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MSP-MDW On Northwest(pics) Part 2  
User currently offlineMexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3031 posts, RR: 29
Posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4754 times:

My trip at MSP was an overnight thing. The first day, I went to Mall of America. I wasn’t that impressed. The only thing that sets it apart from the rest is that there’s an amusement park and an aquarium. You get tired after three hours of just walking in a circle. The following day I just spent it walking around downtown MSP before heading back to the airport.

August 2, 2006
MSP-MDW
Flight #3582 (operated by Mesaba)
RJ85 N523XJ
Depart: 5:06pm
Arrive: 6:43pm

Once again at MSP I used the NW check-in kiosk, which no one was using. I used the ones that are near the Icelandair check-in counters. My flight today would be departing from gate C20. I had 1.5hrs until my flight would depart. I decided to walk around and explore NW’s MSP hub. I noticed that MSP has a lot of 757 and A319/320 flights compared to DTW. Boarding was started around 440pm. Today the flight was 100% full. There were a few stand by passengers waiting to know their fate if they would be coming with us or staying.

At gate C20 waiting for push back. The CRJ next to us going to OMA.


Once push back was done we head towards runway 30R for our departure on this sunny afternoon. Picture holding short of 30R


Turning onto 30R.


Taking off


Once we were at cruise level the in-flight service began. I again asked for some apple juice and this time I got the whole can.  thumbsup 

Somewhere over Northwestern Illinois. This nice puffy looking cloud would later dump a thunderstorm over Chicago.


On descent South of Chicago. Does anyone know what airport this is? We were heading east when I took that picture.


Doing a right turn over the southside of Chicago.


Turning onto 22L for landing. My house is somewhere on the upper left corner.


Lined up with 22L and getting there fast. At one point we were raising along with the “L” train but we won. The bridge you see are the “L” tracks.


Landing on 22L. This was one of the smoothest landings I have ever experienced. This landing was not the face smashing type that you usually get when you land at MDW. I was waiting for it, but it never arrived.


Between concourses A and B. We are following the ATA 757 going to gate A3 arriving from GDL.


Arriving at gate A5, ATA 752 from GDL at A3.


My ride from MSP, resting before heading back home to MSP.


I fell in love with the RJ, nice aircraft. It rides smooth. The seats are wider than that of the DC9s, and more leg room from what I noticed.

Overall I had a good experience with NW and hope to fly them again soon. Maybe a 757 flight with them into MDW, or taking their 753 to wherever they fly.

Thank you for reading my TR.

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User currently offlineTmarch291 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 147 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4693 times:

Nice report-

It must be so cool to look out the window and see the wings above you!

Tim


User currently offlineTravatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2173 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4679 times:

The avro85 (BAe146 when I was a kid) was the first jet I ever flew on.... will always have a special place in my heart.... love that bird.

User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1915 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4672 times:
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Very good report! The first time I flew Northwest Airlines, I was on a RJ-85 from HPN-MSP. They are very comfortable to ride in, as the legroom and seats are great in coach. Glad you had some good flights with NW!

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User currently offlineMke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2442 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4659 times:

Great report + pictures!  Cool Don't see many trip reports on the RJ85 these days, especially with pics. Aren't they supposed to be phased out of the fleet soon? anyone know exactly when?


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User currently offlineDelta732FF From United States of America, joined May 2005, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4546 times:

Nice trip report and pictures. Thanks for sharing.

User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4537 times:

Very nice report, 33 inches of pitch are on the RJ-185, same as WN.

I also flew on N523XJ as well! STL-DTW for me.



Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8503 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4425 times:
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Nice follow up from the outbound trip.

Good planning on your part to get the RJ85, they will be phased out in the near future, shame, an nice bird.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineMexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3031 posts, RR: 29
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4283 times:

Thank you everyone for the comments. It was a great trip on the RJ85, I would ride on that aircraft again.

Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 6):
I also flew on N523XJ as well! STL-DTW for me.

WOW, thats cool!!! When did you get to fly on it?


User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4182 times:

Quoting Mexicana757 (Reply 8):

WOW, thats cool!!! When did you get to fly on it?

September 22nd, 2005 STL-DTW



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User currently offlineFly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1789 posts, RR: 19
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4029 times:

Great report Danny!

I havent flown Avro or Bae146s but there is something about them that I just love'em.

Was it noisy during take off and climb? You did notice it has no thrust reversers, didnt you? Just regular aerodynamic and tire breaking to stop you in the nickel-sized runways of MDW.

RM  Smile



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User currently offlineMexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3031 posts, RR: 29
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4019 times:

Quoting Fly727 (Reply 10):
Was it noisy during take off and climb? You did notice it has no thrust reversers, didnt you? Just regular aerodynamic and tire breaking to stop you in the nickel-sized runways of MDW.

It wasn't that noisy at all. I think the DC9 is noisier than the RJ85. And I didn't that the Avro's didn't have thrust reversers. You always learn something new everyday.  spin 


User currently offlineWarszawa From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 727 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4001 times:

I dont know what it is about the Avro's but they have the SMOOTHEST landings...

I flew the RJ-85 FNT-DTW May 18th, 2006...Northwest of course; new colors Avro, believe it was N520XJ or N525XJ, one of the two...I think N520XJ (I have it written down somewhere).

I was surprised to see a stylish interior with curved overhead bins and such. Aircraft was extremely clean and looked like a brand new 737 interior, just 2x3 though, hehe. Plenty of seat pitch too.

When we landed in DTW, 22R, it almost wasnt a landing...but it was kind of like, we were flaring, and then...best way to describe it, is it felt like the wheels just started rolling. It wasnt even like a touchdown effect...but more like the wheels just started rolling. One hell of a greaser landing...smoothest i've ever had ever in flying.

RJ-85 flap sounds are WAY loud though!



Flying a plane is no diff. from riding a bicycle. Its just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes. -'Airplane'
User currently offlineEjmmsu From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1692 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3918 times:

I used to fly on the Avro all the time when I lived near OKC and flew NW almost exclusively. Back in those "good ole days", basically all the flights from OKC were on the Avro. The seat width is really amazing for coach, and its basically an automatic upgrade for elite members with the high first/coach seat ratio. I'm sad to see them go, but the E170 should be a worthy replacement.


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