March 15/16, 2000

American Airlines Flight Academy
And Conference Center
Orientation Class

"I AM American Airlines"




Our Classroom:


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From there, we went through the atrium to tour the Flight Academy, where we saw flight simulators, the SOC, and stewardess training areas.

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Time to "smoke if you got 'em".....


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The second day, we got to tour the C.R. Smith museum....


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Even in the movie theater, we had first class seats !


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The only picture I could get of the SOC came from the museum....those people were WORKING in there !

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The American Airlines flagship was restored by a talented bunch of employees and now rests in its own hangar at the C.R. Smith museum:

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Between classes and for meals, we sat out in the open air, enjoying the view & the people !

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One touching moment for me was when a policeman saw me taking pics with the digital camera.
He came over & asked if I would take his pic and e-mail it to his wife -- as he was about to be shipped out to Bosnia or Kosovo.... and he wouldn't see her for a long time.
As that might have been an "official police request", I sent the picture the night I got home....now hoping to hear some details back from the wife.

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I wanted to take more pictures, including the entrances to the complex. However, it was a very FAST two days....by the time class was out on the second day, we barely had time to grab our bags & jump on the bus for the airport...the only "hurry up & wait" part of the whole trip !

EVERYONE should have the opportunity to see this place, and enjoy & share the wonderful and helpful people, the atmosphere and comfort of the American Airlines Flight Academy & Conference Center. It sure made me believe..... ...especially after seeing OUR class in the new slide show they made !

"I AM American Airlines !"




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