So the Eagles are now using NW
742s; earlier this year they were flying in on NW
752s. Looks like they upgraded.
According to Paul, I must have missed you (& your father) by about 15 minutes. I arrived at Hog Island Road around 2:30 PM
near the county line. Paul told me that was one particular Tinicum Township cop that was driving by a couple of times telling everyone (despite being parked on the opposite side of the road with respect to the AOA fence) to leave; he may have even encroached on the Philly end of the road (big jurisdictional NO-NO).
I was parked from 2:30 until 5. I witnessed a couple of aborted landings: one being a US 734 around 3:15, he was still fairly high on approach when the plane started to ascend again. The other was a DL MD
-88 (new colors) around 4:30. While approaching 27R, he made a rather odd swerve as if he changing to go for 27L; instead (after he straightened out) the plane wound up ascending. Maybe the pilot was blinded by the setting sun. That's the first time I've witnessed 2 aborted landings on the same day. The DL MD
-88 one was also the oddest one I've seen.
Policewise, I didn't see any cop vehicles pass by until about 4. One or 2 Philly cop vehicles (one car, one SUV
) drove by; no big deal. Around 5, one Philly cruiser (heading towards Fort Mifflin) slowly drove by followed by 2 Tinicum police cars. The Philly car drove off, the 2 Tinicum cars stopped: one stopped near me and another gentleman in a van, the other vehicle just stopped behind him. The cop in the front car politely asked us to leave. The guy with van told him, "Okay." and the cop thanked him and drove off.
Since it was getting dark, I was planning on leaving anyway so I wasn't in the mood to argue. However, while driving off, I decided to pull over into Fort Mifflin. I got out to see a couple more planes come in, got back in the car to drive off and noticed 2 other vehicles parked at the intersection of Fort Mifflin and Hog Island Road in Philly. A moment later, the same Tinicum cop pulls over and appears to ask them to leave. While he was stopped, I put my car in gear and headed home without incident.
It's too bad I didn't get word of the NW
742 until today (Monday), otherwise I would have told the guy in the van about it. He commented on the lack of 747s in PHL
. I told him about the SwissAir 744 that used to come in around 5 PM
BTW, nice picture Joe.
"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981