We took off on thursday night on
AA 1411 JFK-MIA. I hadn't been on the A300 for years and felt a little tense. (sorry but when tails fall off without reason, I get a little tense.)
But we left the gate on-time then meandered over to 31L after taxiing for 45 ! minutes. We sat just aft the wing and it gave us a great view of all the goings on
The takeoff was smooth with a longer than expected rollout. As the gear came up with a resounding thud, my girlfriend jumped a bit. The ride itself was great. I noticed twice that the pilot suddenedly pulled up which lead to a great head rush each time.
We lined up for landing on Miami's runway 27R. It was too dark to grab a photo but one of the nicest scenes there was that of the AA hanger all brightly lit from the inside. It had a 727 and 737 in it (with 2 other twin engine jets) and American Flags hanging over each plane.
After a few days at South beach and the Keys, we boarded
AA 988 MIA-JFK last night on another A300, on the same seats near the wing. The ONE STOP check in program is absolutely EXCELLENT. It's a mystery to me why everyone doesn't do it. We got to the airport late yet still were ready to board before the flight was ever called.
The plane left the gate on time and we crept over towards the junction of 9L and 12. So you had two paths of planes nearly converging on one point. It allowed some great closeups of AA 737s, 727s and an Iberia 747. Our pilot announced that we either leave on 12 or 9L.
We waited for 6 planes to take off on either runway. We then turned onto 9L and stopped for a brief moment. (I would guess that we had to get off quick because there was another plane coming into land. I noticed it on approach as we turned onto 9L.)
The engines spooled up and off we went. I never knew that the older Airbus engines actually groaned as they spooled up. Interesting sound. We darting up and through some low lying stratus clouds, passed over south beach and banked north over the water. The pilot announced that we'd reach FL330 and to expect some bumpy air.
Some moments later, he came back on and mentioned thatwe'd reached FL270 and would stay there (due to rough air). The turbulence was quite tolerable through the flight.
Later on the Capt. mentioned that we were passing Philly. Our approach took us towards the north shore of Long Island and we turned toward 31L and extended flaps. (I must say that I am much more impressed with flap ops of Boeings and Avros.)
Considering the impact we took and a recent post on Autolandings, I might guess we were on autoland. I mean, we flew right into the ground. The spoilers rose and the engines reversed.
We got there a little early and the pilot said that we had to wait for ramps agnts to get there. He said they did not expect us that early.
So for probably what was my last trip to MIA before the AA 727s are retired, I saw a great many of them. I took few pictures and experimented with night shots. I'll let you know when they come out and may even try to post a few.
Next trip in 2 weeks, ISP-BWI.
Please let me know if you liked this. All comments are appreciated. PS I posted in non-aviation about a flying jets gimmick going on in Marathon.