If you didn’t come to Dorkfest on Saturday, you missed out on a great time. We had well over 100 people show up — probably closer to 150 — to eat burgers, watch airplanes, talk shop… and take home a bunch of swag.
What you see above is just a sampling of what we had to give out. I want to thank Ben Granucci from NYCAviation and Ian Petchenik from Flightradar24 for helping me give all this stuff away. And I want to also give special thanks to all the swag donors.
- Alaska for a new livery 737 model as well as a Salmon-Thirty-Salmon model
- American Airlines for passes to the Admirals Club, Flagship First Dining, and Five Star service along with a 777 model, retro hats, and AA socks
- British Airways for a 747 model
- Delta for a 757 and 747 model and some other goodies
- DFW for a whole potpourri of stuff
- EVA for a 747 model, pajamas, amenity kits, and coveted Hello Kitty goodie bags
- Flightradar24 for three free Gold subscription plans and t-shirts
- Southwest for some of the last 100 bags of peanuts, carrying bags, and other goodies
- Spirit for one of the grand prizes — two free tickets — an A320 model, and a bunch more swag
- United for the other grand prize — a real 747 window cutout — and a 787 model
We had everyone put their names on raffle tickets and spent a lot of time giving things away. Of course, it took even longer than it should have because we had to pause every time an airplane came by. This one required an especially long pause.
Perhaps my favorite winning moment was when Andrew Nocella’s name was chosen as a winner of an Admirals Club pass. Andrew, if you don’t know the name, is currently the Chief Commercial Officer at United, but he used to be with American. Unfortunately he was inside In-N-Out when his name was chosen, so his pass went to someone else instead. Something tells me he didn’t need it.
Thank you once again to everyone who came out this year. It was really an excellent day. I love to see that there are so many others out there who think spending the day watching airplanes with a burger in hand is a good plan. I look forward to doing it again next year.