CNN reporter loves JIA

February 1, 2012
Jeff Brumley
On the Road

CNN's Erin Burnett spoke glowingly of Jacksonville International Airport, saying on her show that it could perhaps be "America's best airport."

Apprently Burnett experienced a flight delay at JIA after covering the presidential debates at the University of North Florida. She praised the airport's wide open spaces, massage therapists and the fact it has an art gallery, among other things. She was also complimentary of how helpful employees are at the airport.

Burnett also praises the city and UNF in her video.

Of course all of this begs the question: what do I think of JIA? Personally, I always like flying out of JIA because the airport is also home to the Florida Air National Guard's 125th Fighter Wing. It's always cool to see the unit's F-15 Eagle fighters parked on the tarmac and even cooler to see them taxiing to the runways and taking off.

As I prepared to board a recent Southwest Airlines flight to Nashville, I watched as six of the two-engined fighters taxied single file for takeoff. When my plane took off and banked, we turned right over three of the fighters. I could like straight down into the cockpits from about 400 or 500 feet. It was uber awesome.



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