Scheduled Departure: 1:20pm
Scheduled arrival: 2:51pm
Check in, Security
-Well it was now time to finally go home!! FINALLY!!! The flight was scheduled to leave at 1:20pm, and we decided to leave at 10:00am from the hotel, as it is a 1 hour drive, so we would get there about 11:00a,. That gives us 15 minutes or so to get rid of rental car and get to airport, and then ample time for security and looking around the airport. So with that in mind we left for RSW
around 10:00am. I had talked to Tommy last night and we were both worried that it was not enough time so I was hoping we would be fine. We ran into a freak storm, that was so bad we had to pull over. That lasted about 5 minutes, but it was making me nervous. It cleared and we arrived into RSW
at about 10 minutes after 11:00am. We drive to the Alamo car rental, drop off the car and headed to a shuttle bus. We got on and it took us to the departure A terminal where AA
flies out of at RSW
. We got off and headed to the AA
check in counters. We checked in at the Self Service Check –In. It was then I freaked a little bit. The airline had moved our departure time from 1:20pm to 12:49pm. I looked at my watch thinking ho gosh do we have enough time now?! When we checked in it was 11:30am, less then an hour before they started boarding already according to our pass. My mother got the SSSS Card haha. Went to security and waited about 10 minutes before we got to the machines. We all went through and my mother got pulled aside to be checked of course. The TSA
was cracking jokes about it and making fun, all in good spirits and such. Once we got through we headed to A-4.
Walk Around-MAJOR PICS HERE!!!
With 40 minutes or so left to boarding I took the time to walk around quickly and take some pictures of RSW
. I will let the pics speak for themselves.
US Airways leaving and flying RSW
Walked around some more and caught some B6
Sun Country at the gate!
, and the works!!
Then I saw the AA
flight to STL
was landing and decided to catch it coming in!
757 behind followed it to the gate. Had to wait for a DL
MD88 to taxi out fo the gate which I took earlier.
At the gate with a SONG 757 in the back.
Soon in no time it became time to board.
- Our entire family was group 3, so when they called for group 3 , we all boarded. I headed to 24A, my brother in 24B. Finally a window seat!! Wahoo!!. Expect more pics to come
. Everyone else boarded, and the Pilot announced a Flight time of 2 hours and 1 minute. I snapped a pic of an Air Tran 717 and, USA3000 A320.
N899AT is the reg number
N264AV is the reg for this plane .
We backed out and taxied to Runway 6, but paused for a spirit MD-82 to take off heading to ACY. As we taxied by I saw the new RSW
terminal being built and opening soon. Here are some pics!
So finally we turned onto Runway 6.
Take off, In flight
- Well, we did an immediate rolling take off. We lumbered down and then took off about quite a ways down the runway. Here are some pics to show it.
Over Flying RSW
We climbed after that some more
Well we took a huge turn to the left after that.
We settled down and climbed, and climbed. Engines going in and out. All the works.
Got a picture of the in cabin.
We reached cruising flight, and I watched the scenery go by, and the F/A came by and did service. Here are some more pictures.
F/A came to my row and asked what we would like to drink. She was VERY cheery and pleasant to be around. I got to talk to her a little bit afterwards on a bathroom stop. She gave me a full can of coke, and then I finished that up. I got up to go to the bathroom and I saw her sitting and just minding her own so I struck up a chat. She was quite a pleasant one to chat with. She truly loved her job and enjoyed it. We got to talking and I found out this was her last flight of the day, and she was STL
based. I said she was the first F/A iv met that was STL
based. She said ahh yes, its been awhile since the TWA times heh? I said yes, I was an avid TWA flyer, and of course when AA
bought them I had to switch. She said me too, I wanted to work for TWA so bad, but they did not hire me, so I went for AA
and now I got hired. I said bet your glad you are with AA
now. She chuckled and said yes, but I wouldn’t have minded TWA. So we talked a bit about TWA and AA
and then it became soon to land so I went back to my seat. Such a pleasant woman. Some more pics of the downwind to STL
Wings working to get us down to STL
Overflying the Arch and downtown STL
Pilot announced 10 min to landing and F/A please prepare. So we did that and we landed on R 30R. while all take offs were on R 30L.
, seconds from Landing.
We slowed down, and had to wait for 6 RJ
’s to take off. 5 American Connection, and a UAL RJ
, and an AA
MD80, plus an USA Jet, it was a DC-9. Finally, we could cross. I captured an AA
757 taxing by to the gate, and then we stopped at the gate, gate C-10. Pilot announced our baggage would be M-1. So we all got off, and I walked down to baggage Claim. It felt so good to be home!
The 757 taxing to the gate.
Bunch of AA
MD80’s at the gates, with a lone 757 back there.
Hope you enjoyed the pics and report!!