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Heathrow & Chicago/O’ Hare – Friday 22nd July 2011 (Grant Robinson)

Hi all,

In promoting interest in this years tour to Oshkosh, here follows a series of reports from my first visit to this great event. I had always wanted to do Oshkosh, but maybe I had previously been put off by the size of the event for a one man band to tackle?

Oshkosh (EAA AirVenture) is the week long celebration of aircraft that is held at Wittman Field at Oshkosh in Wisconsin, about 3 hours drive North of Chicago.

Anyway after a few months planning, I still have a few silly last minute things to do like making sure camera & laptop batteries are charged, camera memory cards cleared, maps printed etc. This meant that I only managed about 3 hours sleep before getting up at 03:00. I spent the next 90 minutes getting the missus up, car loaded and dog walked before leaving for Heathrow. I am used to driving to Heathrow at silly o clock in the morning, so no dramas here.

Did the bag drop at United having checked in online at home (avoided BIG queue doing so) before having a goodbye coffee with my very understanding wife. She didn’t want to spend the week camping in a heat wave – she did have second thoughts though when she heard that REO Speedwagon were doing a opening concert at Oshkosh!

Now wife free, I cleared security with my equipment (geek) bag and made the long walk to Gate 31 at Terminal 1. There my stead United Airlines Boeing 747-422, N121UA awaited me in Star Alliance colours scheme. Noted around this area and on the taxi out to runway 9R…

5B-DBT Airbus A.330-243 Cyprus Airways
9V-SKK Airbus A.380-841 Singapore Airlines
A6-EMS Boeing 777-31H Emirates Airlines
A7-AEC Airbus A.330-302 Qatar Airways
B-HKT Boeing 747-412 Cathay Pacific Airlines
CS-TTK Airbus A.319-111 TAP Air Portugal
EI-DSV ** Airbus A.320-216 Air One
G-MEDM Airbus A.320-232 bmi
G-WWBD Airbus A.330-243 bmi
HB-IJV Airbus A.320-214 Swiss International Air Lines
N121UA Boeing 747-422 United Airlines
N173AN Boeing 757-223 American Airlines
N221UA Boeing 777-222ER United Airlines
N656UA Boeing 767-322ER United Airlines
OE-LBE Airbus A.321-211 Austrian Airlines
OH-LXH Airbus A.320-214 Finnair
OO-SSC Airbus A.319-112 SN Brussels Airlines
V8-BLA Boeing 777-212ER Royal Brunei Airlines
VH-OJN Boeing 747-438 Qantas Airways
VH-OQJ Airbus A.380-842 Qantas Airways
ZS-SLF Airbus A.340-211 South African Airways
ZS-SNE Airbus A.340-642 South African Airways
ZS-SXY Airbus A.330-243 South African Airways

Took off around 08:20 as UAL929 for the 8 hour flight direct to Chicago O’Hare. A Compton/UL9 departure gave me nice views of White Waltham, Benson, Abingdon, Brize Norton and Fairford. My missus by now back in Swindon, used her PlanePlotter training (and she calls me an anorak!?) to full effect and waved at us as we climbed out over North Swindon.

My plan to sleep most of the flight worked and I awoke to find us over a very sunny Lake Michigan. Unfortunately thought, the weather clouded up as we approached Chicago….. After a very long descent and hold to the Chicago area due to local thunder storm activity, we landed on runway 4R at 10:34 local time. A journey of 3946 miles taking 8 hours and 13 minutes.

On the taxi up to the International Terminal (5), we were held short of the gate due to reported local lightning strikes – don’t suppose the ground handlers fancied their chances! Held there for around 25 minutes, I managed some logging from my window seat using the digital camera on stuff that came off runway 4R and taxied past us.

The camera approach attracts less attention than getting the old scope out and of course saves writing stuff down, which again can be viewed as suspicious if you are a paranoid droid?

Once in the Immigration area, cleared the 40 minute queue and got through with no hassle when compared to my New York/JFK experience last October. Once public side it was then off to find Alamo where I found a glamorous Nissan waiting for me.

Chicago O’Hare arrivals were from the West, so I drove along Mannheim Road in search of the local spotting places mentioned by the online research I did before leaving the UK as this was my first visit here. I started off at Scott Street, by the intersection of Mannheim and Lawrence.

This dead end road leads to the parking lot of the USG office and gives good views across the airfield and in particular runway 22L. I was only there an hour before getting moved on by Chicago’s finest.

So next stop was to the North of the airfield on a side road road just off Touhy Avenue (72), next to a rail crossing and by the entrance to Condensor People Inc. This was strictly a SBS spot only though as nothing could be read off with scopes this far way from the action.

I stayed here until the runways were changed back to Easterlies around 5pm, trying again at Scott Street. This time, the one visit local law enforcement made resulted in me being able to stay with no problem. Just shows it depends on who is in the police cruiser and not down to some overall anti-spotting policy.

Here follows what was logged from arriving at O’Hare and spotting through to around 9pm when it got dark and arrivals had slowed right down. Made 281 frames out of 471 so a very good start to the trip.

EI-DUZ ** Airbus A.330-302 Aer Lingus
N838AM ** McDonnell Douglas MD-83 Aeromexico
C-FEKH EMBRAER ERJ-170LR Air Canada
C-FEKJ ** EMBRAER ERJ-170LR Air Canada
C-FEJP ** EMBRAER ERJ-175SU Air Canada
C-GJAZ ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-705ER Air Canada Jazz
VT-ALO Boeing 777-337ER Air-India
N623AS ** Boeing 737-790 Alaska Airlines
N302AS ** Boeing 737-990 Alaska Airlines
N307AS ** Boeing 737-990 Alaska Airlines
EI-EJI ** Airbus A.330-202 Alitalia
N908AN ** Boeing 737-823 American Airlines
N910AN ** Boeing 737-823 American Airlines
N912AN ** Boeing 737-823 American Airlines
N914AN ** Boeing 737-823 American Airlines
N917AN ** Boeing 737-823 American Airlines
N919AN ** Boeing 737-823 American Airlines
N926AN ** Boeing 737-823 American Airlines
N927AN Boeing 737-823 American Airlines
N929AN Boeing 737-823 American Airlines
N931AN ** Boeing 737-823 American Airlines
N941AN ** Boeing 737-823 American Airlines
N944AN ** Boeing 737-823 American Airlines
N949AN Boeing 737-823 American Airlines
N960AN ** Boeing 737-823 American Airlines
N964AN ** Boeing 737-823 American Airlines
N965AN ** Boeing 737-823 American Airlines
N967AN ** Boeing 737-823 American Airlines
N968AN ** Boeing 737-823 American Airlines
N970AN ** Boeing 737-823 American Airlines
N971AN Boeing 737-823 American Airlines
N972AN ** Boeing 737-823 American Airlines
N976AN ** Boeing 737-823 American Airlines
N179AA Boeing 757-223 American Airlines
N613AA ** Boeing 757-223 American Airlines
N634AA Boeing 757-223 American Airlines
N639AA ** Boeing 757-223 American Airlines
N698AN ** Boeing 757-223 American Airlines
N350AN Boeing 767-323 American Airlines
N359AA Boeing 767-323ER American Airlines
N390AA Boeing 767-323ER American Airlines
N396AN Boeing 767-323ER American Airlines
N753AN Boeing 777-223ER American Airlines
N765AN Boeing 777-223ER American Airlines
N774AN Boeing 777-223ER American Airlines
N775AN Boeing 777-223ER American Airlines
N14551 McDonnell Douglas MD-82 American Airlines
N262AA McDonnell Douglas MD-82 American Airlines
N456AA ** McDonnell Douglas MD-82 American Airlines
N463AA ** McDonnell Douglas MD-82 American Airlines
N479AA ** McDonnell Douglas MD-82 American Airlines
N483A McDonnell Douglas MD-82 American Airlines
N484AA ** McDonnell Douglas MD-82 American Airlines
N487AA McDonnell Douglas MD-82 American Airlines
N516AM ** McDonnell Douglas MD-82 American Airlines
N555AN ** McDonnell Douglas MD-82 American Airlines
N557AN McDonnell Douglas MD-82 American Airlines
N579AA McDonnell Douglas MD-82 American Airlines
N59523 ** McDonnell Douglas MD-82 American Airlines
N7525A McDonnell Douglas MD-82 American Airlines
N7526A McDonnell Douglas MD-82 American Airlines
N7530 ** McDonnell Douglas MD-82 American Airlines
N7543A McDonnell Douglas MD-82 American Airlines
N955U ** McDonnell Douglas MD-82 American Airlines
N434AA McDonnell Douglas MD-83 American Airlines
N435AA ** McDonnell Douglas MD-83 American Airlines
N438AA ** McDonnell Douglas MD-83 American Airlines
N566AA McDonnell Douglas MD-83 American Airlines
N596AA McDonnell Douglas MD-83 American Airlines
N9402W ** McDonnell Douglas MD-83 American Airlines
N9412W ** McDonnell Douglas MD-83 American Airlines
N9617R ** McDonnell Douglas MD-83 American Airlines
N9620D ** McDonnell Douglas MD-83 American Airlines
N9627R McDonnell Douglas MD-83 American Airlines
N966TW McDonnell Douglas MD-83 American Airlines
N9681B ** McDonnell Douglas MD-83 American Airlines
N983TW ** McDonnell Douglas MD-83 American Airlines
N9621A McDonnell-Douglas MD-83 American Airlines
N9622A ** McDonnell-Douglas MD-83 American Airlines
N9625W ** McDonnell-Douglas MD-83 American Airlines
N500AE Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701 American Eagle Airlines
N500AE Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701 American Eagle Airlines
N501BG ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701 American Eagle Airlines
N515AE Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701 American Eagle Airlines
N521AE ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701 American Eagle Airlines
N522AE Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701 American Eagle Airlines
N503AE Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER American Eagle Airlines
N505AE ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER American Eagle Airlines
N506AE ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER American Eagle Airlines
N507AE ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER American Eagle Airlines
N513AE Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER American Eagle Airlines
N523AE ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER American Eagle Airlines
N524AE Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER American Eagle Airlines
N525AE ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER American Eagle Airlines
N529EA ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER American Eagle Airlines
N528EG Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702ER American Eagle Airlines
N532EA Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702ER American Eagle Airlines
N536EA ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702ER American Eagle Airlines
N537EA ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702ER American Eagle Airlines
N541EA ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702ER American Eagle Airlines
N543EA ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702ER American Eagle Airlines
N803AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-140ER American Eagle Airlines
N815AE EMBRAER ERJ-140LR American Eagle Airlines
N818AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-140LR American Eagle Airlines
N819AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-140LR American Eagle Airlines
N821AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-140LR American Eagle Airlines
N822AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-140LR American Eagle Airlines
N824AE EMBRAER ERJ-140LR American Eagle Airlines
N836AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-140LR American Eagle Airlines
N601DW ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N602AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N610AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N618AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N619AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N622AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N623AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N625AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N627AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N628AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N631AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N632AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N634AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N635AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N640AE EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N642AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N644AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N645AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N648AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N650AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N651AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N653AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N655AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N659AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N663AR ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N664MS ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N667GB ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N668HH ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N674RJ ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N676AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N680AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N681AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N693AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N905JH ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N906AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N908AE EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N922AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N931AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N932AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N935AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N939AE ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N941LT EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
N942LL ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR American Eagle Airlines
HL7732 Boeing 777-28EER Asiana Airlines
G-STRY Boeing 757-2Q8 Astraeus/Iceland Express
N827AS Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER Atlantic Southeast Airlines/United Express
N830AS Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER Atlantic Southeast Airlines/United Express
N833AS Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER Atlantic Southeast Airlines/United Express
N834AS Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER Atlantic Southeast Airlines/United Express
N836AS Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER Atlantic Southeast Airlines/United Express
G-CIVF Boeing 747-436 British Airways
B-LIC ** Boeing 747-467ERF Cathay Pacific Airways
N372SK ** EMBRAER ERJ-140LR Chautauqua Airlines
N295SK ** EMBRAER ERJ-140LR Chautauqua Airlines/American Connection
N297SK ** EMBRAER ERJ-140LR Chautauqua Airlines/American Connection
N299SK ** EMBRAER ERJ-140LR Chautauqua Airlines/American Connection
N371SK ** EMBRAER ERJ-140LR Chautauqua Airlines/American Connection
N374SK ** EMBRAER ERJ-140LR Chautauqua Airlines/American Connection
N375SK ** EMBRAER ERJ-140LR Chautauqua Airlines/American Connection
N376SK ** EMBRAER ERJ-140LR Chautauqua Airlines/American Connection
N377SK ** EMBRAER ERJ-140LR Chautauqua Airlines/American Connection
N378SK ** EMBRAER ERJ-140LR Chautauqua Airlines/American Connection
N379SK ** EMBRAER ERJ-140LR Chautauqua Airlines/American Connection
N381SK ** EMBRAER ERJ-140LR Chautauqua Airlines/American Connection
N382SK ** EMBRAER ERJ-140LR Chautauqua Airlines/American Connection
B-2425 ** Boeing 747-40BFER(SCD) China Cargo Airlines
N34NG ** de Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8 Colgan Air/United Connection
N814CA ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-100ER Comair/Delta Connection
N398CA Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701 Comair/Delta Connection
N328NB ** Airbus A.319-114 Delta Air Lines
N350NA Airbus A.320-211 Delta Air Lines
N343NW ** Airbus A.320-212 Delta Air Lines
N557NW Boeing 757-251 Delta Air Lines
N762NC ** Douglas DC-9-51 Delta Air Lines
N772NC Douglas DC-9-51 Delta Air Lines
N773NC Douglas DC-9-51 Delta Air Lines
N778NC Douglas DC-9-51 Delta Air Lines
N926DL McDonnell Douglas MD-88 Delta Air Lines
N950DL ** McDonnell Douglas MD-88 Delta Air Lines
N920DN ** McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30 Delta Air Lines
N906DL McDonnell-Douglas MD-88 Delta Air Lines
A6-EHE Airbus A.340-642 Emirates Airlines
N14186 ** EMBRAER ERJ-145XR ExpressJet Airlines
N11535 EMBRAER ERJ-145LR ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express
N11536 EMBRAER ERJ-145LR ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express
N12900 ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express
N12921 EMBRAER ERJ-145LR ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express
N12922 ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express
N13992 ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express
N14902 EMBRAER ERJ-145LR ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express
N14905 ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express
N14960 ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express
N29906 ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express
N36915 EMBRAER ERJ-145LR ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express
N11189 EMBRAER ERJ-145XR ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express
N11191 EMBRAER ERJ-145XR ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express
N12157 EMBRAER ERJ-145XR ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express
N12160 ** EMBRAER ERJ-145XR ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express
N13123 EMBRAER ERJ-145XR ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express
N17159 EMBRAER ERJ-145XR ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express
N11551 ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR ExpressJet Airlines/United Express
N12552 ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR ExpressJet Airlines/United Express
N12564 ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR ExpressJet Airlines/United Express
N13908 EMBRAER ERJ-145LR ExpressJet Airlines/United Express
N13956 ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR ExpressJet Airlines/United Express
N13975 ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR ExpressJet Airlines/United Express
N14562 EMBRAER ERJ-145LR ExpressJet Airlines/United Express
N14916 ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR ExpressJet Airlines/United Express
N14953 ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR ExpressJet Airlines/United Express
N15555 EMBRAER ERJ-145LR ExpressJet Airlines/United Express
N15572 EMBRAER ERJ-145LR ExpressJet Airlines/United Express
N15980 ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR ExpressJet Airlines/United Express
N16954 ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR ExpressJet Airlines/United Express
N17560 ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR ExpressJet Airlines/United Express
N22909 ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR ExpressJet Airlines/United Express
N11109 EMBRAER ERJ-145XR ExpressJet Airlines/United Express
N11119 ** EMBRAER ERJ-145XR ExpressJet Airlines/United Express
N11127 EMBRAER ERJ-145XR ExpressJet Airlines/United Express
N12122 ** EMBRAER ERJ-145XR ExpressJet Airlines/United Express
N12126 EMBRAER ERJ-145XR ExpressJet Airlines/United Express
N12195 EMBRAER ERJ-145XR ExpressJet Airlines/United Express
N14179 EMBRAER ERJ-145XR ExpressJet Airlines/United Express
N14204 EMBRAER ERJ-145XR ExpressJet Airlines/United Express
N17169 ** EMBRAER ERJ-145XR ExpressJet Airlines/United Express
N18101 EMBRAER ERJ-145XR ExpressJet Airlines/United Express
N18102 EMBRAER ERJ-145XR ExpressJet Airlines/United Express
N151GJ ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702 GoJet Airlines/United Express
N152GJ Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702 GoJet Airlines/United Express
N153GJ ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702 GoJet Airlines/United Express
N155GJ ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702 GoJet Airlines/United Express
N156GJ Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702 GoJet Airlines/United Express
N157GJ Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702 GoJet Airlines/United Express
N161GJ ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702 GoJet Airlines/United Express
N162GJ ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702 GoJet Airlines/United Express
N163GJ Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702 GoJet Airlines/United Express
N167GJ Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702 GoJet Airlines/United Express
N168GJ ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702 GoJet Airlines/United Express
N169GJ ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702 GoJet Airlines/United Express
N171GJ ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702 GoJet Airlines/United Express
N173GJ Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702 GoJet Airlines/United Express
N175GJ Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702 GoJet Airlines/United Express
EC-GJT Airbus A.340-313 Iberia
JA741J ** Boeing 777-346ER Japan Air Lines
N623JB Airbus A.320-232 JetBlue Airways
N247JB ** EMBRAER ERJ-190AR JetBlue Airways
N273JB ** EMBRAER ERJ-190AR JetBlue Airways
N296JB EMBRAER ERJ-190AR JetBlue Airways
PH-BFY Boeing 747-406M KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
HL7473 Boeing 747-4B5 Korean Air
SP-LPA Boeing 767-35DER LOT Polish Airlines
D-AIKH Airbus A.330-343X Lufthansa
D-ABTK Boeing 747-430(SCD) Lufthansa
D-ABTL Boeing 747-430(SCD) Lufthansa
D-ALCF McDonnell Douglas MD-11F Lufthansa Cargo Airlines
N501MJ Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-700 Mesa Airlines/United Express
N522LR Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-700 Mesa Airlines/United Express
N504MJ Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER Mesa Airlines/United Express
N505MJ ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER Mesa Airlines/United Express
N507MJ ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER Mesa Airlines/United Express
N508MJ Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER Mesa Airlines/United Express
N509MJ Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER Mesa Airlines/United Express
N512MJ Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER Mesa Airlines/United Express
N519LR ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER Mesa Airlines/United Express
N521LR Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER Mesa Airlines/United Express
N907XJ ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-900LR Mesaba Airlines/Delta Connection
N921XJ Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-900LR Mesaba Airlines/Delta Connection
JA03KZ ** Boeing 747-481F(SCD) Nippon Cargo Airlines
N605LR ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-900 Pinnacle Airlines/Delta Connection
N873RW ** EMBRAER ERJ-170SE Republic Airlines
JY-AIC Airbus A.340-211 Royal Jordanian Airlines
LN-RKG ** Airbus A.340-313X S.A.S.
N207JQ EMBRAER ERJ-175LR Shuttle America/Delta Connection
N210JQ EMBRAER ERJ-175LR Shuttle America/Delta Connection
N214JQ ** EMBRAER ERJ-175LR Shuttle America/Delta Connection
N215JQ EMBRAER ERJ-175LR Shuttle America/Delta Connection
N958WH EMBRAER ERJ-175LR Shuttle America/Delta Connection
N631RW ** EMBRAER ERJ-170SE Shuttle America/United Express
N632RW EMBRAER ERJ-170SE Shuttle America/United Express
N633RW EMBRAER ERJ-170SE Shuttle America/United Express
N634RW ** EMBRAER ERJ-170SE Shuttle America/United Express
N636RW ** EMBRAER ERJ-170SE Shuttle America/United Express
N638RW ** EMBRAER ERJ-170SE Shuttle America/United Express
N639RW EMBRAER ERJ-170SE Shuttle America/United Express
N641RW ** EMBRAER ERJ-170SE Shuttle America/United Express
N642RW ** EMBRAER ERJ-170SE Shuttle America/United Express
N645RW EMBRAER ERJ-170SE Shuttle America/United Express
N647RW ** EMBRAER ERJ-170SE Shuttle America/United Express
N654RW EMBRAER ERJ-170SE Shuttle America/United Express
N655RW ** EMBRAER ERJ-170SE Shuttle America/United Express
N857RW ** EMBRAER ERJ-170SE Shuttle America/United Express
N864RW ** EMBRAER ERJ-170SE Shuttle America/United Express
N865RW ** EMBRAER ERJ-170SE Shuttle America/United Express
N494CA ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER SkyWest Airlines
N947SW ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER SkyWest Airlines
N435SW ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER SkyWest Airlines/Delta Connection
N443SW ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER SkyWest Airlines/Delta Connection
N810SK ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-900LR SkyWest Airlines/Delta Connection
N813SK ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-900LR SkyWest Airlines/Delta Connection
N986CA ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-100ER SkyWest Airlines/United Express
N472CA ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER SkyWest Airlines/United Express
N507CA ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER SkyWest Airlines/United Express
N908SW ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER SkyWest Airlines/United Express
N924SW ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER SkyWest Airlines/United Express
N932SW ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER SkyWest Airlines/United Express
N939SW ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER SkyWest Airlines/United Express
N941SW ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER SkyWest Airlines/United Express
N960SW ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER SkyWest Airlines/United Express
N962SW ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER SkyWest Airlines/United Express
N963SW ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER SkyWest Airlines/United Express
N969SW ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER SkyWest Airlines/United Express
N971SW ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER SkyWest Airlines/United Express
N978SW ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER SkyWest Airlines/United Express
N986SW ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER SkyWest Airlines/United Express
N719SK Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-700 SkyWest Airlines/United Express
N708SK ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701 SkyWest Airlines/United Express
N712SK ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701 SkyWest Airlines/United Express
N744SK ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701 SkyWest Airlines/United Express
N746SK ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701 SkyWest Airlines/United Express
N750SK ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701 SkyWest Airlines/United Express
N753SK ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701 SkyWest Airlines/United Express
N760SK ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701 SkyWest Airlines/United Express
N764SK ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701 SkyWest Airlines/United Express
N771SK ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701 SkyWest Airlines/United Express
N778SK ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701 SkyWest Airlines/United Express
N774SK ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702 SkyWest Airlines/United Express
N794SK ** Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702 SkyWest Airlines/United Express
N507NK ** Airbus A.319-132 Spirit Airlines
N526NK ** Airbus A.319-132 Spirit Airlines
N528NK ** Airbus A.319-132 Spirit Airlines
N532NK ** Airbus A.319-132 Spirit Airlines
HB-JHJ Airbus A.330-343X Swiss International Air Lines
N476TA ** Airbus A.319-132 TACA International Airlines
N806HK ** EMBRAER ERJ-145ER Trans States Airlines
N810HK EMBRAER ERJ-145ER Trans States Airlines/United Express
N812HK EMBRAER ERJ-145ER Trans States Airlines/United Express
N833HK EMBRAER ERJ-145LR Trans States Airlines/United Express
N836HK EMBRAER ERJ-145LR Trans States Airlines/United Express
N839HK EMBRAER ERJ-145LR Trans States Airlines/United Express
N847HK ** EMBRAER ERJ-145LR Trans States Airlines/United Express
TC-JDL Airbus A.340-311 Turkish Airlines
N802UA ** Airbus A.319-131 United Airlines
N805UA ** Airbus A.319-131 United Airlines
N806UA ** Airbus A.319-131 United Airlines
N814UA ** Airbus A.319-131 United Airlines
N815UA ** Airbus A.319-131 United Airlines
N818UA ** Airbus A.319-131 United Airlines
N819UA Airbus A.319-131 United Airlines
N820UA ** Airbus A.319-131 United Airlines
N823UA ** Airbus A.319-131 United Airlines
N824UA ** Airbus A.319-131 United Airlines
N827UA ** Airbus A.319-131 United Airlines
N831UA Airbus A.319-131 United Airlines
N833UA ** Airbus A.319-131 United Airlines
N834UA ** Airbus A.319-131 United Airlines
N835UA ** Airbus A.319-131 United Airlines
N848UA Airbus A.319-131 United Airlines
N849UA ** Airbus A.319-131 United Airlines
N851UA Airbus A.319-131 United Airlines
N406UA ** Airbus A.320-232 United Airlines
N409UA Airbus A.320-232 United Airlines
N412UA ** Airbus A.320-232 United Airlines
N417UA Airbus A.320-232 United Airlines
N419UA ** Airbus A.320-232 United Airlines
N420UA ** Airbus A.320-232 United Airlines
N421UA Airbus A.320-232 United Airlines
N430UA ** Airbus A.320-232 United Airlines
N431UA ** Airbus A.320-232 United Airlines
N432UA Airbus A.320-232 United Airlines
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Next it was off to find some local convenience food and get myself to the hotel booked through Expedia before leaving the UK. Because I had the car to use for finding spotting positions and the fact that the much recommended Hilton O’Hare was way too expensive on a week day, I went for a cheap option as all I needed was a room to crash for a few hours and the facility to shower and get cleaned up.

The chosen place was Days Inn O’Hare which was located along East Higgins Road (Route 72) in West Elk Grove Village just 10 minutes drive away to the North West of O’Hare airport. 26 for the night, and although no good for spotting, it was perfect for my needs. By now it was raining very heavily with thunder about, but sleep came very easy…….

Regards,

 

Grant Robinson

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