Okay, so I was NEAR the airport all day today...still no look at the SW
registered N number...but I saw a couple of very interesting sights.
#1 the illuminated X indicating that the runway was closed ? Due to mowers taking care of the grass. Of course they did this in the middle of the day...in Texas...In the sun...who can really see those lights???
#2 an unidentified airline flying one flight in and one flight out. Of course I realize this could be a charter flight, however it seemed an odd visitor. It was either an MD80 (likely) or a later-model DC-9 painted overall white with a dark blue tail and aft fuselage. It is the blue of Midwest with the location of Airtran. There was no big A, so I was sure it was not Airtran. Also, it shouldn't be a cargo carrier as I am fairly certain its not a cargo aircraft.
#3 This is really just a question. Every day, and for many many hours each day I see a Fed-Ex three-holer on the cargo ramp. Question 1 is can anyone twll me how to differentiate between a DC-10 and MD
-11? Seond, does anyone know what Fed-Ex flies here...is it a 10 or an 11?
Just an update yall (yes I am from Texas) I am really enjoying this new job with the spotting opportunities. If anyone comes to Austin, the best place I see to spot is along the bike trail off Burleson Road. The unfortunate (and troublesome) thing is that unless the aircraft are landing on that runway, you will not get those close shots. However, when they are landing on that runway from the South, it feels like you can touch the gear.
Mike in Aus