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

Hi all,

Here follows a series of reports and many, many photographs 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 A330-243, Cyprus Airways (0526)
9V-SKK, Airbus A380-841, Singapore Airlines (051)
A6-EMS, Boeing 777-31H, Emirates Airline (29067)
A7-AEC, Airbus A330-302, Qatar Airways (0659)
B-HKT, Boeing 747-412, Cathay Pacific Airlines (27132)
CS-TTK, Airbus A319-111, TAP Portugal (1034)
EI-DSV, Airbus A320-216, Air One (3598)
G-MEDM, Airbus A320-232, bmi (2799)
G-WWBD, Airbus A330-243, bmi (0401)
HB-IJV, Airbus A320-214, Swiss International Air Lines (2024)
N121UA, Boeing 747-422, United Airlines (29167)
N173AN, Boeing 757-223, American Airlines (32399)
N221UA, Boeing 777-222ER, United Airlines (30552)
N656UA, Boeing 767-322ER, United Airlines (25394)
OE-LBE, Airbus A321-211, Austrian Airlines (0935)
OH-LXH, Airbus A320-214, Finnair (1913)
OO-SSC, Airbus A319-112, Brussels Airlines (1086)
V8-BLA, Boeing 777-212ER, Royal Brunei Airlines (30871)
VH-OJN, Boeing 747-438, Qantas Airways (25315)
VH-OQJ, Airbus A380-842, Qantas Airways (062)
ZS-SLF, Airbus A340-211, South African Airways (0006)
ZS-SNE, Airbus A340-642, South African Airways (0534)
ZS-SXY, Airbus A330-243, South African Airways (1210)

 

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 A330-302, Aer Lingus (0847)
N838AM, McDonnell Douglas MD-83, AeroMexico (49397)
C-FEKH, EMBRAER ERJ-170LR, Air Canada (17000102)
C-FEKJ, EMBRAER ERJ-170LR, Air Canada (17000109)
C-FEJP, EMBRAER ERJ-175SU, Air Canada (17000096)
C-GJAZ, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-705ER, Air Canada Jazz (15036)
VT-ALO, Boeing 777-337ER, Air India (36313)
N623AS, Boeing 737-790, Alaska Airlines (30166)
N302AS, Boeing 737-990, Alaska Airlines (30017)
N307AS, Boeing 737-990, Alaska Airlines (30015)
EI-EJI, Airbus A330-202, Alitalia (1218)
N908AN, Boeing 737-823, American Airlines (29510)
N910AN, Boeing 737-823, American Airlines (29512)
N912AN, Boeing 737-823, American Airlines (29513)
N914AN, Boeing 737-823, American Airlines (29515)
N917AN, Boeing 737-823, American Airlines (29518)
N919AN, Boeing 737-823, American Airlines (29520)
N926AN, Boeing 737-823, American Airlines (29527)
N927AN, Boeing 737-823, American Airlines (30077)
N929AN, Boeing 737-823, American Airlines (30078)
N931AN, Boeing 737-823, American Airlines (30079)
N941AN, Boeing 737-823, American Airlines (29534)
N944AN, Boeing 737-823, American Airlines (29535)
N949AN, Boeing 737-823, American Airlines (29537)
N960AN, Boeing 737-823, American Airlines (29542)
N964AN, Boeing 737-823, American Airlines (30093)
N965AN, Boeing 737-823, American Airlines (29544)
N967AN, Boeing 737-823, American Airlines (29545)
N968AN, Boeing 737-823, American Airlines (30095)
N970AN, Boeing 737-823, American Airlines (30096)
N971AN, Boeing 737-823, American Airlines (29547)
N972AN, Boeing 737-823, American Airlines (30097)
N976AN, Boeing 737-823, American Airlines (30099)
N179AA, Boeing 757-223, American Airlines (32397)
N613AA, Boeing 757-223, American Airlines (24489)
N634AA, Boeing 757-223, American Airlines (24592)
N639AA, Boeing 757-223, American Airlines (24597)
N698AN, Boeing 757-223, American Airlines (26980)
N350AN, Boeing 767-322ER, American Airlines (33089)
N359AA, Boeing 767-323ER, American Airlines (24040)
N390AA, Boeing 767-323ER, American Airlines (27450)
N396AN, Boeing 767-323ER, American Airlines (29603)
N753AN, Boeing 777-223ER, American Airlines (30261)
N765AN, Boeing 777-223ER, American Airlines (32879)
N774AN, Boeing 777-223ER, American Airlines (29581)
N775AN, Boeing 777-223ER, American Airlines (30263)
N14551, McDonnell Douglas MD-82, American Airlines (53033)
N262AA, McDonnell Douglas MD-82, American Airlines (49290)
N456AA, McDonnell Douglas MD-82, American Airlines (49561)
N463AA, McDonnell Douglas MD-82, American Airlines (49543)
N479AA, McDonnell Douglas MD-82, American Airlines (49654)
N483A, McDonnell Douglas MD-82, American Airlines (49676)
N484AA, McDonnell Douglas MD-82, American Airlines (49677)
N487AA, McDonnell Douglas MD-82, American Airlines (49680)
N516AM, McDonnell Douglas MD-82, American Airlines (49893)
N555AN, McDonnell Douglas MD-82, American Airlines (53085)
N557AN, McDonnell Douglas MD-82, American Airlines (53087)
N579AA, McDonnell Douglas MD-82, American Airlines (53156)
N59523, McDonnell Douglas MD-82, American Airlines (49915)
N7525A, McDonnell Douglas MD-82, American Airlines (49917)
N7526A, McDonnell Douglas MD-82, American Airlines (49918)
N7530, McDonnell Douglas MD-82, American Airlines (49922)
N7543A, McDonnell Douglas MD-82, American Airlines (53025)
N955U, McDonnell Douglas MD-82, American Airlines (49427)
N434AA, McDonnell Douglas MD-83, American Airlines (49452)
N435AA, McDonnell Douglas MD-83, American Airlines (49453)
N438AA, McDonnell Douglas MD-83, American Airlines (49456)
N566AA, McDonnell Douglas MD-83, American Airlines (49348)
N596AA, McDonnell Douglas MD-83, American Airlines (53286)
N9402W, McDonnell Douglas MD-83, American Airlines (53138)
N9412W, McDonnell Douglas MD-83, American Airlines (53187)
N9617R, McDonnell Douglas MD-83, American Airlines (53564)
N9620D, McDonnell Douglas MD-83, American Airlines (53591)
N9627R, McDonnell Douglas MD-83, American Airlines (53597)
N966TW, McDonnell Douglas MD-83, American Airlines (53616)
N9681B, McDonnell Douglas MD-83, American Airlines (53631)
N983TW, McDonnell Douglas MD-83, American Airlines (53633)
N9621A, McDonnell-Douglas MD-83, American Airlines (53592)
N9622A, McDonnell-Douglas MD-83, American Airlines (53593)
N9625W, McDonnell-Douglas MD-83, American Airlines (53595)
N500AE, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701, American Eagle (10025)
N501BG, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701, American Eagle (10017)
N515AE, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701, American Eagle (10121)
N521AE, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701, American Eagle (10142)
N522AE, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701, American Eagle (10147)
N503AE, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER, American Eagle (10021)
N505AE, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER, American Eagle (10053)
N506AE, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER, American Eagle (10056)
N507AE, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER, American Eagle (10059)
N513AE, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER, American Eagle (10114)
N523AE, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER, American Eagle (10152)
N524AE, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER, American Eagle (10154)
N525AE, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER, American Eagle (10302)
N529EA, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER, American Eagle (10307)
N528EG, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702ER, American Eagle (10306)
N532EA, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702ER, American Eagle (10310)
N536EA, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702ER, American Eagle (10315)
N537EA, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702ER, American Eagle (10316)
N541EA, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702ER, American Eagle (10320)
N543EA, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702ER, American Eagle (10323)
N803AE, EMBRAER ERJ-140ER, American Eagle (145483)
N815AE, EMBRAER ERJ-140LR, American Eagle (145545)
N818AE, EMBRAER ERJ-140LR, American Eagle (145561)
N819AE, EMBRAER ERJ-140LR, American Eagle (145566)
N821AE, EMBRAER ERJ-140LR, American Eagle (145577)
N822AE, EMBRAER ERJ-140LR, American Eagle (145581)
N824AE, EMBRAER ERJ-140LR, American Eagle (145584)
N836AE, EMBRAER ERJ-140LR, American Eagle (145635)
N601DW, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (145046)
N602AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (145048)
N610AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (145073)
N618AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (145097)
N619AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (145101)
N622AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (145108)
N623AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (145109)
N625AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (145115)
N627AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (145121)
N628AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (145124)
N631AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (145139)
N632AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (145143)
N634AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (145150)
N635AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (145158)
N640AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (145183)
N642AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (145193)
N644AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (145204)
N645AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (145212)
N648AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (145225)
N650AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (145417)
N651AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (145422)
N653AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (145433)
N655AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (145452)
N659AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (145762)
N663AR, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (145778)
N664MS, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (145779)
N667GB, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (145784)
N668HH, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (145785)
N674RJ, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (14500801)
N676AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (14500807)
N680AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (14500820)
N681AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (14500824)
N693AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (14500868)
N905JH, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (14500892)
N906AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (14500894)
N908AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (14500897)
N922AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (14500906)
N931AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (14500912)
N932AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (14500915)
N935AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (14500920)
N939AE, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (14500923)
N941LT, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (14500926)
N942LL, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, American Eagle (14500930)
HL7732, Boeing 777-28EER, Asiana Airlines (29134)
G-STRY, Boeing 757-2Q8, Astraeus/Iceland Express (28161)
N827AS, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER, Atlantic Southeast Airlines/United Express (7212)
N830AS, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER, Atlantic Southeast Airlines/United Express (7236)
N833AS, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER, Atlantic Southeast Airlines/United Express (7246)
N834AS, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER, Atlantic Southeast Airlines/United Express (7254)
N836AS, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER, Atlantic Southeast Airlines/United Express (7263)
G-CIVF, Boeing 747-436, British Airways (25813)
B-LIC, Boeing 747-467ERF, Cathay Pacific Airways (36868)
N372SK, EMBRAER ERJ-140LR, Chautauqua Airlines (145538)
N295SK, EMBRAER ERJ-140LR, Chautauqua Airlines/American Connection (145500)
N297SK, EMBRAER ERJ-140LR, Chautauqua Airlines/American Connection (145522)
N299SK, EMBRAER ERJ-140LR, Chautauqua Airlines/American Connection (145532)
N371SK, EMBRAER ERJ-140LR, Chautauqua Airlines/American Connection (145535)
N374SK, EMBRAER ERJ-140LR, Chautauqua Airlines/American Connection (145544)
N375SK, EMBRAER ERJ-140LR, Chautauqua Airlines/American Connection (145569)
N376SK, EMBRAER ERJ-140LR, Chautauqua Airlines/American Connection (145578)
N377SK, EMBRAER ERJ-140LR, Chautauqua Airlines/American Connection (145579)
N378SK, EMBRAER ERJ-140LR, Chautauqua Airlines/American Connection (145593)
N379SK, EMBRAER ERJ-140LR, Chautauqua Airlines/American Connection (145606)
N381SK, EMBRAER ERJ-140LR, Chautauqua Airlines/American Connection (145619)
N382SK, EMBRAER ERJ-140LR, Chautauqua Airlines/American Connection (145624)
B-2425, Boeing 747-40BFER(SCD), China Cargo Airlines (35207)
N34NG, Bombardier DHC-8-402Q Dash 8, Colgan Air/United Connection (4340)
N814CA, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-100ER, Comair/Delta Connection (7387)
N398CA, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701, Comair/Delta Connection (10112)
N328NB, Airbus A319-114, Delta Air Lines (1520)
N350NA, Airbus A320-211, Delta Air Lines (0418)
N343NW, Airbus A320-212, Delta Air Lines (0387)
N557NW, Boeing 757-251, Delta Air Lines (33393)
N762NC, Douglas DC-9-51, Delta Air Lines (47710)
N772NC, Douglas DC-9-51, Delta Air Lines (47774)
N773NC, Douglas DC-9-51, Delta Air Lines (47775)
N778NC, Douglas DC-9-51, Delta Air Lines (48100)
N926DL, McDonnell Douglas MD-88, Delta Air Lines (49713)
N950DL, McDonnell Douglas MD-88, Delta Air Lines (49881)
N920DN, McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30, Delta Air Lines (53582)
N906DL, McDonnell-Douglas MD-88, Delta Air Lines (49537)
A6-EHE, Airbus A340-642, Ethiad Airways (0829)
N14186, EMBRAER ERJ-145XR, ExpressJet Airlines (14500924)
N11535, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express (145518)
N11536, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express (145520)
N12900, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express (145511)
N12921, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express (145354)
N12922, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express (145338)
N13992, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express (145284)
N14902, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express (145496)
N14905, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express (145476)
N14960, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express (145100)
N29906, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express (145472)
N36915, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express (145421)
N11189, EMBRAER ERJ-145XR, ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express (14500931)
N11191, EMBRAER ERJ-145XR, ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express (14500935)
N12157, EMBRAER ERJ-145XR, ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express (145787)
N12160, EMBRAER ERJ-145XR, ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express (145799)
N13123, EMBRAER ERJ-145XR, ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express (145688)
N17159, EMBRAER ERJ-145XR, ExpressJet Airlines/Continental Express (145792)
N11551, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, ExpressJet Airlines/United Express (145411)
N12552, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, ExpressJet Airlines/United Express (145583)
N12564, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, ExpressJet Airlines/United Express (145618)
N13908, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, ExpressJet Airlines/United Express (145465)
N13956, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, ExpressJet Airlines/United Express (145078)
N13975, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, ExpressJet Airlines/United Express (145163)
N14562, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, ExpressJet Airlines/United Express (145611)
N14916, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, ExpressJet Airlines/United Express (145415)
N14953, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, ExpressJet Airlines/United Express (145071)
N15555, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, ExpressJet Airlines/United Express (145594)
N15572, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, ExpressJet Airlines/United Express (145636)
N15980, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, ExpressJet Airlines/United Express (145202)
N16954, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, ExpressJet Airlines/United Express (145072)
N17560, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, ExpressJet Airlines/United Express (145605)
N22909, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, ExpressJet Airlines/United Express (145459)
N11109, EMBRAER ERJ-145XR, ExpressJet Airlines/United Express (145657)
N11119, EMBRAER ERJ-145XR, ExpressJet Airlines/United Express (145677)
N11127, EMBRAER ERJ-145XR, ExpressJet Airlines/United Express (145697)
N12122, EMBRAER ERJ-145XR, ExpressJet Airlines/United Express (145684)
N12126, EMBRAER ERJ-145XR, ExpressJet Airlines/United Express (145693)
N12195, EMBRAER ERJ-145XR, ExpressJet Airlines/United Express (14500943)
N14179, EMBRAER ERJ-145XR, ExpressJet Airlines/United Express (14500896)
N14204, EMBRAER ERJ-145XR, ExpressJet Airlines/United Express (14500968)
N17169, EMBRAER ERJ-145XR, ExpressJet Airlines/United Express (14500844)
N18101, EMBRAER ERJ-145XR, ExpressJet Airlines/United Express (145590)
N18102, EMBRAER ERJ-145XR, ExpressJet Airlines/United Express (145643)
N151GJ, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702, GoJet Airlines/United Express (10216)
N152GJ, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702, GoJet Airlines/United Express (10218)
N153GJ, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702, GoJet Airlines/United Express (10219)
N155GJ, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702, GoJet Airlines/United Express (10225)
N156GJ, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702, GoJet Airlines/United Express (10227)
N157GJ, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702, GoJet Airlines/United Express (10230)
N161GJ, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702, GoJet Airlines/United Express (10253)
N162GJ, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702, GoJet Airlines/United Express (10254)
N163GJ, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702, GoJet Airlines/United Express (10255)
N167GJ, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702, GoJet Airlines/United Express (10269)
N168GJ, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702, GoJet Airlines/United Express (10272)
N169GJ, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702, GoJet Airlines/United Express (10273)
N171GJ, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702, GoJet Airlines/United Express (10282)
N173GJ, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702, GoJet Airlines/United Express (10287)
N175GJ, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702, GoJet Airlines/United Express (10297)
EC-GJT, Airbus A340-313, Iberia (0145)
JA741J, Boeing 777-346ER, Japan Airlines (36128)
N623JB, Airbus A320-232, JetBlue Airways (2504)
N247JB, EMBRAER ERJ-190AR, JetBlue Airways (19000042)
N273JB, EMBRAER ERJ-190AR, JetBlue Airways (19000073)
N296JB, EMBRAER ERJ-190AR, JetBlue Airways (19000219)
PH-BFY, Boeing 747-406M, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (30455)
HL7473, Boeing 747-4B5, Korean Air (28335)
SP-LPA, Boeing 767-35DER, LOT Polish Airlines (24865)
D-AIKH, Airbus A330-343X, Lufthansa (0648)
D-ABTK, Boeing 747-430(SCD), Lufthansa (29871)
D-ABTL, Boeing 747-430(SCD), Lufthansa (29872)
D-ALCF, McDonnell Douglas MD-11F, Lufthansa Cargo Airlines (48798)
N501MJ, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-700, Mesa Airlines/United Express (10047)
N522LR, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-700, Mesa Airlines/United Express (10262)
N504MJ, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER, Mesa Airlines/United Express (10066)
N505MJ, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER, Mesa Airlines/United Express (10070)
N507MJ, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER, Mesa Airlines/United Express (10077)
N508MJ, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER, Mesa Airlines/United Express (10262)
N509MJ, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER, Mesa Airlines/United Express (10094)
N512MJ, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER, Mesa Airlines/United Express (10109)
N519LR, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER, Mesa Airlines/United Express (10260)
N521LR, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701ER, Mesa Airlines/United Express (10261)
N907XJ, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-900LR, Mesaba Airlines/Delta Connection (15139)
N921XJ, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-900LR, Mesaba Airlines/Delta Connection (15172)
JA03KZ, Boeing 747-481F(SCD), Nippon Cargo Airlines (34018)
N605LR, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-900, Pinnacle Airlines/Delta Connection (15160)
N873RW, EMBRAER ERJ-170SE, Republic Airlines (17000144)
JY-AIC, Airbus A340-212, Royal Jordanian Airliness (0014)
LN-RKG, Airbus A340-313X, Scandinavian Airlines System (0424)
N207JQ, EMBRAER ERJ-175LR, Shuttle America/Delta Connection (17000254)
N210JQ, EMBRAER ERJ-175LR, Shuttle America/Delta Connection (17000260)
N214JQ, EMBRAER ERJ-175LR, Shuttle America/Delta Connection (17000267)
N215JQ, EMBRAER ERJ-175LR, Shuttle America/Delta Connection (17000270)
N958WH, EMBRAER ERJ-175LR, Shuttle America/Delta Connection (17000248)
N631RW, EMBRAER ERJ-170SE, Shuttle America/United Express (17000007)
N632RW, EMBRAER ERJ-170SE, Shuttle America/United Express (17000050)
N633RW, EMBRAER ERJ-170SE, Shuttle America/United Express (17000054)
N634RW, EMBRAER ERJ-170SE, Shuttle America/United Express (17000055)
N636RW, EMBRAER ERJ-170SE, Shuttle America/United Express (17000052)
N638RW, EMBRAER ERJ-170SE, Shuttle America/United Express (17000053)
N639RW, EMBRAER ERJ-170SE, Shuttle America/United Express (17000057)
N641RW, EMBRAER ERJ-170SE, Shuttle America/United Express (17000062)
N642RW, EMBRAER ERJ-170SE, Shuttle America/United Express (17000063)
N645RW, EMBRAER ERJ-170SE, Shuttle America/United Express (17000064)
N647RW, EMBRAER ERJ-170SE, Shuttle America/United Express (17000067)
N654RW, EMBRAER ERJ-170SE, Shuttle America/United Express (17000104)
N655RW, EMBRAER ERJ-170SE, Shuttle America/United Express (17000105)
N857RW, EMBRAER ERJ-170SE, Shuttle America/United Express (17000079)
N864RW, EMBRAER ERJ-170SE, Shuttle America/United Express (17000117)
N865RW, EMBRAER ERJ-170SE, Shuttle America/United Express (17000122)
N494CA, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER, SkyWest Airlines (7765)
N947SW, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER, SkyWest Airlines (7786)
N435SW, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER, SkyWest Airlines/Delta Connection (7555)
N443SW, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER, SkyWest Airlines/Delta Connection (7638)
N810SK, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-900LR, SkyWest Airlines/Delta Connection (15093)
N813SK, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-900LR, SkyWest Airlines/Delta Connection (15099)
N986CA, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-100ER, SkyWest Airlines/United Express (7174)
N472CA, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER, SkyWest Airlines/United Express (7667)
N507CA, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER, SkyWest Airlines/United Express (7796)
N908SW, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER, SkyWest Airlines/United Express (7540)
N924SW, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER, SkyWest Airlines/United Express (7681)
N932SW, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER, SkyWest Airlines/United Express (7714)
N939SW, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER, SkyWest Airlines/United Express (7742)
N941SW, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER, SkyWest Airlines/United Express (7750)
N960SW, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER, SkyWest Airlines/United Express (7853)
N962SW, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER, SkyWest Airlines/United Express (7859)
N963SW, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER, SkyWest Airlines/United Express (7865)
N969SW, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER, SkyWest Airlines/United Express (7876)
N971SW, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER, SkyWest Airlines/United Express (7947)
N978SW, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER, SkyWest Airlines/United Express (7953)
N986SW, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200ER, SkyWest Airlines/United Express (7967)
N719SK, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-700, SkyWest Airlines/United Express (10188)
N708SK, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701, SkyWest Airlines/United Express (10156)
N712SK, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701, SkyWest Airlines/United Express (10172)
N744SK, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701, SkyWest Airlines/United Express (10200)
N746SK, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701, SkyWest Airlines/United Express (10202)
N750SK, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701, SkyWest Airlines/United Express (10207)
N753SK, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701, SkyWest Airlines/United Express (10214)
N760SK, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701, SkyWest Airlines/United Express (10223)
N764SK, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701, SkyWest Airlines/United Express (10229)
N771SK, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701, SkyWest Airlines/United Express (10244)
N778SK, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-701, SkyWest Airlines/United Express (10242)
N774SK, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702, SkyWest Airlines/United Express (10240)
N794SK, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-702, SkyWest Airlines/United Express (10298)
N507NK, Airbus A319-132, Spirit Airlines (2560)
N526NK, Airbus A319-132, Spirit Airlines (2963)
N528NK, Airbus A319-132, Spirit Airlines (2983)
N532NK, Airbus A319-132, Spirit Airlines (3165)
HB-JHJ, Airbus A330-343X, Swiss International Air Lines (1188)
N476TA, Airbus A319-132, TACA International Airlines (1934)
N806HK, EMBRAER ERJ-145ER, Trans States Airlines (145112)
N810HK, EMBRAER ERJ-145ER, Trans States Airlines/United Express (145231)
N812HK, EMBRAER ERJ-145ER, Trans States Airlines/United Express (145373)
N833HK, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, Trans States Airlines/United Express (145240)
N836HK, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, Trans States Airlines/United Express (145695)
N839HK, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, Trans States Airlines/United Express (14500829)
N847HK, EMBRAER ERJ-145LR, Trans States Airlines/United Express (14500857)
TC-JDL, Airbus A340-311, Turkish Airlines (0057)
N802UA, Airbus A319-131, United Airlines (0690)
N805UA, Airbus A319-131, United Airlines (0783)
N806UA, Airbus A319-131, United Airlines (0788)
N814UA, Airbus A319-131, United Airlines (0862)
N815UA, Airbus A319-131, United Airlines (0867)
N818UA, Airbus A319-131, United Airlines (0882)
N819UA, Airbus A319-131, United Airlines (0893)
N820UA, Airbus A319-131, United Airlines (0898)
N823UA, Airbus A319-131, United Airlines (0952)
N824UA, Airbus A319-131, United Airlines (0965)
N827UA, Airbus A319-131, United Airlines (1022)
N831UA, Airbus A319-131, United Airlines (1291)
N833UA, Airbus A319-131, United Airlines (1401)
N834UA, Airbus A319-131, United Airlines (1420)
N835UA, Airbus A319-131, United Airlines (1425)
N848UA, Airbus A319-131, United Airlines (1647)
N849UA, Airbus A319-131, United Airlines (1649)
N851UA, Airbus A319-131, United Airlines (1664)
N406UA, Airbus A320-232, United Airlines (0454)
N409UA, Airbus A320-232, United Airlines (0462)
N412UA, Airbus A320-232, United Airlines (0465)
N417UA, Airbus A320-232, United Airlines (0483)
N419UA, Airbus A320-232, United Airlines (0487)
N420UA, Airbus A320-232, United Airlines (0489)
N421UA, Airbus A320-232, United Airlines (0500)
N430UA, Airbus A320-232, United Airlines (0568)
N431UA, Airbus A320-232, United Airlines (0571)
N432UA, Airbus A320-232, United Airlines (0587)
N439UA, Airbus A320-232, United Airlines (0683)
N444UA, Airbus A320-232, United Airlines (0824)
N447UA, Airbus A320-232, United Airlines (0836)
N453UA, Airbus A320-232, United Airlines (4001)
N456UA, Airbus A320-232, United Airlines (1128)
N460UA, Airbus A320-232, United Airlines (1248)
N461UA, Airbus A320-232, United Airlines (1266)
N463UA, Airbus A320-232, United Airlines (1282)
N464UA, Airbus A320-232, United Airlines (1290)
N465UA, Airbus A320-232, United Airlines (1341)
N466UA, Airbus A320-232, United Airlines (1343)
N467UA, Airbus A320-232, United Airlines (1359)
N476UA, Airbus A320-232, United Airlines (1508)
N478UA, Airbus A320-232, United Airlines (1533)
N480UA, Airbus A320-232, United Airlines (1555)
N484UA, Airbus A320-232, United Airlines (1609)
N485UA, Airbus A320-232, United Airlines (1617)
N488UA, Airbus A320-232, United Airlines (1680)
N489UA, Airbus A320-232, United Airlines (1702)
N490UA, Airbus A320-232, United Airlines (1728)
N494UA, Airbus A320-232, United Airlines (1840)
N326UA, Boeing 737-322, United Airlines (23958)
N17620, Boeing 737-524, United Airlines (27333)
N19638, Boeing 737-524, United Airlines (28899)
N12225, Boeing 737-824, United Airlines (28934)
N37298, Boeing 737-824, United Airlines (34004)
N38257, Boeing 737-824, United Airlines (30612)
N73256, Boeing 737-824, United Airlines (30611)
N76517, Boeing 737-824, United Airlines (31628)
N77296, Boeing 737-824, United Airlines (34002)
N77530, Boeing 737-824, United Airlines (39998)
N73445, Boeing 737-924, United Airlines (40000)
N75426, Boeing 737-924ER, United Airlines (31622)
N118UA, Boeing 747-422, United Airlines (28811)
N121UA, Boeing 747-422, United Airlines (29167)
N177UA, Boeing 747-422, United Airlines (24384)
N197UA, Boeing 747-422, United Airlines (26901)
N501UA, Boeing 757-222, United Airlines (24622)
N507UA, Boeing 757-222, United Airlines (24743)
N511UA, Boeing 757-222, United Airlines (24799)
N515UA, Boeing 757-222, United Airlines (24840)
N516UA, Boeing 757-222, United Airlines (24860)
N519UA, Boeing 757-222, United Airlines (24872)
N523UA, Boeing 757-222, United Airlines (24932)
N529UA, Boeing 757-222, United Airlines (25019)
N534UA, Boeing 757-222, United Airlines (25129)
N536UA, Boeing 757-222, United Airlines (25156)
N553UA, Boeing 757-222, United Airlines (25277)
N556UA, Boeing 757-222, United Airlines (26650)
N558UA, Boeing 757-222, United Airlines (26654)
N565UA, Boeing 757-222, United Airlines (26669)
N570UA, Boeing 757-222, United Airlines (26678)
N573UA, Boeing 757-222, United Airlines (26685)
N578UA, Boeing 757-222, United Airlines (26694)
N581UA, Boeing 757-222, United Airlines (26701)
N587UA, Boeing 757-222, United Airlines (26713)
N590UA, Boeing 757-222, United Airlines (28708)
N544UA, Boeing 757-222ER, United Airlines (25322)
N75854, Boeing 757-324, United Airlines (32813)
N57863, Boeing 757-33N, United Airlines (32587)
N667UA, Boeing 767-322, United Airlines (29239)
N646UA, Boeing 767-322ER, United Airlines (25283)
N648UA, Boeing 767-322ER, United Airlines (25285)
N656UA, Boeing 767-322ER, United Airlines (25394)
N661UA, Boeing 767-322ER, United Airlines (27158)
N662UA, Boeing 767-322ER, United Airlines (27159)
N213UA, Boeing 777-222, United Airlines (30219)
N768UA, Boeing 777-222, United Airlines (26919)
N773UA, Boeing 777-222, United Airlines (26929)
N781UA, Boeing 777-222, United Airlines (26945)
N784UA, Boeing 777-222, United Airlines (26948)
N785UA, Boeing 777-222, United Airlines (26954)
N225UA, Boeing 777-222ER, United Airlines (30554)
N120UP, Airbus A300F4-622R, United Parcel Service (805)
N414UP, Boeing 757-24APF, United Parcel Service (23854)
N429UP, Boeing 757-24APF, United Parcel Service (25460)
N118US, Airbus A320-214, US Airways (1264)
N125UW, Airbus A320-214, US Airways (4086)
N650AW, Airbus A320-232, US Airways (0856)
N654AW, Airbus A320-232, US Airways (1050)
N680AW, Airbus A320-232, US Airways (2630)
N183UW, Airbus A321-211, US Airways (1539)
N541UW, Airbus A321-231, US Airways (4126)
N406US, Boeing 737-401, US Airways (23876)
N458UW, Boeing 737-4B7, US Airways (25022)
N260AV, Airbus A320-214, USA 3000 (1564)
N262AV, Airbus A320-214, USA 3000 (1725)
N633VA, Airbus A320-214, Virgin America (3230)
N637VA, Airbus A320-214, Virgin America (3465)
N638VA, Airbus A320-214, Virgin America (3503)
XA-VOO, Airbus A320-232, Volaris (3705)
N622FX, Bombardier Aerospace Learjet 40, (45-2095)
N410MT, Cessna 560XL Citation Excel, (560-5018)
N156PH, Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign, (680-0031)

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…….

Photo credits: Grant Robinson

Regards,

 

Grant Robinson

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