I was then disapointed to see that the flight # started with a 4. The ticket also said American Eagle. So I knew it would be an ERJ , which I've never flown on before. After making my was thru security I waited for the ERJ to arrive from ORD. After it did and was serviced,we boarded by zones. I first stepped into the ERJ and noticed how cramped they are. The ceiling was really low. I much prefer the CRJ that ACA flies. I was in the bulhead seat-right aisle. As we made our way to ORD , I checked out the inflight magazine. I like there route map,they fly to alot more caribean and latin American cities than UA . It also showed the one World partner cities.
We arrived in ORD , and it was pouring rain. We had to wait for a plane to vacate our gate. It was a long walk to gate B12 where our 757 was waiting.
The plane , N571UA , had arrived from LAX. During taxi,I listened to ch9 and there was a Kuwaiti 777 taxiing with us.The flight was uneventful and there was only a snack service since it was 9pm. The movie was K19.
When we arrived in SEA we had to take a bus to the other terminal to get our bags since,at that hour,the trains were being worked on. I noticed on the bus that a gentleman had a bag from Kuwait Duty Free,that sure is a long flight. After I retreived my bag and got the rental,I heaed up to Everette,since I didn't want to stay in SEA since I got real lost the last time there.
The next day,Friday,I drove to the plant,getting lost only once. I got a ticket for the 10:30 tour. I noticed an AF Cargo 744ERF and a QF 744ER awaiting delivery across the highway. After the video we boarded the bus to the plant. The first part of the tour was the wing assembly . Next we went around to see final assembly. There was another AF 744ERF and an Atlas 744ERF nearing completion. There was also a pax 744 but I don't know who for. After this we went back down and out to tour the delivery line. There was the 2 aformentioned 744's and also a Hawaiian 76,and a Alitalia 777.
After the tour I went to the gift store.While in there they took the QF744 up,and when they put the throttles forward the bulding shook and car alarms went off! I then drove around Everette to see what I could see. I made my way over to where the first 727 was,N7001U a UA 721 also there was a Comet awaiting a restoration. I also saw a Korean 744 taking off. I saw a Aruban (P4) registed MD11 whicjh will be for Finair.
Photo © Royal S King
From where the MD11 was,I saw a couple white 727's sans engines on the other side of the runway.I drove down there and saw that the were for a flight school there.
I then drove down to Renton. I really couldn't see much from the factory level,just a ATA 737. I made my way up the overlook and saw alot more. There was a NW 753,and an Air China 737 amongst others.
The next day I went to the Museum of Flight. I was early so I drove around. I got a picture of 747 #1 next to the new 744ER in House Colors. Boeing doesn't make it easy for you to see the new planes from the street!
I liked the Museum,especially the USAir 737-201 that was made into a theatre.
Photo © Andy Vanderheyden
After this it was time to go the airport for the flight to LAS via SFO. I go to the Premier line at UA and the nice agent says that they're going to x-ray my bag. I said okay and walk away. I'm then standing in the security line and she walks up and says that I didn't take my bag to the xray. I said I thought they you did. So I had to take my bag over to the milllion dollat CTS machine . I 'm waiting and waiting and this guy comes out and asks for Scott,anyoen names Scott here ? I say yep. Come with me .... So we go next to the scanner and I'm asked to unlock my bag. The guy then rummages thru it and looks at my scanner likes its a weapon . What's this he says ? A radio scanner I say. Oh.. he says. He then produces the can of glass cleaner I packed and tells me that it's not allowed. So I loose that one. I then have to fill out a form because I was transporting a hazardous waste. So after that I go thru security where I get the once over-carry on q-tipped for explosives. Welcome to the new reality.
Our flight to SFO was on N378UA,an ex-Shuttle bird.
Photo © AirNikon
Nothing special,but ch9 was on. Arriving in SFO was neat,I've never been there and landing on 28R was right over the water.During a taxi to teh gate I noticed a buch of parked UA 744's and also a 727 that had SFO airport painted on it.
I wandered around for a while , there was a 2 hou layover. Snapped a pic of N411AA.
Photo © Jason Knutson
Finally our plane arrived from SAN,a white Shuttle ,N377UA. Though it looked like it neaded a repaint.
Photo © AirNikon
I took seat 3C again. During taxi the snotty oriental girl shu the window shade so I couldn't see anything The captain announced that CH9 was going to be the World Series instead.
On arrival into LAS , we landed on 25L. After leaving the Alamo on Burmuda Dr,I did what everyone does when they come to LAS-went to the plane are a on Sunset! I even got to see Siangapore and a Hawaiian DC10 arrive. Though I miss the Sun Counrty and United DC10's arriving. After a night of partying I took me and my hangover out to Mojave. The last time I was there was December. I noticed a Covair CV880/990 that wasn't in the main yard,is this the Lost Birds one ? It looks really rough!!!!!!! I don't mean the one at the entrance,either.
The signs says no photographs ,but I got from the guys in the Rangers were dirty looks . I saw a Fed EX 727-100 being scrapped by the animal hospital along with an Ex-trump/USAir Shuttle 727 . There were alot of A^A 727's too.
Oh,well I'll finish tomorrow what I saw in Vegas,hint hint N707JT was there!!
Part 1 is over. check back tomorrow for part 2 .