Matt D
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Midwest Express 717 Over SoCal?

Tue Jun 03, 2003 12:28 am

Back on Friday, I was out at Lake Perris getting some sun and R+R. Lake Perris is located a few miles southeast of March ARB.

At approximately 11:20 AM, I saw what appeared to be a Midwest Express 717 fly overhead. It was in the middle of a turn/bank when I saw it, heading from the south to the west. I guestimated its AGL at about 4000-6000.

This is a bit low, even for planes heading for ONT, which, from Lake Perris is about 25 miles to the west northwest.

So does anyone know what was up with that plane?

[Edited 2003-06-02 17:41:20]
 
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RE: Midwest Express 717 Over SoCal?

Tue Jun 03, 2003 12:33 am

wellllllllll, they build them in Long Beach, so I am sure it was on a test flight?
 
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RE: Midwest Express 717 Over SoCal?

Tue Jun 03, 2003 12:34 am

Yeah, but that low....From LGB-which is about 80 miles from where I was at? Heading in the general direction of ONT or LAX.
 
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RE: Midwest Express 717 Over SoCal?

Tue Jun 03, 2003 12:36 am

where are you going with this? Are you asking if Midwest is flying the 717 on scheduled service to ONT or LAX?
 
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RE: Midwest Express 717 Over SoCal?

Tue Jun 03, 2003 12:38 am

I think he's asking WHY it was there, at that altitude.
 
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RE: Midwest Express 717 Over SoCal?

Tue Jun 03, 2003 12:38 am

I'm not leading up to anything. I simply saw something that I considered to be unusual and am asking about it. It very well might have been nothing more glamorous than a test flight. I don't know. That's why I'm asking.
 
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RE: Midwest Express 717 Over SoCal?

Tue Jun 03, 2003 12:41 am

Here in WA state Boeing uses Moses Lake (MWH) for instrument calibration flights, perhaps they are doing the same thing at an air field out towards March?
 
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RE: Midwest Express 717 Over SoCal?

Tue Jun 03, 2003 6:14 am

Midwest only flys MD-80s out to the west coast. They wouldn't charter 717s yet due to the fact that they have a limited supply and they want to utilize them as much as possible. It must've been a Boeing test flight.
 
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RE: Midwest Express 717 Over SoCal?

Tue Jun 03, 2003 10:53 am

THERE WAS A MIDWEST DC-9 AT LGB ON FRIDAY AS WELL AS A SKYKING 737-200, BOTH OPERATING CHARTER FLIGHTS FOR THE NHL (NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE) AS THE STANLEY CUP FINALS ARE IN ANAHIEM........GO MIGHTY DUCKS.

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