Imagine my surprise when my flight was called, and the only aircraft waiting at EYW Terminal 1 was a Cessna 402, in Cape Air livery. Hmm... where is my 1900D? Looking around the terminal i notice that there are only 6 other people waiting for this particular flight. Well, as it turns out, there were only 7 of us flying out on that particular flight.
Photo © Timothy Redfern
We were corralled outside and seated by weight. After handing off my carryon to be stowed in a storage compartment aft of the left side engine, I ended up in the aft-most right hand seat, which offered an amazing view out to the side, and a rather decent view out the front, although headroom would be an issue for a taller individual. My head rubbed against the roof lining for the entire flight, and im about 5"4', so, anyone taller wouldn't be able to sit there comfortably.
Photo from my seat, looking forward, prior to engine start.
Taxing out from the gate, past a Beech 1900D, which is what I am used to on this leg.
The view out those nice large windows was great as we flew over the keys, offering a beautiful parting view of that clear blue water, and palm shaded islands. That wonderful view combined with the sound and feel of the 402 created one heck of a memorable morning. Sadly, it was an experience that was over all too soon. On a final note, i'd like to point out that that small Cessna seemed roomier than the Boeing 737 i'd be flying on EWR only a few hours later.
Climbing out & retrieving my luggage, whilst saying farewell to a really wonderful little aircraft. Thanks Cape Air!
[I'd like to apologize for the quality of the photographs. I hadn't planned on documenting this trip, and thusly didn't have my proper photography gear with me, and had to make due with a really rubbish camera. So, once again, i apologize for the quality of the photographs.]