Most airports do not have observation areas because they cost money to build and there's no return on the investment. Space at an airport is very expensive...Generally if you want to use it you have to pay for it. The one at MSP is nice, though it's tough to shoot photos from. One at OKC once had a ...Jump to post
Cargo doors could be designed the same way as cabin door (plug doors) which would be a safer design, but the operators don't want them way. It is easier and more preferable to have the cargo door swing out instead of in. Sometimes the cost and customer preference take priority over everything else. ...Jump to post
There is no evidence to suggest that. What the evidence does indicate, is that vapors in the center fuel tank were ignited. How is still unclear and may never be known. The likely theory, according to Jim Hall himself, is that high voltage was sent into the fuel tank via a short in a bundle of wires...Jump to post
Not likely this year. The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), which is in charge of the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, recently announced that it was opening up 5 new gates that belonged to Northwest Airlines and was up for grabs to whomever wanted it (NW was given no choice in the ...Jump to post
As far as getting small planes across the Pacific Ocean...the key is to have as little as weight as possible. Sometimes extra fuel "bladders" are installed inside the aircraft giving it much greater range. These flights pose an added element of danger and most be carefully planned with special atten...Jump to post
Here's the UA 747 incident over the Pacific Ocean back in 1989: Scheduled 14 CFR 121 operation of UNITED AIRLINES (D.B.A. UNITED AIRLINES,INC.) Accident occurred FEB-24-89 at HONOLULU, HI Aircraft: BOEING 747-122, registration: N4713U Injuries: 9 Fatal, 5 Serious, 33 Minor, 309 Uninjured. FTL #811 W...Jump to post
The most visible construction currently going on, and the one I get in my photos all the time, is on a parking garage expansion. There is a 4th runway that is being built, but it is not parallel to another other ones. I have a new aerial photo of the MSP taken in December 1999 (it's so rare to have ...Jump to post
At MSP on a regular basis: Air Canada -- CRJ, A320, and A319 American Airlines -- F-100 and MD-80 American Trans Air (ATA) -- 727-200 and L-1011 (winter) America West Airlines -- A319, A320, 737-200, and 737-500 Champion Air -- 727-200 Comair -- EMB-120 Continental Airlines -- 737 and MD-80 Continen...Jump to post
Thanks for the info SCXmechanic. I didn't expect many people at SY and NW to know much about it. What really irked me was that I had reached the right people at NW who knew about the visit, they just wouldn't tell me anything about it. I can understand that it's possible with Sun Country that maybe ...Jump to post
For Minnesota, today was a nice spring day. I think we flirted with 40 F. <img src="/discussions/graphics/smile.gif"> The "Tour" schedule is located on Boeing's website at www.boeing.com I can buy the weather explanation, but that still doesn't explain why NW and SY would admit that it was vis...Jump to post
It can't be an MD-80. Northwest has dumped them out of their fleet.Jump to post
Why is the Boeing 757-300 such a secret? Boeing’s new 757-300 visited MSP today. So yesterday I called Northwest Airlines to see if I could get arrival and departure times. At first, they denied that it was even coming for a visit. After 10 minutes on the phone with them, they finally admitted...Jump to post
I just got back about 30 mins ago from seeing it at MSP. Did they keep it outside for very long? As soon as it landed, it was immedately parked in one of Sun Country's hangers and the doors were shut. After about two hours, it was very quickly moved to a Northwest hanger, when again the doors were s...Jump to post
In the summer of 1994 on an American Airlines MD-80 flight from DSM to OMA there were 3 passengers, including myself. From OMA the flight continued to DFW and was oversold by quite a bit. I was traveling non-rev at the time, so I got to spend the day at OMA. Omaha has got to have the most boring air...Jump to post
It's most likely a DC-10-40. Flights originating from MSP and are destined for BOS or DTW tend to have continuing service to LGW or AMS. The -40's are mostly used for this...
You probably won't know for sure until you arrive at your gate though.
Once your are in the terminal you can access all of the terminals without passing through security EXCEPT Terminal 5. Terminal 5 is the international terminal and you have to be holding a ticket or boarding pass to get to the gate areas. My favorite place inside the terminal at ORD is near the Delta...Jump to post
The Metropolitan Airport Commission, which oversees MSP, announced today that they are opening up seven gates in an effort to attract additional airlines and more flights for those airlines that don't have much service into MSP. Sounds like a good possiblity to me...I wouldn't mind seeing a differen...Jump to post
United has two 727's that have the faded top. They were part of an experimental paint scheme about two to three years ago.
Nothing to be alarmed about....
A lot of people have the exact same complaint as you do except they complain about United. Or Delta. Or Southwest. Transporting hundreds of thousands of passengers and baggage each day is quite a task....there's going to be problems with ANY airline. I find I get bad service regardless of the airlin...Jump to post
Currently they are owned and operated by American Airlines on Reno's existing routes. All planes have a hybrid color scheme right now. Some just have a small "AA" logo on the tail over the mountain peaks and the "Reno Air" moved...one I've seen that is painted with the AA red, white, and blue cheatl...Jump to post
I went to Hawaii in 1997. Before then, I had never been on a flight longer than 3.5 hrs. I lived in Oklahoma at the time and always flew through ORD or DFW. So anytime I went anywhere (I've never been overseas) I never got a long flight. Then I booked a trip to Hawaii. I was really excited about bei...Jump to post
Personally, I'm annoyed by polls too. They are repetative and typically don't add any useful information to the discussions. I use the word typically becuase most reponses to poll questions don't bother to say why a user feels a way they do. For example, the question "Which is the greatest airline i...Jump to post
I've got the entire day Tuesday to spot at LAX and Friday morning to spot at LAS... I've been to these airports a few times before, but with tight connections I've never had time to look around for good places to take photos. That's why I need help. <img src="/discussions/graphics/smile.gif"> ...Jump to post
American Airlines's Fokker 100's have a hatch weight of 35 pounds. So if you can toss a big bag of dog food into the trunk of your car, then you can easily toss the hatch out the opening. I too have always wondered just how heavy they weight, specially on the older aircraft. I hope I never have to f...Jump to post
I've got this coming weekend in and around DFW. I'm looking for good locations to spot.....inside the terminals, outsides, near the runway thresholds, etc. I will have access to a car while I am there so I'd really like to head out to near the runways, but in all of my years of flying in and out of ...Jump to post
I spoke with an American Airlines crew member yesterday at ORD and he told me that there was a last minute decision by Delta to transfer all the 777's in Delta's fleet to American. In return, Delta will get Reno Air's MD-80's and MD-90's. I haven't been able to get any more details on this. Does any...Jump to post
I've got the day at ORD too for photos tomorrow. <img src="/discussions/graphics/smile.gif"> One of my favorite places inside the terminal is by the Delta Airlines gates...I think it's terminal 3, L concourse. I wanna say between gates L9 and L10, but I'm not sure. One disadvantage from this p...Jump to post
I've got a trip to ORD tomorrow (wx permitting) for some photography. Is there a good place to get shots near the runways? The last time I was there a local person I met described an area that I could walk to that's directly next to the runway somewhere over by one of the short-term parking lots, bu...Jump to post
Don't forget also that the photo could be mis-identified. Not likely, but possible. Tulsa, OK is a another example of a diversion airport. TUL is a DC9 and 737 airport (no airline flies scheduled wide-body aircraft anymore). Every once in a while, a DL 767, DL L1011, or AA 767 will appear because of...Jump to post
UA has 747 to/from ORD and DEN also. I'm going to LAX in October for some pictures and I purposefully booked an extra stop through ORD (with only a $3.00 USD increase in fare) to get a 747 flight between ORD-DEN in addition to the 747 flight between DEN-LAX. Being near MSP, I've noticed that Northwe...Jump to post
I've spent a great deal of time at MSP lately taking photos testing various equipment... I've made a few notes that I have passed on to other people. Here are some places that I like to take photos inside/outside of MSP: 1. 8th level, parking garage (under construction) Provides a good, unobstructed...Jump to post