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The 12th Plane

Boeing painted up a 747-8F in a special Seahawks Livery.. check it out

From Seattle Spotting 2014
From Seattle Spotting 2014
From Seattle Spotting 2014

First Spotting session for 2014

So it may have been a failed day of spotting today at Boeing Field while the third Boeing 787-9 flew donuts over Moses Lake when it should of been coming back to Seattle (damn it!). Still managed to get a good amount of photos of what felt like every bizjet coming into Seattle.

From Seattle Spotting 2014
From Seattle Spotting 2014
From Seattle Spotting 2014
From Seattle Spotting 2014
From Seattle Spotting 2014
From Seattle Spotting 2014

Sunday Night Avgeek Porn

Well as the weekend comes to a close I spend most of my time working pn photos from the weekends spotting. But this Saturday morning allowed something a little bit special… some Mt Rainier goodness, but I will let the photos do the talking.

American Airlines - 777-300ER

American Airlines – 777-300ER

Cathay Pacific Cargo - 747-8F

Cathay Pacific Cargo – 747-8F

Air India - 787-8

Air India – 787-8

Worth It

United States Air Force - Boeing VC-25A 92-9000 aka Air Force One

United States Air Force – Boeing VC-25A 92-9000 aka Air Force One

Nothing else needs to be said

Just Because its an Awesome Photo

paesunrise

This morning at Paine Field gave for some amazing sun and reflections.

MCM10K Photos

The Photos from my trip are now up (more or less). While I ponder over if I should purchase any of the official photos (they are NOT cheap almost $80 for 3 photos) here is a few for you to check out:

From Marine Corp Marathon 10K
From Marine Corp Marathon 10K
From Marine Corp Marathon 10K
From Marine Corp Marathon 10K
From Marine Corp Marathon 10K
From Marine Corp Marathon 10K
From Marine Corp Marathon 10K
From Marine Corp Marathon 10K

The full album is here

Marine Corp Marathon 10K

Dorkfest 2013

No full trip report on yesterday’s trip down to LAX for Dorkfest but just a brief overview of what was a pretty good day.  I got to go down to LAX last year for Dorkfest and at the time, David joined me.  However this time it was just me on my own.  I didn’t mind, there was plenty of Avgeeks around to chat to etc.  I had picked up the flights super cheap so again like last year it was just a same day turn.  But this year I was going down on Virgin, coming back on Delta.  Not only would I get to try out Delta’s new service on their own metal between LAX and Seattle, I would have a double wammy in that I would be starting my requalification off early.  30 status credits in the bank (which is just under 10% towards requalification) within 2 days of starting again?  Sign me up!

The flight down with Virgin was pretty average.  The onboard crew were not the usual you would expect from Virgin and in fact felt more like flying United.  The whole morning with Virgin America was a shambles.  No recognition of status with Virgin Australia so that meant if I had not of even pushed for it, I would of been stuck in the giant security lines.  The person who checked me in even said and I quote “This line is for those flying First Class only, you shouldn’t be here unless you wanted to upgrade”… ummmm I don’t think so!  The little Gold Card in my hand should be worth something!  The only good thing about SeaTac in the morning is that they seem to have expanded the amount of coffee outlets in the terminal and there is now 2 in the B concourse so it means that the one right out at the end of the pier is empty when the close one fills up.  Perfect!  The funniest thing was my TSA experience which was pretty good considering the usual suspects, but one of the guys working the bag scanner had a good joke about my camera gear telling me I “need more lenses”.  I commented back that I was only going for the day so didn’t want to bring them all.  He joked back “Well you sure as hell brought one that is big enough”.  Ahhh the Bigma… getting comments everywhere!

Dorkfest was great, and it was great catching up with some people, getting some tips and just generally talking shop.  I did manage to score myself the new Boeing Calendar.  No one else seemed to want it and I was going to buy it myself anyway, so figured why the hell not!  Also scored an Etihad A340-600 model… that made me happy.  The days spotting was hit and miss though.  I missed out on the KLM MD-11 because it went North when I went South.  I did catch a couple of One World aircraft and also got the Eva Airlines Star Alliance, so the day was not a total failure.  National Car rental made it a tough morning as the variety on the lot wasn’t that huge, but there was a number of Challengers to choose from.  Though next time I might try the Kia Optima that they had (some of them were Hybrids).  The weather was amazing, the sunburn was avoided.  It was a great day out!

The flight back with Delta was probably one of my highlights for the day.   Security at T5 was pretty empty and the TSA screener even wished me a “pleasant trip Malcolm” which was nice.  The SkyClub staff were great and we had a little discussion about how nice and handy the new Virgin cards are.  At least with Delta being a Virgin Aus gold means something.  T5 is a bit of a mess though, can’t wait for them to hurry up and finish all the work that is going on.  I left the Skyclub a bit early (After snagging Salmon 30 Salmon in REALLY nice light) to get a better seat and was told “take my pick.. its wide open”.  Exit row it is! I was originally slated for a CRJ-900 flight, direct back to SeaTac.  Though for some reason as I stepped onboard it was 3-3 and my brain didn’t even flag it for a good 3 or 4 minutes and then it went…. umm WHAT THE HELL!  We must of been equipment swapped.  The crew had mentioned onboard that tonights load was 33.  That is one EMPTY plane and it made for the best service onboard.  Hand service of snacks and drinks, crew who wanted to do everything to please you cause they had nothing else to do.  I had a full 3 rows of 6 seats to myself.  Two of those rows were exit rows!  Having 18 seats to spread out on is a bit much.

By the end of the day we were early into SeaTac, and I was hopping off my flight and things just timed well. I managed to make the light rail back to the station within seconds of it pulling out and within half an hour of that I was driving into the Apartments driveway.. Can’t beat that for a day in the sun!

Crankyflier Dorkfest 2013

So Pretty

Well as i mentioned yesterday I got to go to the first flight of the 787-9 and instead of talking more about it… just check out the prettyness

click for bigger images ;)

National Aviation Day #Avgeek Porn

Since it’s National Aviation Day today, heres some of my favourite photos from the last 12 months, really lets just call a spade a spade… its Avgeek Porn :D

From Qatar Artistic & Spotting

Qatar Airways 787 at Boeing Field on its delivery night.

From ANA Ambassador Spotting & Artistic

ANA 787 at San Jose Airport

From Aviation Nation Spotting

F-22 Lightning II at Nellis Air Force Base

From Seattle Spotting 2013

Uzbekistan 767-300ER at Paine Field

From Seattle Spotting 2013

American Airlines 737 at Paine Field at Sunset

From LAX Spotting 2013

British Airways 747-400 Climbing out of LAX at Sunset

Life is boring… so here is some #avgeek porn

O how life has become so boring for me lately. Workout, Work, Eat, Sleep rinse repeat. To be honest though, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have been working hard this week getting more serious about my training and with two days of running (Monday & Thursday), two swims so far this week (Tuesday & Thursday), I have been pushing it hard.

But other than working out, what has been going on in mal’s life? Well to be honest, not much. So here is some photos of planes, this should keep the #avgeek friends of mine happy:

Norwegian Air Shuttle’s first 787

From Seattle Spotting 2013

Qatar Airways Cargo 777F

From Seattle Spotting 2013

A Hello Kitty painted Eva Airways A330

From ANA Ambassador Spotting & Artistic

Singapore Airlines New 777-300ER

From Seattle Spotting 2013

The ANA 787 that took me to Japan last month

From ANA Ambassador Spotting & Artistic

KLM MD-11 sucking in some Vapor at LAX

From LAX Spotting June 2013

Star Alliance painted 777-300ER from ANA departing LAX

From LAX Spotting June 2013

A Phillipines 777-300ER departing Vancouver

From Memorial Day Spotting

Transaero 777-300 in New York

From Memorial Day Spotting