A thousand thanks for the info! You'll never know how much I appreciate this.
A special thanks to Fritzi
and to USAFHummer
. I took a look at that (now) wonderful BTS
website that was mentioned above, and at first, I didn't see the link that gave all that massive data on individual flights. But thanks to USAFHummer, I quickly figured it out, and was amazed by their data base. Truly awesome!
Let me explain my interest. I was 40 years old before I ever flew in a modern transport a/c. (I did fly once in a Ford Trimotor way back about 30 years ago or so. THAT was the only time I had ever been aloft in an a/c.)Throughout my 20s and 30s I had developed a keen interest in commercial aviation in general, and accidents and disasters in particular. By that, I mean only an academic interest. It was fascinating and horrible all at the same time to study CVR transcripts and NTSB analyses, and anything I could get my hands on that would illuminate cause and effect. I have seen just about every documentary covering aviation that one could see on TV
. So you see, I had become sort of a student of air crashes over the years.
I often wondered if I would ever have the chance to fly on a modern jet, and whether I had also gotten a bit of fear of flying, due to my disaster reading. I also believed that I might just have a latent love of flying that would be realized once I took that first flight. I tried to imagine myself strapped in the seat and experiencing that wonderful take-off acceleration and climb-out. I also imagined the terror a passenger or pilot would feel if a major malfunction occured, and a crash was unavoidable. (Thank you CVR transcripts!
) I could only hope
that I would not have any trouble flying, if the necessity ever came about.
Sooo, my father invited me to visit him in FL
, and as I live in OH
, flying was going to become a reality. (Dad and I hadn't seen each other for quite a number of years) I arranged the flight and, being just slightly obsessive/compulsive, I had to be sure to bring along a camera and tape recorder on board, so that I could document that first glorious/terrifying(?) flight--sounds and sights! Let me just say that since that wonderful day in 1998, I have now flown 40 flight legs and have gotten in the habit (ocd?) of not only taping the cabin sounds during t/o, but also photographing the plane through whatever window I could, just to have the record. I wonder how many passengers sitting next to me wondered why the hell I had that microphone in my hand during t/o and landing?
So you see, I do love flying, despite some nervousness, and I will ALWAYS remember that first flight, where at the advanced age of 40, I finally got to do it. The problem was that I only got one picture of this a/c, and it did not include the tail number. You see, I want to be able to look at photos of the different a/c that I have been on, from this website's data base. No tail number, no way to ever see the a/c again or to even know which one it was. I never thought I would ever be able to identify my beloved first NWA DC-9-32, that gave me my first flight to DTW
. Until today. And it has been like finding a lost family member or friend you thought you would never see again. I just assumed I would have to jump through all kinds of hoops what with phoning or writing NWA to try to get the info--and then maybe they would just tell me to get lost. But you guys came through for me and now I have been able to see that lost friend from 5 years ago. In essence, Greg, I guess I'm a bit of the sentimental type, and just crazy about aviation. And Fritzi? Vielen dank!
for posting the actual photos for me.