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User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5910 posts, RR: 6
Posted (10 years 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4619 times:
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Hello, everyone!

What ever happened to Great American Airways of Reno, NV? They had been around for quite a long time then all of a sudden disappeared.

I remember seeing them at OAK for a little while. Did they actually have scheduled service at one time?

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User currently offlineRNOcommctr From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 827 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4604 times:

Around 1980, they had scheduled RNO-OAK service with some old beater DC-9's that were always landing at RNO with one engine out. They lasted on into the 80's as a charter carrier. Somewhere around 1986 or so I recall one of their DC-9's rotting in an infield area at RNO without the engines. Sorry I can't remember much else.

I'm sorry, ma'am, I don't work for the airline.
User currently offlineDeltaAgent1 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 104 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4521 times:

They did a lot of charter work for Nevada Casinos, using DC-9's.
They used to use one of our B gates here in SLC a lot, and that was in
91-93. Their flights were always going to odd places like Wendover,
Elko, Ely, Laughlin, Twin Falls ID the airport for Jackpot NV) I later heard they were
fined for maintenance violations and later voluntarily gave up their operation certificate. That was the lat I ever heard fo them.

User currently offlineBENNETT123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7612 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4497 times:

If you look in the Picture Gallery you find 5 aircraft.

45778 DC9-15 N1064T ex TWA 20/01/1993 to 29/08/1997 now AVIATSA

45782 DC9-15 N1068T ex TWA ??/09/1995 to 28/10/1997 now Express Tours XA-TIZ ST Mexico City ??/05/2002 to date

45784 DC9-15 N1070T ex TWA 23/04/1991 to 11/02/1998 now AVIACSA

45795 DC9-14 N9102 ex MidWest ??/01/1989 to 14/05/1989 now MidWest Express Airlines N80ME ST Milwaukee ??/10/2001 to date.

49144 MD82 N500TR ex Eagle Airlines 30/06/1995 to ??/01/1997 now Spirit Airlines N800NK.

49777 MD87 N750RA ex Reno Air 28/08/1995 to ??/04/1997 now Finova Corporation N807NK ST Goodyear ??/08/2002.

Jet Airliner Production List Volume 2

I have not been able to trace the DC9 spotted by RNOcommctr.

User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4438 times:

A fleet listing of Great American. Regards.

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
User currently offlineRNOcommctr From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 827 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4384 times:

DeltaAgent1 refreshed my memory. I remember hearing one day that the Flight Standards District Office was about to raid the Great American offices for evidence of maintenance problems. And sure enough, on the TV news that night, federal agents were shown carting away cartons and cartons of files. I believe the end for Great American came soon after that.

I'm sorry, ma'am, I don't work for the airline.
User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6835 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4374 times:

Come to think of it, I have a shot or two of their MD-87 at SFO in scheduled-charter (?) service-- maybe Suntrips to Cancun? But were they ever scheduled enough to appear in the OAG? Under their own name?

[Edited 2004-09-19 23:33:15]

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