The View from DFW Term D Admirals Club ...

 
Old Jun 8, 06, 8:52 am
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Cool The View from DFW Term D Admirals Club ...

I was sitting at the Terminal D AC this morning .. not very awake after a 6am flight into DFW. There was one lone military traveler on that flight .. (no more comments). As I took the tram from C to E to D I noticed the two charter planes (ATA) that were awaiting the military members to take them back to 'work'.

While in the AC I noticed a bit of fire truck activity on the tarmac near the end (low numbers) of D terminal. Two trucks but nothing more.

Around 9am a ATA L1011-500 (the long range version with the little back emergency door) landed. It certainly looked wierd as I have not seen L1011's for ages! I wondered if this was an inbound charter with military staff coming home ...

As the plane taxied toward the terminal, the fire trucks gave the flight a 'Welcome' by parking on each side of the plane .. spraying water in archs as the plane taxied thru.

The plane continued to taxi .. and the fire trucks went back to their facilities.

I thought 'What a nice Welcome Home!' ^ ^

No ... this was NOT American Airlines doing anything special .. it was the DFW Airport Fire Department. But since I was sitting in the AC at Term D (with that great view of the western runways) .. I was impressed!

Nothing more .. no vieled comments on ATA or charters or the military ... just the fact that DFW Airport Fire Department did a nice thing.
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Nice ... thanks for sharing.
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Old Jun 8, 06, 8:55 am
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They also do the same thing when it's a pilot's last flight before retiring.....
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Old Jun 8, 06, 9:28 am
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Originally Posted by JGR01

As the plane taxied toward the terminal, the fire trucks gave the flight a 'Welcome' by parking on each side of the plane .. spraying water in archs as the plane taxied thru.
The DFW fire trucks have been doing this for all the military charter flights for a many months now. I've seen it a few times. It is a nice touch.
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Would anyone happen to have the postal mail address for the DFW fire unit? I think such decent action deserves recognition.

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Old Jun 8, 06, 9:38 pm
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FD PO Box:

DFW Airport Fire Department
P.O. Drawer 610687
DFW Airport, Texas 75261


or the main street address:

DFW International Airport
Police/Fire/EMS Department
3200 East Airfield Drive
DFW Airport, TX 75261
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Old Jun 10, 06, 12:11 pm
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What a nice idea.

My wife is an FA for another airline that does lots of DOD charters. She says she has never seen any other airport do this. However, many of her trips are in/out of military bases and often in the middle of the night.
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Old Jun 10, 06, 9:39 pm
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The firehose spray is traditional, as mentioned, for a retiring pilot or aircraft. It's a very nice touch for DFW to do it for returning troops.

I didn't get one when my unit got home, but then again we flew into MCAS Miramar in the middle of the night.
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