OzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5383 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3115 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
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.
MxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 33
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3088 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"!
National (Fly Me!)
Northeastern International Airways
Air South (originally Slocum Air, not the Air South out of GSP)
Air Sunshine (merged into Air Florida)
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)
Hughes Airwest (Top Banana in the West!)
Western (The Only Way to Fly)
PSA (The Airline that Won the West with a Smile )
That's about it for now...more if I remember them...
Freight Dogs Anonymous - O.O.T.S.K.
DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(
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!) 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.
MSY-MSP From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 151 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2879 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
Vc10 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1422 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2842 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