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MSN-ORD-SLC Return UA-103pics From Back In The Day

Sun Mar 11, 2007 3:50 am

Well, a few weeks ago, I promised a different trip report, but I can't seem to find the pics at present. I still have a pile of pics from a bunch of 2005 flights, so here is one of those:

I don't know if you can remember all the way back to (gasp) 2005. Allow me to set the scene for you. The pope had just kicked the bucket, the A380 was still scheduled for commercial service in 2006, and Air Wisconsin still flew for United. So I guess it is fitting that my trip report includes a few flights with them.

The purpose form my trip was actually to see some land. My grandfather was a main partner in a big land development out in SLC and he wanted us to see it. By us, I mean my younger brother and two of my cousins. This whole side of my family, about 20 people in all, is in a "family partnership" where we all collectively own a bunch of real estate-condos, apartments, and stuff. This land out in SLC was one of the things we owned. I use the past tense because we ended up selling our share and investing in something closer to home.

Anyway, all factors seemed to favor taking united, so that's what we ended up doing.

28.05.05
Flight 5552
MSN-ORD
Depart: 8:10
Arrive: 9:08
Seat: 4A
Type: AWAC CRJ-200
Ship: 402

With very little traffic on this Sunday morning, we were able to go the entire length of University Avenue and West Johnson Street only hitting one light. Since we knew traffic would be so light, we planned to, and succeeded at arriving at about 7:30.That was just 40 minutes before our flight--try doing that at ORD. With no one in the United Express line, our bags were checked in no time.
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The security line was as sparsely populated as the rest of the airport, and we were at gate 6 in no time.
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Boarding just a couple of short minutes later, and I found myself in that o-so-familiar CRJ cabin.
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The taxi out was very short as was the take-off roll, which put us in the air a few minutes early.
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The MSN-ORD route is so short that it seems like they shouldn't even bother putting the wheels up. No more than 15 minutes after takeoff, we were on the ground.
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If you jumped at just the right time...you would still be dead.
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Today, we had the distinct honor of having the northern most gate at ORD, B22. This is one of those gates where you get off the plane onto the tarmac and walk to the terminal. I began to snap pics the second I got off the plane. Since I was obviously a security risk, the ramp guy standing there yelled at me to stop, which I did, but not before getting a few good ones.
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There were a fair number of people in terminal 1, but I have seen it busier.
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Our next flight was to leave from the C concourse, so we headed for the tunnel.
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Flight 265
ORD-SLC
Depart: 9:55
Arrive: 12:15
Seat: 3F
Type: 737

As our plane pulled up to the gate, I was there with my camera. In any other context, that would seem weird and creepy, but not to the aviation enthusiast.
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As I usually do, I walked the entire length of the concourse and took a bunch of pics, most of which sucked.
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Are there two identical towers at ORD? No, just a crappy photographer standing at C9.
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Boarding was called a few minutes after I got back to the gate. An efficient boarding process put me in seat 3F a few minutes later. When I sat down and looked out the window, the ground crew was loading a bunch of USPS packages.
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Taxi out was uneventful and we were in the air a few minutes later.
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The flight was very smooth and channel 9 made they minuets fly by, literally.
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Don't want to stick your hand in there.
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Mountains were a welcome sight, which meant that we were almost to SLC.
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I believe that is called Utah Lake, correct me if I am wrong
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We got a nice downwind view of the airport before flying out over that Salt Lake to make our base and final turns.
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And with that, we were on the ground in SLC.
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Having never been to SLC before, I was not overly impressed, but not utterly disappointed. It felt like a comfortable enough airport, which suited me just fine.

We stayed at a pleasant enough Holiday Inn a few miles from the airport. The property we owned was a couple miles south, somewhere in Provo. After getting settled in the hotel, we headed for the property. The development is called Traverse Mountain, and seeing it in person was impressive. We don't have mountains in MSN, so having them right out of your window would be nice. Here's a few pics of the property.
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Later that evening, we went to hear that mormon choir thing.
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They had very nice facilities, but I in no way agree with what they believe and teach. It is sad to me as a Christian that they would take God's Word and twist it so  frown 

Anyway, the next day, we toured the property some more in the morning and went to Park City for the afternoon. There was a ski lift, a luge thing, and a zipline. I rode the zip line later.
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After that, we went over and saw the Winter Olympic stuff.
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That evening, we ate at a Brazilian steak house in Provo. I had never been to a Brazilian steak house before, and it amazed me. They bring around skewers of all sorts of meat and shave it off for you. Very delicious. Too bad I forgot my camera.

The next morning, it was already time to head back to MSN. We ate a quick breakfast at the hotel, and after I checked everyone in online, we were off to the airport.

30.05.05
Flight366
SLC-ORD
Depart: 10:51
Arrive: 2:55
Seat: 3A
Type: 737

We had had wonderful weather thus far; when we got to the airport, it was raining. I love it when it rains and thunderstorms are even better, so for me, this was the best weather of the trip. We got to the airport about an hour early, so I staggered around taking pictures.
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When I got back to the gate, I found out they had pulled an incredible switch of equipment on us! Instead of flying a 733, we were on a...735. Oh well, I was still on the bulkhead, so it made little difference to me.

When we got on the plane, the rain had only increased.
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All was on time, which put us in the air around 11.
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It was boring and sunny up above the clouds. Much to my chagrin, Channel 9 was not on. After the FAs declined to answer my call button, I proceeded to walk up through the entire first class cabin and talk to the lead FA. My walk was at most three steps since I was in row 3. She was standing there with the cart blocking the flight deck door. Before I could say anything, she told me to sit down. Before doing so, I forced out my question asking if the captain would turn on channel 9. She immediately responded that, "This captain doesn't do that!" I had heard of captains refusing to turn on channel 9 on Flyertalk, so I just sat down again.
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Right when I sat down, a Jetblue plane cruised by.
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That made the flight somewhat more interesting. For the remainder, I just stared out the window though.
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Meager rations were offered a short time later.
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View of the bulkhead and F cabin.
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Before I knew it, we were on the ground in ORD.
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We taxied right past terminal 5, which had a nice line up of planes.
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And up to the gate.
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Our flight to MSN left from the F concourse. We had about an hour and a half, so we chilled in the RCC until then. The glass in there is tinted, so that is why the pics look weird.
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A few UA tails
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Flight 5567
ORD-MSN
Depart: 4:45
Arrive: 5:45
Seat: 11A
Type: AWAC CRJ-200
Ship: 412

Our flight was called a little later, and boarding involved trooping out across the tarmac to our plane. I took the opportunity to be a security risk and take a few pics.
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The cabin was almost full for our short hop back to MSN.
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A last look at O'Hare
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We flew straight north and took a left turn over MKE
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I always love flying into MSN because of the wonderful view of the isthmus and the capitol building. The mountains are nice, but nothing is better than the MSN isthmus.
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Less than a minute later, we were on the ground.
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All in all, a very fine trip. I liked SLC and hope to get back there someday. All the flights were nothing to complain about as far as service, and on time performance are concerned. I am disappointed that some UA captains refuse to turn on Channel 9, but that is how it goes sometimes. I hope you all enjoyed the read and pics, especially those of you with dial up. Any comments are always appreciated.

~Dan
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Sun Mar 11, 2007 4:13 am

Nice report and GREAT pics, well done! Salt Lake City looks great.
 
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Sun Mar 11, 2007 5:57 am

Really nice report and pictures!

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Sun Mar 11, 2007 9:36 am

Quoting MSNYX (Thread starter):
I began to snap pics the second I got off the plane. Since I was obviously a security risk, the ramp guy standing there yelled at me to stop,

Wow, this guy is a true hero. Not only does he have the privileged and very difficult job of loading bags on to airplanes but he still has to time prevent terrorists like you from killing everyone. He should get a medal and a 20/20 story for his heroics.  biggrin 

On a less sarcastic note, great report. I really miss AWAC's UAX flights. SkyWest isn't terrible but I miss those BAe 146s.
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Sun Mar 11, 2007 1:16 pm

Great TR - you're lucky they didn't jack you up when you walked through the first class cabin!

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Sun Mar 11, 2007 3:56 pm

Nice report until you threw religon in there. Who are you to critacize what someone else believes?
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Mon Mar 12, 2007 1:59 am

Quoting UAXDXer (Reply 5):
Nice report until you threw religon in there. Who are you to critacize what someone else believes?

Yeah you might want to stick to just the aviation aspect of the trip. Though i agree with you, this is not the place to discuss religion. Discussions get extremely heated on these forums over little things like Airbus Vs Boeing. I dont even want to see what would happen if people started debating religion.
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Tue Mar 13, 2007 2:22 am

Some really awesome pics...great job  Wink
 
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Tue Mar 13, 2007 5:33 am

Quoting Chuckles1225 (Reply 3):
I really miss AWAC's UAX flights. SkyWest isn't terrible but I miss those BAe 146s.

I know what you mean. It just so happened that we taxied right past the SkyWest hangars in SLC. I left the pic out because it is low quality.
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Quoting UAXDXer (Reply 5):
Nice report until you threw religion in there. Who are you to criticize what someone else believes?

I did not mean sad in the context of loser-esque or stupid, but instead as disheartening to me.
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Wed Mar 14, 2007 2:37 am

Quoting UAXDXer (Reply 5):
Nice report until you threw religon in there. Who are you to critacize what someone else believes?

And who are you to criticize him? Really...its his opinion.

Quoting MSNYX (Thread starter):
and Air Wisconsin still flew for United.

Oh how I wish we still flew for United Express. But that is neither here nor there.


Excellent report, loved the pics, and I agree with you on the channel 9...makes the flight go by quickly.

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Wed Mar 14, 2007 5:23 am

Great trip report and pictures! Wasn't there a rumor not to long ago that UA wanted ZW back? What ever happened to that?
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Wed Mar 14, 2007 10:31 am

Quoting MSNYX (Thread starter):
Mountains were a welcome sight, which meant that we were almost to SLC.

UA's serviced sucked that bad huh? Hehehehe...

Quoting MSNYX (Thread starter):
That evening, we ate at a Brazilian steak house in Provo. I had never been to a Brazilian steak house before, and it amazed me. They bring around skewers of all sorts of meat and shave it off for you.

It is called a Churascarria. We have a couple of them here on our tiny island of Singapore. It is a place to go once in a blue moon because after how they feed you, I tend to stay away from meat for the next few months.

A great report filled with wonderful pictures. ORD looks great but I was in the somehwat ugly looking part of the terminal during my last trip there so I never made it to the C terminal. Looks beautiful from what I can see!
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Wed Mar 14, 2007 2:41 pm

Quoting XJRamper (Reply 9):
And who are you to criticize him? Really...its his opinion.

It was a question not a critacism! This is a trip report thread not 'post your opnion on religion thread'!
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Tue Mar 27, 2007 12:21 pm

Hey! I can see my house! Big grin

Quoting Chuckles1225 (Reply 6):
I dont even want to see what would happen if people started debating religion.

Hah. That happened a while back in non-av, wasn't that fun  Wink

Quoting MSNYX (Thread starter):
I believe that is called Utah Lake, correct me if I am wrong

Yep, that's Utah lake alright. Good for catfishing, wakeboarding, and breeding mosquitos.

Quoting MSNYX (Thread starter):
We stayed at a pleasant enough Holiday Inn a few miles from the airport. The property we owned was a couple miles south, somewhere in Provo. After getting settled in the hotel, we headed for the property. The development is called Traverse Mountain, and seeing it in person was impressive. We don't have mountains in MSN, so having them right out of your window would be nice. Here's a few pics of the property.

Consider yourself lucky to have property in Traverse Mountain! (It's actually in Lehi/Alpine/Highland, about 20 miles North of Provo. Not like it matters or anything though  Wink ). I worked up there for a few months, and one of my friends whose mom is a WN FA and dad is a WN Capt owns a house up there - it's very nice  Smile I'd love to live there except my fear of being stereotyped as being a snobby rich person (of which there are enough in Traverse Mountain...).

Altogether it was a great report, with great pics! I'd love to read another one if you ever come back out here.
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Wed Mar 28, 2007 2:12 am

Great report! I used to live in SLC so it is great to see some pictures from there again! I agree the flight always does go bye much faster with channel nine. This is a great trip report, I would love to see more!

Thanks
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Wed Mar 28, 2007 11:56 am

Quoting Flyorski (Reply 14):
This is a great trip report, I would love to see more!

I'm glad that you all enjoyed it. I should have a few more reports coming out soon.
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Sat Mar 31, 2007 11:10 am

Nice trip report! Great to see another poster from Madtown on here. You've got me motivated to get a couple trip reports out myself!
 
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Sat Apr 14, 2007 2:26 am

Quoting UAXDXer (Reply 5):
Nice report until you threw religon in there. Who are you to critacize what someone else believes?

I agree. It was an unfair comment and this obvioulsly isnt the place to debate it.

Quoting Chuckles1225 (Reply 6):
Yeah you might want to stick to just the aviation aspect of the trip. Though i agree with you, this is not the place to discuss religion. Discussions get extremely heated on these forums over little things like Airbus Vs Boeing. I dont even want to see what would happen if people started debating religion.

Then why post what you did? Even you chided in with your own comment.

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