, on the day of my arrival at Sioux City the forecast predicted thunderstorms. I equipped myself with a new sturdy umbrella and made my way to ORD in hopes that the weather won’t be bad enough to prevent me from doing some sightseeing while in Sioux City.

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ORD SUX. I know a few people that would strongly agree with this statement.


I had checked in and selected my seat online so once I got to ORD I headed for security and the G-gates area, where most AA regional operations take place. The place was an AA ERJ heaven. As per tradition I got there way too early so I spent the next 4 hours spotting, reading and people-watching (palmjet would be proud).

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Of the tons and tons of ERJs and CRJs present only 2 or 3 featured the new livery.


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Chicago's skyline through the haze.


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This fella sure needs some new paint.



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A SkyWest CRJ-200 dressed in the company's actual livery (this particular one used to wear Delta Connection colors for many years).


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Detail of ORD's Urban Garden, featuring a bunch of salad vegetables. An interesting area that I had not seen before.


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Old and New (which, sometime soon, will hopefully become old too).


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I love those thick cheat-lines on AA's regional jets.


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This guy is ready to go.


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And here is our aircraft arriving at the gate.


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Jetbridges are not being nice to me lately. I had to struggle to get a look of the registration.



I was one of the first few to board the aircraft (I was in boarding group 2). I put my (thankfully small enough) carry-on bag in the tiny overhead space and sat on my rather comfortable 9A seat. I must confess that I was pleasantly surprised by the legroom in this small aircraft. Even after the guy in front of me reclined his seat my knees were in no way struggling for room.

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Boarding our aircraft


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Looking good


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Excellent pitch


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A sneaky peek into the cockpit


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Passing by some giants on the way to the runway


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Dedicated to SR117 and EddieDude.



Take-off was very smooth, yet powerful, with hardly any vibrations. I regret not shooting a video of our take-off as it would have been uncharacteristically stable. I was hoping for clear skies but it was not meant to be. We spent pretty much the entire 1h16m over a cloudy terrain. Drink service consisted of free soft drinks (I went for an OJ) and alcoholic beverages for purchase (payable in cash only).

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Taking off on time. My watch is a bit messed up by the way as you can notice.


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Ascending over some railtracks


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An Airbus in US Airways colors crossing our path


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A glimpse of AUZ just before the clouds moved in


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Drink service.


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Some nice icy juice for me


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My view for most of the flight


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Browns Lake (what used to be a bend of the Missouri River but is now cut-off from the main flow) on approach to SUX


Our approach into SUX was through a bunch of dark clouds and our landing on runway 31 (the longest in the state of Iowa) was smooth and almost 15 minutes ahead of schedule. Our ERJ-145 docked at one of the two jetbridges at SUX and before I knew it we were all landside. Despite having been to Iowa several dozen times (albeit to the eastern part of the state only), this was my first time in an Iowan airport.


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A good-looking runway


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Our aircraft at the gate


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Next to the terminal there were a couple of JetSun hangars and several general aviation aircraft


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Here's one more photo of our aircraft behind the jetbridge


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A statue of Colonel Bud Day, after whom the airport is named. The inscription below the statue reads as follows: "Shot down Aug 26, 1967 during an attack on a missile site in Vietnam. Injured with 3 breaks in his right arm, injured knee and damaged eye. Captured, tortured but escaped through the jungle for 2 weeks. Met North Vietnam soldiers, refused to surrender. Shot while trying to escape. Recaptured, hung by arms for refusing to reply, both arms and hands paralyzed from hanging, arm rebroken. Multiple tortures. Refused to respond as demanded. Beaten daily with fan belt (66 days). Refused to yield. Set the Example."


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Our aircraft departing for ORD


For the night I had booked myself a room at the Sioux City Hotel in downtown. A couple of days earlier I had called the hotel and asked them to pick me up at the airport (they offer a free shuttle service) at the time of my arrival. Just before I boarded my flight at ORD I called them again to remind them. Sure enough 40 minutes after my arrival at SUX nobody had shown up. I called the hotel again and the receptionist told me that she had no record of me requesting a shuttle (!!!). “This SUX” I thought. I asked her if she could send someone now to which she agreed. With this and that I wasted almost an hour of precious daylight time which I was intending to use for sightseeing. There were no taxis to be seen anywhere at the airport so I simply had to wait for the shuttle. When it got there I was greeted by the driver who looked like he came straight out of “The Call of the Wildman” show. And he smelled like it too. Fortunately, it did not take us long to get to the hotel. My room was rather spacious but in a desperate need of refurbishment. One of the bedside lamps wasn’t working, the clock-radio was also dead, the furniture was worn out and on the window there was -what looked like- a pellet bullet hole.

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Arriving at the hotel


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Hm... Plugged in and switched on, neither wanted to work.


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My room was on the 6th floor. What could have possibly caused this from the outside?


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Truth be said, the bed was comfortable



SIOUX CITY

A few words about Sioux City: It is the 4th largest city in Iowa, with a population of 83.000, but its metropolitan area exceeds 162.000 people. It is named after the Sioux (pronounced "Soo"), a Native American people local to the area. A nearby river, the Big Sioux River, separating Iowa from South Dakota is also named after the Sioux. A few miles north, along the shores of this river, is Sioux Falls, the biggest city in the state of South Dakota.

By the time I got out again the rain had stopped but the sky remained ominously cloudy and dark. My aim for the rest of the day was to explore downtown, the riverfront and perhaps walk over the bridge to Nebraska.

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Entrance to the Flight 232 Memorial site


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The centerpiece of the memorial site. It depicts "the rescue of 3-year-old Spencer Bailey by Lt. Col. Dennis Nielsen of the Iowa Air National Guard's 185th Tactical Fighter Group, one of the many who answered the call that day. Inspired by a photograph shot by Sioux City Journal photographer Gary Anderson"


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Walking towards the Veterans Memorial Bridge connecting Iowa to Nebraska


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A section of Sioux City's skyline as seen from the bridge


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The Flight 232 Memorial as seen from afar



Once I reached the bridge that connects Iowa with Nebraska I was too preoccupied with taking photos of the views that I completely missed the barrier that had a "Sidewalk Closed" sign on it until I almost walked up to it. When I saw it I literally yelled "Noooo" (and some profanities). With my tail between my legs I turned around and started walking towards town again. No more than 50 meters later I came across a Mexican guy who was walking toward the bridge. I informed him that it was closed. Manuel (not his real name), a very nice and friendly fella, told me that he had left his pickup truck on the other side and that he absolutely had to get to it. Not to be deterred by a fence, Manuel said that he would go ahead. Hesitating for a moment I decided to join him. I could not see any construction or any other signs as to why the sidewalk was closed so I was pretty confident that I would not fall through a hole or something. This was my first state border crossing on foot. After a few minutes on the Nebraska side, I made my way back into Iowa.

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Noooo...


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Crossing into Nebraska anyway


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Stepping on Nebraska soil. Time for new shoes, won't you say?


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Manuel walking away to his truck


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Back in Iowa


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This little fella was hiding in the grass near the river


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The floating Argosy Casino


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Freight trains of extraordinary length cross downtown on these tracks, stopping car traffic for several minutes


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Most buildings in downtown are connected by several of these skybridges. I bet they make everybody's life much easier in winter when temperatures plummet.



Some more photos of my first day at Sioux City without any tiresome commentary from my part:

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The floating casino at night from the roof of my hotel


Continued Below


[Edited 2013-06-10 20:35:53]


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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 10224 times:

The next morning

The next morning I woke up at 5am, giving myself several hours of free time before my 4:15pm flight. Having seen most of downtown I decided to take a local bus and head to North Sioux City, across the border in South Dakota. The place was jam-packed with (dodgy-looking) casinos. I have never been to Vegas so I had nothing to compare it with apart from certain casino-infested border towns in Bulgaria.

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The bridge spanning the Big Sioux River that separates Iowa from South Dakota


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Crossing into South Dakota


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How many casinos can you count?


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South Dakota on the left and Iowa on the right


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A collage of (some of) the casino signs at North Sioux City, South Dakota.


After seeing enough casinos to last me a while (I did not enter any of them - I'm not the gambling type) I took the bus back to downtown Sioux City. This morning the weather was much nicer so I spent the rest of the day visiting some of the same places I had seen the day before, this time enjoying them in the sunshine. I really wanted to visit the city's aviation museum (which features many objects salvaged from Flight 232) but I happened to be there the only day of the week it was closed.

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Hey, Barry Manilow will be in town! For some (unrelated) reason this reminds me to mention that by next year Sioux City will have its own Hard Rock Cafe, the FlyingFinn would be very happy to know.


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The Courthouse


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Several bars could be found along the Historic 4th Street. Notice the one called "JetBar"! Unfortunately it was too early for it to be open.



A few more photos from around town:

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A very interesting exhibit at the local Public Museum. A Kari-Keen Coupe 90A. Kari-Keen, a local company, produced and sold only a single aircraft (the one pictured) back in the 30s. The aircraft was disassembled and reassembled in the late 90s and it was even taken on a test flight in 2000 (a video of the actual flight was being shown on a nearby monitor).


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Another interesting item at the museum. Some of the early settlers of Sioux City were Swedes...


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A baseball signed by Babe Ruth is also on display. Next to it was one signed by Lou Gehrig.


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A medal commemorating one of Sioux City's famous "Corn Palaces". These were magnificent buildings made entirely out of corn. A new one was built every few years at the end of the 1800's. Unfortunately this tradition did not continue beyond those years.


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The BNSF Railway Missouri River Bridge.


Due to the un-trustworthiness of the hotel shuttle and the complete absence of taxis from Sioux City's streets I decided to get to the airport by bus. Apparently the No.6 "Airport" bus does not go to the airport (go figure) but if you tell the driver that you need to go there he/she will make a small detour and drop you off at the terminal. Gotta love how things work in small towns.

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SUX is being heavily promoted by the local transit authority


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Ready to board the "Airport" bus that doesn't actually go to the airport unless you ask.


HAVING FUN AT SUX


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Being at the airport plenty early (yet again) I was pleased to see that the only shop at SUX, called Marna's Cafe was in the process of opening. In addition to drinks and snacks it also sells various SUX-related souvenirs. The terminal was renovated a couple of years ago and it shows. New seats, new FIDS, new check-in desks, sparkling clean bathrooms, and a nice public lounge with leather chairs and couches.

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The terminal from the outside


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Control Tower in the distance


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The front of the terminal


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I simply had to get myself one of these t-shirts


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Some more SUX souvenirs on offer. I got myself a magnet too.


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A cozy-looking seating area. Too bad that the view from here comprised of... the jetbridge


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Since I couldn't visit the nearby Aviation museum I settled with reading about it on a magazine.


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SUX advertising itself with this banner


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There were also monitors displaying various pro-SUX messages such as "Because driving SUX more than flying", or "Because it SUX to have to be at the airport 3 hours early", or "Because it SUX to get to your destination without your bags".


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Not much action at SUX these days



While exploring the outside of the terminal I had a really nice chat with a TSA guy. He told me that his dad used to own and fly a North American T6 and he even gave me its registration so I can look it up on a.net (he is an a.netter himself!). He was present at SUX in 1989 when the Flight 232 incident happened and he even visited the crash site the day after. He also told me how a few years ago SUX used to have 7 daily flights. Due to the lack of options out of SUX nowadays, many folk choose to fly out of OMA or FSD. Nonetheless everyone in the community was nervous that if the loads weren't good enough AA would discontinue their services to/from SUX. Thankfully however, so far the planes have been full. I had a really good time talking to him and at one point we even started spotting together, mainly some light aircraft, helicopters, but also some military aircraft of the National Guard that were doing touch-and-gos on the main runway. Unfortunately the jetbridges are positioned in such a way that they hide most of the action on the tarmac so one has to go to the parking lot in order to watch arrivals and/or departures (which is what we did).

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Several touch-and-gos by this US Force aircraft


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This is the actual site of flight's 232 crash landing.


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This brings SXM to mind.


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A couple of military choppers landed near the terminal while I was there


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Despite all these military jets around, this robin looked like he thought he owned the place


Security did not open until about 30 minutes before departure. Once through, I stationed myself by a window that offered a tiny bit of a view to the runway and waited for our ERJ-145 to arrive.

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And here's our aircraft while still on the runway


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Docking at the gate



Before you knew it, all the inbound passengers were off the plane and we were on it. I had selected the same seat as the day before (9A) which I hoped would give me a view of downtown Sioux City upon take-off (as it happened). Once I got to my seat I noticed that the window looked kinda funny. Apparently it was covered in some greasy substance. How could this have happened? Seat 9A is by itself so it's unlikely a kid was seating here alone. Maybe someone with REALLY oily hair slept on it? Yuck. Looking through the window made me dizzy but I had nothing on me to clean it with. Fortunately the bottom of the window was clean so I managed a few photos/videos through there.

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Boarding time


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Even though I'm not a big fan of AA's new livery I was secretly hoping that at least one of the two aircraft I would be flying on in this trip would be wearing it. No complaints though. I love this color scheme!


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Bye bye SUX


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Very comfortable


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Pushback


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A bunch of KC-135R Stratotankers of the 185th Air Refueling Wing of the Iowa Air National Guard


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A nice view of Sioux City. Nebraska is at the bottom of the screen, South Dakota is in the distance and the rest is Iowa.


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A closer look of downtown


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Spot the (numerous) geographical mistakes. Even Sioux City is erroneously placed several miles north of where it really is. AA's maps suck. If you recall my St.Kitts trip report, I had pointed out that AA got pretty much every Caribbean island wrong too on its magazine maps.



Unfortunately it was yet another cloudy day over Iowa so we spent the entire cruising part of the flight with a view of nothing but clouds. When asking for some OJ during the drink service I was given an entire can this time (and not just a cup with some juice in it like the day before) which was highly appreciated. I used a small piece of ice from my drink to wet a napkin and I cleaned my window which looked much better after I had done so.

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My drink and entertainment for the 1h15m flight


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Ready to land at ORD


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A sight that is becoming more and more rare. An aircraft in CO titles.


Not much else to write about this short flight. We arrived at a cloudy Chicago just about on time. I hopped on a blue line train and headed home, fully content with my experience.

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A fun trip has come to an end.




FINAL COMMENTS


I had flown on American Airlines and American Connection before but this was my first time on American Eagle. Overall I was quite pleased with the service and I did not encounter any problems: I could pre-select my seats, the seats themselves were comfortable and both flights were on time. SUX is an interesting airport, not just because of its name and history, but because it provides a clean and pleasant environment. It simply doesn't live up to its name  . I just wish they had placed their jetbridges differently so as to allow travelers a view onto the tarmac. As for Sioux City itself, it is a pleasant, quiet, little city that I enjoyed very much.

Thank you very much for reading.

WideBodyroga




Other trip reports of mine from the last few months


St.Louis On A Cessna. 3E Revisited
ORD-DEC-STL-MDW

Caribbean Bliss. Exploring St.Kitts & Nevis
ORD-MIA-SKB-MIA-ORD

Balkan Open Jaw. Part II: Greece & Turkey
SKG-IST-ORD

Balkan Open Jaw. Part I: Bulgaria
ORD-IST-SOF

Giving the Big Easy Some LUV
MDW-HOU-MSY-BHM-MDW

For those who want to learn more about Flight 232 here's a link to video documentary about the event:

   Seconds from Disaster Documentary - Sioux City Crash Landing



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User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 940 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 10114 times:

Wow Stojan... your TR really SUX!!!


Landing on every Continent almost on an annual basis!
User currently offlineSR117 From Mexico, joined Jun 2000, 799 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 10053 times:

Wow Stojan, that was exotic ! Thanks for flying to SUX so we don't have to  .

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Not to mention that (some parts of) the South give me the creeps. Just Kidding. Sort of.

Oh no you didn't ! hehe.

That is an interesting list midwestern destinations. I for one am also curious to explore some not so conventional tourist spots... Boise, Idaho; Mobile, Alabama; and of course, Chicoutimi in Quebec. One day.. one day...



Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Detail of ORD's Urban Garden, featuring a bunch of salad vegetables. An interesting area that I had not seen before.

Yum, a source of in flight catering no doubt.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Dedicated to SR117 and EddieDude.

:D That should be a JAL 777-300 though ! Remember I'm a turncoat.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Drink service consisted of free soft drinks (I went for an OJ) and alcoholic beverages for purchase (payable in cash only).

Weird, I thought most airlines were cashless nowadays.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Sure enough 40 minutes after my arrival at SUX nobody had shown up.

Charming

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
When it got there I was greeted by the driver who looked like he came straight out of “The Call of the Wildman” show. And he smelled like it too.

Extra charming !

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
My room was on the 6th floor. What could have possibly caused this from the outside?

Ha ! That's funny : )

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Crossing into South Dakota

North Sioux City in South Dakota? I have cardinal confusion.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 1):
How many casinos can you count?

You should have gone into a few to savour the ambiance and get a few drinks from one of the no doubt lovely casino maids.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 1):
A medal commemorating one of Sioux City's famous "Corn Palaces". These were magnificent buildings made entirely out of corn.

Corn palaces? with kernels ? husks?

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 1):
Apparently the No.6 "Airport" bus does not go to the airport (go figure) but if you tell the driver that you need to go there he/she will make a small detour and drop you off at the terminal.

That sounds very handy actually.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Not much action at SUX these days

Wow, two whole flights a day. In all seriousness, I hope they manage to attract more service. It wounds like an awful lot of infrastructure for only two flights a day.

Thanks a lot for posting this and of course, for including such a comprehensive report on Sioux City. Did you sample any local delicacies during your stay?

Thanks again !

Ricardo


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6903 posts, RR: 77
Reply 4, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 9940 times:

Hi Widebodyroga,

great report with many stunning pictures, well done! You have a good eye for detail! I also like the animal pictures in between the airliners, cool!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
This fella sure needs some new paint.

Wow, looks horrible!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Old and New (which, sometime soon, will hopefully become old too).

You don't like it?

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Dedicated to SR117 and EddieDude.

I flew on an AM 738 in March, wasn't too impressed...

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
My room was on the 6th floor. What could have possibly caused this from the outside?

Interesting. The Air China 757 incident comes to mind...  



PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1772 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 9894 times:
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Hi Widebodyroga!

Loved this one! For the story, for the pics, for your sense of humour! Finally you were up and flying again after your hibernation. What better way to do this on a daytrip! Although strictly taken this wasn’t a 1 day but a 2 day daytrip  SUX is about the best code for an airport one can find. There’s a nice list of those on the net, go Google some   That said it was nice to see you fly on the -145 Jungle Jet series. I still remember my trip to MAN on the -135er, which I found a very nice little fella to fly on. BTW were these shot with your new lense?

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
I'm not the kind of daytripper that would just fly in and out of an airport without exploring the city/town

Now you’re disappointing me 

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
"FlySUX" became the airport's motto and local authorities started selling t-shirts, hats and other products featuring the new slogan (more about this later).

Good to see you got some of those ultracool goodies and SUX is a nice example of how to turn something negative into something positive.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Passing by some giants on the way to the runway

Love that green and blue colour combo   

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
“This SUX” I thought.

 

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Time for new shoes, won't you say?

Nah, leather gets better of the years. They do need some grease though. None taken from the window on your return flight lol!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Looking through the window made me dizzy but I had nothing on me to clean it with

You could’ve asked for a napkin or are you too shy  

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
A sight that is becoming more and more rare. An aircraft in CO titles.

Wow, that’s a nice catch. How long ago again was the merger?

Sultanils

[Edited 2013-06-10 23:43:31]


In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 9497 times:

Hello widebodyrroga

Another interesting report, thanks for sharing it with us.
SUX seems like an interesting place to visit. just surprised that only AE serves it from ORD!
AE looks like a standard US regional like another, do like the details in your pics

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2299 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 9224 times:

Well, this SUX, Stojan, you posted this TR last night and I'm only commenting today.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
For those of us who live there and like to occasionally fly on daytrips winter is a forbidding time.

No kidding. If no cancellations, massive delays... The RJ majority at ORD doesn't help at all.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
There are simply no nearby destinations where you can fly to, explore, and depart from, all in one day,

Sure there are... You can go to New Orleans for a small daytrip, for instance. Oh, right. You've been  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Not to mention that (some parts of) the South give me the creeps.

As they should. Every good-hearted atheist gets the creeps in the Baptist South  

Lawd Jeesus!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
For many years local officials kept trying to convince IATA to change the airport's "disgraceful" designation code but despite being offered several alternatives (GWU, GYO, GYT, SGV and GAY, to name a few)

In keeping with the above, in some parts of the country GAY is worse than SUX. Luckily, that's changing, albeit slowly.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
This SUX” I thought

It really SUX.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
My room was rather spacious but in a desperate need of refurbishment. One of the bedside lamps wasn’t working, the clock-radio was also dead, the furniture was worn out and on the window there was -what looked like- a pellet bullet hole.

Maybe from the failed Iowan Revolution?

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
No more than 50 meters later I came across a Mexican guy who was walking toward the bridge. I informed him that it was closed. Manuel (not his real name), a very nice and friendly fella, told me that he had left his pickup truck on the other side and that he absolutely had to get to it. Not to be deterred by a fence, Manuel said that he would go ahead.

Ah, I see now what you meant!  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Apparently the No.6 "Airport" bus does not go to the airport (go figure) but if you tell the driver that you need to go there he/she will make a small detour and drop you off at the terminal.

Interesting. It should go to the airport a couple of times a day without asking, though....

Anyway, thanks for your TR, Stojan! 'Twas a nice read!

Cheers,
Alex


User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 8988 times:

Thanks everyone for wasting spending some time to read my report and comment.

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 2):
Wow Stojan... your TR really SUX!!!

Geez William, thanks!  And by the way, that wasn't very Jesus-like either!  
Quoting SR117 (Reply 3):
Wow Stojan, that was exotic ! Thanks for flying to SUX so we don't have to .

Haha, my pleasure.

Quoting SR117 (Reply 3):
Oh no you didn't ! hehe.

That is an interesting list midwestern destinations. I for one am also curious to explore some not so conventional tourist spots... Boise, Idaho; Mobile, Alabama; and of course, Chicoutimi in Quebec. One day.. one day...

I personally find destinations like these quite fascinating. They are never too touristy which is a huge plus. I'm not agoraphobic or anything but I like quiet downtown areas. Those ones you listed sound pretty good to me!

Quoting SR117 (Reply 3):
Yum, a source of in flight catering no doubt.

Maybe that's where all of us travelling in "cattle class" are supposed to dine before our flight?

Quoting SR117 (Reply 3):
:D That should be a JAL 777-300 though ! Remember I'm a turncoat.

Of course! I'll keep that in mind for next time .

Quoting SR117 (Reply 3):
Weird, I thought most airlines were cashless nowadays.

That's what I though too. Initially I thought that I heard the announcement wrong but then I saw some passengers actually handing cash to the FA for their drinks.

Quoting SR117 (Reply 3):
Charming

Very much so .

Quoting SR117 (Reply 3):
Ha ! That's funny : )

And a bit scary...

Quoting SR117 (Reply 3):
North Sioux City in South Dakota? I have cardinal confusion.

Yup. Sioux City is in Iowa, but South Sioux City (an adjacent yet separate town) is in Nebraska, while North Sioux City (again a separate town but basically a "suburb" of Sioux City) is in South Dakota. You gotta love USA's fascination with building major towns on state borders.

Quoting SR117 (Reply 3):
You should have gone into a few to savour the ambiance and get a few drinks from one of the no doubt lovely casino maids.

No thank you!

Quoting SR117 (Reply 3):
Corn palaces? with kernels ? husks?

I think both. The photos from back then are not great so I couldn't tell. Maybe husks for the structure and kernels for the decoration?

Quoting SR117 (Reply 3):
Wow, two whole flights a day. In all seriousness, I hope they manage to attract more service. It wounds like an awful lot of infrastructure for only two flights a day.

Very true. Not sure if there are any plans for more flights. Truth be said, if the ORD route wasn't funded by the EAS then there would be no flights out of SUX at all...

Quoting SR117 (Reply 3):
Thanks a lot for posting this and of course, for including such a comprehensive report on Sioux City. Did you sample any local delicacies during your stay?

Thanks man! Regarding the food: Even though I always try to sample the local cuisine of whatever place find myself in I didn't do so this time. I'm ashamed to admit that at the end of the first day I simply went to a Burger King and stuffed myself with pink slime and corn syrup    .

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
great report with many stunning pictures, well done! You have a good eye for detail! I also like the animal pictures in between the airliners, cool!

Thanks PH, I really appreciate it! Part of doing this trip was to get myself used to a new lens I got for my camera. I don't find much photographic inspiration back home so I thought that a little trip would help me get out and start shooting away. Also, since the new lens is a telephoto one, I can stalk animals from afar without disturbing them. It's great fun  .

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Wow, looks horrible!

Yeah they gotta paint this one and soon. It looks very unprofessional like that.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
You don't like it?

I must confess that I'm not the biggest fan of it. I'm not a traditionalist by any means but I liked the old (very unique) livery, especially in the ERJs and CRJs. I thought that the new one would grow on me over time but so far it hasn't. I take it that you like it?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
I flew on an AM 738 in March, wasn't too impressed...

I haven't seen all that many reports about them here. Will you be writing one perhaps?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 4):
Interesting. The Air China 757 incident comes to mind...

Hehe, good point.  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
Loved this one! For the story, for the pics, for your sense of humour! Finally you were up and flying again after your hibernation. What better way to do this on a daytrip! Although strictly taken this wasn’t a 1 day but a 2 day daytrip SUX is about the best code for an airport one can find. There’s a nice list of those on the net, go Google some That said it was nice to see you fly on the -145 Jungle Jet series. I still remember my trip to MAN on the -135er, which I found a very nice little fella to fly on.

Hey Nils, thanks for your kind words. Indeed, it felt really good to be flying again. It was a long winter and I desperately needed my dose of jet fumes. You're right, technically it was not a daytrip but I called it a daytrip because I stayed in Sioux City for exactly 24 hours  .

The only reason I was even aware of SUX are those lists! SUX, FUK, MAD and so many more are pure classics.

My next few booked trips are also on ERJ-145s. I wanted to sample a -135 as well but it is rather difficult to get them.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
BTW were these shot with your new lense?

Yeah, some of them. All the photos from inside ORD and SUX, plus all the outdoor photos from the first day were taken with my new lens (the photos from inside the aircraft were taken with my point-n-shoot - the quality is obviously inferior). On the second day I switched lenses and used my old one because it offers a better wide angle for outdoor/landscape photos. It was rather windy and dusty in Sioux City so I refrained from switching lenses while outdoors (I was paranoid about dust getting in the sensor) which resulted in sometimes using the wrong lens (given the conditions) for some of the photos. But overall I'm satisfied with the end result. Like I told PH above, this was meant to be time for experimenting with the camera and I've learned a lot in this trip.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
Now you’re disappointing me

Hehe, I wrote that comment especially for you. I like to tease  .

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
Good to see you got some of those ultracool goodies and SUX is a nice example of how to turn something negative into something positive.

Yeah, I love that mentality. No need for complexes. If anything this "unfortunate" IATA code is a huge opportunity for this otherwise obscure airport to be noticed.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
Love that green and blue colour combo

Agreed!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
Nah, leather gets better of the years. They do need some grease though. None taken from the window on your return flight lol!

Haha, why did I not think about it?  .

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
You could’ve asked for a napkin or are you too shy

I had forgotten to mention that the crew was determined to have us going as soon as possible so they were "in the zone". I am a shy person overall (I confess) but this time I was just being considerate. Besides I knew that in a few minutes I could use some of my drink to clean the mess.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 5):
Wow, that’s a nice catch. How long ago again was the merger?

It's been a year and half now and most of the aircraft have been repainted in United titles. Maybe they kept a few with the old titles on purpose as a tribute? Who knows. It was nice to see one of them though.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 6):
Another interesting report, thanks for sharing it with us.
SUX seems like an interesting place to visit. just surprised that only AE serves it from ORD!
AE looks like a standard US regional like another, do like the details in your pics

Thanks Marc! It is indeed a shame that only one airline (with only one destination) serves SUX. Maybe the fact that FSD and OMA are not so far from SUX kinda hurts its potential.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 7):
Well, this SUX, Stojan, you posted this TR last night and I'm only commenting today.

Hehe, it's my fault for posting it so late last night. I SUX.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 7):
No kidding. If no cancellations, massive delays... The RJ majority at ORD doesn't help at all.

Very true. Which is part of the reason why I avoid travelling (on regionals or not) during that time. Except for Cessnas. I do fly those even in the dead of winter  .

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 7):
Sure there are... You can go to New Orleans for a small daytrip, for instance. Oh, right. You've been

NOLA cannot be done in a day. You need a week! (and then another week to recover from the hangover....)

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 7):
In keeping with the above, in some parts of the country GAY is worse than SUX. Luckily, that's changing, albeit slowly.

Yeah, you wouldn't see this code anywhere south of the Mason-Dixon line.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 7):
Maybe from the failed Iowan Revolution?

Haha, maybe!

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 7):
Interesting. It should go to the airport a couple of times a day without asking, though....

It should. I mean there are only 2 arrivals each day (in the afternoon and evening). They could send the bus there before and/or after these flights. I was told that if you are arriving at SUX and you want to take the bus into town, you gotta call the local Transit Authority ahead of time and ask them to "send" the next No.6 bus to the airport. Hilarious.



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User currently offlinevsmike From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 318 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 8944 times:

Hi WBR,

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 1):
I had a really nice chat with a TSA guy (he is an a.netter himself!).

I refuse to believe this is true.

Otherwise, great trip report! I've been an American all my life, and have no desire to visit these remote outposts. Honestly, I didn't realize people actually lived there. Thanks for showing me what I choose to miss!

Blagoderia!
-VSM



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User currently offlinenipoel123 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2011, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 8929 times:

Hello Stojan,

Good report, but I wonder how they manage to keep SUX open with only two flights a day. With, among others OMA near by, why do they even qualify for EAS?

The SUX terminal and gate area are on ground level right? Why do Americans want a jetbridge from ground level? I've only ever seen this in the US. Here in Europe we'dd just walk to the plane or get bussed...

Nick



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User currently offlineTigerguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 995 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 8617 times:

'ello there! Welcome back to the party. [insert 'this report SUX comment here]

I must say, there are some times when I read TRs inspire me to revisit some pipe dream trips that I'd like to take someday. This was one of those times. Let's just say that this would be a tad more remote than Iowa. Almost 3,000 miles more remote. Also, if you like ERJs that still say "Continental" and small airports, I'll have something for you within the next 12 hours...

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 8):
technically it was not a daytrip but I called it a daytrip because I stayed in Sioux City for exactly 24 hours

I confer upon this trip the designation "provisional daytrip".   

And finally, regarding the logo for SUX, methinks somebody somewhere is a copycat. I'd have to see who got there first...




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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1961 posts, RR: 24
Reply 12, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 8604 times:
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Great report! Good to read about an interesting little airport and Sioux City. What great photos! You certainly captured what you did in one day - I like especially your picture of the departure/arrival board at SUX. Man - it's sad to see an airport with only one departure listed!

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineFshplns From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 8487 times:

Quoting nipoel123 (Reply 10):
Why do Americans want a jetbridge from ground level? I've only ever seen this in the US. Here in Europe we'dd just walk to the plane or get bussed...

Been to Waco, Texas (ACT) on a Saab 340 and they connected a jetway to it. While I was there, I watched them put a jetway up to the rear door on an ATR72.

Chris


User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 8285 times:

Quoting vsmike (Reply 9):
I refuse to believe this is true.

Hey VSM  . Why is that? Rural folk are (almost) always friendly and this applies even to rural TSA folk too.

Quoting vsmike (Reply 9):
Otherwise, great trip report! I've been an American all my life, and have no desire to visit these remote outposts. Honestly, I didn't realize people actually lived there. Thanks for showing me what I choose to miss!

Blagoderia!
-VSM

Thanks man. I'm glad to have exposed you to some unknown parts of the country. They are worth a visit every now and then you know.

Quoting nipoel123 (Reply 10):
Hello Stojan,

Good report, but I wonder how they manage to keep SUX open with only two flights a day. With, among others OMA near by, why do they even qualify for EAS?

Hey, Nick, thanks for your comments. That's a very good point you raise. EAS is a great idea but the airports they choose to serve sometimes perplex me. In February I flew to/from DEC (Decatur, IL) on a couple of EAS-funded flights, even though DEC is 30 miles from SPI and 40 miles from CMI, which offer services to both ORD and DFW.

Quoting nipoel123 (Reply 10):
The SUX terminal and gate area are on ground level right? Why do Americans want a jetbridge from ground level? I've only ever seen this in the US. Here in Europe we'dd just walk to the plane or get bussed...

Indeed this is a very American phenomenon. We simply love jetbridges here. We use them even for Saab 340s. All I can say is that most people don't like to be exposed to the elements (especially in the winter) so the airports have managed to spoil them. I agree that it's a bit of an overkill. I kinda miss having to walk on the tarmac to get to my plane  .

Here's by the way a photo of a jetway linked to our Saab 340 at MSP:

http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/ag42/JCNadal_xxx/DSC_0295_zps96683eec.jpg

Quoting Tigerguy (Reply 11):
'ello there! Welcome back to the party. [insert 'this report SUX comment here]

I must say, there are some times when I read TRs inspire me to revisit some pipe dream trips that I'd like to take someday. This was one of those times. Let's just say that this would be a tad more remote than Iowa. Almost 3,000 miles more remote. Also, if you like ERJs that still say "Continental" and small airports, I'll have something for you within the next 12 hours...

Thanks Tigerguy. That's good to know. I'll definitely have a look at your report (which I just noticed you posted) later on in the day  .

Quoting Tigerguy (Reply 11):
I confer upon this trip the designation "provisional daytrip".

And finally, regarding the logo for SUX, methinks somebody somewhere is a copycat. I'd have to see who got there first...

Hehe, plenty of copycat logos going around. For some reason people designing them lack creativity...

Quoting 767747 (Reply 12):
Great report! Good to read about an interesting little airport and Sioux City. What great photos! You certainly captured what you did in one day - I like especially your picture of the departure/arrival board at SUX. Man - it's sad to see an airport with only one departure listed!

Matthew (767747)

Thanks Matthew! Indeed, it's a bit sad to look at SUX's FIDS. 2 arrivals and 2 departures every day. But I guess, that's better than nothing  .

Quoting Fshplns (Reply 13):
Been to Waco, Texas (ACT) on a Saab 340 and they connected a jetway to it. While I was there, I watched them put a jetway up to the rear door on an ATR72.

Yeah, it's kinda funny when you see a Saab 340 on a jetway (see photo above).  



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 8193 times:

Hi Stojan,

don't tell me that your pics are not so great, because they're very fine to me. No worries  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Jetbridges are not being nice to me lately. I had to struggle to get a look of the registration.
Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
A sneaky peek into the cockpit

So in the cockpit you see the registration as well, it was a second chance  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
My room was on the 6th floor. What could have possibly caused this from the outside?

OMG, definitely it was not a bird!

AA looks very fine to me on these little Embraer. Not the most comfortable type imho, but will do. Got flights with AF Régional, on both E135 and 145. They do a fine job at these small airports.

Regards
Eric



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User currently offlinevsmike From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 318 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 8076 times:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 14):
Why is that? Rural folk are (almost) always friendly and this applies even to rural TSA folk too.

I guess that's true. But in my domestic journeys, I've found most (if not all) TSA employees to be mentally diseased and/or defected. To find one that's not breaks all pre-conceived notions I have about TSA. I don't like my beliefs challenged by facts...  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 14):
Thanks man. I'm glad to have exposed you to some unknown parts of the country. They are worth a visit every now and then you know.

No. Iowaners & South Dekotions and Nebraskaites are out there for a reason. Most likely they simply don't assimilate into other Americana places easily, as noted in your pictures of the bleak, yet frequently-visited places by locals. I'll take my chances in South Florida, thank you, knowing what little respect I have for these people, too.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 14):
Indeed this is a very American phenomenon. We simply love jetbridges here.

I wish I could get a jetbridge to connect my car to my home. Working on this...



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 1014 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 8033 times:

Great report Stojan!

Always nice to read about these off the beaten path places. What amazes me about US airports - even the tiniest airports, the ones that only have two flights a day on Barbie Jets have jetbridges. Over here in Europe some 'major' airports that see multiple 737's every hour just use stairs.

Looking forward to hearing about your other daytrips!


User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 896 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 7901 times:

Hi Stojan,

Great report! Really enjoyed reading.  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
This fella sure needs some new paint.

I flew this one in June 2011 on Tulsa - O'Hare.

Btw, I loved your city last week. Definitely coming back one day!  

Rgds,
Sveinn



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User currently offlineFshplns From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 7802 times:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 14):
Yeah, it's kinda funny when you see a Saab 340 on a jetway (see photo above).

TYVM, that photo brought back good memories. Just remembered that Colgan used to put a jetway up to their Q400s.


Chris


User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 20, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 7613 times:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 15):
don't tell me that your pics are not so great, because they're very fine to me. No worries


Hey Eric. Thanks for you comments. My standards for what constitutes a "great" photograph have dramatically increased over the last year and a half or so. While most of my photos shot from inside the aircraft are "acceptable", yours are indeed great. Sharp and properly exposed.

I normally hesitate to use my SLR while on the aircraft as I don't want to bother those around me. Plus, I do have a darkish complexion which makes people suspicious of me, lol.


Quoting airbuseric (Reply 15):
So in the cockpit you see the registration as well, it was a second chance

Didn't think of that!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 15):
AA looks very fine to me on these little Embraer. Not the most comfortable type imho, but will do. Got flights with AF Régional, on both E135 and 145. They do a fine job at these small airports.

The only other time I've been on an E145 (that I remember) was on ZF (Athens Airways) some years ago and I could't remember how comfortable (or not) it was. The E145s to and from SUX were really comfortable though. I'm booked to fly on a couple of UA's E145 this summer and I'm curious to see how they compare.

Quoting vsmike (Reply 16):
I guess that's true. But in my domestic journeys, I've found most (if not all) TSA employees to be mentally diseased and/or defected. To find one that's not breaks all pre-conceived notions I have about TSA. I don't like my beliefs challenged by facts...

I'm with ya. My experience with TSA has not been stellar so I get what you're saying. To give you an idea of how much "different" this guy was: He approached me in the parking lot while I was shooting away with my big lens. I immediately thought that he was going to ask me to stop what I was doing and follow him inside to be interrogated in a dark room under a bright light. Instead he initiated small talk which progressed into aviation talk, which progressed to spotting. I'm surprised we didn't exchange phone numbers.

I guess, as they say, the exception confirms the rule..

Quoting vsmike (Reply 16):
No. Iowaners & South Dekotions and Nebraskaites are out there for a reason. Most likely they simply don't assimilate into other Americana places easily, as noted in your pictures of the bleak, yet frequently-visited places by locals. I'll take my chances in South Florida, thank you, knowing what little respect I have for these people, too.

We couldn't be more different regarding this. I much rather live in the land of the Iowanese, Nebraskish and the South Dakotwegians (as long as the community is progressive and liberal) than the humid, Tebow-loving, and devoid of corn, land of the everglades.

Quoting vsmike (Reply 16):
I wish I could get a jetbridge to connect my car to my home. Working on this...

That made me lol.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 17):
Always nice to read about these off the beaten path places. What amazes me about US airports - even the tiniest airports, the ones that only have two flights a day on Barbie Jets have jetbridges. Over here in Europe some 'major' airports that see multiple 737's every hour just use stairs.

Thanks Robert! As many others mentioned above, there is a fascination with jetbridges here. I kinda miss having to walk (or even be bused) to the aircraft. Having jetbridges is convenient though, especially in the winter, here in the Midwest.

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 18):
Great report! Really enjoyed reading.

Thanks Sveinn!

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 18):
I flew this one in June 2011 on Tulsa - O'Hare.

What a coincidence. I hope this guy's interior looked better than the outside .

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 18):
Btw, I loved your city last week. Definitely coming back one day!

I'm glad to hear that! You should definitely come back (but not in the winter!). Make sure you stay a bit longer next time so we can hang out  .

Quoting Fshplns (Reply 19):
TYVM, that photo brought back good memories. Just remembered that Colgan used to put a jetway up to their Q400s.

Chris

You're welcome Chris.   We took that Saab to BRD (Brainerd, MN), where they were renovating the airport and adding (you guess it) jetways. They were not ready when we were there so we had to walk to/from the aircraft.

I think I got on a Q400 through a jetway a few times. In YUL (see below) and MDW as well. So much fun.

http://i596.photobucket.com/albums/tt46/widebodyroga2/IMG_8725.jpg

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User currently offlinevsmike From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 318 posts, RR: 7
Reply 21, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 7532 times:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 20):
We couldn't be more different regarding this. I much rather live in the land of the Iowanese, Nebraskish and the South Dakotwegians (as long as the community is progressive and liberal) than the humid, Tebow-loving, and devoid of corn, land of the everglades.

Touché.
Go Heat!!



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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12264 posts, RR: 35
Reply 22, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7472 times:
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Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
A medal commemorating one of Sioux City's famous "Corn Palaces". These were magnificent buildings made entirely out of corn. A new one was built every few years at the end of the 1800's. Unfortunately this tradition did not continue beyond those years.

You could always visit another remote outpost and go to the Mitchell Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD. Just down I90 from FSD.



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User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 23, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 7321 times:

WBR

Now you know how much of a fan I was of your Brainerd report from some time back - so it was great to read about another less covered airport in the US. Thank you for bringing this one to us - and what super pics as well.

The sunset ones are particularly stunning.

I've always wondered what SUX looked like after it flashed across the world's TVs back in 1989 when the UA DC10 crashed there. Were there cornfields surrounding the airport? I seem to remember that being mentioned at the time of the crash.

I really like reading about out of the way places that are not often covered here.

Quote:
I wish I could get a jetbridge to connect my car to my home. Working on this...

Oh and he really does wish for that - there's a famous story dating back to 2003 in Zurich which I am sure if you ask nicely, VSM will tell you. Walking anywhere, carrying anything - a big no no for Americans  
Quote:
Stepping on Nebraska soil. Time for new shoes, won't you say?

Were they the same shoes worn at the time of "Jeansgate" in ORD when you flew with TK? If so, you should not replace them - keep them for old time's sake.

Quote:
Plus, I do have a darkish complexion which makes people suspicious of me, lol.

And a natural disposition for lookering? I know you claim to have known little about this, but I am sure you are a natural lookerer - which would not go down too well onboard a flight with a large DSLR !

Thanks again for this excellent report. P/jet



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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 24, posted (1 year 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 7050 times:

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 22):
You could always visit another remote outpost and go to the Mitchell Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD. Just down I90 from FSD.

Good to know! I checked it out online and it looks very interesting indeed.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 23):
Now you know how much of a fan I was of your Brainerd report from some time back - so it was great to read about another less covered airport in the US. Thank you for bringing this one to us - and what super pics as well.

Thanks palmjet! I'm aware of how much you liked the Brainerd TR. Unfortunately, even though I'm flying to some equally unusual destinations this summer, I will be sticking to their urban areas so it's unlikely I'll get to see/photograph the kind of nature I did while in Brainerd and its surrounding area.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 23):
I've always wondered what SUX looked like after it flashed across the world's TVs back in 1989 when the UA DC10 crashed there. Were there cornfields surrounding the airport? I seem to remember that being mentioned at the time of the crash.

I really like reading about out of the way places that are not often covered here.

I was very curious (for the same reasons) myself which was part of the reason why I chose to go there. Indeed there are cornfields (or some kind of fields anyway) nearby. A book that was written about the incident by one of the survivors (Joseph Trombello) is called "Miracle in the Cornfield" for that reason.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 23):
Oh and he really does wish for that - there's a famous story dating back to 2003 in Zurich which I am sure if you ask nicely, VSM will tell you. Walking anywhere, carrying anything - a big no no for Americans

Oh, I'm intrigued. Maybe he'll agree to tell me if I bribe him with a model of some exotic airline?

Quoting palmjet (Reply 23):
Were they the same shoes worn at the time of "Jeansgate" in ORD when you flew with TK? If so, you should not replace them - keep them for old time's sake.

Quite possibly, but I can't remember for sure. I tend to fly in these shoes a lot because they are so comfortable. I simply love them. I bought them in the UK back in 2009 while visiting for my sister's graduation. I have tried to find a similar pair in the US but with no success so far. Speaking of the "Jeansgate", I noticed a couple of holes forming in my jeans this morning. What the hell, is my skin made of sandpaper?

Quoting palmjet (Reply 23):
And a natural disposition for lookering? I know you claim to have known little about this, but I am sure you are a natural lookerer - which would not go down too well onboard a flight with a large DSLR !

I mean, I simply must have a genetic predisposition for being a great lookerer, I just haven't worked on it yet. And yeah lookering must be done somewhat discreetly and not while snapping away with a telephoto lens. I plan to visit Bulgaria later this summer and I plan to get some private lessons. For the sake of preserving my national heritage if not for anything else. When you eventually end up visiting me here in Chicago we'll make a great lookering pair. Which is great as there is so much lookering material to be found here.



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25 vsmike : Am waiting.......
26 britjap : Hi WBR, Been a long while since I read a report from you. Nice to see another, and a very interesting one at that. You always manage to find the funny
27 Post contains images Widebodyroga : Is there even an airline you don't have a model of? Maybe I can have a look for some rare-ish items like OA, A3 and Tyrolean while I'm Europe? Thanks
28 Post contains images adamspotter : Hello Widebodyroga! I'm glad I finally found time to read this TR, another great one from your side with many, many nice pictures! As you know I lived
29 Post contains images IrishAyes : Wow, brilliant TR. I laughed so hard. I cried. This was amazing. I regret not taking this trip with you. Preach! Dying laughing. Chicawgo always raves
30 Post contains images Widebodyroga : Thanks for all the additional comments guys! Thanks Brendan. I'm also glad you got to read it, especially knowing that you lived in that neck of the w
31 CIDFlyer : Great report!! Oddly enough, as much as I fly and travel and living in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, I've never been to SUX or that corner of the state. Thanks
32 CaptainRed : Hi again Stojan, finally I found the time to check out your SUX report as well. And a pretty good one it was. Looks like you had some nice flights her
33 Widebodyroga : Thanks for the additional comments guys. Thank you CIDFlyer! I've known many people who lived their entire life in Eastern Iowa and have never been to
34 Post contains images CdnCactus : Just want to compliment you on your trip report; great photos and story telling. I enjoy reading about smaller, more obscure airports and their cities
35 EL-AL : Hello, Thank you for this report, it was very interesting. To be honest, I knew nothing about Sioux city beside the famous united DC10 emergency landi
36 Post contains links Widebodyroga : Thank you very much CdnCactus. I also have a thing about smaller airports. Whenever I'm given the opportunity to sample one I go for it. To tell you
37 flightsimboy : As usual, awesome pics and angles!! Sioux city seems nice and the memorial is a wonderful dedication....that statue is heart breaking to look at.
38 Widebodyroga : Hey flightsimboy. Thanks for dropping by and for your kind words. Indeed the memorial was very heart breaking. There were a bunch of loud kids playin
39 Post contains links and images Widebodyroga : My apologies for revisiting this report after more than a month of inactivity. The reason for doing so is the fact that Colonel "Bud" Day after whom
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