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IntroductionHi and welcome to this Photo Flight Report of my recent trip from Washington Dulles Intl airport back home to Amsterdam Schiphol. I was a bit hesitant to write this FR because it's pretty much the only route I fly and it's been reported many times on this site. However, it's always good to re-evaluate the product and, I've included a (hopefully) nice bonus at the end, my visit to the Steven F. Udvar Hazy Museum near Dulles with some highlights from my perspective. So, fasten your seatbelts, put your tray table in the upright position and let's get started!
The flight itselfBoarding was smooth and went quite well. I found my aisle seat (3H) and was welcomed by a extremely friendly senior purser. Champagne followed together with an orange juice as welcome drink and amenity bags were handed out. The crew informed us that we picked an excellent night to fly - only 6hr45m to Amsterdam! What a great surprise!
Arrival at AmsterdamWe were told we were going to park the plane on the tarmac and would deplane by bus. First for me on a TATL-flight. So we stepped of the Boeing in a cold but nice Amsterdam Schiphol. And we were granted a free tour of the airport ;-) What did surprise me though is that when the bus drops you off, you have to go through an odd rotating door, I can't really explain it but it's a strange thing. An elderly couple ws walking behind me and was almost hit by the rotating door. They looked like they could easily fall over because they were moving really handicapped. As the door was about to hit them, I stopped it by pushing back. A schiphol stewart was very angry at me for doing that because it could mess up the system. Strange priority: I'd prefer a messed up system over a fallen 80yr old….
Bonus: Udvar Hazy
Not far from Dulles, there is a nice museum (free entrance, $15 parking fee) where you can see a great collection of history air and space vehicles. I'd been there before but wanted to see it again so spend a morning there. Here are some of my personal favourites and highlights.
Enola Gay, The B-17 that dropped Little Boy on Hiroshima. Very humbling to stand beside this aircraft that ended WW2 effectively but at the same time caused so much pain and suffering.
The Space Shuttle Discovery, flew the most shuttle missions. I can't explain just how HUGE this thing is. Imagine strapping yourself in it, being shot to space and then having to land it like a glider. Wow!
Apollo Command Module; don't know if this one actually went to space but again the size impressed me: This thing is small, yet it had to house 3 astronauts for 2 weeks going to the moon. And this sat on top of a huge Saturn V rocket. Again: wow!
One of the Nazi's wonder weapons: A rocket powered fighter. Legend has, it flew too fast to effectively intercept allied bombers.
MiG-15 and F-84. These two birds fought over the Korean sky; the first air war between Soviet made fighter a/c and american made fighter a/c
I feel the need…. the need for speed! F-14A Tomcat; famous for its role in Top Gun. Retired now
So to sum this flight up:
Washington DC: Great airport, nice looking, effective process
Air France lounge near gate A20: Great lounge; good food, great drinks, not build for this many customers
KLM Flight: Excellent as always, impressed by the food and the level of service. Seats are good.
Amsterdam: Except for the deplaning by bus, overall good experience.