BIL-SLC-ATL-HSV-ATL-SLC-BIL on Delta Air Lines
I know its quite long but I described most things in detail, I know most people like it that way, including myself
. Enjoy! By the way, this is only the first 3 segments so far if you didn’t notice yet. Most of the exciting stuff (like in the subject line) happens on the return legs
. It should be up soon within this thread…
Delta Air Lines operated by SkyWest “A Delta Connection Carrier”
Flight Number: Delta 3565
Departs: Billings, MT (BIL) Friday 12 Jul 2002 at 0821P
Arrives: Salt Lake City, UT (SLC) Friday 12 Jul 2002 at 0935P
Confirmed Coach/Economy Class Seat(s): 07A
I arrived at the airport after eating dinner. Check in was quick as there were no other passengers in line for DL
. I quickly changed my seat assignment on the HSV to ATL leg to a window seat (it was booked up full when I did the seat map online, but cleared up afterwards). Security went quickly as well, no wandings or strip searches for me today. I proceeded to walk the short distance through the concourse to the large window overlooking Big Sky Airline’s ramp and the GA ramp. I took a few shots of taxiing GQ Metros and an arriving Gulfstream V. By now its nearing arrival time of the flight from SLC in which I would later board, so I exited security to say good bye to my mother and off I was, going through security again before boarding the CRJ-200 with the special Olympics colors.
I was one of the first people to go through the boarding process. I walked down the ramp and onto the stairs to board the aircraft before being told that the single flight attendant wasn’t onboard by the Captain, so we chatted a little and such before the plane was ready. I was impressed with the leather seats that SkyWest offers on their CRJs, they were comfortable except for the neck strain you have to cope with if you look out the very low windows for extended periods. I was also lucky enough to have two seats to myself, the only time out of 6 segments in which that occurred. After everything was ready, the guys up front started the engines and we were off to runway 10L, which was the first experience I have had utilizing that runway for takeoff. We held short for the Airborne Express DC-9 that was on short final, and soon we were rumbling down the 10,528-foot runway. The Captain announced we would cruise only at FL270, which gave a spectacular view of the red landscape of Wyoming below, especially with the sunset! Enroute, I was served a can of Coke with a cup of ice, and asked what I would rather have for snacks out of 3 choices (something like snack mix, biscotti, and an oatmeal cranberry cookie). I chose the oatmeal cranberry cookie. Finally its time for initial descent into SLC, which was also quite breathtaking with the mountains and sunset (I took a dozen photos or so on this flight). We flew North and finally turned base and final to the South… smooth touchdown followed along with a short taxi to the E gates (SkyWest commuter).
Delta Air Lines
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Flight Number: Delta 418
Departs: Salt Lake City, UT (SLC) Friday 12 Jul 2002 at 1155P
Arrives: Atlanta, GA (ATL) Saturday 13 Jul 2002 at 0537A
Confirmed Coach/Economy Class Seat(s): 24F
I had about 2 and a half hours to blow off around SLC, which went rather slowly considering the amount of stuff there is to do there when the sun is down *rolls eyes* (basically you can’t take photos without getting window glare or blurriness at night). I also had a hard time finding water since most places were closed, but finally talked the Starbucks dude into selling me one with exact change, pretty pricey at $1.95 but well worth it when you’re thirsty. I than proceeded to the restroom to freshen up, brush my teeth, etc… before finally heading to the gate area about an hour before departure time. I mainly listened to Blink 182, NFG, and other bands while waiting and waiting for the boarding call. Finally they started boarding first class, than the “ultra super ego platinum gold executive” members, etc
, than finally coach. It takes a long time to fit 160 people into a metal tube, from what I can recall we were running a little late. The flight would be completely full and I was dumb enough to book a window on a 3.5 hour flight after drinking lots of beverages, I’ll get more into that later
. We had a short taxi to some runway facing North and a powerful takeoff. We climbed out pretty steep and used lots of right bank. At night around mountains, it kind of makes you think about CFIT accidents
. I had two friendly seatmates, who I talked to about various stuff such as why they’re traveling to how dumb we are just to save money flying a redeye
. The inflight movie was announced to be “Ice Age”, It looked like a bunch of crap so I didn’t think it was worth plucking down 5 clams for, neither did most other people in the sardine can. Inflight service consisted of a beverage and a bag of pretzels along with water occasionally. Sadly I was the only one in my row that didn’t get any sleep, which was quite a nuisance I would soon find out when I arrived in Atlanta. But anyway, the ride got pretty choppy and the Captain announced it would continue to be because we were following in thunderstorms. Our descent was almost entirely in the clouds and I thought it might be close to a CATIII before we broke through only a few thousand feet off the ground. We slammed down on the runway pretty hard and went into full reverse before taxiing to the gate. Deplaning took a while, since most people were still tired and slow. On the way out I put my hand on the right side of the fuselage of the boarding door like I usually do to say goodbye to the aircraft that carried me safely.
Delta Air Lines operated by Atlanta Southeast Airlines “A Delta Connection Carrier”
Flight Number: Delta 4196
Departs: Atlanta, GA (ATL) Saturday 13 Jul 2002 at 0820A
Arrives: Huntsville, AL (HSV) Saturday 13 Jul 2002 at 0820A
Confirmed Coach/Economy Class Seat(s): 08A
The concourses were deserted this early in the morning at ATL, so I took the opportunity to explorer with ease. I visited the international terminal to try and spot some aircraft I have never seen before. I soon realized most of the aircraft were probably on their way back since barely anything except a United 737 (probably going to Canada not overseas
, lol) and an Air Jamaica A340 (woo hoo, now I’ve seen one!) were all I saw. I was pretty hungry so decided to walk back to the commuter trains and go to my concourse (C
I think). I grabbed a breakfast sandwich and a milk at Wendy’s, both items tasted terrible but I forced them down. I rinsed that crap down with a Minute Maid Orange Juice from a vending machine, very refreshing!
The concourse is filling up with people now so I decide to just go sit near the gate area rather than risk roaming around and missing the flight. I listened to the same CDs again, its hard to over listen to most Blink 182 songs anyway. Finally we were able to board. When on the ramp I noticed I would be flying the newest of ASA’s -700s, 703EV, which was disappointing and nice at the same time (was hoping for 701EV, the first one). I had the window in row 8 on the left side (8A). The aisle was already occupied by an older man who didn’t even return a “hi”, I simply concluded his ego was too high to talk to me so I kept to myself from than on that flight. As soon as I was seated I immediately noticed the window was raised a little compared to the CRJ-200s. It smelled sooooo new inside, I think it was only a few months ago this particular aircraft was delivered. Since I didn’t get any sleep all night, I put my hat over my eyes after the Captain announced we would be delayed for some mechanical reason. I fell asleep right when one of the FAs was coming around with bottles of water. Next I remembered I woke up suddenly when we were on the takeoff roll, I fell asleep seconds later and slept until we were on the ramp in Huntsville. I was the last person to deplane. Once inside the terminal, I soon found out two of the other kids on my flight were also going to Aviation Challenge and we were greeted by a camp counselor and escorted to the baggage claim and finally to the transport van. Basically my freedom came screeching to a halt from then on
Thanks for reading and any comments are welcome!