Take Me To Your Pilot – Quick Trip to Atlanta

Davenport, IA

While staying here outside Davenport we received a call from our son, Kevin.  Kevin is a pilot for a regional airline flying routes for Delta Airlines.  It turns out that he would be piloting a flight that would be stopping in Cedar Rapids, less than 70 miles from our location, on Monday.  The flight would then continue back to Atlanta where Kevin lives.  He could get us stand-by tickets on the flight to Atlanta and we could return on another flight the next day.  We have never flown with him as the pilot so we jumped at the opportunity.

Monday morning we packed a few things in a backpack and headed out.  Along the way we approached the exit for West Branch, IA, the boyhood home of our thirty-first President, Herbert Hoover.  Who could pass up an opportunity to visit Hoover’s boyhood home, complete with a museum!  Since we had plenty of spare time, we stopped in to check it out.

Hoover’s boyhood home

The Hoover Presidential Library and Museum

While most people remember Hoover as the guy who got the blame for the Great Depression, his real accomplishment is the relief effort he organized to bring food to a starving population in Belgium during WWI.

Hoover (on the right) supervising relief supplies in WWI Europe

After a very enjoyable tour of the museum (even Pam thought it was worth the stop), we continued our journey to Cedar Rapids and the Eastern Iowa Airport.  The flight from Detroit to Cedar Rapids was delayed in Detroit due to mechanical issues, but finally arrived about an hour late (after switching to another aircraft).

Landing at Eastern Iowa Airport

Taxiing to the jetway

Completing the post-flight check

After all the passengers exited the plane, Kevin came out to greet us.  The captain had flown the plane in from Detroit so Kevin would be at the controls going to Atlanta.  We never flew in a commercial flight where we knew someone on the flight deck and found it a bit strange to know Kevin was at the controls.  But he is good at his job and the flight, including the landing in Atlanta, was flawless!

Our pilot for this flight

Hey, there’s a pilot shortage!

Today we flew back to Iowa (Kevin had the day off) and returned to our motorhome after a pleasant , albeit brief, visit in Atlanta.  Tomorrow we cross Iowa into Nebraska for a visit to Omaha and Lincoln.

More on that later . . .


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18 Responses to Take Me To Your Pilot – Quick Trip to Atlanta

  1. Sue says:

    Glad they gave Kevin a “good” plane to fly you two on…..leave the ones with mechanical problems for someone else, you’re VIP’s!

    • placestheygo says:

      We weren’t feeling too good about doing this trip when Kevin sent a message about being late for a mechanixal problem. We were glad to hear they weren’t taking that plane! Yes, the VIP’s were going to board:)

  2. I thought that guy was Hoover’s boyhood friend sitting on the porch!
    What a whirlwind trip with someone special in command and VIPs on board.

  3. Sarah says:

    How fun to be able to fly with your son. You will always remember that flight.

  4. heyduke50 says:

    how cool was that… it sure would be nice to have a kid who could pilot you around!

  5. Ingrid says:

    I personally know how special this was. Captain Al once put his dad in the cockpit jumpseat on a live flight from Chicago to Detroit (these days a fireable offense). My folks joined us on a flight from Chicago to Boston for an overnight. Al was the captain and I was the head flight attendant. My folks got to see what it was like to be part of the flight crew. Great memories. I’m so glad you got to see Kevin doing what he loves.

  6. I’m sure you and your son will always remember that flight! Much better to fly into Atlanta than to drive through it!

  7. I am amazed, and happy, to see photos of Kevin on the blog! What a fun experience and even a history stop on route!

  8. Debbie L says:

    How cool was that! Now that’s an adventure….

  9. Gay says:

    Totally awesome!

  10. Janna says:

    What a cool opportunity! We have friends here in our neighborhood–he flew for Northwest, she was a flight attendant–back in the days when I flew on a weekly basis. I never flew with Mark but Gemma was my flight attendant at least once. We did get to have lunch/dinner a couple times when we were all in the Minneapolis airport at the same time.

  11. Jodee Gravel says:

    I just love that you were able to make this quick jaunt – the flexibility of this life is so great! I’d be holding my breath for the landing, hoping it was just perfect. Sounds like it was 🙂 It’s little snippets like the relief effort in Belgium that make stops like that worth the effort. You could put a few of those little houses inside the library/museum 🙂

  12. pmbweaver says:

    I read a great book on Hoover and Roosevelt. The Hoover Presidential Library and Museum would be a must see for me. Not sure about Paul, but he may turn out to like it like Pam.

    Egads….I don’t care if there is a pilot shortage, get that man out of the driver’s seat…and fast!

    What a fun way to share a day with Kevin. I wonder if he was nervous flying his parents? What a treat.

  13. Laurel says:

    What a wonderful adventure! It must have been so cool for both you two and Kevin. Love seeing the photo of Kevin at the controls. (And you too, John!!) We really enjoy Presidential Libraries — that looks like a good one.

  14. Sherry says:

    Now that’s exciting! What fun to take a little jaunt compliments of your son the pilot. Pretty snazzy! Now that you’ve seen Hoover’s boyhood home, you need to come to Shenandoah to see his summer home, “The Brown House”.

  15. LuAnn says:

    What a wonderful experience for all three of you! Great photo of Kevin in the cockpit, the spitting image of dad.

  16. jimandbarb says:

    What a great surprise and adventure to be flown by your son!

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