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IAH-SFO-IAH: Hanging In SFO Part 2 (+tons Of Pics)  
User currently offlineIAH777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 0 posts, RR: 5
Posted (8 years 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6938 times:

When we last heard from our illicit hero, I'd just stepped into the terminal at SFO for the first time in ~20 years and had my face pressed against the glass on the concourse like a fat kid in a bakery window.

My friend, the Express Jet F/O, said he'd meet me in the baggage claim in 20 minutes, as he lives just a couple of miles away. Super. I'll wander on this side of security for a bit and check out some more aircraft I don't normally see. I took my time getting to the baggage claim, not moving much faster than a "mosey." I'm a Texan, so I can mosey with the best of 'em. Exiting security, I noticed the new GE "puffer" chamber that detects trace amounts of explosives after bombarding the occupant with a blast of air. It was set-up in the secondary screening area for folks who don't cut the mustard in the primary screening. I wondered if the tertiary screening involved gynocological gloves and lube.

Due to my dallying, the carousel was already spitting out my flight's baggage. As I surveyed my former traveling companions, I noticed a fellow a few feet away who picked-up nearly every bag, checked the tag and tossed it back on the carousel with a thud. I moved to the other side of him so that he might live to see the sunset. Had he casually thrown my suitcase back on the carousel, I'd likely punt him in the groin and stuff him in a trash bin. My suitcase had - barring a shopping spree by rampers or TSA - my D70, Bigma and a couple of smaller glass not accustomed to being manhandled. Out came my bag and I noted with discomfort that the hot pink zip tie I'd secured my bag with was gone. *Whew* Everything was still there and in one piece! It had obviously been tossed and I noticed they'd gone into my toiletries pouch to inspect my Sonicare toothbrush. Whatever blows their dress up, I guess. I reminded myself that secure air travel is their sandbox and if I want to play, I gotta put up with their shenanigans. Twenty minutes came and went and I found myself alone in the claim area; my fellow travelers having already collected their bags and departed. I was beginning to be concerned as my friend had yet to arrive, but then he called and said he'd come in from the wrong entrance and was working his way toward the Contintneal claim area. A pilot, lost in his home airport. I don't know if that means SFO is confusing, or if his navigational skills need freshening. He finally found me and we set off on an excursion to find his 4Runner. After half an hour of dragging my bag, we located his ride on the geographically-opposite side of SFO. We went so far, it might actually have been SJC's parking lot.

After a stop at his place in Burlingame to drop my bags, we headed-out for lunch and a few errands. Lunch was at In-N-Out and I had my first double-double, sans rabbit food and sauce. Good burger, but the fries, IMO, suck. I saved my receipt to remember my first In-N-Out experience and grabbed a few decals to slap on my truck when I got home. I made a mental note to get to LAX as soon as possible.

Then it was off to Costco to acquire some supplies for an Aviation Geek Cook-Out at Coyote Point. Around 1700, we made it to Coyote Point, which is a park just to the south and east of SFO. I was glad to have the Bigma, as aircraft on approach were in decent-enough range. Not long after our arrival, the In-N-Out burger began to exact its revenge on my gut and I felt the impending crisis mount behind my navel. Damn! It appeared I was about to have to overcome my absolute distaste for using public toilets. I was just about to the semi-enclosed restroom when I heard the symphony of a large, quad-engine approaching. Sure enough, I looked up and saw VS on approach. Damn, again! There was now a full-on nuclear war going on in my belly, but I'd never seen VS in person before. Thankfully, the park was largely unoccupied, so my cross-legged photography dance went unnoticed. Snapped a few of Tubular Belle and sprinted for the commode.

G-VHOT
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v501/CAL764/SFO2006/b_g-vhot_2.jpg

After the peace agreement between me and my gastrointestinal system was settled, I caught some carriers and aircraft I'd never seen in person and they kept coming in droves. I got what I think were some magnificent shots, especially in the evening light. Best of all was meeting a few friends from an on-line forum of aviation geeks and model collectors. We chowed on homemade chicken wings, burgers, beer and Patrón. Amid the bottles of ketchup and beer were scattered a few diecast models, including the up-coming BAe 146 and Super VC-10 samples from Jet-X. At 2000, a park ranger came by to kick us out, as the park was closing. With a belly full of beer and chicken wings (which oddly didn't twist my gut), I settled in and fell asleep, dreaming of 747 freighters and a ploethora of TED and UA Airbii.

B-16409
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v501/CAL764/SFO2006/b_b-16409_4.jpg

JA8193
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v501/CAL764/SFO2006/b_ja8193_3.jpg

LX-GCV
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v501/CAL764/SFO2006/b_lx-gcv_1.jpg

N486UA
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v501/CAL764/SFO2006/b_n486ua_1.jpg

N1402A
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v501/CAL764/SFO2006/b_n1402a_1.jpg

N825MH
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v501/CAL764/SFO2006/b_n825mh_2.jpg

Saturday morning arrived with a dog snout to the face. My friend's 90 lb. smooth collie was in need of an ear rub and I looked like a sucker. Perhaps he'd called my house and spoken with my shepherd mix, who recommended my ear scratching skills. That was a mistake, because I then had 90 lbs of dog on my chest making noises that would get me banned from a Tijuana donkey show. After a shower to wash away the dog hair and general funk of a day's traveling, I was dressed and ready to hit the model show. First, a stop by the Hampton Inn for a free breakfast. Hey, we knew some guys staying there, so...

"Trade ya an ear rub for the secret hiding place where I put your shoe." Stupid dog.


At the show, we found the standard assortment of aviation dorks perusing tables laden with models, trinkets, memorabilia and other swag. The King of the Ultradorks was identifiable by his wearing of a purple Hughes Airwest jumpsuit. I tried not to breathe around him, as I feared it was contagious. I scored a couple hundred bucks worth of models and resisted the urge to pick-up t-shirts or travel posters. I met Jason Whitebird, of A.net fame, and we spent a little time chatting about his travels. About an hour in, I met up with a few friends to check out the spotting areas around the airport. First stop was In-N-Out where I was in awe of my spotting companions. My lone double-double paled in comparison to the $30 in artery-clogging burger and fries order placed by the other occupants in the car. Bonus: the brunette in the drive thru was hot!

The next few hours were spent at Bayfront Park (where I took many, many photographs of heat haze), a "secret" spot (the rental garage roof) where I took several pics of heat haze and some nice shots of a few outbound heavies), the terminal train (with its stupid tinted glass    ) and back to Bayfront.

G-BNLD
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v501/CAL764/SFO2006/spotting11.jpg

G-VFAB 'Lady Penelope' / 'Birthday Girl'
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v501/CAL764/SFO2006/spotting7.jpg

F-GITJ
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v501/CAL764/SFO2006/spotting2.jpg

JA733A still has blue exhaust cones
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v501/CAL764/SFO2006/ja733a_5.jpg

HL7531
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v501/CAL764/SFO2006/lineup9.jpg

9V-SVN
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v501/CAL764/SFO2006/lineup6.jpg

ZK-OKE
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v501/CAL764/SFO2006/lineup10.jpg

Gettin' some tail in SFO
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v501/CAL764/SFO2006/lineup3.jpg

UA B772 leaves up outta here while a UA B744 comes all up in this ho
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v501/CAL764/SFO2006/b_overview2.jpg

N187UA Appropriate reg # for a California flight, no? ("187" is the LAPD code for murder). Peep the n/c cowling on #4
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v501/CAL764/SFO2006/b_n187ua_2.jpg

JA8074
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v501/CAL764/SFO2006/b_ja8074_6.jpg

Part 3 shall be a short one (read: fewer pics) about my Stand-By Red-Eye back to IAH. Thanks for reading!

[Edited 2006-08-25 08:25:21]

10 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6797 times:

Quoting IAH777 (Thread starter):
I moved to the other side of him so that he might live to see the sunset

 rotfl  Excellent

SFO is a cool place to watch planes . . . and San Fran is a cool place to visit . . . even if Superfly does haunt the environs  duck  . . . . just kidding of course . . .

Looking forward to part 3.


User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2849 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6654 times:

Excellent Pix.. thanks for sharing!

-Zaki


User currently offlineFreedomtofly From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 750 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6416 times:

Wow!! Very cool. I liked your trip report by the way, some interesting commentary there, made me laugh. Anyway great pics, I really need a new camera... sumday.

Aaron



You are now free to move about the world.
User currently offlineUsair320 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 991 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6394 times:

Great report and enjoyed the Pics as well.

User currently offlineFuturesdpdcop From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1293 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6142 times:

Quoting IAH777 (Thread starter):
N187UA Appropriate reg # for a California flight, no? ("187" is the LAPD code for murder).

Actually, Penal Code 187 is for the entire state of California, not just the City of Angels.  Silly

Great report tho.


User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6096 times:

Awesome reports! I laughed outloud at a few of them! I loved the dog picture, too funny! Silly

Alex



Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
User currently offlineCOIAH756CA From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 506 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6058 times:

PART DEUX:
Did not cease to amaze me. Thank you for posting.

BTW,
You mentioned a wedding ring in Part 1. In the dog picture it is not present on your left hand. Do you take it off at night? I don't.



Long live Denver-STAPLETON. RIP the old and best KDEN
User currently offlineWN230 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 341 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6055 times:

That was an awesome report because: the pics were top notch and I liked the humor that you put into your writing.

Quoting IAH777 (Thread starter):
I made a mental note to get to LAX as soon as possible.

Whenever you come to Los Angeles to do some planespotting, you will enjoy your time, especially if it is spent at the In-N-Out. Big grin

Again, thanks for a great report.  bigthumbsup 



Judas Priest North American tour in '08 . . . cannot wait!!!
User currently offlineIAH777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 0 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 6039 times:

Thanks, all, for your comments. Makes writing them worthwhile.

Quoting COIAH756CA (Reply 7):
You mentioned a wedding ring in Part 1. In the dog picture it is not present on your left hand. Do you take it off at night? I don't.

I do, as my fingers swell when I sleep.


User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 12 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5630 times:

See you snapped N486UA, the Teddy with the mainline nose cone. He’s been running around for about 4 or 5 months like that. See it in Vegas every 3rd day or so.

Quoting IAH777 (Thread starter):
First, a stop by the Hampton Inn for a free breakfast.

Ahh, yes. Defrauding an inn-keeper! Those pastimes!!!!


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