Delta Air Lines
Last departure of the day (between 8:00 - 8:30pm)
Photo © Felix Goetting
All I can really remember was that this was a pretty typical, run of the mill, 727 flight. It's a shame that I took the great 727 for granted during those years. I guess it was because virtually all of my flights when I was a kid involved at least one 727 segment. You don't know what you have until it's gone. I miss that plane.
*** Connection in ATL ***
A couple of things stick out in my mind regarding the ATL layover:
1) We only had like 20 min to make the connecting flt, so we were running like racehorses through the terminal
2) I saw a JAL 747 at one of the gates
So we finally make it to the MCO gate, and we were basically the last people to board the a/c. We were all tired and exhausted from running at that point. I had no idea what kind of plane we were going to be on. I guess I should have noticed the jetway being higher up than the one on the last flight, but I didn't. I did, however, see the tail engine of the plane as we were stepping on board through the window of the jetway, and I swear to god I remember saying "Great another 727!". I guess a tired eight year old thought all #2 engines looked the same from a distance...or maybe I was just too tired to notice. Anyway, I knew it wasn't a 727 as soon as I stepped on board the plane, and I remember yanking on my dad's shirt saying "We're on a Lockheed Tristar!"
Delta Air Lines
Last flight of the day (around 11:00pm)
Photo © Alain Rioux
Photo © Justin Cederholm
The flight was empty. We were seated in the main (forward) coach cabin, basically right over the wing. I had the window seat with my mom and brother next to me. My dad had the aisle seat in the center section. I still remember how...I guess "awestruck"...I was to be on this plane. It was my first wide-body flight. I had become very fond of the L1011 after seeing them on a daily basis at MSY, so I was pretty freaking excited to finally be on one. My dad actually videotaped the takeoff and some in flight footage on his old, huge VHS camera. I can still remember the roar of those RR engines on takeoff! It's amazing what your brain remembers....all the little details from so long ago. It was a flight to remember. That flight basically solidified my admiration for that airplane.
On the way home...about a week later...we took the 2:00pm-ish 727 nonstop. I remember it was a packed flight and I think we ended up either in the smoking section or right next to it, because the cabin was just one huge cloud of smoke. We landed in a thunderstorm in MSY, coming in real low over the river. But of course, the captain greased the landing on runway 1.
I salute you, L-1011. Thanks for several great flights over the years, and a heck of a lot of great memories.
I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane with me.