Sunset over the rocky mountains, as seen at cruising altitude in N33292, a Continental Airlines Boeing 737-824.
This 737 rolled off the line in 2004. Didn’t catch the registration as I was the last person aboard and hurrying.
“Negative, ghostrider, the pattern is full”
about to buzz the tower at Sea-Tac at 330 knots in a widebody 787… (this did not end well)
A runway is closed at Portland International Airport after a F-15 fighter jet blew a tire while landing.
Crews are cleaning up tire debris but commercial air traffic hasn’t been affected, said Kama Simonds, a spokeswoman for the Port of Portland. No injuries were reported.
The 142nd Fighter Wing of the Oregon National Guard is taking part in F-15 night-flying exercises this week, the Oregon Military Department said. They began Monday and will last until Thursday.
|—||Kate Mather, The Oregonian 12/07/2011 6:47 PM|
While I should be sleeping, considering I need to wake up around 3am, I couldn’t help doing some touch-and-go’s in a 787 simulation.
In this photo, I’m on the short-final into KBFI, Boeing Field, in Seattle… and United 747 decided at that moment to roll forward for the hold point to cross right in front of me.
Instead of a go-around, being very low on fuel, I shot the landing anyway, and greased it with half the runway to spare.
I was taking pictures of a Boeing 777 paint-ferry leaving Portland one afternoon, and noticed an old man watching the runway, as rapt as I was.
Out of the blue, I went over to talk to him, wondering if he was there to see the 777 departure too, but he didn’t know about it, but lit up like a christmas tree.
We talked airplanes for a good while, and before I left, he left me his card. Adron F. Hall, Oceanographer, retired. He asked me to email him photos of the incredible sierra hotel departure the Boeing pilots made, and since then, we’ve exchanged a few emails.
This afternoon, just before my first flight to South America, I received this email from him about his tabulated flying data:
I have flown 303,380 miles on 368 flights. Airplane tally is 46 different types on 35 airlines. 68 flights have been on B-737s, the first in Dec. 1968, Fayetteville, NC, to Wilmington, NC. I had invited a nursing major from UNC-W to take a flight to see if she wanted to be a stewardess. She did, but never did follow thru!
Also, I have landed/took off at my hometown airport of Wilmington, NC (ILM) 36 times, the first times in Piedmont Airlines Martin 404s and a DC-3. My greatest # of flights have been in/out of MSY (New Orleans)=95, and PDX (Portland, OR) 43 trips.
Recently I landed/departed my 100th airport, ABQ (Albuquerque, NM) on Southwest Airlines enroute PDX-MSY.
I guess the most incredible flight was Washington, DC to LAX to HNL to Guam to Okinawa to Taipei, Taiwan…was 29 hrs on TWA Flt. 2, their round-the-world flight. TWA Flight 1 went the other way, i.e., clockwise around the globe!!
And lastly, Delta has flown me on 50 flights and United 38. But an interesting # is a combined 99 flights on Piedmont and US Airways (Piedmont was taken over by US Air….about 4-5 years ago, US Airways adopted Piedmont’s color scheme for their aircraft - - made me feel quite good for my first little airline there in NC…it started up in Winston-Salem.)
My first flight was on an Eastern Constellation Raleight-Durham, NC to CHI to attend Navy boot camp.
Flying is fun, except the 10-hr. treks across the Pacific and the Atlantic!!