Starting the Blog: A Little Bit About Myself

While Speedbird Spotter has existed since January of this year, I’ve neglected to write any posts on the blog. And though I’ve alluded to my childhood growing up in Southern Maine, my various trips, and a variety of other things about me, I have yet to give a personal introduction. That — combined with my desire to kick off at least semi-regular blogging — inspired me to write this post.

Who Am I?

First of all, I’ll start off with a little bit about myself. I’m a 24-year-old marketing professional who lives in Greater Boston. Having grown up in Southern Maine, I’ve always been a New Englander, but really didn’t come to enjoy Boston until I began attending school at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. In June of 2014, just two weeks after graduation, I moved to Somerville, MA, which is where I currently live, however I’ll be moving next door to Cambridge in a month’s time. Regardless, my serendipitous discovery that I lived under the various departure patterns from Logan’s Runway 33L re-ignited my interest in aviation. Although I’ll definitely miss being able to lay in bed and see British Airways 747s fly over my house, I’ll always be appreciative that I was fortunate enough to live in such a place — the realization of a childhood dream.

Furthermore, I’ve detailed some more information about me, particularly in terms of aviation. While this isn’t a completely comprehensive list, hopefully it will shed a bit of background into who I am, and where my interests lie.

Commercial Aircraft I’ve Flown On

Although I really hadn’t flown on that many types prior to age 22, my repertoire of planes traveled on has significantly increased since that point. I probably have a few more types that belong on here,

Narrow Bodies

Embraer:

  1. ERJ-145 (American Eagle)
  2. E-170 (American Airlines)
  3. E-190 (jetBlue, U.S. Airways)

Airbus:

  1. A319-100 (American Airlines, easyJet, Frontier Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, U.S. Airways)
  2. A320-200 (American Airlines, easyJet, jetBlue, United Airlines, U.S. Airways)
  3. A321-200 (American Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Delta Air Lines)

Boeing:

  1. 717-200 (Delta Air Lines)
  2. 737-200 (U.S. Airways)
  3. 737-300 (Southwest Airlines)
  4. 737-700 (Southwest Airlines, United Airlines)
  5. 737-800 (American Airlines, United Airlines)
  6. 737-900 (Delta Air Lines, United Airlines)
  7. 757-200 (American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines)
  8. 757-300 (United Airlines)

McDonnell-Douglas:

  1. MD-82 (American Airlines)
  2. MD-83 (American Airlines)
Wide Bodies

Airbus:

  1. A330-200 (American Airlines)
  2. A330-300 (Air China, China Eastern Airlines)
  3. A380-800 (British Airways, China Southern Airlines)

Boeing:

  1. 767-300 (Delta Air Lines)
  2. 787-800 (Hainan Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  3. 787-900 (Hainan Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  4. 777-200 (British Airways, United Airlines)
  5. 747-400 (British Airways)

Note: Though we took a few trips when I was a little kid, I wouldn’t have known a Dash-8 from a Dreamliner (the latter didn’t exist then, but you get my point). Due to that, I’m sure that this list should be more extensive, however I don’t want to post something I’m not 100% sure is accurate.

10 Favorite Aircraft

While I’m definitely a fan of Boeing, I have to say that I enjoy flying on Airbus aircraft as well. However, the Boeing 747-400 is undoubtedly my favorite, and always will be.

  1. Boeing 747
  2. Boeing 787
  3. Airbus A330
  4. Airbus A380
  5. Boeing 777
  6. Boeing 767
  7. Airbus A320
  8. Boeing 737
  9. Boeing 757
  10. Airbus A319

Note: While most of the following aircraft have certain series that exist within the model (-100, -200, etc.), my feelings remain consistent throughout the fleet as a whole.

Firsts

While I can’t say I remember my first flight much, I have been able to remember a number of other interesting experiences. In particular, my first wide body and 747 flights were particularly memorable.

Flight:

  • January 1996
  • Portland, ME (KPWM) – Pensacola, FL (KPNS)
  • About: No idea what the exact routing was, although I do remember us going through Newark and Jacksonville, so I’d have to guess we flew on Continental. (To be fair, I was 3 at the time.)

Wide body Flight:

  • November 10, 2004
  • Boston, MA (KBOS) – London, England (EGLL)
  • British Airways 238
  • Boeing 777-200 (registration: unknown)
  • About: My dad and I took a trip to England which, in addition to being my first time on a wide-body, was also my first time leaving the United States. A good time indeed.

Boeing 747 Flight:

  • November 25, 2014
  • Boston, MA (KBOS) – London, England (EGLL)
  • British Airways 212
  • Boeing 747-400 (registration: G-BYGD)
  • About: I had long had a two-part dream: 1. to fly transatlantic from an airport in the state which I resided. 2. to fly on a 747. All told, this is my favorite trip that I’ve taken to date.

Domestic Wide-body Flight:

  • February 27, 2016
  • Boston, MA (KBOS) – Charlotte, NC (KCLT)
  • American Airlines 1967
  • Airbus A330-200 (reg: N290AY)
  • About: While it wasn’t long in duration, it was quite an experience to be able to look out the window for a short domestic flight and see the wing of the A330. Pretty cool!

10 Destinations for the Future

Ultimately, everyone has different criteria for what makes a destination unique. Though some of these are on here more due to interest in the airport rather than the destination itself, I am sure I’d enjoy the locales as well.

  1. San Francisco, CA (KSFO)*
  2. Denver, CO (KDEN)
  3. Honolulu, HI (PHNL)
  4. Munich, Germany (EDDM)
  5. Barcelona, Spain (LEBL)
  6. Beijing, China (ZBAA)*
  7. Toronto, Ontario (CYYZ)
  8. Dublin, Ireland (EIDW)
  9. Johannesburg, South Africa (FAOR)
  10. Tel Aviv, Israel (LLBG)

* Itinerary booked.

That should be enough for me to get started. In conclusion, I’d like to say thank you for stopping by, and be sure to check back — I intend to blog on a somewhat regular basis!