We did a bunch when the kids were little across the Atlantic. They were never easier than expected, so glad to hear your expectations were exceeded!
Took our first space A from McChord to McGuire. C17, seats down the sides and tons of room in the middle to stretch out once airborne. 4 hours flight time, and senior pilot was a female LtCol (squadron commander?). Anna was inspired. Waiting to catch a flight that wasn't cancelled was a pain, but the travel itself was wonderful.
Have fun in MA!
Yeah, hopefully we haven't been set up for disappointment on later flights! I was worried that he'd be tired and cranky and not able to sleep on our laps. He slept fine on our laps, and when he wasn't sleeping he was either very chill and content to sit or happily walking up and down the aisle making new friends. The trip back is likely to be tougher since he'll probably want to sleep more and it gets uncomfortable for us pretty quickly!
Believe it or not I've never taken a space A flight -- had plans a few times but it always just seemed too risky wrt to leave while on AD. That's great that you're able to use it, a nice perk but also part of the adventure!
Yeah, I'd never flown space A before, either - same reason. But I'm looking forward to doing more in the future.
We have lots of pictures of Pete sleeping across our laps on planes...even at 8, he thinks he's still small enough to pull that off (not exactly). But it's great when they do sleep. I think the years between when the kids are really small and when they're starting to read were the hardest, and I'll freely admit resorting to movies to survive long flights for a few years there!