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So Close Yet So FAR. Fargo, North Dakota  
User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Posted (1 year 4 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 12322 times:

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Background

After a couple of years of flying with Star Alliance partners I managed to accumulate a bunch of points in my UA Mileage Plus account. As many of you know this is somewhat ironic as I freaking hate, I strongly dislike I'm not the biggest fan of United. However miles are miles and I was happy to have enough for a roundtrip award trip (albeit in the rather inflexible "saver award" category only). I was eager to use these miles as soon as possible because the more they stayed in my account the more inclined I was to keep accumulating them (i.e. keep flying United). I had to stop being a hoarder, purge those miles and move on...

The obvious question was where to fly to. Due to the relatively limited number of miles I possessed I was restricted to destinations within a 700-mile radius from my starting point (Chicago). Initially I examined options like OKC, OMA, and a bunch of East Coast airports. However, I was craving something more unusual. Then I thought about FAR (Fargo, North Dakota). FAR was appealing for a number of reasons: It was remote and thus "exotic", the airport was right next door to an Aviation museum, plus I had never been to North Dakota before.


Booking

While booking my flights I noticed that UA offered 4 direct flights from ORD to FAR, but in addition to those I was also given the option to fly back to ORD via DEN (the 700-mile radius rule does not apply to connecting airports). This was a very appealing option given that I'd never been to DEN before. However, this plan required a relatively early departure from FAR, thus ruining my plans to explore Fargo to the extent I wanted. As much as I liked the idea of flying via DEN, I was not interested in squeezing a bunch of flights in my day without the opportunity to explore any of the destinations. Somewhat half-heartedly I decided to ditch the idea of flying via DEN and booked a simple ORD-FAR-ORD itinerary. The plan was to fly out there on an ERJ-145, stay in town for around 8 hours and then fly back on a CRJ-200. Checking United's website I noticed that this itinerary would have cost a paying customer a whooping $1162! If one had to guess where FAR was on the basis of this price, one would think it was indeed very far away...

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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


   And here's the first segment of my Midwestern Summer series: Who Said That Flying SUX?


Pre-Flight

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I wanted to blend in with the locals at Fargo so I chose to wear a shirt featuring the Norwegian flag. More than 40% of Fargo's population can trace their ancestry back to Scandinavia, and Norway in particular


My flight to FAR was on an early Sunday morning. I deliberated as whether to take a taxi or rely on the somewhat slow and very infrequent (especially on Sundays) public transportation. I went with the latter and this almost cost me my flight. Despite the complete lack of traffic the bus driver went 10mph the entire way, and because of that I missed my connecting train to the airport. Eventually I got to ORD just 90 mins before my flight (possibly my personal record for late arrival at any airport). The lines at security were the longest I've ever seen in ORD (that says a lot) and moved at a snail's pace. Long story short, I barely made it through. I won't complain about the way security screenings happen at ORD because I have done so too many times already.

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Thanks to the stupid bus I'm not. Thanks for reminding me



Flying to Somewhere FAR Away

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Having gone past security, I sighed in relief and tried to relax again. No time for spotting though; boarding was about to be called at any moment. Our aircraft (operated by ExpressJet) was behind a double jetbridge so I never got to see its registration.

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Are you my chariot? No you are not.


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United Express and AA were the only carriers I could see from where I was sitting


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Of course. Here is my boy hidden from view behind a double jetbridge. Seriously why do jetbridges hate me so much lately?


When boarding was announced, we were told that there would be only 12 of us. I had a Group 3 boarding pass but given that nobody was in Groups 1 and 2, I was the first to board the plane. I got to my seat, put my bag on an overhead bin and relaxed. I have the feeling that more than 12 people got on board (maybe 18 or so) but nonetheless the aircraft was pretty empty. Once the door closed I moved from 10A to 7A so that the closest person to me was 3 rows away.


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The joy of boarding first


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Very decent pitch, certainly comparable to that of American Eagle's ERJ-145s


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Peeking at the cockpit just in case the registration was on display (like it is on American Eagle ERJs). It wasn't visible from where I was sitting though


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I love the look of CargoLux's jumbos


Pushback was on time, a quick taxiing to runway 32 and a smooth and effortless take off, no doubt assisted by the light load. Initially we headed north along Lake Michigan until we reached Milwaukee and then turned west, past central Wisconsin and on our way to Fargo.

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Taking off was smooth and effortless


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Flying over Chicago's northern suburbs


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Continuing our ascend over Wisconsin


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The potential subject of my next report: MKE


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These winglets look pretty nice


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Flying over Madison, the capital of Wisconsin, and its airport MSN



The young female flight attendant was very friendly but also efficient during the drink service. I got myself some orange juice and spent the rest of the flight enjoying the views. Thankfully there were hardly any clouds. For much of the way we followed the Mississippi River north, making it easy to orient myself. We flew directly over the twin cities of Minneapolis and St.Paul but after that I lost track of our position for all I could see were innumerable small lakes and ponds as far as the eye could see. Minnesota calls itself "Land of 10,000 lakes", but I think they are selling themselves short.

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My choice of refreshment


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Not many airports can claim to be located on a Mississippi River island. Here is LSE serving the the town of La Crosse, Wisconsin


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Some entertainment


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Possibly my favorite airport in the entire country: MSP


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Downtown Minneapolis


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Enjoying the empty cabin



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Land of 10,000 lakes? You betcha.



I wasn't sure which side of the aircraft would give me the best view of Fargo during landing but I suspected it would be the right so I moved to a seat on that side. At the very last moment however I realized that we would loop around Fargo to land from the north so I switched sides again... I'm sure the flight attendant did not appreciate this move but I'm a sucker for city views during approach/landing so I simply had to do it. Indeed, we ended up looping around Fargo and landed at FAR from the north.


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Here's Fargo and (at the bottom of the photo) the town of Moorhead, Minnesota.


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And here's FAR in the distance as we prepare to loop around it


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Moments before touchdown



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The cute little terminal and its 5 jetbrides


From some research I had done in advance, I knew that there were no buses that serve the airport and that there are usually only 1 or 2 taxis waiting outside. Wanting to make sure that I got one of these taxis I marched to the arrivals area. I didn't even bother to look behind me to check if I could see the registration of our aircraft. No time to check out the airport either. This had to wait until later in the afternoon. Luckily I managed to get one of the taxis and headed for downtown.



Fargo, the friendly locals and the Norsemen

Fargo is the largest city in North Dakota and it's home to just over 100.000 people, many of which are of Norwegian or other Scandinavian descent. Witnesses to this are the names of local businesses like "Bjornson Oil", "Rasmusen Insurance", "Bergstrom Optics", "Gustafson & Son" and the existence of many Lutheran churches. I started my exploration from the Amtrak station on the north side of town.

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The Fargo Amtrak Station deserted at this time of day. The only trains that pass through here (trains traveling between Chicago and Seattle) do so at 2 or 3 in the morning


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Skywalks are quite popular here too, much like in Sioux City


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Fargo is home to North Dakota State University


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A weeping Buffalo?


I walked along Broadway Drive, one of Fargo's main drags, checked out its beautiful old buildings and then walked down to the river to chat with some of the fishermen there. I had a really nice chat with a Native American couple who was having a little fishing picnic by the river. They told me that they fish there very frequently and quite often they see deer, wild turkeys, beavers and other wildlife on the banks of the river. In general I found the locals to be very friendly and chatty. People would just stop and chat with me. It reminded me of Japan. This being Sunday, most streets were quiet but whenever I came across someone he/she would greet me verbally, or at least nod.


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The Red River of the North forms the border between Minnesota (left) and North Dakota (right)


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A tiny fishermen's pier extending into the river


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Several people were fishing at the river. A guy had just caught a Northern Pike (its head sticking out of the water is just about visible here). The first fish I ever caught was one of these toothy fellas


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A small replica of Lady Liberty. New York is one of my least favorite cities. The only reason I would go back there is to visit the Statue of Liberty. Now I don't have to.


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An old (and by the looks of it, grumpy) man and his boat


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Hard to believe that this is right next to downtown


After exploring the Fargo side, I decided to cross the river over to Moorhead, Minnesota, and check out the Hjemkomst Center, a museum dedicated to Norwegian heritage. The centerpiece of the museum is the Hjemkomst viking ship after which the place is named. It was built by volunteers under the guidance of Robert Asp (a local of Norwegian descent) and it was then sailed(!) to Norway back in the 80s ("Hjemkomst" means "homecoming" in Norwegian). Unfortunately Robert Asp did not live long enough to witness this feat. Another impressive part of the museum is Stavkirke, the replica of a Norwegian wooden church. A very friendly museum guide gave me a tour of both the boat and the church. It turned out he was originally from Iowa so we had a nice chat about how much we both love the Hawkeye state.

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Entrance to the Hjemkomst Center


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And here's the boat itself on the left. Very impressive, especially knowing that this thing crossed the Atlantic. On the right you can see the pillars found at the Veterans Memorial Bridge not far from the Hjemkomst Center


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Stavkirke is a replica of a wooden church located in the town of Vikøyri, Norway. Much like the Hjemkomst boat, this church was built by volunteers who wanted to preserve their Norwegian heritage


The tour guide told me that back in the day many churches of this kind in Norway were abandoned and used as barns instead. It's interesting to think how Norwegians always found ways to use churches for purposes other than the ones they were build, like storage or, in recent years, for firewood .

Having plenty more time to spend around town, I kept walking along the river, enjoying the tranquility of the place and the absolutely astonishing skies.

Continued Below



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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (1 year 4 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 12379 times:

More photos from around Fargo and Moorhead

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I took a stroll through the woods and came across this cute guy. He wanted nothing to do with me though.


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An ORD-bound CRJ flying over downtown


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Walking by the river


Before heading back to the airport I stopped at a local sandwich joint to grab a bite. Two local octogenarians (both very hard of hearing) were chatting (understandably very loudly) on the table next to mine.

- Henrik, do ya know that model (sic) Rihanna, then?
- Eh?
- Rihanna,
- Oh yah...
- Don't ya know she was beaten up real bad by that jazz feller?
- Yah, yah...
- Yah, they were sayin that she may not model anymoor ya know...
- Oh yah...?
- Yah...


Their conversation progressed into a boastful exchange of names of recent(!) girlfriends and the size of their (and I quote) "boobers", at which point I decided I didn't want to eat anymore and left. I shared a cab with a lady also heading to the airport. I decided to give up on visiting the aviation museum because it was closing early on Sunday and I would have not had enough time to enjoy it at my own pace. Instead I thought that I should head to the airport a bit early so I can explore the terminal.



The dreaded CRJ200 ride home

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Approaching the road that leads to FAR's terminal building


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A replica of an old aircraft/glider hanging over the check-in area


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A nice representation of the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area, with the Red River illuminated, near the baggage carousels


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This phrase has become a trademark of Fargo (but also of much of Minnesota), popularized by the 1996 movie of the same name: Fargo


The FAR terminal is compact, yet spacious, and very clean. Agricultural equipment are on display in the check-in and baggage claim areas and a cute little gift shop can be found on the top level before security. Being rather tired from all the day's walking I decided to go past security and chill there. Like a total n00b I forgot to remove my belt during screening (normally I don't wear a belt when I fly so I forgot I had it on) so I felt a bit silly.

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The big windows at FAR allow you to enjoy the lovely skies


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A DL ERJ-170 on its way to MSP


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The departures area


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Pushback


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Spying on the pilots


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Off it goes


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This guy wants to go out and play with the big boys


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A United Express ERJ-145 just like one that brought me here (but not the same one - I checked)


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The old FAR terminal had a huge "FARGO" sign on the roof facing airside. The new terminal has those lame little signs above each gate



I had a ton of time before my flight so I walked around taking photos of the building and the parked aircraft. A TSA agent noticed my intense photographic activity so when I chose to set camp at a very quiet corner of the terminal (that had a great view to the runways) he approached me with a smirk on his face, as if to say "I got you". I told him about my hobby and how I like to take photos of aircraft and before I knew it our conversation progressed to one about cameras, lenses and film processing. Apparently he was really into old-school photography and wanted to talk about how photo enthusiasts used to do things back in the day. He wasn't as friendly as the TSA agent I had chatted with at SUX but nonetheless I enjoyed talking to him.

What I loved about FAR is that there are a couple of monitors showing (on a map) where all incoming and departed aircraft currently are. What a great idea! Not just for us enthusiasts but also for people wanting to know how long it would be before their aircraft arrives.

My flight back to ORD was meant to be only half full. However an American Eagle ERJ-145 meant for ORD went tech due to a problem with its left engine and many of its pax were re-booked on our flight, essentially filling the aircraft to capacity.


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Gotta love the skies in this part of the world


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A blackbird of some sort inspecting its turf


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After pushing back, this ERJ returned to the gate due to a problem on its left engine


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My gate


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ERJs are simply beautiful


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Having fun observing the various operations on the tarmac



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Another DL departure for MSP


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Just lovely


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Blackbirds were everywhere and were nesting in the jetbridges.


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Throwing some color in there



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A mechanic checking out the malfunctioning ERJ


Our CRJ-200 operated by SkyWest arrived (from ORD) barely 10 minutes before our expected departure. Nonetheless, everyone was off the plane and we were on it in less than 15 mins. The pilot explained that they experienced unusually strong headwinds on the way to FAR but told us that we should make up for the small delay due to the unusually strong tailwinds we would enjoy on the way to ORD.


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And here's the little ugly duckling that would take me back to ORD tonight.


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Getting ready for boarding


I was secretly dreading my flight back home because I didn't know how uncomfortable the CRJ-200 would end up being. In the end it was not all that bad but I'm not sure how I would have felt if the flight was longer. The seats, while not spacious, provided acceptable pitch. What was really annoying however was how low the windows were. My neck was sore by the end of the flight. Also it's crazy how small the overhead bins are - my half-empty backpack could hardly fit in one of them. No wonder CRJ-200s have their own hate club out there.

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Legroom was not as bad as I remembered it from my last trip on a UA CRJ-200.


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I was very grateful for this drink. I was very thirsty. The middle-aged flight attendant, while nice, she was a bit stingy with the drinks. She did redeem herself later on however by offering refills


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Another photo of the Twin Cities and MSP


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The further east we traveled the more clouds we encountered


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Flying over Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport (JVL) near Janesville


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One of Chicago's lesser known airports: The Chicago Executive Airport (PWK)


Like the pilot had promised, we more than made up for our delayed departure from FAR and in fact got at ORD so early that our allocated gate was not available yet. We ended up waiting for about 10 minutes on the taxiway before we were allowed to approach the terminal. Then the unthinkable happened. We were given a gate with no jetbridge. As anyone that has traveled extensively in the US should know, this is very rare, especially at ORD. I can recall only a handful of occasions where I had to walk on the tarmac to get to my aircraft in a US airport and half of them were when flying on a Cessna.


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A nice, albeit hazy, view of Chicago's skyline


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We got stranded for 10 minutes waiting for our gate to become available but at least we had the sunset to keep us entertained


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Finally taxiing to the terminal


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What do we have here? 787s look great. They do remind me a bit of tuna fish. Very bulky yet gracefully streamline at the same time


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Surely it can't be! Where is the jetbridge?


Final Thoughts


UA (or United Express to be more specific) did everything right this time. The flights were on time, comfortable and there were no major (or even minor) hiccups, unlike every other time I flew with them (especially on long hauls). I'm not sure whether to thank United or ExpressJet/SkyWest for that.

Fargo/Moorhead was a very interesting place to visit. I know these kind of small Midwestern towns are not everybody's cup of tea but I personally find them very intriguing. There is interesting history behind them, their people are very friendly (and not as backwards or conservative as it is often thought) and their airports are a joy to sample! When you experience all of this for free then how could I possibly have anything to complain about? Fargo may not be all that far away from Chicago, but in many ways it is a world apart from the stressful and often inhumane way everyday life is the big city. It is so close yet indeed so far away.

Thanks for reading,

Stojan



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User currently offlinemucdude From Germany, joined Mar 2012, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 4 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 12215 times:

Hi Stojan,

Very nice report! I especially enjoy your pictures. Looking forward to some more reports from you!

mucdude



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User currently offlineUnited1689 From United States of America, joined May 2013, 71 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 4 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 12128 times:

Awesome trip report! I like reading your TRs... thanks for taking the time to write them! Keep making these, 'cause I will be back!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 1):
What do we have here? 787s look great. They do remind me a bit of tuna fish.

lol

-United 1689



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User currently offlineazstar From United States of America, joined May 2005, 623 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 4 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 12098 times:

Wow, thanks for this report. You really don't see many (any) trip reports from FAR. I used to go there frequently for business. I LOVE the place. It's Microsoft's second largest campus in USA (I think) and home to a variety of businesses, including one or two world headquarters (Bobcat, for example). The people are so friendly and accommodating, and downtown is filled with interesting galleries, shops, restaurants and the coolest 1920's art deco movie theatre I've ever seen.

User currently offlineAlwaysOnAPlane From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2010, 305 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (1 year 4 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 12092 times:

Hi Stojan,
really great report you posted and the photos are fantastic, a great compliment to the written parts.

That house standing on it's own on the approach into FAR looks like my kind of way to live. Right under a flight path and nobody too close to you.

Looks like a good couple of flights, and yea, those CR200s are neck ache central.

Really enjoyed the read.
Cheers, Lee.


User currently offlinemarcos From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 4 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 12004 times:

You really have fascinating reports on very exotic locations. SUX and FAR appeal just as much as Phuket or Penang.

Minnesota actually has 13,000 lakes larger than 10 acres.

Looking forward to your future posts on other nice, exotic towns!

Marcos from Minnesota.


User currently offlinejsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2041 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (1 year 4 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 11826 times:

Hi Stojan, nice report! I've often thought about visiting FAR as well... never been to either of the Dakotas!

The CR2 really becomes bad if flight time tops 90 minutes. I flew one ORD-HPN once and it was just about at that point. Any longer and I would have started to have problems. The ERJs are much more comfortable, especially if you can get the single-side side!

You should try Duluth next - just about the furthest-north city in the lower 48 states!


User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2298 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (1 year 4 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 11720 times:

What's up, Mr. Stojan?

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
I freaking hate, I strongly dislike I'm not the biggest fan of United.

You're not... I must've gotten confused. I thought you were their biggest fan!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Initially I examined options like OKC

I recently read that OK is the least visited state in the USA... You should give it a try.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
never been to North Dakota before

Need you say more? 
Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Checking United's website I noticed that this itinerary would have cost a paying customer a whooping $1162!

Fargo, or France?  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Possibly my favorite airport in the entire country: MSP

Gotta agree. MSP and DTW are mine.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 1):
It's interesting to think how Norwegians always found ways to use churches for purposes other than the ones they were build, like storage or, in recent years, for firewood .

Ah, firewood. I'll take that any day over its intended purpose.

That said, as an architectural treasure, they shouldn't be destroyed.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 1):
Their conversation progressed into a boastful exchange of names of recent(!) girlfriends and the size of their (and I quote) "boobers", at which point I decided I didn't want to eat anymore and left.

LOL!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
I know these kind of small Midwestern towns are not everybody's cup of tea but I personally find them very intriguing. There is interesting history behind them, their people are very friendly (and not as backwards or conservative as it is often thought)

Not my cup of tea indeed. Too small. I believe that there are more interesting places to visit. Though you should continue your quest to see all 50 states.

Cheers, Stojan, and thanks for sharing!


User currently offlineTigerguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 978 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 4 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 11618 times:

'ello there again. Another nice look at a place off the beaten path you've got here.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Initially I examined options like OKC

Examine us a little more sometime! But be sure to drop by when it's not insanely hot.   

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 1):
Then the unthinkable happened. We were given a gate with no jetbridge. As anyone that has traveled extensively in the US should know, this is very rare, especially at ORD.

I suppose it depends on your luck. Or maybe where you're arriving from. I've had quite a few OKC-ORD flights that deposited me at the outside F gates. Not that I'm complaining, of course. Also had the same outside treatment from here to IAH and even DEN with E-Jets. That, combined with a few other factors, makes me think they like putting us at the end of whatever concourse. Again, not that I'm complaining; I enjoy the sights and smells and sounds.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 8):
I recently read that OK is the least visited state in the USA...

Do you remember where you read that? I know I've seen North Dakota mentioned in that spot, but I didn't research too hard. With that said, I'm glad that we're working toward being a place that would be worth visiting. I definitely recall the not-too-long ago days when there was darn near nothing.



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Reply 10, posted (1 year 4 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 11568 times:
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Nice report. I live in Bismarck, so just down the road from FAR. Never been to FAR though, I always fly in and out of BIS.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
I wanted to blend in with the locals at Fargo so I chose to wear a shirt featuring the Norwegian flag. More than 40% of Fargo's population can trace their ancestry back to Scandinavia, and Norway in particular

  



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User currently offlineBoston From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 11349 times:

Nice trip report considering how much I dislike the Dakotas. I lived 65 miles north of Fargo in Grand Forks for 4 years. Horrible area to live, especially in winter time. I'm stoked you got to disembark without a jetbridge at ORD because I got to do that only one time also, considering I've flown the ORD-FAR route a couple times. Definitely makes up for having to ride on RJs.

User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5742 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 11103 times:

Thanks for the fantastic trip report! I enjoy reading all of your trip reports as I find something really quite enchanting about small towns and cities in "Middle America". Fargo looks like a place I should hit up some time  

but just not in winter   

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Stavkirke is a replica of a wooden church located in the town of Vikøyri, Norway

I've seen the original!

I was looking at that picture thinking "that looks somewhat familiar", but thought "well, I guess a church is a church" ... and then saw it was Vikøyri!

It's a beautiful part of the world and couldn't recommend a trip highly enough to anyone that was considering it.

When I was there I was told that the "vik" of "viking" comes from the name of this village. I don't know whether that's strictly true or not, but it makes for a nice story  

Happy flying, and I look forward to reading more from you!

Regards,
Alex



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User currently offlinetriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 746 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 11080 times:
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Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Surely it can't be! Where is the jetbridge?

Flying out of ORD in the 1970's, not all gates had jetbridges. I remember boarding AA and TWA 727's using stairs along with a BN BAC 111.
I flew ORD-LHR-ORD in 1987 and this was before the International Terminal was built. The airplanes would park near where the terminal was and we would be bussed to/from the airplanes. It was nice to get close to a 747 on the ramp.

Your pictures and trip report was very nice. Some great pictures from the air, especially of other airports and the lakes. I have never been to Fargo, but I have friends living in Moorhead MN, and they have assured me it does get very cold there in the winter. Much colder than Bangkok, for sure.

AA has started flying DFW-FAR-DFW, and I want to try that flight sometime.



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1168 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 10980 times:
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Hi again Stojan,

Another great report you made on an airport/city that is barely covered here! You sure got some great views during flight (especially of all the different airports) and captured them nicely  
Glad to see nothing went wrong with you and United this time and Great pictures of Fargo/Moorhead, very interesting!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
As many of you know this is somewhat ironic as I freaking hate, I strongly dislike I'm not the biggest fan of United

I actually didn't know that... 
Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Checking United's website I noticed that this itinerary would have cost a paying customer a whooping $1162! If one had to guess where FAR was on the basis of this price, one would think it was indeed very far away...

Wow, that is very expensive.. I was about to make the same joke you did  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
I wanted to blend in with the locals at Fargo so I chose to wear a shirt featuring the Norwegian flag.

How nice of you!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Eventually I got to ORD just 90 mins before my flight (possibly my personal record for late arrival at any airport)

I usually always arrive 90 mins before my flight myself

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
The lines at security were the longest I've ever seen in ORD (that says a lot) and moved at a snail's pace. Long story short, I barely made it through

Long live priorty lanes 
Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
The potential subject of my next report: MKE

Was there back in March, quite an interesting airport..

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Possibly my favorite airport in the entire country: MSP

Agree, one of my favorite as well!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Land of 10,000 lakes? You betcha.

Great shot, it's amazing how many lakes there are in Minnesota..

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Moments before touchdown

Nice to see you captured a picture of my house 
Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Fargo is the largest city in North Dakota

That doesn't say much either  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
And here's the boat itself on the left. Very impressive, especially knowing that this thing crossed the Atlantic. On the right you can see the pillars found at the Veterans Memorial Bridge not far from the Hjemkomst Center

You mean the other way around..

Thanks once again for sharing!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 10659 times:

Thank you guys for all your comments so far. They are much appreciated.

Quoting mucdude (Reply 2):

Hi Stojan,
Very nice report! I especially enjoy your pictures. Looking forward to some more reports from you!
mucdude

Thanks mucdude! (by the way I'm flying through MUC 3 times this summer).

Quoting United1689 (Reply 3):

Awesome trip report! I like reading your TRs... thanks for taking the time to write them! Keep making these, 'cause I will be back!

Hey U-1689! I'm glad you enjoyed my report. I have set my eyes on a few other exciting destinations and if possible I'll try to write reports about them too.  .

Quoting azstar (Reply 4):

Wow, thanks for this report. You really don't see many (any) trip reports from FAR. I used to go there frequently for business. I LOVE the place. It's Microsoft's second largest campus in USA (I think) and home to a variety of businesses, including one or two world headquarters (Bobcat, for example). The people are so friendly and accommodating, and downtown is filled with interesting galleries, shops, restaurants and the coolest 1920's art deco movie theatre I've ever seen.

Hey azstar. Thank you so much! People often dismiss Fargo as being some "podunk" place but, like you mentioned, there is a ton going on (colleges, company HQs, lots of culture). I may have stayed there only a few hours but I loved the place.

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 5):

Hi Stojan,
really great report you posted and the photos are fantastic, a great compliment to the written parts.
That house standing on it's own on the approach into FAR looks like my kind of way to live. Right under a flight path and nobody too close to you.
Looks like a good couple of flights, and yea, those CR200s are neck ache central.
Really enjoyed the read.
Cheers, Lee.

Thanks Lee, I appreciate it! You know, my wife said the same thing when she saw that photo. Wouldn't be nice to own such a place? Glad you liked the photos. I had lots of fun shooting away with my camera. Good thing that Fargo offered so much for me to take photos of!

Quoting marcos (Reply 6):
You really have fascinating reports on very exotic locations. SUX and FAR appeal just as much as Phuket or Penang.
Minnesota actually has 13,000 lakes larger than 10 acres.
Looking forward to your future posts on other nice, exotic towns!
Marcos from Minnesota.

Thanks Marcos! I love your state. One of my most memorable domestic trips ever was when my wife and I visited her uncle in Remer, MN (we flew in and out of BRD). We fished in one of the lakes and saw a ton of wildlife. It's such a great place!

What'Saab Minnesota? DL's Farewell To BRD? (by Widebodyroga Oct 8 2011 in Trip Reports)

Quoting jsnww81 (Reply 7):

Hi Stojan, nice report! I've often thought about visiting FAR as well... never been to either of the Dakotas!

Hey J! Thanks! Until 2 weeks ago I had never been to either of the Dakotas as well. During my SUX trip I found myself in S. Dakota for only 10 minutes (and barely 50 yards inside the border) but it still counts!

Quoting jsnww81 (Reply 7):
The CR2 really becomes bad if flight time tops 90 minutes. I flew one ORD-HPN once and it was just about at that point. Any longer and I would have started to have problems. The ERJs are much more comfortable, especially if you can get the single-side side!

Totally agreed!

Quoting jsnww81 (Reply 7):
You should try Duluth next - just about the furthest-north city in the lower 48 states!

Duluth has always been a place I wanted to visit. But surely it can't be the furthest-north (large) city in the lower 48 states. How about Seattle, Spokane or even Fargo itself? Either way, I'd love to go there  . Have you been?

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 8):
You're not... I must've gotten confused. I thought you were their biggest fan!

Hey Alex! You must be confusing me with some other Stojan .

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 8):
Fargo, or France?

More like China!

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 8):
Ah, firewood. I'll take that any day over its intended purpose.
That said, as an architectural treasure, they shouldn't be destroyed.

Agreed!

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 8):
Not my cup of tea indeed. Too small. I believe that there are more interesting places to visit. Though you should continue your quest to see all 50 states.

Yeah, we totally disagree on that. I'd rather live Fargo than any NYC-type city.

Quoting Tigerguy (Reply 9):
'ello there again. Another nice look at a place off the beaten path you've got here.

Hey Tigerguy. Thanks!

Quoting Tigerguy (Reply 9):
Examine us a little more sometime! But be sure to drop by when it's not insanely hot.

I'd love to visit OKC sometime. If I could combine it with a Thunder game then it would be even better!!!

Quoting Tigerguy (Reply 9):
I suppose it depends on your luck. Or maybe where you're arriving from. I've had quite a few OKC-ORD flights that deposited me at the outside F gates. Not that I'm complaining, of course. Also had the same outside treatment from here to IAH and even DEN with E-Jets. That, combined with a few other factors, makes me think they like putting us at the end of whatever concourse. Again, not that I'm complaining; I enjoy the sights and smells and sounds.

I did exaggerate a bit. Jetway-less gates are not unheard of by any means but they are certainly a very small minority in the US. While I appreciate the comfort that jetbridges offer I do like the feeling of walking on the tarmac and smelling the fuel every now and then, as well!

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 10):

Nice report. I live in Bismarck, so just down the road from FAR. Never been to FAR though, I always fly in and out of BIS.

Thanks KaiGywer. BIS was another of the airports I had in mind visiting but in order to do so I had to fly via DEN, thus making this very hard to turn this into a daytrip! I'd love to see more of North Dakota though.

Quoting Boston (Reply 11):
Nice trip report considering how much I dislike the Dakotas. I lived 65 miles north of Fargo in Grand Forks for 4 years. Horrible area to live, especially in winter time. I'm stoked you got to disembark without a jetbridge at ORD because I got to do that only one time also, considering I've flown the ORD-FAR route a couple times. Definitely makes up for having to ride on RJs.

Thanks Boston. Grand Forks (GFK, what a cool code!) was another airport I thought using my miles to fly to but I had to do so via DEN and that would have left me with no time to check out the place. I'm sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your time up there. I know that visiting for a few hours in the summer (like I did) is very different from having to live there for years, enduring the no doubt brutal and long winters the region is known for.

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 12):
Thanks for the fantastic trip report! I enjoy reading all of your trip reports as I find something really quite enchanting about small towns and cities in "Middle America". Fargo looks like a place I should hit up some time

but just not in winter

Alex, thank you for your kind words. I get great joy out of writing these reports and I'm glad people are enjoying them too. Like yourself I have a fascination with small Midwestern cities and I wish I had more time to visit more of them. And like you said, one should avoid visiting them in the winter!

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 12):
I've seen the original!
I was looking at that picture thinking "that looks somewhat familiar", but thought "well, I guess a church is a church" ... and then saw it was Vikøyri!
It's a beautiful part of the world and couldn't recommend a trip highly enough to anyone that was considering it.
When I was there I was told that the "vik" of "viking" comes from the name of this village. I don't know whether that's strictly true or not, but it makes for a nice story
Happy flying, and I look forward to reading more from you!

How nice! I'd love to go to Norway one day (been dreaming about it since I was a kid). Thanks for "vik" trivia. It's the first time I hear about it  .

Quoting triple7man (Reply 13):
I flew ORD-LHR-ORD in 1987 and this was before the International Terminal was built. The airplanes would park near where the terminal was and we would be bussed to/from the airplanes. It was nice to get close to a 747 on the ramp.

I can imagine. Getting so close to such big birds at ground level is always so special. It allows you to fully appreciate their size and their beauty!

Quoting triple7man (Reply 13):
Your pictures and trip report was very nice. Some great pictures from the air, especially of other airports and the lakes. I have never been to Fargo, but I have friends living in Moorhead MN, and they have assured me it does get very cold there in the winter. Much colder than Bangkok, for sure.
.

Thank you so very much, T7Man. I was lucky that the skies were clear on the day I traveled. With all its lakes and ponds Minnesota is a fun state to fly over. I love Minnesota but I admit that I've never been there in the winter!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 14):
Another great report you made on an airport/city that is barely covered here! You sure got some great views during flight (especially of all the different airports) and captured them nicely
Glad to see nothing went wrong with you and United this time and Great pictures of Fargo/Moorhead, very interesting!

Thanks Brendan! In fact I got aerial photos of many more airports (especially on the way to FAR) but decided not to overwhelm the report with them. I loved the clear skies.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 14):
I actually didn't know that...

Sure you did .

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 14):
Wow, that is very expensive.. I was about to make the same joke you did

I wonder who would pay that much for such a flight?

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 14):
I usually always arrive 90 mins before my flight myself

I'm constantly paranoid that I'll hit traffic or insane check-in and/or security lines so I always get to the airport early. Plus I like airports so it's not a big sacrifice to make  .

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 14):
Was there back in March, quite an interesting airport..

You know, despite living so close to MKE all these years I have never been there (or the city itself). I'd be very interested to see how it's like.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 14):
Great shot, it's amazing how many lakes there are in Minnesota..

Yeah, I guess you can say it's the Finland of the Midwest. Even though Finnish lakes tend to be more elongated and irregular-shaped, while those in Minnesota are more round- or oval-shaped (generally speaking). Fishing in those lakes is so much fun by the way!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 14):
Nice to see you captured a picture of my house

lol . The guy who lives there simply HAS to be an aviation enthusiast, don't you think?

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 14):
That doesn't say much either

True. For such a large state its population barely reaches 700.000 people...

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 14):
You mean the other way around..

Duh! I'm such an idiot!

Thanks again!

Stojan



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User currently offlineazstar From United States of America, joined May 2005, 623 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 10648 times:

I got a note card from someone a few years ago. On the front page, in bold letters, it read:

LONDON
PARIS
MOSCOW
FARGO


User currently offlineCIDFlyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2329 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (1 year 4 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 10460 times:

what an awesome trip report! Loved it! Thanks for sharing!

User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 698 posts, RR: 21
Reply 18, posted (1 year 4 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 10383 times:

Hey Stojan,

great report here and a really good idea to put your miles to a good use and explore some not-so-well-known places around the states. Nice pictures as well, well done with the color effects on some of them, really liked it. Fargo looks certainly interesting with the Scandinavian heritage.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
I'm sure the flight attendant did not appreciate this move but I'm a sucker for city views during approach/landing so I simply had to do it.

Sure, I would have done that as well, always nice to see the city during approach. And it gets even better then when you also have a view over the airport.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
A nice representation of the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area, with the Red River illuminated, near the baggage carousels

Hmm, looks more like the green river on this map   ...

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
What I loved about FAR is that there are a couple of monitors showing (on a map) where all incoming and departed aircraft currently are. What a great idea!

That's indeed a great idea. Would be nice if something like this got implemented at other airports as well.

CaptainRed


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (1 year 4 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 10327 times:

Hi Stojan

Great report, nice to see some US destenations whom are off the beaten path!
UA did a good job on both legs.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7592 posts, RR: 42
Reply 20, posted (1 year 4 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 10106 times:

Hi Stojan!

As great as always! Thanks for sharing. You need to plan for a trip to MEX soon.



Next flights: MEX-GRU (AM 77E), GRU-GIG (JJ A320), SDU-CGH (G3 73H), GRU-MEX (JJ A332).
User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1952 posts, RR: 24
Reply 21, posted (1 year 4 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 10009 times:
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Another great report, widebodyroga!

Fargo looks like a cool town; I've been living in Minnesota; the Minneapolis/St. Paul suburbs since 2004 and I've never been there to visit. Definitely a neat place! Glad you got a shot of MSP as well, and I agree, it is the best airport in the US in my mind!  

I just got back this evening from 4 flights with United Express through CLE to PWM and was impressed with the level of service from the very friendly flight attendants. On all 4 flights, I was on the ERJ-145 so definitely experienced the same as you did!

Thanks for sharing,

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlinemad99 From Spain, joined Mar 2012, 595 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 4 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 9911 times:

excellent pics!

Your post should be relevant to the topic discussed.


User currently offlinemucdude From Germany, joined Mar 2012, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 4 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 9784 times:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 15):
Thanks mucdude! (by the way I'm flying through MUC 3 times this summer).

That's great! MUC is a wonderful airport! Unfortunately I am not MUCdude anymore but rather BSLdude  



Next flights: ZRH-BOS-ZRH on LX; ZRH-SIN-AKL-SIN-ZRH on SQ
User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1746 posts, RR: 30
Reply 24, posted (1 year 4 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 9748 times:
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Good day Stojan!

Boy you really are hitting it hard these days, one report after another! Good to see the quality is rather improving than declining. It has to be the genetic and I gladly check that for you if you will  And damn, you came up again with the greatest title ever, the biggest n° of airports photographed from the skies and the most inventive way of picturing a fly! Loved it. That said, I also liked the fact that you’ve logged another 2 interesting vessels, namely the ERJ-145 (oh, if only it would’ve been a -135!) and a CRJ-200. Nearly each others counterparts, my pref is definitely on the Jungle Jet example!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
As many of you know this is somewhat ironic as I freaking hate, I strongly dislike I'm not the biggest fan of United.

You’re starting to make good use of your HTML skills here lol!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
I was not interested in squeezing a bunch of flights in my day without the opportunity to explore any of the destinations.

Ok, I won’t say again that this disappoints me again... Oops, I did say it 

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
The plan was to fly out there on an ERJ-145, stay in town for around 8 hours and then fly back on a CRJ-200.

Excellent deal I’d say! Nothing better than a ride on these little jet monsters.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
I wanted to blend in with the locals at Fargo so I chose to wear a shirt featuring the Norwegian flag. More than 40% of Fargo's population can trace their ancestry back to Scandinavia, and Norway in particular

Lol, I love the fact that you do your research so good and that you try to be a local. Salt Lake City calling  

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Here is LSE serving the the town of La Crosse, Wisconsin

I always wonder wy nearly every US airport, no matter how tiny it is, does have at least 2 runways laid out in a cross (more or less...)

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
This phrase has become a trademark of Fargo (but also of much of Minnesota), popularized by the 1996 movie of the same name: Fargo

Oh yes, the Coen’s, such a memorable movie. But my favourite one is still The Big Lebowski:

”God damn you Walter! You fuckin' asshole! Everything's a fuckin' travesty with you, man! And what was all that shit about Vietnam? What the FUCK, has anything got to do with Vietnam? What the fuck are you talking about?”

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
The departures area

Looks nicely retro-ish...

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
The pilot explained that they experienced unusually strong headwinds on the way to FAR but told us that we should make up for the small delay due to the unusually strong tailwinds we would enjoy on the way to ORD.

Ha, what goes up, must come down.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
No wonder CRJ-200s have their own hate club out there.

They probably are good friends with that other hate club, the F50 one of which I have a life long membership 

Quoting Widebodyroga (Thread starter):
Surely it can't be! Where is the jetbridge?

Did you land at a US airport  Wow!

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
25 KaiGywer : To minimize crosswind situations.
26 globalflyer : Hi Stojan...as always a great TR with great pictures. It is such a shame that these smaller communities have lost so much air service. FAR was rather
27 Post contains links and images Widebodyroga : Thanks again to all of you who've read the report. I'm glad you enjoyed it Hehe, that's funny. By the way, I'm reading a book at the moment called "Fa
28 PlaneHunter : Hi Widebodyroga, another great report with lovely pictures! Well done once again! Wow, quite a price for such a combo. Very cool shot with the skyline
29 Post contains images Widebodyroga : Thanks PH! Very much appreciated. Indeed. This was about a month and a half in advance. No wonder the flights ended up being so empty. I wonder what
30 Post contains images palmjet : WBR - another super report. I am very much enjoying this summer series of yours. I was shocked to see you voluntarily board a UA aircraft though Stunn
31 Rogerbcn : Hola Stojan! Such a great TR for such short flights. Nice to get all the info about a well-known city thanks to the great Coen brothers' film. Love to
32 Post contains images Widebodyroga : Thanks Palmjet! I know you like destinations of this kind. If only I had more time (and miles!) I would have checked them all out. You'd be (even mor
33 inaforeignsky : I'm glad you enjoyed the service onboard ExpressJet. A light load on an 145XR always makes for a sporty take off! We've been hiring a lot of new fligh
34 azstar : In what way? I flew Frontier Lynx Q400 a few times and once I was in the bulkhead seat across from the flight attendant jumpseat. While we were taxii
35 LXM83 : Hello Widebodyroga Very nice report, I very much like your photography from Fargo/Moorhead. And interesting to see the two regional jet types compared
36 Post contains images Widebodyroga : Thanks inaforeignsky. I'm glad to hear that the company has been putting some effort in improving its customer service. It definitely shows! I'm flyi
37 Post contains images ONT2CGI : Nice report, now you'e got me think of ALB-MSS or SLK-BOS on 9k. I could also get into a RUT.
38 danvs : Nice trip report! I would love to visit North Dakota, but during winter time. It would be wonderful to hire a car and drive through a blizzard on neve
39 Post contains images Widebodyroga : Thanks ONT2CGI. I haven't had the chance to fly Cape Air even though I'd love to. I recently saw some of their aircraft at STL and it made me wanna t
40 roberts87 : Hello Stojan, great and entertaing report as always! Good pictures of Fargo, always nice to read about these unknown destinations. And what a lovely d
41 lukeyboy95 : Hi Stojan, I am completely disinterested in American aviation, however, have always wanted to visit Fargo, so this report was a delight. Not least bec
42 Post contains images Widebodyroga : Thanks Robert! I was fortunate to have scheduled this trip on a day that the sky was sunny and haze-free (for most part). It was rather gloomy and co
43 Post contains links azstar : It's a remarkably sophisticated place, and kind of hokey small town at the same time. Here's an online publication. http://www.scribd.com/doc/55101364
44 jns13 : Wow what a great report! I'm new to posting on here, but I've been reading trip reports for awhile, and I was really impressed by this one! The photog
45 Post contains images Widebodyroga : Thanks for that azstar. Interesting document. Part of me wishes I had a look at it before I headed up there. Lots of useful info. Hi Jordan and thank
46 Post contains images SR117 : Greetings Stojan ! Thanks for this report and for going to another sleepy town so that we don't have to : ) or we could I guess, if we were intrigued
47 Post contains links and images Widebodyroga : Thanks Ricardo. Well, I hope the report intrigued some people into considering Fargo as a future destination. If not for anything else then at least
48 IrishAyes : Hey Stojan! Trying to read the TR (finally getting around to it) but the images are zilch! photobucket issue - just as an FYI!
49 Widebodyroga : Thanks Rohan. The photos should now be visible again. Thanks for letting me know. Stojan
50 richierich : Before I forget, let me say what a great TR this is! I enjoyed your recent visit to SUX too...the lack of an agenda is very appealing to me because I
51 Post contains links and images Widebodyroga : Thanks for your lengthy comments richierich! Thanks again. I agree that this sort of trips are highly enjoyable and I wish I could go on more of them.
52 treebeard787 : Awesome report! I just flew into Fargo last weekend, I took DL PHX-MSP-FAR-SLC-PHX. I have also taken G4 from AZA up to Fargo. They really do have a n
53 richierich : I was surprised DL mainline serves Minot too - I think this is relatively new and it wouldn't surprise me if it is seasonal. There are folks on this
54 Post contains images KaiGywer : NW used to fly mainline into MOT for years. MOT and BIS both have a variety of equipment, varying from CRJ to MD90, depending on the month. MOT is a
55 Post contains images Widebodyroga : Thanks treebeard787. That's a pretty nice routing. I love flying through SLC, especially due to the mountains (which we completely lack here in the M
56 Post contains images dc9northwest : Hey Stojan, Just a quick remark--your reports marked me. I dreamt I was flying Pierre-Bismarck on some flight that originated somewhere else... What d
57 Post contains links treebeard787 : Yeah, DL seems to be having good success with FAR-SLC as it's at 2x daily flights, split between a CR7 and CR9. It's a nice alternative to having to
58 Post contains links and images KaiGywer : I'll just pic whore a little View Large View MediumPhoto © Kai Engstroem Taken at MOT
59 Post contains images jetblueguy22 : BOOOOO! Sorry, have to do it since I'm a University of North Dakota student . I have flown to ORD twice and once I boarded from a jetbridgeless gate
60 Post contains images Widebodyroga : Pierre-Bismarck? Now that would have been something! I'm really sorry that my reports gave you nightmares! . If only I had enough funds and time I wo
61 Post contains images jetblueguy22 : I would highly recommend checking the twin cities out. My stepdad is from there so it was always back and forth between Connecticut and the Twin Citi
62 abrelosojos : Wow. What a cool report. I have never been to FAR, but now am inspired to pay a visit. Thanks again for sharing this report. And, I agree ... while th
63 lukeyboy95 : Didn't see your reply till today... I think I might just manage it next year! Especially if the people are like Taysiders! Haha... Nice. I must try th
64 MSPNWA : Awesome report! Thanks a lot. I have a comment and a question for you. First is that I've flown on N610CZ, the first EMB you have photoed there. Just
65 Post contains images Widebodyroga : You're absolutely right! I need to go there at some point (preferably not in the winter, even though even that would be interesting). Friendly locals
66 MSPNWA : Thanks for confirming the date. I checked with him, and yes, the captain in the photo is my brother! Small world, eh?! I mean, the chances of you tak
67 Post contains images Widebodyroga : Indeed, what a cool bunch of coincidences, Kenny! I'm glad I posted the photo then. If your brother happened to see a crazy guy with a big camera tak
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