Flyover States: UPS 2930 – PHL to ONT

I felt like hauling some more Cargo. So I jumped aboard my beautiful MD-11F, and did the UPS flight 2930 from Philadelphia to Ontario, CA.
Here we go! But be warned, quite a few pictures this time.

The flight info.
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Our routing. As you can see, we will be crossing the entire United States (10 States to be exact). Most of them, especially the midwestern states, are the so called Flyover States. Take-off will be on 09L, CRZ altitude is 35,000 feet, and we will be landing on runway 26R in Ontario.
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Let’s get it started. N250UP is shining beautifully in the sun, and just waiting for us to take her to the West Coast.
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They have Taxi-Out positions at the UPS ramp in Philly, so no need for a pushback later on.
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Man, I just LOVE this flight deck. And this aircraft!
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We’re at the holding point for 09L. This UPS 747 is just giving us a little symphony with its PW-engines.
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It’s time for some Rock ‘n’ Roll!
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Two things:
1. This is clearly US Airways turf.
2. Look at that skyline in the background!
Oh, and don’t forget to admire this amazing aircraft on the runway, while you’re at it 😉
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Rotate!
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Gear up, and one more glimpse of the beautiful Philadelphia skyline.
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From the cockpit it looks like this.
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The Delaware River below.
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After we’ve reached our cruise altitude, a company 747 is challenging us for a little air race…
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Needless to say that we kicked his ass, and let him eat our dirt!
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Not much happened from now on. Here we are alreay over Pueblo, CO and Colorado Springs.
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Sadly we didn’t get to see the Rocky Mountains today. Clouds were blocking the view.
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And another disappointment. Grand Canyon National Park and its airport lies below us, as you can see on our ND. Again, clouds were blocking the view.
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At least we were above the clouds and that means: Sun.
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Whoopsie. In case you’re wondering why my seat is emtpy…must have been on a bathroom-break.
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I never get tired of looking at this plane.
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Descent has started. This is a completely different world, compared to the East Coast.
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Watch out for terrain. The Sierra Nevada is getting in our descent path.
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This might help to understand the difficulty of this region. We have: LAX, a billion other airports in the region, incredible amounts of traffic on the SOCAL frequency, mountains, and often some fog on top.
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UPS should use this A2A-shot for marketing…
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Yay, we made it through the mountains! Gear down, approaching 26R.
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Looking good.
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The airport of Ontario is located right next to these mountains. Breathtaking!
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Short final.
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Did I mention these fantastic mountains in the background?
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I let my F/O do the taxiing to the UPS ramp. I had to enjoy the view.
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About to cross 26L.
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And going all the way back to the UPS ramp. This ERJ just took off.
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An incoming Southwest 737 about to touch down.
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Quite the collection: A DC-8, a B757 and another MD-11F.
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Shutdown complete.
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Thanks for reading!

I did some editing on some of my favorite shots from this flight again. So here they are. I think they emphasize the details a lot better than the originals.
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3 thoughts on “Flyover States: UPS 2930 – PHL to ONT

  1. Wow, this took short time, especially compared to the last one! 😉

    Great report as usual. This MD11F sure looks good! Wish I ever had a chance to fly on the M11 in real life… 😦
    I don’t have any chance to fly KLM longhaul anywhere in the near future, and as time goes by those last triholers will get phased out.

    What’s next? Some California hopping maybe? Or is it finally time to redo my RTW trip in the sim? 😉

    cheers,
    Sveinn

  2. Thanks Sveinn! Yes, you’re right. I would love to catch a flight on the last remaining MD-11 in PAX-service too. But I doubt I will be able to make it on a KLM long-haul with their MD-11 in the near future. At least I have been on a DC-10 flight some time ago. It’s getting harder and harder to fly on the classics.

    Don’t know what’s next. Probably a nice little UPS B767F positioning flight between Ontario and Long Beach. Scheduled flight time: 5 minutes 😉

    • Haha that sure sounds nice! I love those shorties, only the most fun part of flight (takeoff+landing) and no waiting at cruise altitude! 🙂

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