A few years back, I was lucky enough to go for 3 consecutive years on a TWA "Flight to the North Pole" --- at the time TWA had a res center in ORF.
For 3 years they took underprivileged kids in an MD
-80, and we actually flew. I was surprised we did.
I still have my boarding passes. We taxied out, took off, and flew around the Norfolk-Virginia Beach area for almost an hour, singing carols.
It was so cool to look down the aisle and not see any heads! The whole flight were kids, and it looked empty because they didn't sit up high enough to be seen!
There was a funny moment when we took off and hit a little turbulence and the captain came on and said "Oops, I think we sucked Rudolph into our Number 2 engine" and everyone on board let out an audible gasp!!!
I knew one of the f/a well, and they let me up in the cockpit (this was pre 9/11) and we even flew over the school where my partner worked. We called on the cell phone to walk outside, and here we were in this big MD
-80, flying over Churchland High School, doing a low pass, and tipping our wings.
Once we landed, we taxied to the old terminal (shameless promotion, I have pics of the old ORF terminal in a book I just wrote titled "Aviation in Hampton Roads" from Arcadia Publishing in Charleston, S.C.) and the kids got out and were greeted by Santa and lots of free toys from Target.
Man, I miss some of the old carriers like TWA, Eastern, Piedmont and Southern. Most of all I miss the way things were before 9/11.
Happy Holidays to all,
The Lester Mainwaring Party
I want something under my wheels thats plenty long and mighty dry --- Vern Demarest