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Texas International Had "Pamper Jets"?!?!  
User currently offlineIslandHopperCO From Micronesia, joined Dec 2003, 225 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3210 times:

A "Pamper Jet", eh? I guess if you're running Diesel 9s, maybe the diaper analogy is correct! (putting on flame suit)

If you look at the large version of this picture, you can make out "Pamper Jet" on the rear engine of this DC9. Did Texas International name all of its jets Pamper Jets? When did they stop calling them that?


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Gotta laugh at the name...I guess that brand of disposable diapers wasn't available at the time.

By the way, this particular Pamper Jet DC9 still flies with...who else...Northwest! Maybe they should paint Pamper Jet on the engine for nostalgia's sake.  Smile


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User currently offlineUpsmd11 From United States of America, joined May 2003, 807 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3138 times:

I can remember flying on TI back when I was a teenager, 13 or so. I flew them AMA - DFW and then DFW - SDF on AA. I can remember TI even flying into Clovis, NM at an old air force base...

Those were the days!


User currently offlineTxAgKuwait From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1803 posts, RR: 43
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3100 times:

The 40s and 60s were an era where all sorts of things had cutesy names.

You wanted to buy a house? You went to the new subdivision, where they had model homes with names such as "the Monticello"; "the Flair"; "the Horizon"; and even "the Barcelona".

I know all about the Barecelona because, while in Lawton, OK, I got orders transferring me to Jonesboro, Arkansas. Couldn't find a single house there I wanted to buy. Decided to buld. Went to the architect who had designed the house I had in Lawton, and gave him the specs...told him I needed a 4 bdrm, 2 bath, 2 car garage, 2 living areas, 2 dining areas, a little over 2000 sq ft heated area, and suitable for either a slab, crawl space, or basement type foundation. He said "what you want is a Barcelona." I looked at him funny, and he explained --- back when houses all had cutesy names, the Barcelona was a #1 selling 4 bdrm in Oklahoma and Texas...made efficient use of space, and had it all. After he raised the ceilings, got rid of the vaguely moorish looking archways, he was right. I needed (and built) a Barcelona.

At any rate Trans Texas Airways (later Texas International) was fond of giving cutesy names to all their aircraft. The DC-3s were Starliners (and after a modification to give it wheel wells and a few other speed-enhancing items) they became the Super-Starliners. The CV-240 was the Silverliner Convair. Once they bolted on the Rolls-Royce Dart engines on the convairs, they became the Silver Cloud 600. Finally the DC-9s arrived, along with the little whimsical fairyesque flight attendant named Pamper Belle, and they gave you the Pamper Jet. The ad campaign announced "Prepare to be pampered!"


User currently offlineJayDavis From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3092 times:

Yep, they also flew a few flights into LBB, my home town. Back in those days, you could ask a ticket agent if they had any spare time, if they wouldn't mind escorting you out on the ramp and onto the plane just to look at it "on board" !! Those WERE the days.

Their flight attendants also wore purple hot pants outfits and white boots.
I was 10 or 11 years old and in love...........ha ha !!


Jay


User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3041 times:

Back then, all the airlines had these sillya-- names for their fleet

Ea...Golden Falcon...then WhisperJet when 727's went in service in 64
Northeast....Yellowbirds
NW..The FAN JET airline
UA...Mainliners
TW..Starstreams
AA.. Astrojets
Mohawk..Gas light service...(never did figure that one out)
Braniff...The BIG Jets...(pre-flying colors)
North Central ....North Liners
Co..Jet with the Golden Tail

there were others.....
safe



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User currently offlineLoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3811 posts, RR: 34
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2921 times:

Piedmont used to call their jets the Piedmont Pacemakers. It made sense when it debuted - Piedmont was setting the pace. Then technology invented the pacemaker. After that, every time I heard a Piedmont jet referred to as a Pacemaker I always thought of a heart patient.

LoneStarMike

User currently offlineRareBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 553 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2857 times:

Isitsafenow:

In 1960 Mohawk inaugurated its ‘Gaslight Service’ in which DC-3 aircraft interiors were fitted out in a gay nineties style, complete with antimacassars on the seat backs, brocade curtains, Currier and Ives prints and gas lanterns. Flight attendants wore long satin gowns and served free Utica Club beer, cheese and crackers along with good five-cent cigars. This service was for male passengers only, but eventually popular demand forced Mohawk to have a separate area on each plane designated as a family area to include women and children. This lasted until 1962.



Illegitimus non carborundum
User currently offlineSkyhawk From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1066 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2829 times:

Isitsafenow-Co was NOT the "Jet with the Golden Tail", they were the "Proud Bird with the Golden Tail".



User currently offlineElectraBob From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 931 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2816 times:

RareBear --

The "Gas Light Service" DC-3's flew Buffalo-Rochester-Syracuse-Boston and back in the reverse order. The eastbound flight was flight 1890 and the westbound flight was 1891. Mohawk later added flight 1892--the eastbound express: Syracuse-Hartford-Albany-Utica-Boston....flight 1893 operated in the reverse order.

Could these flights have been the first "4 digit" flight numbers ever??



Having a smoking section in a restaurant is like having a peeing section in a swimming pool.....
User currently offlineBigB From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 596 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2736 times:

Isitsafenow-Co was NOT the "Jet with the Golden Tail", they were the "Proud Bird with the Golden Tail".

Actually, "Proud Bird with the Gold Tail" was used as more of a solgan. CO called their jets, "the Golden Jet"



ETSN Baber, USN
User currently offlineRareBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 553 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2646 times:

ElectraBob,

I didn't know what the flight numbers were. It's interesting that they were 1890-1893 for a "Gay 90's" motif bunch of flights.

I suspect that you may be right about the 4-digit flight numbers.



Illegitimus non carborundum
User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3922 posts, RR: 23
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2567 times:

My fondest memories of TI was in the post 'Pamper-Jet' era, circa the late 70s. As an impoverished college student during that time, their 'Peanuts Fares' saved me from the rigors of traveling via Greyhound and dealing with their bombed out bus depots. While I am no fan of Frank Lorenzo, I was very thankful for TI's low fares and great service.

Thomas



"Show me the Braniffs"
User currently offlineNorthwest717 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2557 times:

Hmmmmm, "Pamper Jets"? I guess it won't be too long until we see "Huggies Jets"! LOL!  Big thumbs up

-Tim  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineIslandHopperCO From Micronesia, joined Dec 2003, 225 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2541 times:

>Hmmmmm, "Pamper Jets"? I guess it won't be too long until we see "Huggies Jets"! LOL!

Well, we already have LUV jets (that's Southwest's stock symbol). Isn't there a LUVs diaper?


User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 24
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2513 times:

Northwest717.....that was good....lol I'm still laughing at that one..
The CO thing was when the 707 was just a few weeks from being introduced in 59, the adds were "watch for the jet with the golden tail"..then after they started the ORD-LAX route, you were right SKYHAWK.....Proud Bird with the golden tail...Thanks for rattling my memory...
safe



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User currently offlineNorthwest717 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2479 times:

LOL, Isitsafenow, thanks! IslandHopperCO, that is sooo true, I didn't even think of that! Good job!  Big thumbs up

-Tim  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


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