Sunday March 26, 2017 and I am aboard an American Airlines flight to JFK where I will meet Kevin for a super trip. We will spend the night in New York City and fly non stop, scheduled that way, to Johannesburg SA. The first leg went splendidly. Kevin and I were each about 2 hours later into JFK due to fog. Connections to the Sleep Inn were straight forward and we immediately went to supper at a nearby Chinese Restaurant. I use the word restaurant rather loosely here. It was close by. It seemed rather early but when we got back to the room Kevin was ready for slumber. He had been up since 3AM Hartley Time and it was now 7 so that computes to 16 hours. The room is too small for one to sleep and the other to keep busy with the computer or TV so I also hit the sack. It is not even sundown in Tucson, where I started my day.
My brother in law Kevin joined me for the trip. Eddie was our guide.
Monday March 27.
After a long sleep we are awake at 5:30 AM and start our day. We check the phones and computer get up to date on the communications and go to an early breakfast. Thence to the airport to begin our journey in earnest. After the TSA check in we find two comfortable chairs and lounge while we wait until it is of the appropriate time to call home. All is well at home so now we board our flying home for the next 15 hours. It is about 50% full so we end up with lots of room to stretch out and get comfortable. Right now we are going 631 mph and have only 11 and a half hours to go. Great Scott that is a long time.
We have been flying in a very straight line from JFK to JNB until about 30 minutes ago. Our arrival time has been consistently 8 AM plus or minus about 5 minutes. I was following our route and about the time we changed crews, 8 hours or so, I noticed we made a slow but deliberate turn to the east. This turn was shallow and not noticeable unless you were following the route. Our arrival time immediately moved to 9:30. I watched awhile and then went to the galley area and asked one of the flight attendants why the re-direct? She was not aware of this so she looked at my monitor and was puzzled enough to go to the flight deck with the question. On her way back she stopped and said they were directed to alter course due to some space launch or returning space debris. We are now on course and will be in JNB at 8:45.