An American Trans Air L-1011 (N189AT) at SAN

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The great thing about being unemployed is that I can just hop in the car and cruise on over to SAN whenever I feel like it. There is nowhere I need to be and nothing I need to do that can’t wait until later. Ah, life is great! Of course, constantly worrying about when my savings was going to run out is a pretty dark cloud hovering over me. Nonetheless, I am still pretty upbeat right now. For the first time since college, I feel like I had all the time in the world to do what I want, whenever I want to do it.

So there I was…walking up the Delta Airlines gates in Terminal 2 west at SAN, scoping for interesting photo ops. As I got closer to the windows, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing parked remotely on the far west side of the apron: an American Trans Air L-1011! I had no idea that this L-1011 (N189AT) would be there that morning – I just got really lucky.

American Trans Air L-1011-385-1

American Trans Air L-1011-385-1

Since I am unemployed, I had all the time in the world to stick around until they moved it. It was parked a little bit too far away to get decent pictures, so I parked my butt in a seat by the window and waited. Thankfully, I didn’t have to wait long – they moved it within the hour, and pulled it over to a Delta gate not far from where I was sitting. The interesting thing about all of it was that they didn’t pull it up all the way to the gate, and there was no indication in the terminal that there would be an American Trans Air flight departing anytime soon. Odd.

The Delta ground staff serviced the aircraft, and it sure looked liked it was being prepped for departure. Fuel, food, etc were being loaded…but there were no passengers! But 30 minutes later, a tour bus rolled up to the L-1011 and transferred over. Within minutes, the aircraft pushed back and was gone. I have no idea where that flight came from, where it departed to, or who those people were. It was obviously a charter of some kind, but I thought it was odd that they didn’t board the plane from inside the terminal.

Anyway, I was thrilled to get close-up pictures of an American Trans Air L-1011 in San Diego.

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