World Airways MD-11 (48518/525) N271WA which was delivered to the carrier on March 8, 1993, returned home to Long Beach Airport (LGB/KLGB) yesterday, January 7, 2014.
It arrived from Louisville International Airport (SDF/KSDF) at 08:34 pst as "WOA9602" and parked on taxiway "Alpha" just in front of the old Douglas (DAC) commercial blast fence. This is the same spot where she would have started her engines and departed from on her first pre-delivery test flight almost 21 years ago.
The aircraft was in Long Beach to pick-up the BSC National Champion Florida State Seminoles who one the title the previous evening in a game against the Auburn Tigers at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
The MD-11 was loaded and departed at 13:46 pst bound for Tallahassee Regional Airport (TLH/KTLH) as "WOA3306."
(Photos by Michael Carter)