Yesterday Aaron and I both flew into Dallas/Ft. Worth for one of the largest of many airline enthusiasts’ conventions, Airliners International 2008. I was stuck flying on American, but only because AUS-MEM-DFW-MEM-AUS isn't doable.
If you've never heard of AI, don't worry, neither had I, but it's definitely something to see. Imagine a football field sized area filled with airline geeks and their various memorabilia. We met one guy who said he had over 100,000 timetables! Not hard to believe if you had seen his booth! Aaron ended up talking in German with one man from Vienna.
There was seriously everything from bag tags to first class china from airlines all over the world and going back as far as aviation itself. Aaron and I both loaded up on historical timetables. In past conventions Aaron has bought some dating back to the ‘60s.
Aaron's selection is going to be used to add additional Discontinued Flights to the site over the next few months. In case you're wondering, it's amazing to watch him in action, I've never seen anyone who could simply look at any timetable, let's say Northwest April 1994 and say "Nope, the route we want isn't in that one," and move on without even opening it. We picked through thousands before finding the bunch we needed.
I hope you will love the new routes coming online. While I can't tell for sure what all of them will be, I can say some are going to be extremely surprising and interesting. Just one to look forward to is Amsterdam-Orlando on board a KLM DC-10.
After the convention and lunch, where we discussed some interesting SimAirline.net future topics that we know you're going to love, we headed over to the C.R. Smith American Airlines Museum.
If you've never been there, it's full of American memorabilia including a DC-3, Fokker 100 cockpit, and several engines. American also showed a movie in an IMAX theater full of their old first class seats highlighting their heritage, spirit, history, and patriotism, which included a theme song that's still stuck in my head."One thing that always amazes me is just how big everything in aviation is—the GE CF6 is a good seven feet tall, and even the small DC-3 is massive in comparison with anything in our daily lives.
Afterwards we took a cab back to DFW to catch our flights home, bags filled with purchases. Aaron's flight left over an hour before mine so I decided to try for standby on the earlier flights back to Austin. In the end, the first flight was overbooked but I made it on the second and ended up sitting next to one of the Harlem Globetrotters. That was cool but the second to last row on an MD-80 is not fun. If you want loud, try sitting in 31A.
After a long and fascinating day, the icing on the cake was going through the old timetables in detail today. Want to hear about massive capacity? How about Northwest’s old domestic 747s or DC-10s? BOS-DCA in a 757?
Over the next few weeks we hope to continue our record of having the most choices as the additional Discontinued Flights start coming online. All in all a totally awesome trip. Next year's convention is being held in Orlando, and I do hope you'll be able to join us. For more details visit their website here.
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