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Airports With Sentimental Value- Mine Is CVG

Sat Apr 02, 2016 5:46 am

Hello,
I recently was afforded the opportunity to fly back to an airport that has a special meaning to me- CVG.
In 2006 I trained for Comair, Delta Connection in CVG. Last week, nearly 10 years to the month, I was able to return and look around at what's left of the airport. Ghost town! I went to get lunch at Gold Star Chili at the food court. I noticed that they have a Burgers Bagels where the Gold star used to be. I do see that McDonald's and Chic-Fil-A were right where they were last time. Also, new, are power port tables. Defiantly didn't have those in 2008! I sat by the window, which was once great for spotting. I did not see any airplanes that day; however.
I see the pig statue is now gone from terminal A. I was told he now sits outside security. Obviously, the biggest change was the closing of the Comair/Regional terminal. I spent most of my time there in 2008. I would also love to ride the bus back and forth to kill time. I also recall walking towards the end of B, onto the carpeted area where the international heavies used to fly out of. There was nothing when I went a few days ago; however, I do see a single daily (?) CDG flight from DL. I was also able to find the entry to where I was trained, to the right of the Panda Express. 10 years later, I cannot recall the door code!

I will never forget in 2006, when I was 19 I met a cute girl working the FOX News store. We chatted briefly about the President being in town as we read the newspaper. When I went back, I did not see her there. I can only hope she moved onto bigger and better by now!

Let's here yours! Any airports have a soft spot in your heart?

[Edited 2016-04-01 22:54:47]

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Airports With Sentimental Value- Mine Is CVG

Sat Apr 02, 2016 6:00 am

I lived in Cincinnati 1993-1997. Delta's new terminal was not yet built when I first got there. Concourse B was in place, but it was connected to the former terminal at ground level (by an older concourse) rather than via the underground tram.I flew USAir and Northwest into the airport's original terminal 1 on a regular basis. There were ground level jetways.

Sometimes, I flew UA/AA/CO/TW out of Terminal 2. I recall how narrow the concourse was. Really no holding rooms. I think there were kiosks rather than shops there.

Going back to the 80's, both AA and TW had Club Rooms there. Not sure where exactly, but I have old timetables that indicate locations.

When the commair terminal was first built, it was in many ways ahead of its time for a commuter terminal.

I used to drive often to DAY/SDF/LEX/IND for lower fares. Much of the time, I would fly a DL 727 from those cities, back through CVG, and on to my final destination. Loved those short hops!

To answer the original question, the airport close to my heart is Boston Logan.

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Airports With Sentimental Value- Mine Is CVG

Sat Apr 02, 2016 2:59 pm

Quoting zrs70 (Reply 1):
Going back to the 80's, both AA and TW had Club Rooms there. Not sure where exactly, but I have old timetables that indicate locations.

The TWA club was located in the mezzanine across from and above the ticket counter.

I will always remember the Saturday only TWA L-1011 that flew STL-CVG-STL in the late70s-early 80s. At one point, TWA overnighted five airplanes at CVG. Two 707-131Bs, one 727-231 and two DC-9-15s. AA had 707s and 727s on the other side of the terminal.
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Airports With Sentimental Value- Mine Is CVG

Sat Apr 02, 2016 8:11 pm

I don't think I understand the title of this thread.

Are you talking about airports that have some sort of "sentimental" meaning to you or airports that have been constructed with various combinations of materials, i.e., "semimetal" and "semiconcrete?"

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Airports With Sentimental Value- Mine Is CVG

Sat Apr 02, 2016 8:17 pm

Quoting e38 (Reply 3):

While there is a typo, I think the thread content clarifies things.
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Airports With Sentimental Value- Mine Is CVG

Sun Apr 03, 2016 3:32 am

Quoting e38 (Reply 3):
constructed with various combinations of materials

This one. Sorry for the confusion. Let's continue.....................
 
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Airports With Sentimental Value- Mine Is CVG

Sun Apr 03, 2016 5:02 am

DEN and MSP, as they both contain post offices.
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RE: Airports With Sentimental Value- Mine Is CVG

Tue Apr 05, 2016 6:51 pm

I would have to say FLL holds a very sentimental meaning to me. I was born in Plantation and lived there for four years before my family moved to New Jersey. I think my first flight was a US Airways airplane (not sure what they were flying to PHL in 2000 from FLL) and I loved it. Throughout my summers in elementary school, we would come back to Florida and visit family, and my mom would always take me to that aircraft observation lot just south of what is now Runway 10L, right next to the animal shelter. There, my love for aviation grew and that helped me realize that I wanted to become an airline pilot. Here I am, 16 years later, and FLL is now my local airport as I attend university in Boca Raton for aviation management with flightt training. I still go back to that little lot to watch the airplanes, as my wonder and love for aviation continues to grow.
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RE: Airports With Sentimental Value- Mine Is CVG

Tue Apr 05, 2016 8:39 pm

From a passenger perspective: BDL My hometown airport growing up, fell in love with DL and have fond memories of flying 762s and a on rare occasions 763's out of BDL in the 90's. The airport and DL for that matter have come a long way since then.

However, BAF will always hold a special place in my heart, the airport where I first took to the skies at 12, soloed at 16, got my PPL at 17, Instrument Rating (with a checkride in actual) at 18 before heading off to college, and my Commercial at 23 when I took some time off between jobs.
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RE: Airports With Sentimental Value- Mine Is CVG

Tue Apr 05, 2016 9:58 pm

Quoting deltaguy767 (Reply 8):

From a passenger perspective: BDL My hometown airport growing up, fell in love with DL and have fond memories of flying 762s and a on rare occasions 763's out of BDL in the 90's. The airport and DL for that matter have come a long way since then.

I remember DL flying the L1011 BDL-BOS, and on to BDA. DL used to have a Crown Room at BDL.
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RE: Airports With Sentimental Value- Mine Is CVG

Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:53 am

My hometown airport, EVV. My grandmother lived across US41 from the old terminal, and I remember going to visit her and jets taking off/landing and rattling the windows in her house. I went home for Christmas and flew into EVV for the first time in years, a lot of changes since my last time there and I saw there is plans for other changes too. Maybe in 2 or 3 years when I fly into there again I'll see those changes.
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RE: Airports With Sentimental Value- Mine Is CVG

Wed Apr 06, 2016 3:47 am

LTN for me, where my granddad used to take me a child and got me into the bug.

The place used to be very quiet, you could spend an hour there with no movements, though there was often something interesting on the ground in the form of an IL76, DC8 or something even more exotic like a N262 or Vanguard. To witness the arrival of U2 then W6 before I left and the transformation to what it is now is kind of bitter sweet when I go back.

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RE: Airports With Sentimental Value- Mine Is CVG

Wed Apr 06, 2016 5:38 pm

Quoting zrs70 (Reply 9):
I remember DL flying the L1011 BDL-BOS, and on to BDA. DL used to have a Crown Room at BDL.

Yes indeed, the Crown Room Club at BDL was quite small and tucked away upstairs in the old Terminal B. Many a fond memory of my family and I waiting in the lounge to board our Delta Express flight to Florida or mainline to ATL or CVG. In or out of BDL, In fact my only flight on a 727 was on DL BDL-CVG. DL sent, and still sends a wide variety of a/c up to BDL in a given year, and surprisingly still has quite a strong Medallion base in the area.
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