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Pan Am V3 First Flight LCK-SFB & SFB-LCK W/Pics  
User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3730 posts, RR: 9
Posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 10743 times:

PA 380 LCK-SFB
Boeing 727-200 N342PA "Clipper Guilford"
June 24, 2005

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We woke up at 5:45am & grabbed the shuttle to Rickenbacker for Pan Am's Inaugural Flight LCK-SFB. I'd never been to LCK before...the area around it is pretty remote, although the airport area's pretty active, with a cargo terminal & ANG facility. The passenger terminal, however, is the smallest I've ever been to. It has one ticket counter, one baggage carousel & two gates...that's it.

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There wasn't any type of restaurant there, which wasn't a surprise, although I guess Pan Am had provided a juice & bagel table by the gate. BMA's Director of Marketing, Alex Mouzas, saw my Embry-Riddle shirt & started chatting with me. I then got to meet BMA's president (whose name slips my mind) & talk to him for a few minutes. I talked about how I was going after my PPL at Delta Connection Academy in Dayton. He then stepped away, made a phone call, came back & offered me a tour of their training facility at SFB. I accepted (obviously) & he gave me a phone number to call when I got to Orlando & that person would get me in.

As it was the first flight out of LCK, there were several officials from Boston-Maine Airways (the operator of Pan Am) who spoke, as well as a couple guys from LCK. Finally, they invited the kids who were going on the flight to the gate area for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting before boarding.

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Boarding then started. Pan Am uses Passenger numbers for boarding and the flights are open seating. My mom & I were passengers 27 & 28, so we were some of the first on the flight...we both wanted windows, so I took the bulkhead seat on the left side & she was two rows back. As I looked out the window, I saw one of BMA's J-31s parked off to the side. This was to take Mr. Mouzas & other BMA officials back to Portsmouth, NH when everything was done.

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We pushed back a few minutes late, but I was still excited...didn't think I'd ever be on a 727 again. The engines cranked & the safety demo started. As we started our taxi to Runway 5L, we were sent off with a washdown!  Smile

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We then departed 5L & rocketed off to the South. Once we got to cruising altitude, the drink service started. They didn't have a cart; instead, the F/A came through & took each passenger's drink order & brought the drinks back on a tray to hand them out, which was unique. We also got a bag of Cheez-Its. From there, the flight was uneventful. I went to the bathroom & on the way back to my seat, snapped a cabin pic. I noticed even from the start of the flight that the plane had a UA interior.

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Soon after, we started our descent into SFB. The weather looked like crap...cloudy & a little rainy on approach. We then went downwind of SFB, turned on base & then made a final left turn to land on 9L. We didn't use reverse thrust, so we ended up using most of the runway to slow down. Taxi to the gate took about 5 minutes & when we got to the ramp, we were greeted with another washdown. We were told as we parked at the gate that there were certificates available at the gate personalized for each passenger with their name & details about the first Pan Am flight from Columbus. My mom & I got ours, and when we went down the escalator to baggage claim, someone from SFB was handing out a second "Thank You" certificate from the airport honoring the first flight. We were then met by the man from Pan Am & got about a 10 minute tour of their training facility, which includes two full motion simulators & several classrooms.
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PA 381 SFB-LCK
Boeing 727-200 N348PA "Clipper Ed Ball"
July 10, 2005

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Got to SFB only about 45 minutes before departure...there was no line for check-in for PA 381, so it didn't take us long to get our boarding passes (which were printed on peelable labels). We were passengers 74 & 75, so we ended up being some of the last to board this time. Boarding started at 11:45am, even though departure time was slated at noon. Despite that, we still left on time. While we were taxiing out, I saw a Travel City Direct.com 747-300 pushing back heading to Manchester, UK.

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We went to 9L & took off into what seemed like endless cloud cover...lasted about 45 minutes before it finally cleared up. I pulled out my Gleim Test Prep book & my John Legend CD & studied for a while, before getting bored with the reading. Drink service was the same as on the flight down. Passed over the Bristol Motor Speedway about an hour in & started our descent a little after that. As we neared Columbus, we could see LCK in the distance (with CMH further back):

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Shortly after, we landed on 5R & taxied back to the gate, passing several cargo jets, the most interesting of which was an Atlas 747-200.

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LCK's terminal:
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We deplaned, went to baggage claim & then I had to literally run back to the Amerihost Inn where our car was parked because it was quicker...the damn shuttle would've been a 15 minute wait. Luckily it was a close hotel.

Overall, a great trip with PA/Boston-Maine Airways...Pan Am's definitely worth the money & the chance to fly a 727. Great service, too...I plan on taking them again in the future. Thanks again to Alex Mouzas for getting me the tour at SFB.

DeltaRules


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User currently offlineFlyCMH From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 2277 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 10674 times:

Many thanks for the report. I've been thinking of taking them down to SFB or PIE, mostly for the 727 ride and to fly from LCK instead of CMH for once. Sounds like they provide a decent product, especially for the price. Hopefully they last longer than Southeast.

User currently offlineTUNisia From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1844 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 10656 times:

I saw this report on jetphotos last night, great report !!! Thanks for posting it here too.


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User currently offlineKimmykun From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 445 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 10620 times:

Great trip report; I enjoyed the pictures of the LCK terminal the most. I love terminal pictures, especially of small ones like LCK.

It's sad that I'm amazed the flights were on time, isn't it?

I'm planning on taking a trip to Orlando come December, so if they're still flying BQN-SFB then, I may try them out.


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4749 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 10461 times:

Lovely trip report... but from my part of the world, at the risk of sounding like a fool, I do not know the codes of LCK and SFB. Where are these towns/cities?

Glad to see PAN AM up and running. But i guess it will take a long time for them to be like what they were in the yesteryears.



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User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2592 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 10413 times:

Nice to see a report on Pan Am, and certainly nice to see a report on the 727.

Quoting DeltaRules (Thread starter):
PA 380 LCK-SFB



Quoting DeltaRules (Thread starter):
PA 381 SFB-LCK

I thought the current Pan Am used the IATA code 'PN',as 'PA' was already taken....??


User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3730 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 10339 times:

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 4):
Lovely trip report... but from my part of the world, at the risk of sounding like a fool, I do not know the codes of LCK and SFB. Where are these towns/cities?

LCK- Columbus/Rickenbacker Int'l Airport, Columbus, OH
SFB- Orlando/Sanford Int'l Airport, Sanford, FL

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 5):
I thought the current Pan Am used the IATA code 'PN',as 'PA' was already taken....??

To be honest, I'm not sure what it is...I assumed that it was PA, but you may be right.

DeltaRules



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User currently offlineBeowulf From Singapore, joined Jul 2003, 730 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 10326 times:

Hey,

Nice report. I am surprised to learn that PanAm is still around? Didn't it go bust? What routes does this PanAm fly?

Nick


User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3730 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 10235 times:

Thanks for the comments so far.

Quoting Beowulf (Reply 7):
Nice report. I am surprised to learn that PanAm is still around? Didn't it go bust? What routes does this PanAm fly?

This isn't the original Pan Am- it did go bust in 1991. This version is about the third (or maybe fourth) airline using the Pan Am name. It's owned by Boston-Maine Airways & is actually called "Pan Am Clipper Connection". Here's the website: http://www.flypanam.com

DeltaRules



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User currently offlineBluejackets From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 280 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 9961 times:

Very nice report and pictures... you are really lucky to get to experience the inaugural flight on PACC from LCK!!

It sounds like LCK (and SFB) is really easy to use... if your schedule fits with theirs.



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User currently offlineGD727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 925 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 9960 times:

Glad to see your flights on PN were a lot better than mine. I flew them MHT-SFB r/t a few years ago and they were pretty bad but it was worth it to fly on a 727.

Are the boarding passes still printed on long pieces of paper that are actually stickers? Silly



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User currently offlinePensacolaguy From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 546 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 9946 times:

Great trip report, I enjoyed all the pictures and the uniqueness of this trip report.

Outband:
Aircraft ID CXS380
Aircraft Type B722
Owner/Operator Boston-Maine Airways
LCK.J186.BULEY..SPA.J53.CRG.J45.OMN..SFB
FL280 460kts

Return:
Aircraft ID CXS381
Aircraft Type B722
Owner/Operator Boston-Maine Airways
SFB..WORMS.J53.CRG.J53.SPA.J83.APE..LCK
FL280 465kts

Quoting DeltaRules (Thread starter):
This was to take Mr. Mouzas & other BMA officials back to Portsmouth, NH when everything was done.

Actually it did arrive from PSM but it departed after your flight departed to YNG YOUNGSTOWN-WARREN REGIONAL, YOUNGSTOWN/WARREN OH for some reason.

Quoting DeltaRules (Thread starter):
an Atlas 747-200.

Atlas 2859 arrived a couple of hours before your flight from ANC. Then departed about two hours after you landed to JFK.


User currently offlineUswyjer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 9893 times:

Nice TR... glad to see someone successfully flew them... I'm a little biased... They announced and pulled service from my home airport BDL.. Twice! The J31 going to YNG was probably in relation to their recently announced service to YNG... which has been pulled already, no longer on their route map nor reservations, as it was last week.

User currently offlineWayfarer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 9708 times:

Lovely pictures ...

Wow - your so lucky to fly on Pan Am 727 between those two small hassle-free airports! I'm from Columbus (Short North area) and I have never been to Rickenbacker airport.

I got to love the water salute part ... and the decoration at Pan Am gate area..

Your pictures of Rickenbacker facility made me feel like this: Why haven't I been to Rickenbacker airport!

Question: is the Rickenbacker terminal (gate) restricted to passengers only?







[Edited 2005-07-20 18:55:58]

User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3730 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 9613 times:

Quoting GD727 (Reply 10):
Are the boarding passes still printed on long pieces of paper that are actually stickers?

Yep!  silly  I'd never seen anything like that until I got my boarding passes at LCK that morning. One thing I'd recommend about flying PN is that if you want a window seat, because of open seating, get there early. On the trip home, my mom & I were passengers 74 & 75 & as a result, had to go 2/3 of the way back through the cabin because I wanted a window seat. Plenty of aisle seats to go around though!  Wink

Quoting Pensacolaguy (Reply 11):
Great trip report, I enjoyed all the pictures and the uniqueness of this trip report.

Thanks for the data on the flights!

Quoting Wayfarer (Reply 13):
Question: is the Rickenbacker terminal (gate) restricted to passengers only?

The gate area's restricted to passengers only, although you can see up into it from the security checkpoint. There isn't a whole lot up there...behind where I took the terminal picture was Hooters Air's gate (Gate 2) & a window, which has a good view of where UPS parks their DC-8s for cargo loading/unloading.

LCK's definitely hassle-free. If you get there early (which we did for the flight down), you can be inside the building, checked in & through to the gate in probably 4-5 minutes.

DeltaRules



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User currently offlineSegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 9542 times:

PA belongs to Florida Coastal Airlines, which has fashioned its paint jobs after TWA, even though it got the old Pan Am code.. go figure.

-n


User currently offlineVEEREF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 8404 times:

Interesting both legs flight planned at FL280. Guess they didn't spring for the RVSM equipment.

Though a ride on a 727 at 280 is better than an A320 at 350, in my book!


User currently offlineCorey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2525 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 8294 times:

Nice report, but they need to let the Pan-Am name die

User currently offlineTrijetsRMissed From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2331 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 8070 times:

Just curious, does anyone know the history of the Pan Am 727's? When they were built, who they flew with previously etc., thanks. By the way, nice trip report. Hopefully I'll get a chance to fly on a 727 again someday.


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User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3730 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 7789 times:

Quoting TrijetsRMissed (Reply 18):
Just curious, does anyone know the history of the Pan Am 727's? When they were built, who they flew with previously etc., thanks.

The ones I flew on were ex-United. They have/had 21 727s at SFB, some of which still in UA colors that have been used as spares. That said, I've only seen three or four of those 727s in use, two of which I flew on.

DeltaRules



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User currently onlineNWOrientDC10 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1404 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7117 times:
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Quoting DeltaRules (Thread starter):
Overall, a great trip with PA/Boston-Maine Airways...Pan Am's definitely worth the money & the chance to fly a 727. Great service, too...I plan on taking them again in the future. Thanks again to Alex Mouzas for getting me the tour at SFB.

I would like to extend a bit of gratitude for a trip report of Pan Am as well.  Smile

Quoting Pensacolaguy (Reply 11):
Great trip report, I enjoyed all the pictures and the uniqueness of this trip report.

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Quoting TrijetsRMissed (Reply 18):
Just curious, does anyone know the history of the Pan Am 727's? When they were built, who they flew with previously etc., thanks. By the way, nice trip report. Hopefully I'll get a chance to fly on a 727 again someday.



Quoting DeltaRules (Reply 19):
The ones I flew on were ex-United. They have/had 21 727s at SFB, some of which still in UA colors that have been used as spares. That said, I've only seen three or four of those 727s in use, two of which I flew on.

This is interesting. The photo DeltaRules posted is this:

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y191/DeltaRules/138_3858.jpg

This is of a 727-200 with the aft galley on the starboard side of the a/c.

Here's an interior picture of a 727-200 with the seats next to the starboard part of the a/c:


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Photo © Daniel Werner



Here are pics of Pan American 727-200's with the galley on the port side of the a/c:


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Photo © AirNikon
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Photo © M.Oertle



Look closely at the aft part of these pics and you'll see a difference. UA and WA 727's ordered 727-200's with the galley on the starboard side of the a/c. Some of Pan Americans oiriginal a/c's had the galley on the port side.

I'm sorry if I turned this trip report into something more pertaining to tech/ops for those of you (hopefully myself as well) who will fly in a 727-200 in the future, this is a difference/uniqueness worth noting.

Thank You, again, DeltaRules for the trip report  bigthumbsup 

Good Day  Smile

Russell



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