Remarks: The former N287AV has received a proper Ecuadorian registration number. I shot this in the pre-dawn hours at GYE while waiting for the continuation of my LAN flight to Quito and Miami after arriving from Madrid. I was in transit from London to Orlando and took this rather circuitous routing on account of the Icelandic volcano ash cloud.
Remarks: Looking suspiciously like Air Force One, this flight's call sign was "SAM 29000 Heavy". President Obama did indeed visit Boston this day, but flew in by Marine One helo from Portland, ME. The VC-25 is at this point being ferried down from Pease, NH and is really nothing more than just another Air Force transport jet without the Commander-In-Chief aboard. Later that evening the aircraft gained its rightful call sign as Obama used it to get back down to Andrews. What do they do, Armor All those tires?
Remarks: North American 126 Heavy is rolling on Runway 33, destination Birmingham, AL. The UConn Huskies are en route to the Papajohns.com Bowl at Legion Field in Birmingham, playing against South Carolina's Gamecocks. The Huskies won the game, 20-7.
Remarks: Big trouble in New York this day, at least for air traffic. Storms forced 8 New York-area bound flights into Bradley Airport; here we can see two of those flights. Delta 384 from Georgetown, Guyana to JFK and Mercury 5974 from Atlanta to Westchester County sit in the alley between Terminal A and the closed part of Terminal B.
Remarks: When the weather's bad down in New York, Bradley often takes on the look of a major international airport. That's what happened this day, as storms forced 8 New York-bound flights into BDL to wait out the heavy stuff. Austrian 87 from Vienna, Northwest 849 from Rome and Cargolux 778 from Luxembourg (all bound for JFK) make BDL's Postal Service ramp their home for a couple of hours.
Remarks: The best diversion of the day - heck, the best diversion of the year here at BDL! As if 12 hours from Doha to the United States weren't enough time in this 777, the passengers got an extra couple of hours to enjoy the plane standing still on the ground here in Windsor Locks. In this image Qatari 83 Heavy is finally underway from Runway 6 for the quick trip over to JFK; the flight diverted to Bradley on account of severe storm activity down in New York.
Remarks: Redwood 353 to San Francisco is climbing out from Runway 22R. This same aircraft, in full Skybus livery, operated the first Skybus flight into Hartford (Chicopee/Westover) in July 2007. Looks like that bright orange paint came off nicely after all.