For those who like reading trip reports, here is mine:
7/29 Richmond-Columbus-Detroit Northwest DC-9-14 N8908E
What a coincidence! I flew on this same airplane 21 years ago to the day when it belonged to Eastern. When I checked in for my NW flight, I was given a different seat assignment from the one I had reserved. I was supposed to be in 18F, but they had made a substitution from a DC-9-30 to a DC-9-10, and it only went to row 17. The only window seat left was in an exit row, so I took it. The plane was spotlessly clean inside and looked brand new. We powerbacked out of the gate and were on our way to Detroit, or so we thought. About halfway there, the captain announced that Detroit was closed due to thunderstorms, so we would circle for a while. Soon he said we would have to divert to Columbus to refuel and wait for Detroit to open. We were there for about an hour and a half. Many other planes stopped there to wait also, most of them parking at remote areas on the field. We parked at a gate at the terminal. In Columbus I discovered that one jetway serves two planes, so they moved it over from the plane next to us so we could get off. Then they moved it back over to the other plane so it could board. When Detroit opened, we powerbacked out of the gate, but the NW DC-9 next to us was pushed back with a tug. I wonder why.
7/29 Detroit to Anchorage Northwest 757-251 N505US
This plane had waited for us, probably having diverted on its way to Detroit also. I was in 21F, which has one window and a wall where the window in front of it should be. Row 19 was mostly all wall, with just a little piece of window, which you couldn't see out of at all if the person in front reclined the seat. So don't accept row 19 if you want a window. Service was excellent and we were served a delicious lunch.
7/30 ERA DC-3 Sightseeing flight. N1944M
This was a fantastic flight, nearly two hours long. The plane has been restored inside and out. Seats are 2 by 2, which makes them a bit narrow, since the DC-3 originally had 3 abreast seating. It would have been better if each seat row was about 4 inches farther forward, because you had to lean forward to see out the windows. Our stewardess, as she was called, used to work for Virgin Atlantic, and was very friendly. We were served drinks, then a kind of rolled-up cookie, then a bag of Cracker-Jacks. I got to visit the cockpit in-flight. We flew around Prince William Sound, since Mt. McKinley was clouded over. This trip was well worth the money. Ah, the sound of those radial engines!
8/4 Fairbanks to Anchorage Alaska 737-790 N619AS
Very nice plane. I was surprised that there we no fold-down screens on a 737NG. This plane flies to Alaska from Chicago with no entertainment system of any kind. But legroom is very generous.
8/5 Anchorage-Kotzebue-Nome Alaska 737-210C N744AS
This plane was a combi in full passenger configuration. I saw this plane the previous day in Fairbanks broken down, resulting in a canceled flight. I was hoping it had been fixed properly. We had no problems.
8/6 Nome to Anchorage Alaska 737-298C N745AS
This combi aircraft had only five rows of passenger seats. We had two flight attendants, which was a high attendant to passenger ratio. Great flight.
8/8 Anchorage-Port Heiden-Sand Point-Anchorage Reeve Aleutian Lockheed L-188C Electra N1968R
This was the best flight of my whole trip. I got the Electra Enthusiast Fare of $100 for the entire trip. During the first leg of the flight, we were given a large plastic bag containing a ham and cheese sub from Subway, and a chocolate cupcake. At Port Heiden, we landed on a gravel runway, and we kept the number 4 engine running because they had no APU. While we were on the ground, the captain took me up to the cockpit and talked to me for a while. I told him that I had read that N1968R had once lost a prop in flight and it had cut into the fuselage. He said he was the flight engineer on that flight and he proceeded to tell me the whole story.
When we landed in Sand Point, I had to get off and check in again, and we were delayed for about 45 minutes because they had to unload the cargo one box at a time, since that particular aircraft doesn't have a large cargo door like the others do. I was watching out the terminal window and saw the captain riding a bicycle around the plane and all around the tarmac. I don't know where he got it. Then he came into the waiting room with his guitar and entertained us with songs he had written, including one he wrote when he was a flight engineer about a co-pilot who had only made about 5 or 6 good landings in the eight years he had worked with him. It was a lot of fun. On the return to Anchorage, we were again served a sub, which I declined because I was still full from the other one. Then the flight attendant brought around a tray full of bags of peanuts. I took one, them she put six more on my tray table. Then she brought me two bags of Cheetos, and then a bag of potato chips. Wow! I didn't need any dinner that night. The whole flight crew was wonderful, and the plane was really great! Seats were lined up with the windows, allowing plenty of leg room. When I got off the plane in Anchorage, I looked up at it and the captain saluted me from the cockpit. It was one of the best flights of my life. But beware, if you go, they don't accept credit cards for this fare, only cash or check. I had to go looking for an ATM so I could pay my fare.
8/10 Anchorage to Minneapolis/St. Paul Northwest 757-251 N513US
Very nice breakfast flight. Captain pointed out many sights along the way.
8/10 Minneapolis/St. Paul to Detroit Northwest DC-10-40 N150US
Very tight seating. I sat next to a captain from a Northwest feeder airline who never heard of the Lockheed Electra!
8/10 Detroit to Richmond Northwest DC-9-31 N952N
My window was fogged up inside and it was hard to see out.
Overall, service was excellent on all flights, but the Electra was by far the best!
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