Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Greetings From Juneau

On July 3rd. KeeWee and I "Snuk out" and headed up to visit our friends in Juneau, Alaska. We tried out the new Kenmore Air shuttle flight from Oak Harbor to Boeing field in Seattle. Kenmore Air is best known for their float plane service in the Pacific Northwest flying DH Beavers. Recently they decided to start flying between some of the smaller North Western Washington cities using Cessna Turbo Caravans. For a 9 passenger airplane it's amazingly comfortable and roomy inside, and being a high wing design, visibility for passengers is not blocked by the wing. The weather was clear and sunny, and our path took us over the Seattle shoreline at 2500 feet, so the view of the docks, the buildings, and the Space Needle was excellent.

Just as we were on final approach into Boeing Field, I caught a glimpse of a B-17 taking off on the parallel runway on our right. There is a B-17 and a B-24 that tour the country every Summer, and the B-17 I saw was most likely this one.

From Boeing Field we took a shuttle van for the 15 minute ride to SeaTac airport, and boarded an Alaska Airlines 737-400 for the 2 hour flight to Juneau. Although hazy, the coastal mountain range was spectacular for the entire flight.

Since visibility was good, they flew "Up the Channel" to reach the Juneau airport and land. That means flying at low level above the water and getting a really close look at snow-capped mountains on both sides of the airplane! Just before reaching the Juneau airport, the plane makes a quick jog to the left, then you are on short final to land. You cannot do a long straight in approach into Juneau from either end, as there are mountains in the way!

The blogging hardware and internet access at Mr. Completely's "Blogstation Juneau" is somewhat limited, and I don't have a way to get pictures posted from here, but I'm taking lots, so I'll get those posted when I return from Juneau.

Hope you all had a great Independence Day, we sure did!


At Thursday, July 27, 2006 12:34:00 PM, Anonymous 6pence said...

You can't fool me Mr. C. That there ain't no B-24 in the background! ;-)

Actually, I got the opportunity to take my 2 older kids (10 and 8 now) to see the B-17 Flying Fortress and a B-24 Liberator when they came through our parts a year ago. The B-17 was "Aluminum Overcast". We couldn't sit in the pilot's seat or go back to the rear turret, but we could walk through the plane, including the bomb bay (which isn't very big on the B-17!) I was reminded of the scene in Memphis Belle when one of the crew nearly fell off the catwalk (which is only about 12-16 inches wide) during a bombing run. I was only about 4 ft off the ground and I was careful!!

Thanks for the pictures!



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