I spent 38 years roaming the skies over North America, Asia and Europe and would like to share those experiences with others. Landing, 12R, MSP, 757-300, 4/16/04
Congratulations! Hopefully, you won't have to wait too long for school and will soon fill your hand with throttles. Good luck!
Wow..the Queen of the Skies!!! Congratulations Rand!! That is going to be awesome!! I bet school can't come quick enough!
And we can't wait to hear about it! Congratulations Rand!!!
Wow, congrats Rand!! I would be sad to say goodbye to the 757/767 series though!! Those long hauls are tough on the body. ;)Joe
Wow! A great opportunity Rand! You are joining a great tradition.Delta had 5 of them in domestic service early 70's and I worked on an industry engineering group to standardize the bag/cargo containers on 747/DC10/L1011. When I saw it at Boeing (1967?) I thought "no way THAT can fly." Boeing lost the airlift contract won by Lockheed C-5, and developed their swing-nose design into the 747, thus the upper deck and First Class all the way to the radome. Delta also leased 5 DC10's to bridge the L1011 delay from Rolls' bankruptcy. I think ONE Delta captain (McMahon) was the only guy to fly all three. He also saved an L1011 with a runaway horiz stabilizer by flying it back to LAX using differential thrust from the center engine for pitch control - he had to improvise that in about 15 minutes before it climbed into the coffin corner.
Mr. Peck, I've been reading your blog for quite some time now. I am an aviation enthusiast (only 18) and my favorite plane of all time is the queen of the skies, the 744. You are such a lucky man and I cannot wait to read your adventures through indoc etc. as you transition to the best bird in the new DAL's fleet. Please keep this blog frequently updated, I can't wait to see it!
Captain Rand:My office is right at 494/France and I sometimes wonder whether you are at the controls of one of the many DL 757s I see taking off every day. Now I'll think the same thing when I see DL 619 doing her thing on the way to NRT. What a machine!Congratulations, and we look forward to stories and pictures from aboard the big bird!Bob
Congratulations Rand! Keep us updated when you get time :)
Truly a fitting aircraft to command for you. The crew and passengers that fly with you will be well served!
RandThat is so cool. Congratulations.Devan
Wow! That's great news - Congratulations!
Capt Schmoe, Mark, Bruce, Joe, Don, Bob, Chris, Anonymous, Devan and Sarah,Thanks so much for your enthusiastic response to my news, it's much appreciated, I can't wait to get started. I suspect though that with only one -400 simulator and many in front of me already it will be a while. That's OK, it will give me more time for self-study and to arrive prepared. NWA in the past had been great about allowing me to photograph and document my training, I'm hoping for the same from DAL. We'll see.Thank you again and my Paris pics should be up tomorrow.Rand
hey rand,thats great news.twin otter to 747 capt. thats a record even len morgan would be proud of! call me crazy,but i still love the dc-9 stories. congrats
Wow, congratulations. Will you still be flying out of DTW? My daughter is a controller at Cleveland Csnter, working Michigan airspace, so I like to think she's talked to you.
Mike and Bob thanks. I leave on a 9 day 767 Asian trip on the 29th Bob and depart DTW thru Cleveland airspace. What's your daughters first name? I'll tell her that Dad says hello.Rand
Its not a 402B though! Haha. Congrats, that is amazing news, can't wait to hear more stories about it.Mike
congrats! Looking forward to the photos you'll post from this beautiful aircraft. I remember when I was a kid and NW took delivery of their brand new 744s (US Launch customer, I believe). They were running training flights between MSP and PHX and we were lucky enough to fly on one back from PHX. I remember thinking the flight was really fast, but it was probably just my over excited 11 year old mind!
Hi Rand, my daughter's name is Heather. She wont be working on the 29th but maybe you can connect on a future flight. Have a good trip.
Thanks for the info Bob; I'll ask for Heather periodically as I pass thru Cleveland airspace.Rand
Going to the Whales eh Rand? I guess the up-side is you'll have more time to write. I recall when I went to the 747 the first thing outta the instructor's mouth was "You'll be seeing a lotta big numbers with a lotta zero's behind them, they are supposed to be there!" Will this freeze you outta the 787 if/when/not holding my breath??? Tim 8DME W ORD
Congratulations Captain Rand!This brought me back to a memory as a precocious six year old who (at that time) planned to be an airline pilot. I told my father in a very serious voice that I would only fly for American, Pan Am, TWA or United because they had 747s and that was the only plane I wanted to fly. The innocence of youth!
Been reading your blog for quite some time now and really enjoy your travels everytime I stop by.Im from Israel and maybe I even heard you coming here on the 76'sHopefully when you finish school and get on the 74 (my dream job:) )Ill hear you on the air :)
Tim,Good to hear from you. The 747 will certainly freeze me out of the 787... not that I had the horsepower to get it anyway. East Coast Wing,Thanks. I never, ever thought when I climbed aboard an Air New England Twin Otter in 1974, that I'd finish my career in such a magnificent machine.Anonymous,Tel Aviv is one of the cities that the -400 visits and I'm anxious to see it. Thanks for reading too!Rand
Rand...Great blog. Enjoy the 747. I'd love to give you some tips, but I'm on the Classic and the FE does all the hard work! My company also has -400F so I'll get to see some glass eventually. I'll look forward to following your training.
Congratulations Rand! How awesome to get the 747 to finish off an amazingly exciting career.
Hey Rand,From one B744 driver to a new one, best of luck in training and get ready to enjoy flying a marvelous machine. If you have any questions feel free to ask. I haven't flown a B757/767 but I'm sure it is very similar. Just a bit higher flare.-Justin
Congrats Dad! Hopefully, you'll be able to get to Melbourne and we can pop over from AKL!Later from down under.Samantha