For those who didn’t attend, you missed a great event on Saturday at the In ‘n Out by LAX. I’d say the second annual Cranky Dorkfest was a success, despite the looming threat of Carmaggedon just to the north. This shot summed it up nicely for me.
From my rough count, we had about 30 to 40 people show up, many with camera gear in tow. I think the furthest attendee was from Albany, NY with a few others from New York City. Maybe the most impressive, however, were the two attendees who came from the San Fernando Valley, easily getting around the Carmaggedon freeway closure.
I was excited to see some attendees who I worked with both at America West and United. We also had people from Allegiant, California Pacific, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, and US Airways show up to watch airplanes. And of course, there were many familiar Twitter faces with @NYCAviation, @hharteveldt, @AbFabSkyLife, @AirlineReporter, @danwebbage, @MDerekPugh, @flyboyroy, @bigmalx, and @FlyCPAir all attending.
And the spotting was good yesterday. Thought it was a little hazy, we at least didn’t have anything but high clouds in the sky. We had three A380 arrivals along with several 747s and 777s. There were a couple quirky birds including the Virgin America bearded aircraft (which was good to see despite my hatred of the Giants) and towards the end, an American Eagle ERJ with no Eagle on the tail. (After further review, I’m guessing this is because it had its tail sliced back in May.)
No dorkfest would be complete with some goodies as well, and Routehappy brought along t-shirts to give away. Randy from California Pacific also brought a few goodies to hand out as well.
All in all, it was a great day. Thanks to everyone who came out. I would definitely like to do more of these in the future in more places. I think we’re going to need to find some sponsors to help make that a reality.
Now back to our regular programming….