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by mke717spotter
Wed Mar 17, 2021 11:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 49% of GOP men won't take vaccine
Replies: 119
Views: 10226

Re: 49% of GOP men won't take vaccine

Trump secretly getting the vaccine definitely isn't a good look and it doesn't make much sense either (as a side note I'm sort of surprised he got the vaccine so soon after recovering from the disease). Let's face it though, we always knew there was going to be a batch of people that would never go ...

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by mke717spotter
Wed Mar 17, 2021 10:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wisconsin Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 123
Views: 16532

Re: Wisconsin Aviation Thread - 2021

Does anyone have any recent info about that plan to demolish Concourse E and build a new "international terminal" in its spot? Is that still moving ahead or did it get put on hold because of the pandemic?

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by mke717spotter
Tue Mar 09, 2021 6:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mask Mandate in Wyoming Lifted
Replies: 52
Views: 3080

Re: Mask Mandate in Wyoming Lifted

Clearly there's more to it than masks rules and lockdowns because California and Florida have taken two drastically different approaches and yet their case numbers are on very similar trajectories. Amazing that so many here defend this anti-science, anti-expertise mindset when science and engineerin...

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by mke717spotter
Mon Mar 08, 2021 9:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ORD people mover
Replies: 59
Views: 10848

Re: ORD people mover

What is the $64,000 question is what happens to the old surface lots and the old long-term parking station? I've read that most of the surface lots will be closed, or that the station will be torn down, or the lots will be reconfigured to move the cashbox. I was similarly wondering if there are the...

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by mke717spotter
Mon Mar 08, 2021 4:57 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Is this worth appealing?
Replies: 1
Views: 2783

Is this worth appealing?

The first time I uploaded this image it was rejected for "soft" so I bumped up the sharpness from 75 to 100 and now apparently its oversharpened. It was also rejected for "vignetting" but I have no idea what that means or how to fix it. That wasn't listed as a rejection reason th...

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by mke717spotter
Fri Mar 05, 2021 6:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Recall of CA Governor Newsom
Replies: 38
Views: 2685

Re: Recall of CA Governor Newsom

So this week the numbers are looking very strong for the recall effort against Governor Newsom - 1.5 million petitioners are required to trigger a recall election, and there are 1.9m collected with a deadline of March 17th to go. A recall election could happen as soon as late April. So to my unders...

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by mke717spotter
Thu Mar 04, 2021 6:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 653
Views: 130209

Re: Chicago Aviation Thread - 2021

The bid opening for the busing contract has been pushed back again. Now until April 15th (from March 8th). Not sure what the term of this contract is for, but taken altogether it looks like the ATS is still a ways off and the buses will be around for a while longer. I flew out of ORD last week and ...

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by mke717spotter
Thu Mar 04, 2021 6:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mask Mandate in Texas Lifted
Replies: 145
Views: 6742

Re: Mask Mandate in Texas Lifted

I have to say...I'm laughing with the people that insist that now mask wearing is "optional". The order means the state itself isn't enforcing mask wearing; it doesn't address businesses wanting to keep it up (you know...because corporations are people and have the right to refuse service...

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by mke717spotter
Wed Mar 03, 2021 5:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mask Mandate in Texas Lifted
Replies: 145
Views: 6742

Re: Mask Mandate in Texas Lifted

Sorry, I didn’t realize the government should have the ability to limit you to doing only doing necessary things. Maybe we should do this for every flu season to? Save everybody, think we can eliminate 60,000 deaths per year. Vaccines are available to everyone soon, but just in case we should wear ...

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by mke717spotter
Wed Mar 03, 2021 6:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mask Mandate in Texas Lifted
Replies: 145
Views: 6742

Re: Mask Mandate in Texas Lifted

Thanks to robust contact tracing and mask mandate, Taiwan had fully reopened its domestic economy by last August, and have had only a couple minor flare-ups since from overseas travelers who broke quarantine. We look like rank amateurs compared to what was accomplished there. And none of this ‘but ...

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by mke717spotter
Wed Mar 03, 2021 12:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Mask Mandate in Texas Lifted
Replies: 145
Views: 6742

Re: Mask Mandate in Texas Lifted

This comes as health experts are saying not to ease restrictions. When it comes to the "health experts" and their ultra-cautious approach you'll be waiting forever to get the go head to get back to normal. Folks like Fauci keep moving the goal posts (he's now saying we'll need to wear mas...

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by mke717spotter
Mon Mar 01, 2021 3:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wisconsin Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 123
Views: 16532

Re: Wisconsin Aviation Thread - 2021

WN is adding seasonal MKE-SRQ. FL flew this route about ten years ago or so. https://www.jsonline.com/story/money/2021/02/26/southwest-offer-nonstop-seasonal-flights-milwaukee-sarasota/6838546002/ "Starting April 17, Southwest plans to fly nonstop flights on Saturdays from Milwaukee Mitchell In...

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by mke717spotter
Thu Feb 25, 2021 5:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit Airlines Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 510
Views: 68467

Re: Spirit Airlines Launching MKE-LAX/LAS/MCO

Currently MKE does not have any California service, WN cut LAX with covid. I'm basing this off of MKE's Wikipedia page, but aside from WN's MKE-LAX/SFO/SEA are there any other routes that were cut when the pandemic hit which still haven't returned? I'm talking about all airlines/routes. Allegiant's...

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by mke717spotter
Fri Feb 19, 2021 8:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 946
Views: 148133

Re: Delta Network Thread - 2021

Excluding flights from SLC to other spots in the western US, can someone please give me a rough rundown of all the other A220 routes for the next few months? Ideally, I'd like to get a flight on the A223. The only other routes I'm aware of are SLC-ORD and DTW-DFW.

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by mke717spotter
Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:03 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Trans Mongolian on MIAT Mongolian's Flagship Boeing 767, Ulaanbaatar to Berlin Tegel via Moscow (June 2019)
Replies: 8
Views: 12082

Re: Trans Mongolian on MIAT Mongolian's Flagship Boeing 767, Ulaanbaatar to Berlin Tegel via Moscow (June 2019)

Interesting trip report and pictures. A few years ago I traveled throughout Southeast Asia with some of my friends and we were actually going to include Mongolia in the trip (would've taken a red-eye MIAT 767 flight from BKK) but in the end we just couldn't fit it in. It seems like an interesting pl...

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by mke717spotter
Sat Feb 13, 2021 1:07 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Biden administration "actively looking" at negative COVID test mandate for domestic flights
Replies: 58
Views: 4828

Re: Biden administration "actively looking" at negative COVID test mandate for domestic flights

It seems that this topic, at least for a bit, is done being discussed by the Administration. If they're not going to do it now (which they shouldn't) then there's no point in doing it later on. We've passed the peak of the pandemic, the vaccines are being rolled out and should be downhill from here...

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by mke717spotter
Wed Feb 10, 2021 4:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Biden administration "actively looking" at negative COVID test mandate for domestic flights
Replies: 58
Views: 4828

Re: Biden administration "actively looking" at negative COVID test mandate for domestic flights

Looks like its still under consideration. I still have a feeling that this would lead to chaos, especially early on. I haven't had to provide a negative test result for a flight so I'm not sure how the process would work, but does this mean everyone would be forced to check-in at the counter at the ...

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by mke717spotter
Fri Feb 05, 2021 10:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021
Replies: 469
Views: 37319

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q1 2021

So the UK is bringing in a hotel quarantine policy for travelers starting February 15. My question is - if they're worried about a "vaccine-busting variant coming in" then what's the endgame? Are they just going to keep this policy in place forever? You could vaccinate everyone but if ther...

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by mke717spotter
Fri Feb 05, 2021 8:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 207764

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

You're very young. How did you manage to qualify for a dose so early in the process? EMS personnel in Milwaukee County were eligible to start receiving the vaccine in early January. I must admit I was surprised the opportunity came up so early but I just decided to take care of it while I had the c...

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by mke717spotter
Fri Feb 05, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Vaccine News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 3012
Views: 207764

Re: Updated: A COVID-19 vaccine candidate works!

I got my second shot two days ago (Moderna), and then yesterday it felt like I had the full blown flu. I'm pretty much back to feeling normal now, but I don't remember ever feeling that bad after a vaccine.

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by mke717spotter
Sun Jan 31, 2021 12:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Biden administration "actively looking" at negative COVID test mandate for domestic flights
Replies: 58
Views: 4828

Re: Biden administration "actively looking" at negative COVID test mandate for domestic flights

Not surprisingly, the lobbying group Airlines for America is already pushing back on the idea. It should be noted that the same group also supported required testing for travelers entering the US in exchange for rescinding current entry restrictions on travelers from Europe, the UK, and Brazil. http...

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by mke717spotter
Wed Jan 27, 2021 4:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Biden administration "actively looking" at negative COVID test mandate for domestic flights
Replies: 58
Views: 4828

Biden administration "actively looking" at negative COVID test mandate for domestic flights

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-travel/u-s-actively-looking-at-mandating-covid-19-testing-for-domestic-air-travel-idUSKBN29V2QO "The Biden administration is “actively looking” at expanding mandatory COVID-19 testing to travelers on U.S. domestic flights, a senior Cente...

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by mke717spotter
Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is the political polling business broken?
Replies: 32
Views: 2228

Re: Is the political polling business broken?

538 as usual has the best discussion on all of this. Nate Silver saw Biden winning somewhere between a cliff hanger and a landslide. So polls were saying just before the election just how uncertain things were. Yes, it was interesting to see Silver defend the 2020 election polls while at the same t...

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by mke717spotter
Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2020
Replies: 374
Views: 30773

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q4 2020

Pfiszer and Moderna have already demonstrated that their vaccines prevent infection Just out of curiosity, were the trial participants instructed to avoid mask wearing and social distancing? I don't think you can accurately say the vaccine is ~95% effective if people are taking preventative measure...

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by mke717spotter
Fri Nov 13, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is the political polling business broken?
Replies: 32
Views: 2228

Re: Is the political polling business broken?

Most of the examples you have cited - the result was within the margin of error of the poll, so that cannot be considered failures of the system. It should be noted that RCP uses the most recent handful of polls to calculate their average, and near the end of the campaign there was a slew of polls ...

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by mke717spotter
Fri Nov 13, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is the political polling business broken?
Replies: 32
Views: 2228

Is the political polling business broken?

Although Trump has lost the election, the polls were still wrong to predict a landslide win for Joe Biden. It comes on the heels of the polling failure in 2016 when Trump shocked the pundits to claim the White House. We kept hearing over and over again after 2016 that they had fixed it. Well, its no...

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by mke717spotter
Tue Nov 10, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If he loses the 2020 election, wIll Trump run in 2024 and if so will it help or hinder the Republican party?
Replies: 116
Views: 7077

Re: If he loses the 2020 election, wIll Trump run in 2024 and if so will it help or hinder the Republican party?

Provided the vote numbers prove out after any challenges and recounts and Trump is ousted Even if you were to consider an unlikely scenario where they are actually able to present clear evidence of widespread voter fraud in multiple states, isn't it a certainty that there would be riots in the stre...

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by mke717spotter
Thu Nov 05, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Biden officially secures enough electors to become president
Replies: 2420
Views: 106385

Re: Official Election thread

Indeed, but a Republican nominee will fail in the nomination process without Trump's base, which this election is proving will likely be maintained if not egged on even further by whatever Trump launches in these next four years. If he isn't in prison or otherwise brought crumbling down by scandal ...

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by mke717spotter
Mon Nov 02, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Presidential Election Swing State Predictions
Replies: 122
Views: 7218

Re: US Presidential Election Swing State Predictions

Countries with successful mask mandates that have resulted in isolated and/or minimal community spread. South Korea reported minimal 2nd quarter GDP loss (below 5%) and is now reporting growth: https://www.wsj.com/articles/south-korean-economy-returns-to-growth-11603800971 Taiwan had the least 2nd ...

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by mke717spotter
Mon Nov 02, 2020 1:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: US Presidential Election Swing State Predictions
Replies: 122
Views: 7218

Re: US Presidential Election Swing State Predictions

An avalanche of polls came out today (Sunday) and its almost too much to sift through. My take is that a Trump victory isn't so far-fetched and he's definitely got a chance. While its going to be tough to come out on top in all of these states that are tight, a lot of them (Arizona, Texas, North Car...

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by mke717spotter
Sun Nov 01, 2020 2:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - Q4 2020
Replies: 321
Views: 28177

Re: COVID-19 Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - Q4 2020

UK today announced 4-week restrictions on non-essential travel including holidays in the UK and abroad. According to an article on Sky News "International travel out of the UK banned, except for work." Is this going to cause BA to scrap most (or even all) of their flights? I'm currently i...

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by mke717spotter
Sat Oct 31, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Possibly of Everything Closing Down Across Northern Hemisphere in Fall 2020
Replies: 309
Views: 28265

Re: Possibly of Everything Closing Down Across Northern Hemisphere in Fall 2020

Hopefully with Biden and progressives in control we will see a 6 week lockdown To help slow the spread of COVID19. We have anti science people at the White House now so we can expect to see this continue to spiral out of control. We will need a lockdown with fines to get this mess under control in ...

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by mke717spotter
Wed Oct 28, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Any possibility of WN adding MDW-MKE, PHX-TUS, and/or BWI-PHL/RIC nonstop service?
Replies: 12
Views: 995

Re: Any possibility of WN adding MDW-MKE, PHX-TUS, and/or BWI-PHL/RIC nonstop service?

I recall there was some speculation on this forum few years back about WN possibly starting MDW-MKE or PHX-TUS, but I think that coincided with them keeping the 717s, which they obviously didn't. For what its worth, MDW-MKE has been operated in the past by a different airline. I'm not very familiar ...

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by mke717spotter
Tue Sep 29, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fate of 717 post Delta
Replies: 192
Views: 35645

Re: Fate of 717 post Delta

Well, is the Midwest Express restart still happening?

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by mke717spotter
Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:35 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: American/British Airways ORD-LHR-NCL & Return Trip (Flying During COVID19)
Replies: 10
Views: 7245

Re: American/British Airways ORD-LHR-NCL & Return Trip (Flying During COVID19)

Thanks for the report, it's a great insight into flying at the moment. As surreal and underwhelming as the experience was, hopefully it's one you can look back on fondly in years to come when we're all (hopefully) crammed back on top of each other into those 9-abreast 787s! Rotten luck that your ex...

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by mke717spotter
Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: COVID-19: Heathrow to Keflavik 757 - swab tests and masks "in case of emergency, remember to take off your mask"
Replies: 2
Views: 6326

Re: COVID-19: Heathrow to Keflavik 757 - swab tests and masks "in case of emergency, remember to take off your mask"

Interesting trip report and nice pictures. I flew BA LHR-ORD towards the end of May and back then the airport was completely deserted, so judging from your pictures it looks like travel may have picked back up a bit. It will be interesting to see how long the UK sticks with their 14 day quarantine p...

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by mke717spotter
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:12 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-screening MKE717spotter
Replies: 2
Views: 2762

Re: Pre-screening MKE717spotter

Thank you for the feedback. Can you please recommend how to avoid compression? I am using Photoshop Elements 2020 and saving the image at the highest quality setting, but after resizing the image the quality greatly decreases.

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by mke717spotter
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: American/British Airways ORD-LHR-NCL & Return Trip (Flying During COVID19)
Replies: 10
Views: 7245

Re: American/British Airways ORD-LHR-NCL & Return Trip (Flying During COVID19)

rampbro wrote:
My cousin went to St. George's. He loved it, and is having a successful career. Haters gonna hate.

Haha right on!!!

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by mke717spotter
Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: In the Footsteps of Film Stars: The InterContinental Carlton Cannes and the French Riviera
Replies: 4
Views: 5402

Re: In the Footsteps of Film Stars: The InterContinental Carlton Cannes and the French Riviera

Good photos. The French Riviera does indeed look like a nice place. I've been to Paris a few times and although it doesn't seem to be as heralded as the Mediterranean areas in Spain and Italy, I'd like to visit Nice in the future.

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by mke717spotter
Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: American/British Airways ORD-LHR-NCL & Return Trip (Flying During COVID19)
Replies: 10
Views: 7245

Re: American/British Airways ORD-LHR-NCL & Return Trip (Flying During COVID19)

Thank you for the comments and I'm glad you all found it interesting. If it operates I've got my first COVID flight on Wednesday, so very interesting to see how things have changed. I have since flown domestically on Delta. They cap their flights at 60% capacity so with all the bad that's come out o...

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by mke717spotter
Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chicago Aviation Thread - 2020
Replies: 994
Views: 159547

Re: Chicago Aviation Thread - 2020

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AmricanShamrok wrote:
Let us know what your experience is like when you do arrive as passenger to T5.

In case you're still interested:

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by mke717spotter
Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:28 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: American/British Airways ORD-LHR-NCL & Return Trip (Flying During COVID19)
Replies: 10
Views: 7245

American/British Airways ORD-LHR-NCL & Return Trip (Flying During COVID19)

Hello and welcome to my latest trip report! Pretty much ever since I was young, I had my sights set on following in my dad's footsteps and becoming a physician. Sad to say, during college I was always more of a B than an A student so when it came to medical school admissions my grades unfortunately ...

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by mke717spotter
Thu Jun 11, 2020 4:20 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Old Souls-Delta MD-88 Last Flight RIC-ATL
Replies: 18
Views: 41189

Re: Old Souls-Delta MD-88 Last Flight RIC-ATL

Awesome trip report and pictures! I definitely wouldn't have expected them to let a crowd of people head down onto the ramp - what an awesome experience that must've been!

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by mke717spotter
Thu Jun 04, 2020 5:16 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Cleveland on a Delta A321, MD88, CRJ-900 & 737-900
Replies: 2
Views: 4290

Re: Cleveland on a Delta A321, MD88, CRJ-900 & 737-900

Nice photos. Looks like you had a nice variety of aircraft. Sounds like quite a tiring day of traveling, however. I don't think I could pull off that kind of trip without turning into a zombie. I can't sleep on planes at all.

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by mke717spotter
Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:53 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: [Video Only] Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 (ECONOMY) Milwaukee (MKE) - Orlando (MCO)
Replies: 1
Views: 2585

Re: [Video Only] Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 (ECONOMY) Milwaukee (MKE) - Orlando (MCO)

aviationMCO8 wrote:
I checked out Concourse E where Midwest used to be, it's all closed off now.

Midwest was actually in Concourse D. Northwest and then eventually Delta (post-merger) was in E.

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by mke717spotter
Wed Jun 03, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midwest wins lawsuit against Elite, continues comeback plans
Replies: 24
Views: 5088

Re: Midwest wins lawsuit against Elite, continues comeback plans

I have to say I'm fairly surprised they're still trudging forward. First they kept delaying their start, then the problem with Elite came up, and once the whole COVID-19 situation flared up I figured that would probably be the final nail in the coffin. Though maybe they would have had more of a mess...

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by mke717spotter
Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1226
Views: 276459

Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

I'm doing ORD-ATL-CHS-ATL on 5/31 with the last flight being on the MD-88. Then I'm going to spend a night at the famous Renaissance Concourse Hotel (I'm assuming it shouldn't be difficult to get a room facing the runway) before doing ATL-IAH the next morning on the MD-90. Its been a few days since...

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by mke717spotter
Thu May 28, 2020 3:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1226
Views: 276459

Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

I'm doing ORD-ATL-CHS-ATL on 5/31 with the last flight being on the MD-88. Then I'm going to spend a night at the famous Renaissance Concourse Hotel (I'm assuming it shouldn't be difficult to get a room facing the runway) before doing ATL-IAH the next morning on the MD-90. Just to follow up on this...

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by mke717spotter
Sun May 17, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1226
Views: 276459

Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

As someone who is based in the MKE area, the scarcity of flights makes it logistically difficult if not impossible to pull off one last trip on the MD-88s/90s without having to spend a night in ATL or elsewhere. Update: I found a series of reasonably priced flights and decided to pull the trigger. ...

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