Gr8SlvrFlt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1640 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1618 times:
Six 749s were inherited from C&S but disposed of within a couple years (1953-1955). Four 049s were later acquired from Pan Am to accomodate recent route awards and operated for a couple years (1958-1960). In addition, Western acquired a few Connies through it's acquisition of Pacific Northern in the 60s.
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Milesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2078 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1581 times:
Some of the Western Connies, 649/749A's, acquired in the PNA merger came were original C&S Ships that flew with Delta for a short time after the Delta/C&S merger. The Pan Am 049's acquired by Delta after being granted the routes to New York and Washington from Atlanta were an equipment nightmare and were parked soon afterward. It took almost two years to sell them. I believe they were acquired in 1956, parked in 1958, and sold to AFA in 1960.
Stirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1580 times:
And I believe the only reason C&S (Chicago & Southern...sounds like a railroad!) had them was to service the routes from New Orleans to the Caribbean. Their longest domestic route was MEM-MCI, 393 miles.
With the "Speedpak" attached, it made the Connie a workhorse on these highly profitable international routes.
MasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 6131 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1451 times:
Quoting Stirling (Reply 5): With the "Speedpak" attached, it made the Connie a workhorse on these highly profitable international routes.
Pointless trivia: When I was a kid in Miami, Eastern flew a Speedpak of snow to the Boy Scouts so we could have a snowball fight the day before Christmas. They dropped the Speedpak from the fuselage and we had the fight right then and there in front of a cargo hangar.
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