17 Feb 2002 -- Delta Flight 168
I'm not exactly a frequent flyer, but I do have enough hours under my belt to know the queen of the skies when she's giving me a ride!
Just came back from a four day run down to Disney. I purchased my tickets on Delta about a month ago and, to be honest, I had been looking forward to the flight home as much as the trip.
After waiting, impatiently, at the end of the runway for about 5-7 minutes, we finally took to the runway and readied for departure. When those huge engines roared to life, I suddenly became one of those 6-year olds that surrounded me for the last few days--like I had just seen Mickey & Goofy for the very first time.
The flight lasted just over an hour. Thanks to my own personal TV(full of flight info), I noticed that we leveled off at 41k, found a 93 knot headwind and cruised through a cool -59F outside temp. The map also clued me in that we passed just west of Daytona right about the time the Daytona 500 was set to get underway. Not sure if I could quite make out the track, but I did see a runway that I believe was the runway adjacent to the facility.
The rest of the flight over Jacksonville, southeast and central Georgia was uneventful. However, I won't forget that landing for a while. I think I had a former Navy pilot because the hard landing caused one lady to let out a "good-Lord" sigh heard by everyone
Well, it's safe to say I will scan my future flight choices to see if the 777 lurks in the selection. Once you've done her, nothing else will do
P.S. The only thing bad about my trip back home...having to board my ATR for the final leg!