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CLE-CLT-CLE On USAirways (with Pics + Video)  
User currently offlineDimoko From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 307 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7377 times:

Hello all, this is my first trip report, so if i do something wrong let me know.

I dont know all the technical details such as tail numbers and such. But i will do my best.

The purpose of this trip was a little business-related pleasure. Our machine tool distributor was taking on a tour of the Joe Gibbs Racing facility in Charlotte. I am not a huge racing fan, but i was interested to see their machining facilities, and i never turn down a chance to fly.

We got to the airport, and we had already checked in online. I had a carry-on with my clothes and things, and my camera bag. I decided to gate check the bag, so i could keep my camera with me at all times. We arrived at the airport and got thru security with no problem, although i forgot to take off my belt, and beeped the first time thru.

We had a quick drink with our salesman and another one of his clients, then made out way to gate A-10 where the flight was sitting. They were already boarding when we walked up.

Unfortunately i could not pick my seat, and i was in seat 7F. I like a window seat, but this seat did not recline because of the exit row behind. As we were boarding someone mentioned that it was the USAirway's representative's birthday that day. I said "You dont even look 24!" and she gave me a smile and said "You're my best friend, too bad we don't have first class!"

We pushed back, and taxied for a few minutes, the pilot barely said a word. the safety information was done by a recording.

The only interesting thing about takeoff is that the pilot didn't even stop or slow down, before gunning the engines. He swung around the corner and went to full power!

FLIGHT: US Airways # 2517 Operated by: US AIRWAYS EXPRESS-PSA AIRLINES
FROM: CLE-CLT
AIRCRAFT: CRJ-50
DEPARTURE (CLE): June 21, 06:45 EDT
ARRIVAL (CLT): June 21, 08:18 EDT
This is the plane waiting at the gate.

This is the cramped cabin.

We encountered some clouds late in the flight, surprising to find those in the sky eh?

I saw this airfield, so i snapped a shot of it.

The flight was uneventful, i got a sprite and a small bag of pretzels.

The real fun started after the calm landing

We started passing a lot of interesting aircraft in CLT so kept snapping shots.

A Lufthansa airbus near a hanger


a FedEx jumbo waiting for cargo


a 727 with some engine problems


We who checked our bags at the gate were waiting on the crew to bring them up, and once everyone else had left the plane, i went back in and said hello to the pilot, and asked to take a picture of the cockpit. he had the co-pilot switch the electronics on so i could make it better.

i took one with flash


and one without


the pilot was very nice, and asked to see them on my digi-cam. he looked at them, and said "oh, those came out nice"

so that was the flight,

unrelated was my trip to joe gibbs racing, but i will share 2 pictures from there.

this is the car prep area, look how clean it is, and see how many cars there are. lots of money being spent there...


This is me next to the Tony Stewart #20 car.


i wasn't allowed to have my camera for most of the tour, which was disappointing, it was neat to see how much they prepare for each race.

our flight back wasn't until 9:55, so after a few drinks in a bar, and watching the Australia vs. Croatia match (rooting for the socceroos!) we ate dinner and headed to the airport in hopes of snagging an earlier flight.

well, as you may have read, there was awful rain in cleveland, with flooding. so the 4:30 flight and 7:30 flight were still grounded when we arrived at 7:00. Not only were they delayed, they were overbooked, so we hunkered down at the airport. this gave me plenty of time to walk each terminal and snap some aircraft shots.

CLT is a nice airport, and each concourse is different. A concourse reminded me of CLE a lot. The best shots i got were from C, the international departures for USAirways.

a B767 waiting to depart


more USAir taking off.


a few attempts at being artisitc!



i have not seen this livery before


So the return flight
FLIGHT: US Airways # 2590 Operated by: US AIRWAYS EXPRESS-PSA AIRLINES
FROM: CLT-CLE
AIRCRAFT: CRJ-50
Departure (CLT): June 22, 9:55 PM EDT (evening)
Arrival (CLE): June 22, 11:28 PM EDT (evening)

Trip was a little bumpy due to bad weather west of us. We saw an amazing light show out the left side of the plane. the video isnt good, so i havent posted it.



We arrived in CLE right on time, and made our way home, and to bed.

i hope you liked my first report, i am planning a trip to England in the fall, and maybe that will be a more interesting report!

[Edited 2006-06-24 01:51:53]


"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." -- Douglas Adams
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User currently offlinePanAm330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2679 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 7295 times:

Quoting Dimoko (Thread starter):
i have not seen this livery before

It's the airlines' attempt to bring back some of their previous ancestors, this particular one being Allegheny, by painting their schemes on A319s with the US Airways titles on them.

Great report and pictures!


User currently offlineDimoko From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 307 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 7149 times:

Here is the decent into CLT




Here is a crappy video of the lightning storm



"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." -- Douglas Adams
User currently offlinePensacolaguy From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 546 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 7136 times:

Nice Trip Report..Thanks for taking all the pictures, and actually taking the time to write a trip report! (Unlike some people)

Few Comments/Corrects:

Quoting Dimoko (Thread starter):
FLIGHT: US Airways # 2517 Operated by: US AIRWAYS EXPRESS-PSA AIRLINES

Last flight of the day..On the CLE-CLT route on US.

Quoting Dimoko (Thread starter):
This is the plane waiting at the gate.

Barely fits the jetway.

Quoting Dimoko (Thread starter):
The best shots i got were from C, the international departures for USAirways.

Actually Terminal D is where most international flights arrive/depart.

Quoting Dimoko (Thread starter):
a B767 waiting to depart

Parked at Gate D13..International Gate.


User currently offlineDelta732FF From United States of America, joined May 2005, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 7097 times:

Nice trip report and pictures. Thanks for sharing, will look forward to many more from you.

User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1937 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 7079 times:
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Thanks for the report! Looking forward to more reports.

User currently offlineCorey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2527 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 7029 times:

You go down to CLT to take a tour of a Nascar shop and don't even recognize that the 727 you saw is none other than Jack Roush's plane  Smile

User currently offlineDimoko From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 307 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 6952 times:

did jack steal one of the engines to put in his car?  Smile


"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." -- Douglas Adams
User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6868 times:

Quoting Dimoko (Thread starter):
This is me next to the Tony Stewart #20 car.

Excellent!!!

Are you a Tony fan or just got lucky enough to get next to the car?

Next time take a shot like this without being in the pic so I can steal it.  laughing  wink 


User currently offlineAAden From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 835 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6822 times:

good report

are you sure that the saftey briefing was done by a recording? i have never heard of that being done on a rj before. someone please correct me if i'm wrong


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1937 posts, RR: 24
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6735 times:
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Quoting AAden (Reply 9):
are you sure that the saftey briefing was done by a recording? i have never heard of that being done on a rj before. someone please correct me if i'm wrong

Yeah, when I flew American Eagle in December, the safety briefing was done by a recording on the EMB-135. It was pretty cool.


User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6639 times:

both CoEx and Pinnacle (NW Airlink CRJ) when I flew them used a tape for the safety announcements.
Trans-States ERJs did also, as did flyI CRJs. There is still a live demo to accompany the audio.
-mr. X



What now?
User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8902 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 6614 times:

Quoting UN_B732 (Reply 11):
both CoEx and Pinnacle (NW Airlink CRJ) when I flew them used a tape for the safety announcements.
Trans-States ERJs did also, as did flyI CRJs. There is still a live demo to accompany the audio.
-mr. X

Chautuauqua does it on their ERJs (both Delta and US Airways). It flows a lot nicer than say, Comair, who will explain a procedure, then say "Now I will demonstrate."

Jeff


User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12110 posts, RR: 48
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 6608 times:
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Great report and thanks for sharing.


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