Was the L-1011 flying into KCMH or KLCK? I ask because there was a similar discussion regarding an ATA military chartered L-1011 flying into Rickenbacker earlier in the week. Could the DC-10 have been NWA? They’re about the only US passenger airline that I know of that still flies these classics, until ATA buys them when NW ceases it’s DC-10 operations. Perhaps it’s another ATA flight? I’m not sure if they use the DCs yet or not, but that’s their plan once they retire the Lockheeds.
–I know, it’s a big game of musical chairs [with wings].
I saw that discussion on the L1011 earlier in the week. Both the L1011 and DC-10 were into CMH. The L1011 was ATA and the DC-10 was OAE (Omni Air Express). I am a great fan of both these tri-jets and have done extensive flying on both in the past. I think the last time I took a DC-10 was 1986 on Continental to Auckland NZ. Last time on a L1011 was to Honolulu in '95. I miss them both and really wanted to try and get on a NWA flight before they disapear into Charter service only which is definately NOT the same. I flew from Gatwick to ATL last year on the B772 with Delta and its just not the same. I’m not really able to put my finger on it but there was something about the older widebodies that appealed to me.
What really bugs me is how CMH has turned into such a rj dominated airport other than SWA(B73X), DAL(B73X,MD80), NWA(DC-9,A319/20), AWE(A320), UAL(B73X), and USA(B73X) are about the only planes coming in now other than the regional jets. Its sad to think 5 years ago the mix was so much nicer. Its pretty sad when a B757 coming in is a “big” plane. I don’t get to LCK much although I see the B741/2’s coming in from PANC most of the time right over my home and that is ALWAYS a thrill. The A-124 was great and I’m going to try and get there in the morning to see if I can snap a pic or 2 before it departs.