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User currently offlineQXcargoman From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 9 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2895 times:

Does anyone have some good memories of any defunct airlines? preferably US

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User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2875 times:

I flew on Western Pacific from DFW-DEN. On the Simpsons plane. That was real cool.

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User currently offlineJayDavis From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2873 times:

I've flown on 6 bankrupt carriers.

Brannif, Braniff II, MuseAir, Legend, plus the "old" Frontier and Vanguard.



Jay


User currently offline747-451 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2417 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2855 times:

Good site for Airlines which have passed on:

http://www.ruudleeuw.com/remember.htm

Wonderful memories of the Jet and "spacious" ages on PAN AM.

good times on Eastern (except when a really dortylane was at the gate--I would like to go out on the apron with Brillo!)

Tower Air....well...... thats another story...


User currently offlineWestern737 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 489 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2839 times:

my username tell it all.


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User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2762 times:

I miss Ansett. Although i only flew with them on one occasion i miss seeing their livery around and their planes- especially their A320's.  Sad

User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5166 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2762 times:

Back in the day, pre-deregulation, you could get on an Ozark Airlines plane in Peoria, Ill and in less than 5 stops be anywhere between DEN and LGA  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

A trip to ORD would allow you to see the following: Ozark, TWA, Eastern, Braniff, North Central, Piedmont, Southern and Allegheny (not defunct, but yeah, they are more or less).

Some of my favorite flights were on defunct carriers: Ozark, TWA, Frontier (a breathtakingly short flight from Kansas City to Topeka, Ks and they still managed to serve drinks), Pan Am, Eastern (we blew a tire once landing at DCA, big fun for a 10 year old!), Mississppi Valley, Britt (now part of COExpress), Braniff (to MEX ands ACA when I was 4, yes I remember it) and a personal favorite, the British Airways forerunner Northeast.

I also remember when DCA had National, Empire, Altair, Air Florida and Air Virginia (now part of AA Eagle).

Guess I'm showing my age (37) but it seems watching planes was ALOT more interesting then.



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User currently offlineJayDavis From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2754 times:

I forgot one !!
I also flew on Jet America between LAX and Guaymas, Mexico on a Club Med charter. Granted, they didn't go bankrupt, but they are no longer with us.

I remember another cool airline out in California, Pacific Express.
They had a very cool paint scheme. I think they only flew Bac-111's but were supposed to get some Bae-146's also.


Jay


User currently offlineMxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 35
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2735 times:

Having been in this damn industry since 1977 I, like many people I know, have a resume that is a literal "Who's Who of Losers in the Airline Industry"!  Smile

Let's see...

National (Fly Me!)
Air Florida
Northeastern International Airways
Caribbean Express
Air South (originally Slocum Air, not the Air South out of GSP)
Air Sunshine (merged into Air Florida)
Piedmont
Pan Am (The World's Most Experienced Airline)
Carnival Air Lines (The Fun Ships)
Pan Am II
Transcontinental Airlines (all-cargo carrier out of YIP)

As for others, I haven't worked for...
Braniff (Flying Colors)
Eastern (The Wings of Man)
TWA (The Lindberg Line)
Southern Airways
Hughes Airwest (Top Banana in the West!)
Western (The Only Way to Fly)
PSA (The Airline that Won the West with a Smile  Smile)
Transtar

That's about it for now...more if I remember them...

MxCtrlr  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Freight Dogs Anonymous - O.O.T.S.K.  Smokin cool




DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(
User currently offlineN79969 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2727 times:

If obscurity is the criteria, I have flown the following defunct carriers:

Capitol Air ORD-JFK in a DC-8
Aero CostaRica ATL-San Jose, Costa Rica 737-200


User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2718 times:

Where are all the Rich International fliers?

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User currently offlinePilottim747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1607 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2692 times:

My fondest memory would have to be the most recent one as well:

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But I also had some good memories from Piedmont (my first flight with my own seat) and Australian (the old one).

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User currently offlineJeffrito From United States of America, joined May 2001, 133 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2593 times:

Flying Peoples Express in an out of Newark was like going to the circus!

User currently offlineM717 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 608 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2576 times:

Many, MANY good memories here:


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User currently offlineCactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 25
Reply 14, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2574 times:


I've flown on the following defuncts:

Eastern, Kiwi, Pro Air, National II, United (oh wait...)

All of the flights were memorable in their own way, altough I guess I hold the most sentiments for Eastern since it was the first airline I flew on as a child (first flight at 6 months old!)



User currently offlineKramri From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2564 times:

I had some great (cheap) flights on Morris Air


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I remember one old pilot we had who wore an engineers hat, and actually blew a wooden train whistle prior to takeoff! (I thought we were going down!)  Smile/happy/getting dizzy I also remember getting there early for the first-come-first-serve seat assignments, and breakfast muffins as big as my head. But, then Southwest bought them out, and closed the DEN route because they avoid DEN like the plague.



User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5822 posts, RR: 28
Reply 16, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2538 times:

IIFRC, Morris purchased their breakfast muffins from Costco. I seem to recall Costco making a big deal about that in one of their magazine articles.


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User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 17, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2526 times:

I really miss WestPac as well...

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User currently offlineMSY-MSP From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 151 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2526 times:

I guess this is the thread for the older folks, (not like 30 is old).

I remember as a kid flying to my mom's folks place in Iowa on Ozark, TWA, Western, Republic.

My dad's folks lived in New Orleans, and we would fly to see them on Eastern (miss the transits in ATL / KATL), USA - Georgia">ATL), Ozark, Pan Am, National, Southern.

To other places I remember flying People Express, Presidential, New York Air, Peidmont, Allegahney, Trump Shuttle, and Air Floridia (was supposed to be on the flight that went into the Potomac, but missed the flight because of traffic and the weather. Someone was looking out for me then.)

Of the foreign carrier's that I will miss Ansett is by far the one I most miss.

I am sure I forgot a few others.

On another note I recently found a box of playing cards at home from Eastern. It was the blue and Yellow box and has a Ryder ad on it too. Interesting.

Back to work. -- MSY / KMSY), USA - Louisiana">MSY-MSP

[Edited 2003-04-17 21:08:53]

User currently offlineVc10 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1412 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2489 times:

For the older UK members, how about British Eagle. I really enjoyed my couple of years with them. I remember in Ceylon, flight planning was completed whilst sitting at a table, on a lawn, drinking tea, without a computor in sight. Ah those were the days



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