Date Airline Flight Type Regn Routing Time Miles Remarks
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17 Oct 15 UA 1051 787-8 N27903 DEN-IAH 01:44 749 mi My 1st 787 flight
17 Oct 15 UA 3 737-924(W) N37464 IAH-FLL 01:52 839 mi My 1st -900 flight Next

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October 2015 and I'm on my way from Phoenix to Florida for a cruise with my Dad through the Panama Canal. I purposely route myself via Denver on United in the hopes of getting my first Boeing 787 flight.
All the flights operate on time and as expected and I get to enjoy my first rides on 787-8 and 737-900 during this long day.

The first flight is PHX-DEN on a United 737-824 equipped with "split-scimitar" winglets...increasingly more common in certain airlines' fleets across the country. I'm on the port side and I get some spectacular views of Denver and the "Front Range" of this area of Colorado during our final descent into a landing at Denver International. I was present at the "newest" major airport in the country to open (and it remains so) and it seems hard to believe that event was now over 20 1/2 years ago.

Below is my photo of N37274 at the gate in Denver after my arrival; A photo of Denver (center) and the Front Range. Below that is a FlightAware screenshot of our ground track.

Photo: Aeromoe

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After several hours worth of plane watching at DIA, my next flight is operated by the relatively new Boeing 787. Untied has both 787-8 and the 20-feet longer -9 in service; the -10 (even further stretched) is due to join the fleet within a few years.
Below is my photo of N27903 arriving from Tokyo as flight UA 138. This flight parks on the A-Concourse for Customs & Immigration purposes; it later taxies over to a B-concourse gate for the domestic flight to Houston.

N27903 approaching our departure gate on B concourse.

During final approach into IAH.

The third flight of the day is my first aboard a 737-900. This flight is also a new city-pair for me.

Sunset is moments away in my photo of N37464 at the gate at IAH prior to our departure; a FlightAware screenshot is below that.

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