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Delta Airlines MD-88, CRJ 200, and WMU Summer Aviation Camp

Discussion in 'Trip Experiences' started by Shawn White, Jul 2, 2014.

  1. Shawn White

    Shawn White Hangar Silver Member I

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    This last week I had the opportunity to fly up to Kalamazoo with Delta Airlines on their MD88's and CRJ200's, and then I spent a couple days at Western Michigan University taking part in their aviation camp. I got to visit air traffic control towers, the fire-fighting and emergency response department of the Battle Creek Airport, visit the Air Zoo, and even fly in the incredible Cirrus SR-20. I can only post a fraction of the pictures and videos I took, but here are just a few; they are from 6 different flights, 5 days of travelling, and are in no particular order .
    -Shawn

    GOPR3680.JPG GOPR3681.JPG GOPR3694.JPG GOPR3781.JPG GOPR3686.JPG GOPR3778.JPG GOPR3684.JPG
     
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    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    Great job on the pics! WMU is a fine aviation specialty school. My brother flies an Archer out of AZO. I love the SR-71 and the omni universal F-15 flight sim at the Airzoo.
     
  3. Shawn White

    Shawn White Hangar Silver Member I

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    I should also mention that there is not much of a window view when sitting in the back of the MD-88. :eek:
     
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    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    Been there, done that!
     
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    R. M. ANDERSON Hangar Bronze Member III

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    Last row in any rear engine aircraft is called riding in the engine room or torture chamber.
    That area should be reserved for top side cargo or the airlines should PAY YOU to ride
    there. That is the whole area back of the rear catering-emergency exits. When the 727's
    were flying you had the third engine on top of you messing with your brain cells.

    Oh and nice PIX - thanks for sharing !
     
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    Ditto on RMAnderson's engine room comments. I was going to say, the windows in the back of an MD88 could be opaque, and the view would still be better than the sound! Alternatively, on the flight deck... so quiet at times, just like floating.
     
  7. Lord Leighton

    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    Yea, I sat there on one DC-9 flight too. Ya hear the engines droning in perfect sync resonance. LOUDLY lol.
     
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    Got the tee shirt?:)
     
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    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    They didn't make T-shirts of "scenic" places back then. :rolleyes:
     
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    I would have enjoyed that too. Even at my age.
     
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    Just sit in the back of a DC9-30, there were no engine synchronizers on that series until the DC9-50. Believe me, there was one heck of a difference when the 50 came along. The biggest thing to worry about rather than the noise was an uncontained engine failure.
     
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    Many times. Still a great airplane.
     
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    My first DC9 was a series 32 of Balair Switzerland,relable but very small,could still climb well though.
     
  14. Lord Leighton

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    Yea, like the people killed because of that failure years back. I was thinking of just that while sitting just there too.
     
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    The sound was loud, but it didn't bother me too much. It was just the lack of a window view that bothered me. Other rear-engined planes like the CRJ's have the noise also, but at least they still have a view. The thought of an uncontained engine failure did cross my mind, but I decided not to think about it too much, since there were no other free seats on the plane. :p
     
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    Me too. Now I always sit further ahead, but as Shawn said, there were no other free seats available, so at times one can't be too picky.
     
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    Thanks for posting the pics Shawn, they are great! :)
     

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