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MSY-ATL-MCO; First L1011 Flight (1988)

Fri Jul 11, 2008 9:09 pm

In February 1988, my family took a trip to Walt Disney World. We had been there a few times prior, but this was the first time that my brother Jason would be with us, since he was born in 1986. Anyway, I was looking forward to the flights almost as much as the stay at Disney itself. I was an eight year old commericial aviation addict. My friends used to tease me all the time because when we were outside playing in the yard (our house was under the approach path to runway 19) I would stop the game and say "Look, that's Delta 793 from Atlanta and it's a Boeing 767-200." I'd always get weird looks for doing that but what the hell, that what who I was. Anyway, for this trip, we chose DL. My family had flown DL several times previously to MCO, and the airline never disappointed us. Instead of taking one of the nonstops, we were booked on a connection via ATL on the way there, and then we took a nonstop on the return.

Delta Air Lines
MSY-ATL
February, 1988
Last departure of the day (between 8:00 - 8:30pm)
Boeing 727-200

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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
ATL-MCO
February, 1988
Lockheed L-1011-1
Last flight of the day (around 11:00pm)


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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.
 
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RE: MSY-ATL-MCO; First L1011 Flight (1988)

Fri Jul 11, 2008 9:50 pm



Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane with me.

Great report!

I always like the ones from some time ago, even if the person was young at the time... the excitement of the experience is never forgotten! Do you still have the video that your Dad made? You should get it put on DVD  Smile
I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
 
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RE: MSY-ATL-MCO; First L1011 Flight (1988)

Fri Jul 11, 2008 10:07 pm



Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 1):
Do you still have the video that your Dad made? You should get it put on DVD

I do have it! The quality varies from good to poor, but the in-cabin shots are nice...and the camera picked up on the engine spool up, which is the key, I think. I'll have to try to get it transfered one day.
 
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RE: MSY-ATL-MCO; First L1011 Flight (1988)

Fri Jul 11, 2008 10:17 pm



Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 2):
I do have it! The quality varies from good to poor, but the in-cabin shots are nice...and the camera picked up on the engine spool up, which is the key, I think. I'll have to try to get it transfered one day.

Definitely, you wouldn't want to lose something like that!

I can't believe I'm 4 years older than you - I so picked you as older than me for some reason  Smile
I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
 
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RE: MSY-ATL-MCO; First L1011 Flight (1988)

Fri Jul 11, 2008 10:26 pm



Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 3):
I can't believe I'm 4 years older than you - I so picked you as older than me for some reason

If you ever saw one of my pics in the "self photo" threads in non.av I think you'd change your mind. Some people don't buy that I'm almost 29 by looking at my face. Oh well. At least I haven't been asked for ID at the local bar in a long time.  Wink
 
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RE: MSY-ATL-MCO; First L1011 Flight (1988)

Fri Jul 11, 2008 11:08 pm

This trip report is like a stripper. A tease...nothing more... I wanted videos and pics!!

 Wink

Nice report!!
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RE: MSY-ATL-MCO; First L1011 Flight (1988)

Sat Jul 12, 2008 1:03 am



Quoting AA61Hvy (Reply 5):
This trip report is like a stripper. A tease...nothing more... I wanted videos and pics!!

Well, well, well, aren't we demanding?!

At least I had the decency to throw in some pics from the database.  Wink
 
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RE: MSY-ATL-MCO; First L1011 Flight (1988)

Sat Jul 12, 2008 1:07 am

Very cool memory! My first trip on an L-1011 took place in late November of 1979, just after my mother got a job with Eastern Airlines. We took a trip to the Virgin Islands...departing from BDL to SJU with a short stop in BOS on the way, aboard an Eastern Airlines L-1011 "Whisperliner". I was big on all the fine details back then, so I easilly recall the ship number being 303 and the flight number being 945. Lucky for me, I took many more trips aboard the L-1011 in the following years, and to this day it is my personal favorite aircraft.

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