Departure from Dulles
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I was looking forward to my trip to Fort Worth, Texas. I was on my way to attend a professional conference, but hoped I'd have a bit of down time to see something of the city. I had not been in Fort Worth since the late 1970s. No doubt much had changed.
By 7:30 in the morning, I was on my way to drive to Dulles Airport. Long term parking was plentiful and I was in the terminal by 8:30 a.m. Lots of time for the security check. I was flying with carry-on luggage only this time, given the short stay and the checked luggage charges of today. There was time for coffee, too.
Boarding for our American Airlines MD-83 Flagship was called at 9:55 a.m. Shortly before scheduled departure, the Captain noted that the aircraft's clocks had malfunctioned. Not to worry, as maintenance was already on board. But, time wore on with no resolution. Finally, the Captain announced there was one more procedure left to try. Turning off the aircraft's power. ("Rebooting" it, one might say.) That worked! We pushed out from the gate at 10:55 EDT and were in the air at 11:08.
It was a smooth trip from then on as we flew down the Valley of Virginia and then across Tennessee. At 12:40 EDT we were near Memphis, 450 miles (750 km) from Dallas/Fort Worth. As it was, time was made up and we were on approach to DFW Airport at 1:05 CDT, landing after just over three hours.