In my experimentation with zoom photography, I figured that the aircraft coming from the nearby airport would be a fun idea. This one, however, I did not realize how integral it was until not too long ago. As I analyzed the silver, red, and blue liver with American Airlines logo on the tail fin, I flashed back at a copy of a coloring and activity book offered by American Airlines--their so-called "Fun Book." The book contained several games, puzzles, and even pictures of American's fleet as it stood in the 1990s.
Further reading helped me realize that the picture that I took was of a plane most likely from American's era of Luxury Jets. At one point in the last 40 years, American was priding itself on having the Luxury Fleet; these were mostly Boeing 747s and 707s that were fitted for amenities such as large lounges and comfy seats.
However, research also helped me identify this particular aircraft as a Boeing 757. From what the Boeing company had to say about it, from 1981 to 2004, 1,050 757s were made to order, including over 900 757-200s as shown. The narrow-body nature, modest $65-million price tag, and ~4,000-knot range made for smooth rides, versatile flight plans, and good turnaround.
This is probably one of the funnest pictures I took of an aircraft thus far. I did not realize that I was in the presence of one of Boeing's best-selling aircraft of the last few decades, now an endangered species as newer, and sometimes more energy-efficient, aircraft sway the buying power of some airlines.