When we landed at BWI
I took a picture of our DC-9 at the gate, N777NC. I believe 777 is good luck?
After an hour layover we boarded the same plane with the same flight number back to DTW
. This time we were seated in seats 23D and 23E, where we had sat last month. It was weird knowing I had been on the same plane only a month earlier!
A view of the wing from 23E.
-88 next to us.
A view of #2 from cruise.
When we got to DTW
we had a 4 hour layover until our return flight, so we took a tour of DTW
which let me tell you, is BEAUTIFUL!! Compared to my local airport PVD
(which is the smallest, most boring airport you could imagine) DTW
is amazing. Since we don't get anything larger than maybe a 737 here at PVD
, I was like a kid in a candy store in DTW
Here's a pic from our day trip last month of a Delta 747.
And this time we saw an Air France A340-300!!
Here's a pic I took of the beautiful fountain at DTW
with a 747 in the background. This is currently my phone's wallpaper and I must say it's AWESOME!
we took a ride on the trams that take you from one end of the McNamara terminal to the other, which is honestly a necessity as the terminal is SO long! It took me 7 solid minutes to walk (even with the moving walkways) from the McDonalds to gate A15 in the morning without the tram. We took a walk in the tunnel connecting the B/C concourse with the A terminal, which this time had the lights moving with music that was playing- pretty neat! Then we ate at Max&Erma's which was OK
. We were going to go to the Chili's they have there, but they didn't have ribs on the menu, which I was looking forward to!! We then visited most of the stores in the airport until it was time for our return flight, #2217 from DTW
Here's a view from row 17 on the A319. Definitely the best seat on the plane for a view of the flaps and what not. In rows 18 and 19 the windows are aligned too far ahead of the seats so you'd have to lean forward to see out the windows. Notice the optical illusion of the tails of the planes next to us? The tails of the 2 planes to our left look like a single tail, pretty cool.
Overall the trip was a complete success! I was a little worried about the first leg on the CRJ-200, with it being Pinnacle Airlines (Delta's regional counterpart), but the flight was very smooth and trouble free. Let me tell you though, the pilots were both VERY young!
The DC-9-51 was beautiful, although I wished it were a different one than the one we flew on last month (so I could say I flew on two different Dc-9's!). During taxi from DTW
I noticed a lot of white smoke coming from the #1 engine, but it went away once we were in the air. I guess it's to be expected though, considering the engines were designed in the early 1960's! The engine sound from those JT8D's is unmistakable and it's very addicting!
It was a great trip and I'm about 99.9% sure we'll be doing something similar in the near future. I really loved being on the DC-9 and it was a real honor to be able to fly on one. It's definitely a beautiful airplane!
I hope you enjoyed the pics!
[Edited 2011-08-18 12:46:11]