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Yesterday, I had the chance to stay late and help out for an Atlas flight coming in to PSM.
Normally I don’t stay beyond my normal shift, but I decided to stay, because it was my only chance to see a Boeing 747 up close.
I have to say, I never thought I’d have fun helping out :).
Our 744 was actually running 2 hours late (oh no!), and arrived around 9:30pm. It taxied down the wrong taxiway in which everyone but me (I was focused on the airplane) wasn’t really happy about it haha.
After we chocked the wheels, we then began the normal airline stuff with catering, fueling, trash, Lavatory, and other services.
I did get a chance to actually go inside the 747, and it was My very first time on a Boeing 747!!. I even went up stairs and was surprised to see it was more narrow than the main cabin downstairs.
The aircraft was configured 2-2-2 Business (nose had a 1-2-1), and 2-2 business upstairs. All had personal IFE’s installed. Then the aircraft had the traditional 3-4-3 economy layout, which they unfortunately did not have IFE’s and had the overhead TV’s instead.
I did not take pictures as I was helping out with catering at the moment, but it was a blast helping out over wing!
After boarding was complete, the plane was then pushed back. I actually had to sprint to move the fuel truck away from the airplane, and instead got Jet Blasted pretty hard (ended up blowing a jug from the Lav Truck about 50 feet near the terminal fence). It was a strong blast, but thankfully nothing was toppled sideways.
I then proceeded to go home as the other final atlas came in for the night.
Hope you liked this topic, now here are some pictures!
Everything prepared on standby for the arrival of our plane
Missed the taxiway it was supposed to come down to. Oh well
Turning to face us now
After finishing marshaling. This plane was HUGE. It was nearly tall as the building!
Hanging out in the fuel truck about to move the truck into position
Just stunning being up here
Before pushing back the aircraft.
After pushing back. It finally left around 11:30pm.