Wow, what a long day......I work ramp at Cecil for Signature, so I had the distinct privelege of working both the Patriots and Eagles flights. The usually very quiet Cecil ramp was loaded with tons of police motorcycles, vans, busses, and tons of press. Unfortunately, Signature would not allow me to carry my camera, even though all the press and other people had theirs! I felt a little gyped....anyways.
The Patriots brought in a DL
767-400...we marshalled her in, I chocked the mains, then we drove the beltloader up and attacked the forward cargo bin (the other guys had the aft one)...took bloody forever, they sure don't know how to travel light. I'm 6'2", so now I feel alot of sympathy for the guys who have to do that everyday! Got her unloaded, chatted with the FO for a bit...they had plenty of catering leftover, so they left us a huge fruit tray, tons of cookies, candy, etc...very first class.
The Eagles brought in a NW
DC-10 in the new scheme...absolutely stunning. Marshalled her in, chocked it....same procedure with the forward cargo bin. Eagles didn't have so much bulky cargo, but had bags that were well over 100 lbs!!!! NW
didn't leave us any catering unfortunately. Their ACARS went inop, so we had to take a belt loader back out to the jet, and hand the release up to the Captain through his window (the airstairs were already gone). Sent them off, and the press finally left.
My friend Jonathan (jderden777) decided to stop by and take some shots, you'll see those on here very soon...he did manage to snap 2 of me, thanks dude!
Me telling my manager and Jim that we'll need the belt loader to send the paperwork up lol.
Paperwork going up...I'm to the extreme left, watching to see if this thing is gonna make it up there!
Bout to taxi out....shadow was from the FBO/Tower, it was about sundown time.
Nice little activity for this sleepy decomissioned Navy base! I'm sure some of the pilots were ex-Navy, because we got a very nice salute on departure from both aircraft....took off, and immediately banked left, dropped their wing at us, and overflew the old base...very awesome indeed.
"The cockpit, what is it?" "It's the little room in the front of the plane where the pilot sits, but that's not importan