From last November
19 November 2000
US Airways Express 4048 (Operated by PSA)
We usually use ATL as a home airport because it's a bit closer and much easier to get to, but this deal was a good one - $160 round trip and no Saturday stay. So, it's off to Birmingham, where the parking is much closer and cheaper anyway. We were supposed to leave at 4:55pm, but the plane is late arriving from PIT - due to headwinds, the gate agent informs us. Most of the other US Airways Express flights are also delayed - the CRJ to PHL leaves about 5:15 and the 5:15 ERJ to DCA is still sitting there when our flight leaves at about 5:35. There are only six people, and we have the last row before the lav. For some reason, the seats on this Dornier 328 seem wider than I am used to. A snack of a small sandwich, chips and candy is served. My wife has never ridden in a turboprop aircraft before and is surprised at how quiet this one is. The ride is smooth all the way up to PIT and the only worry is about our conenction in PIT. We do make up some time and block in at about 8:10, only 10 minutes late. A quick walk through the E concourse and a people mover ride to the main airside terminal and we discover we didn't need to hurry. The CMH flight is delayed for lack of a flight deck crew.
19 November 2000
US Airways 1572
Our new estimated departure is around 9:30, so I wander over to Arby's to get us a snack. This encounter turns out to be the most memorable part of the entire evening of flying. The Arby's is staffed by the world's slowest clerk ever. It takes him literally ten minutes to get three sandwiches and three orders of fries for the family in front of me. There was a guy in between me and this family, but he gives up in disgust after about five minutes and leaves. When the clerk finally turns what passes for his attention on me, I have to repeat my order twice, and then after taking about ten minutes to make two sandwiches, he forgets our fries. They are sitting on the thing in front of the deep fryer, but he doesn't seem to see them until I point them out. The guy doesn't appear to be dumb or anything, but it is obvious that he doesn't care.
After a 20 minute trip to get two Arby's sandwiches, I return to the gate and we eat while everyone else calls people on their cell phones to tell whoever that they will be late. We realize this is a good idea, and call our friends who will be picking us up.
At 9:30, we board and have an uneventful short hop to Columbus. A straight in landing on 28L and we are there.
20 November 2000
US Airways 1869
A first for me - I've never been in an F-100 before. It's no better than an F-28. These seats are definitely narrower than the ones on the Do-328 or the DC-9. It's a fairly heavy load to Charlotte but we board without incident and push back on time at 7:06pm. The usual beverage service and we pass the time chatting with each other and doing crosswords. We land on time - a rarity for this flight, I later find out - and go across the hallway to await our flight to Birmingham. After sitting for no more than 10 minutes, the next flight boards.
20 November 2000
US Airways 891
Another damn F-100. Oh well, this flight is short. I hope you enjoyed your stay in Charlotte, my wife says. Yeah, all 15 minutes of it
Another very uneventful flight, dark so we can't see much out the windows. We amuse ourselves trying to guess the names of towns we pass over, knowing we are just pulling these guesses out of you know where. Soon, we approach BHM and make a smooth, on time arrival. The thing I like about BHM is that they have the old-style huge neon "BIRMINGHAM" on the side of the terminal. I like that, don't ask me why.