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Bringing Back The Old Times-What Do You Want Most?  
User currently offlineDeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1701 posts, RR: 34
Posted (11 years 6 months 23 hours ago) and read 4837 times:

Since threads are usually only riddled with speculative theories and things of that nature these days, I decided that it's about time for a practical post. This thread is mainly aimed at the people who are old enough to remember these times!

If you could take a step back 15-20 years, what would you want to see just one more time in regards to the aviation industry? What do you miss the most? Is it an aircraft that you would like to fly on that is not currently in service? Is it Southwest F/A's in hot pants and cowgirl boots? Is it sitting there in San Diego watching PSA all day long? Tell me what you specifically miss (and it doesn't have to be anything I said above...those are just examples of things that I'm looking for).




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User currently offlineGr8slvrflt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1609 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 23 hours ago) and read 4796 times:

No security; no x-ray machines; no photo id; taking the family to the airport to watch the planes from the observation deck; visits to the cockpit during flight.

User currently offlineMandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 6965 posts, RR: 76
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 23 hours ago) and read 4761 times:

What I miss ? Running around up and down the aisle on a Pan Am 707 with nothing but my nappies on ! *oh hang on... that was the 70s!*

Well, bring back those crazy routes, like Sabena DC10 Brussels-Dubai-Bombay-Kuala Lumpur(or was it via BKK?)-Singapore!

The days when United was actually friendly ! Big grin

Mandala499



When losing situational awareness, pray Cumulus Granitus isn't nearby !
User currently offlineLindy field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3131 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 22 hours ago) and read 4737 times:
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You hit it right on the nose. I do wish I was in San Diego watching PSA jets all day long.
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If I could have three wishes I'd have those smiling PSA planes flying around, Delta L-1011s back in service, and Braniff resurrected.


User currently offlinePecoua From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 300 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 22 hours ago) and read 4733 times:

My Dream of the perfect flight??

No Carry-on bags....or, at least, no rollerboards...yea!


User currently offlineContrails From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1834 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 22 hours ago) and read 4732 times:

I'd like to see:
FAs who knew what customer service meant;
Timetables;
Friendly faces at ticket counters and gates;
Paper tickets with red print on the copies;
707's, 727's, and DC-8's;
The parking lot at the end of Runway 17/35 at TUL;
No metal detectors; TSA agents; random checks; etc.
Braniff and all her rainbow fleet, especially the Great Pumpkin.

At least they're still there in my dreams.



Flying Colors Forever!
User currently offlineKonrad From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 542 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 22 hours ago) and read 4721 times:

I'd like to see Pan Am 747 clippers fly all over the world again

User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7444 posts, RR: 62
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 22 hours ago) and read 4713 times:
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the Pan Am 747s

The roof top (Pan Am) obervation parking lot at JFK, with only that 3 foot fence.

New York Air




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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12150 posts, RR: 49
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 22 hours ago) and read 4694 times:

I remember going to the airport back in the 70's just to watch the flights depart and return, and the ability to walk all over the airport and see the goings and comings all evening long. I also miss the AA DC10's between DTW and ORD and the fact that they offered a full beverage service on these flights.


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User currently offlineRjnut From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1247 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 22 hours ago) and read 4690 times:

North Central Airlines!

And Braniff BAC-111 s (ok so i have gone back too far!)>>with hot omelette breakfasts , enroute from KC / KMKC), USA - Missouri">MKC-ORD.

Oh, and plane spotting on the westside of old Downtown KC Airport!


User currently offlineBritair From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 933 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 months 22 hours ago) and read 4675 times:

British Caledonian!

I wish they all could B.Cal-edonian girls!  Smile  Smile  Smile


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User currently offline4holer From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 3047 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (11 years 6 months 22 hours ago) and read 4676 times:

4 columns of black smoke accompanied by ungodly noise as a jet with 4 sleek engines and well swept back wings, preferably a CV-880/990, takes to the sky, as watched from just outside the fence at runway's edge.

And my youth.



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User currently offlineDIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 27
Reply 12, posted (11 years 6 months 22 hours ago) and read 4651 times:

There are so many things I'd like to see or bring back, but I'll narrow it down and state my case simply by two photos:
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Here's to the past,
DIA



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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13748 posts, RR: 61
Reply 13, posted (11 years 6 months 21 hours ago) and read 4620 times:
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What do I want back most?

Eastern Air Lines, in all her glory, circa 1985.

Braniff International's Flying Colors fleet

The days before Bob Crandall created "AAdvantage" where no frequent flier programs existed

Well-dressed, professional customers who wouldn't dream of wearing a tank top or flip-flops onboard an airplane

Briefcases instead of backpacks

Hot meals in coach, exquisite hot meals in First Class on fine china

Movies on a big screen at the front of the cabin instead of a million little screens in each seatback (reminds me of being at Best Buy for too long!).

The days before smoking was abolished onboard planes. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Captain has turned off the no smoking sign. Smoking is now permitted at your seat, but never in the aisles, lavatories, or non-smoking sections of the aircraft. Thank you.

The days where customers were told the fare and PAID it instead of haggling like they're on "Let's Make A Deal."



"In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem - government IS the problem." - Ronald Reagan
User currently offlineCapital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 43
Reply 14, posted (11 years 6 months 21 hours ago) and read 4608 times:

I'd like to see Dan Air London grace the skies again. No other carrier had such a diverse fleet for European routes. If you knew a Dan Air flight was due in you were left guessing what aircraft type it would be as they loved to swap and change aircraft types on their routes.
In this day of fleet standardisation it is unlikely we will ever see another operator offer this variety of types on short-medium haul routes:
A300B4
B727-100/200
B737-200/300/400
146-100/300
1-11-200/400/500
HS748

They couldn't even make their minds up whether they wanted to be known as a scheduled or charter operator, they just went for everything! Just to top it off they had a very nice livery too.



Like a fine wine, one gets better with age.
User currently offlineDodgeCharger From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 years 6 months 21 hours ago) and read 4597 times:

I would love to see Dallas Love Field in its heyday in the late 60s and early 70s. Being born in 1980, I never got to see Love Field in its true glory.

User currently offlineDALelite From Switzerland, joined Jun 2000, 1770 posts, RR: 25
Reply 16, posted (11 years 6 months 20 hours ago) and read 4563 times:

Deltas Medallion Service


They loved to fly and it showed..
User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2469 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (11 years 6 months 20 hours ago) and read 4553 times:

Some memories from days gone by:

Eating baked Alaska in first class on Braniff DC-8.
Boarding the aircraft from the ground, and hearing the sounds of airplanes.
Going into the cockpit in flight.
Baggage destination tags that were pre-printed for each city.
Your seat assignment was selected at the gate from a big seat map with numbered sticky labels on them.
Leather seats in coach on Braniff.
Braniff's colorful fleet, including the Calder 727 & DC-8.

And the one that sounds incredible in this day and age:
Being served steak, on china, with silverware, free wine on a one hour flight on an all coach airline. This happened on the original Frontier between Wichita and Denver.

Today we don't get their any quicker, but maybe a little cheaper and with a lot more hassle.



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User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5569 posts, RR: 36
Reply 18, posted (11 years 6 months 19 hours ago) and read 4535 times:

Back in the 1970ies Swissair had only 8 abreast in the DC 10's economy class (2-4-2) with plenty of legroom. In our days it is simply unbearable to fly economy on long flights with any airline.

User currently offlineL1011Fan From United States of America, joined May 2003, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (11 years 6 months 19 hours ago) and read 4508 times:

That's easy...The L1011's flying for TWA

User currently offlineBritair From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 933 posts, RR: 15
Reply 20, posted (11 years 6 months 19 hours ago) and read 4508 times:

I also miss the days when airlines had character, real style and charisma. Their fleets were colourful, with silver bellies and black noses, not the sterile euro-whites of today.

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User currently offline707guy From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 205 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (11 years 6 months 18 hours ago) and read 4472 times:

American Airlines 707's back at CLE - along with Convair CV580's + CV600's from Wright Airlines and Freedom. BAC1-11's and 727's too.... Would love for my son to be able to see them!

707guy


User currently offlineCanyonBlue From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (11 years 6 months 18 hours ago) and read 4454 times:

Things I would love to see again...

1. Braniff and the rainbow fleet
2. Pan Am 747-100's, Eastern L1011's, Western DC-10's
3. Hot eggs for breakfast in COACH!
4. BOAC!!
5. The word Stewardess and not Flight attendant
6. Stewardesses in hot pants and bee-hive haircuts
7. A Piano in AA's 747's
8. Mohawk, Allegheny, and Piedmont
9. Point-to-point service and no hub-and-spoke
10. TWA In its heyday at JFK terminal 5.

that's just a small list  Smile


User currently offlineKwbl From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 446 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (11 years 6 months 18 hours ago) and read 4444 times:

Here is partial list:

1. being able to fly mainline jets to/from most cities (SLE et al)
2. PSA, AirCal, Western, Eastern, Republic, TWA, PanAm, Braniff, the old
Continental scheme (meatball), the old Frontier, Hughes Air West, CP air
Wien Air Alaska
3. DC-8 & 727 aplenty
4. Being on the tarmac at most airports instead of jetways
5. Far less security
6. LAX before the 2nd level was built
7. No huge hub & spoke systems


User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2819 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (11 years 6 months 17 hours ago) and read 4436 times:

I'd like to see Delta and TWA TriStars, American and United DC-10s, and a healthy airline industry.

25 ATA L1011 : Delta L1011-1/100's as well as TWA's AA's DC-10's 10/30 UA's/TWA 747-100/200/Sp's EA A300 B4's/L10's All the things that I miss about my home town LAX
26 Jsnww81 : I'm with DodgeCharger. As I've said many times before, I'd give just about anything to see Dallas Love Field in its glory days in the early 1970s. The
27 Redngold : I want to ride on another L-1011. redngold
28 Luv2fly : I miss the L1011's of DL and EA flying from DTW to Florida offering not only the flight but a movie and a meal included with the price of the ticket!
29 Stretch 8 : 1. Pan American World Airways and BOAC 2. Airline clubs that you invited to join (not simply paying to join). 3. A/C seating charts on the wall behind
30 Post contains images MxCtrlr : I miss... National Airlines DC-8-63's Pan Am B-707's & B-747's Airline Flight Bags Airline Playing Card Decks Downtown Airline City Ticket Offices Bei
31 Nonrevman : I miss the days where many of the flights had open seats going out on them. Everyone could spread out. In addition to that, I agree with what most peo
32 Dlx737200 : 1. Getting to go down to the gates even if your not flying. 2. Seeing nicer people at the airport. 3. Getting to fly the classics. 4. Enjoying Flying
33 Tom in NO : Watching the planes at ONT in the late 70's-early 80's: Hughes AirWest DC-9's, then Republic DC-9's AirCalifornia/AirCal 737's Western 737's .....and
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