Southwest Airlines Private Tour

I’ve had these pictures on my computer for quite sometime and figured that it would be a great opportunity to give you guys a feeling of what it’s like for an aircraft to undergo a 12Y inspection. I apologize for the lower quality photos, as bringing my main DSLR was a bit more obtrusive. Most of these photos were taken in the maintenance hangars there at Dallas Love Field (KDAL). Some areas that I was not able to get photos of were inside the flight dispatch, and crew scheduling areas within the Network Operations Control Center (NOC). I hope you guys enjoy this as much as I did. There’s more to an airplane than just starting the engines, talking on the radios, and landing with your passengers at the destination safely.

Full Motion Sims

Smoke Sim (for practicing smoke in the cockpit and other procedures prior to moving to full motion sim)

Network Operations Control Center (NOC). The group that I was with can be seen here as well as the main operations on the other side of the glass.

Aircraft we toured

737 stripped down inside. All galley were removed as well.

Looking at the first few rows

Front Baggage area looking aft

Main cowling peeled away for inspections

Floor pulled back for inspections under first 2 rows
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Front Baggage area looking forward at the avionics bay.
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Tail inspection panels removed
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Nose cone lifted to showing onboard weather radar

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Wow! Very cool pictures! Thanks for Sharing :)

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Wow! Very cool indeed, nice pictures! Hope you enjoyed.

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How’d you get a tour? Seems very cool

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Very cool tour, nice photos :)

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Alumni from the university that I went to offered to take a select few on this tour. I drew one of the lucky straws.😉

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Awesome pictures! Thanks for sharing with us :)

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@Southwest_CLE_Ramper been there? Done that?

Love Southwest Airlines! I always fly them.

There is no first class on Southwest though…

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That’s really neat! Thanks for sharing.

Thanks for catching that.👍🏼 I’m used to all other airlines that have a true first class. 😁

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The nose cone is called the radome by the way the photos are excellent

It’s not like I’m fully aware that it’s called a radome. I fly regional jets bud. It’s called using plain English for a forum that is not very vocabulary inclined.

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Interesting. I have 4 friends who are pilots for SWA…one from high school, two from college and one second cousin. 3 are ex-military. All seem to enjoy being with Southwest…history wise it seems to be one of the more stable airlines to work for.

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Southwest would be an amazing airline to work for, based on the things that I’ve seen and the things I’ve heard.

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Great pictures! Thanks for sharing. I’ve always wanted to hop in one of those sims. That has to be a cool experience. It’s amazing to see how some of the inner workings are routed through the aircraft.

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Absolutely love it! 😊😊

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One of these days i’ll get to our NOC at SWA. My g/f has been there a few times as she’s got a few friends at dispatch (this has come in handy many times with holding flights for our CLE customers who would have misconnected) and she’s told me about how awesome it is. Great shots man thanks for sharing!!

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Really nice pictures, must have been a good experience.

Awesome! It’s nice to see what these aircrafts are doing when they’re not flying and how these pilots get trained ;)

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