Thursday afternoon, I was sitting on a Delta jet waiting to depart for Atlanta from DCA. I love Delta, really I do. I fly Delta relatively often now that I live in Atlanta, and they are my airline. That said, I’ve still got a little red, white, and blue left in me. What the heck am I talking about? As you may remember, I spent the formative years of my working life with American Airlines…. the silver bird, Astrojet service, and red, white, and blue.

True story – If I’m at an airport and an A380, 747-8, or a 787 taxi by, no matter the airline, I may give them a second look. New airplane types always interest me, but an MD-80 or a 737? I suppose the only word I can think of to describe those aircraft types is ubiquitous. But if one of those types taxis by with a little polished aluminum, a red, white, and blue stripe down the side, and an AA on the tail, I always stop to look…in reverence.

Yes, I’m probably a little weird, but I have a special place in my heart for AA and AA’s jets. Does anyone else ever watch a particular airline’s aircraft more than others? Have a special connection to a particular airline? Yes, I’m an #AvGeek. No apologies.

-MJ, August 2, 2013