I thought it would be fun to do a chronicle of my travel adventures at 2017 Warbird Weekend. I will be updating this as the day goes on and will include pictures if possible. Forgive spelling and grammar as I am on the go. For more information on Warbird Weekend click HERE
Thursday 8:30 am
I received my email from American that it was time to check in. I don’t know why but I always feel the need to check in as soon as possible. I jump on IFATC slack and chat with some of the other controllers who are going so we can plan where to meet. Josh, Sam, Gary, Cameron, Misha, Seb are the ones I know going outside of the usual gang of Jason, Mark, Tyler, and the FDS crew.
Friday 3:00 am
I woke up. Why did I get a 5am flight? Let’s work backwards. The flight takes off at 5:05 am. They start boarding at 4:35 am. I need to be there a little early to get through security so say 4:15. Takes me 30 minutes to get there so that’s 3:45. Plus time for food, 3:30. Wow. Why did I do this again? My wife would not go through this effort to meet her Candy Crush friends lol. PS I cut it really close on time…
Friday 4:00 am
Whataburger breakfast… The perfect way to start your travel day! I am currently right downwind of the drivethrough wndow.
Friday - San Antonio Airport
I live in the San Antonio area which means that for me to get anywhere I usually must stop in Dallas first. It’s not a horrible flight as it is about 40 minutes and Dallas gives me a plethora of places to eat. The good thing about the hop is that it quickly builds up my status which was a bonus after I moved. The San Antonio airport is on the smaller side with about 24 gates total. The small size comes in handy to help keep the security lines to a minimum. There are two terminals, Terminal A is for Southwest and Delta, Terminal B is for American and United. Both terminals have their own security checkpoint to it helps to expedite entry. The airport is under construction at the moment, so parking is a complete mess, but it will be worth is when it is complete.
Sadly, American is retiring their MD80s so majority of the flights from KSAT to KDFW are on an A321. They are newer and have in flight entertainment in the seats. Due to me traveling so much for work, I have gained enough points and miles that I was able to get first class seats. The first-class section is smaller, but the seats are comfortable and with plenty of leg room. Before you bash me for flying first, I am 6’6" and these are my knees, so I will take any leg room I can get.
For those who like to airplane stalk, American flight AA2332 from KSAT to KDFW.
Time to board, will check in once I get in-flight wifi.