CXA340 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 51 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 10155 times:
Don't forget, one of those 747-100's went on to star in two of the sequels to "Airport".
You can see that happy ex-AA 747-100 in "Airport 75"
Imagine a cross-eyed Karen Black, coping with the sexism of the 1970's and still managing to keep her hair looking fabulous, as she tries to land a cripled 747-100 in SLC while knowing nothing about how an airplane even flies, all the while Helen Reddy dons a habit and guitar and sings to an ailing Linda Blair (exorcist fame). And yes, Charleton Heston actualy flew the 747-100 around the rockies himself for those scenic shots.
But, this plane went on for more...."Airport 77"
As if this poor AA 747-100 had not been through enough, it is now subjected to the horror of Jimmy Stuart and Jack Lemmon as it sinks below the Bermuda Triangle with 50 passengers aboard, one of which being a drunk Olivia DeHavilland, while the oxygen runs thin, and the plot even thinner.
I really hope these movies are not what AA had in mind when they sold the plane, no beautiful aircraft should have to suffer like that, Airplanes have rights too!
Nomadic From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 10040 times:
AA made public relations with their 747s in the early 1970s, they were the airline that introduced the 'Coach Lounge' Their loads were rather poor so AA turned the aft cabin into a living room with sofas, stand up bar and later an electric piano. I believe that this was also the time that they started calling the big planes the '747 Luxury Liner'
Palwaukee From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 9930 times:
When the first Braniff went belly up, AA took over the DFW-LGW route with a 747-100, maybe the ex-Braniff "fat albert". That was in the early 80s and I had to drive past LGW on my way to work. It was the first 747 in flight I ever saw, and I nearly crashed the car.
MakeMinesLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 566 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 9526 times:
In the late 70s at LAX, I recall one would arrive from JFK around 2:30PM and head back at 10PM. The once-a-day Delta 747 pretty much did the same thing, albeit to/from ATL (with a stop in DFW in one direction, IIRC).
BristolFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2309 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 9408 times:
Roberta, perhaps your comment should have been that they HAD a massive 747 fleet as I'm pretty sure that they don't operate any now. And I'm not sure all a.net members appreciate being called idiots (correct me if I'm wrong someone).