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Trip Report CLE-DFW-CLE

Sun Aug 06, 2000 11:13 am

It started at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. I would be flying standby to DFW to see the American Airlines CR Smith Museum. We got on CO flight 67, a 737-500, in first class row 3 seats A and B. We landed on runway 18 C at DFW with a Saab on our left, an ATR behind him, and a MD-82 on our right. The first thing I noticed about DFW was the huge number of Saabs! We arrived at gat B-13 after a very long 10-15 minute taxi. I was yet to find out about DFW's size. We began looking for somewhere good to take pictures but there really wasn't one. So we walked... and walked... and walked. We walked for over an hour and we only covered 2 and a half terminals! It just got rediculous. DFW is it's own city! We proceded to the DFW Marriot South. Our room happened to be facing the airport and on an upper floor. I set up the camera, my scanner, and watched. The 3 towers never shut up. "Ok Americans 1462, 998, and 1893 taxi across the alpha bridge contact ground. American 455 cleared for take off 17 L. American 1600 cleared to land 17R." Jeez! I did see some great stuff though. I have listed it below. We went to the Museum on Thursday. The hotel was about 1 mile from it so we walked. Following a service road for about 15 minutes in 105 degree weather is something different. The museum is great! AA really had a good idea with it. The IMAX movie "Spirit of American" was incredible. The DC-3 "Flagship Knoxville" was beutifully restored and we walked freely inside and out. We saw the cabin, sat in chairs, saw the cockpit, even checked out the lav! The museum is something else. We spent hours there! I HIGHLY reccomend it to anyone with even a passing interest in aviation. We returned to DFW the next day for the flight home. Another 735 but now not first class... but darn close.. the airplane was basically empty so we went in row 5, right up front on the bulkhead. There was no one within 5 rows of us! When we got home CLE looked small and lifeless. DFW made DTW and PIT even look small!

Interesting sights:
DFW: Ozark 328JET, Big Sky Metro 3, AA 777, 767, MD-11, Korean 747-400, Lufthansa A340, BA 777, Alaska MD-83, Delta MD-11, 767, 757 (new yucky colors) And tons of aircraft landing and departing at once. A family of Coyotes behind the hotel was pretty neat too.

CLE: Too many ERJ's, Saudi Arabian 747SP and Falcon 900, Kuwait Airways A300, Lots of 737's and MD's.

Likes/dislikes DFW:
Not spotter friendly
Halls are too thin
variety is good.
Airport does its job well. It is just huge!

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RE: Trip Report CLE-DFW-CLE

Sun Aug 06, 2000 11:55 am


Glad you enjoyed DFW and the C.R. Smith museum. I, too, love that IMAX theater with first class seats. All employees watch "the Spirit of American" during new employee orientation and it really makes my heart fill with pride to work for such a great airline  
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RE: Trip Report CLE-DFW-CLE

Mon Aug 07, 2000 4:55 am

DFW is a great airport. ALthough its large you can still get around easy if you take the trAAin. (if you fly amr)
Cle is a nice airport though very small compared to DFW. But cle is very spotter friendly!!
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RE: Trip Report CLE-DFW-CLE

Tue Aug 08, 2000 2:27 am

The 747SP and A300 you saw at CLE were both United Arab Emirates government planes. The President of the UAE is in Cleveland for a going-on-three-weeks "check-up" at the Cleveland Clinic.

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RE: Trip Report CLE-DFW-CLE

Tue Aug 08, 2000 3:41 am

DFW really is huge, that's one part i do not like about it even though i am proud that my home airport is one of the biggest and busiest  , but i have made what someone passing through would call a connection and i will say i do feel sympathy toward them, the plus is the spotting is good though.
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Tue Aug 08, 2000 4:51 am

I know... it is one LONG checkup... I think he lives here now  
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Hehe, Making Connections At Mighty DFW...

Tue Aug 08, 2000 8:06 am

HA! On July 20th, I flew TUL-DFW-ORD on AA. My flight from TUL reached gate C24 at 7am. My flight to ORD was scheduled to leave gate B5 at 730am. Uh oh....I didn't trust the TrAAin seeing how it took forever once. So I hoofed it all the way from C24 to B5 in 15 minutes and made my flight no problem even though they had called my name once for standby....I got lucky, the flight wasn't full.

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RE: Trip Report CLE-DFW-CLE

Sat Aug 12, 2000 5:24 am

An AS MD-83 @ DFW??

I know TW is getting some MD-83s from AS
Perhaps AA also?

If anyone has any insight into this, let me know...
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RE: Charles802

Sat Aug 12, 2000 7:29 am

since AA has over 200 Md-80's and have an alliance with Alaska(they may own some of them-i do not know) and AA was probably doing a favor for them by checking the jack-screws.
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