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What Was Eastern's Last Flight?  
User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 8959 times:

I know that Pan Am's last flight on 12/4/91 was flown by PA436, Boeing 727-200 Clipper Goodwill, Barbados-Miami, flown by Captain Mark Pyle.

But what about Eastern? A coworker and I have tried to find it but it's not that easy. Any help would be appreciated.

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User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 8955 times:

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
But what about Eastern? A coworker and I have tried to find it but it's not that easy. Any help would be appreciated.

ATL-VCV Big grin  duck 


User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6499 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 8947 times:

Quoting DLKAPA (Reply 1):
ATL-VCV

Not funny di**head


MSYtristar, I have been trying to get that info on here for years. And you're right about the PA info.



Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 8885 times:

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 2):

Not funny di**head

I apologize for your lack of a sense of humor.


User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6499 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 8803 times:

Quoting DLKAPA (Reply 3):
I apologize for your lack of a sense of humor.

Considering they were my favorite airline, one I grew up with, it wasn't funny.



Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlineNkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2672 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 8793 times:

I did a search on google, and all the Eastern Airline articles had no final flight info, just that they folded on Jan 18, 1991.... sorry I couldn't help more


I have no association with Spirit Airlines
User currently offlineRCS763AV From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4395 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 8755 times:

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 2):
Not funny di**head

Gosh get a life!

I think I remember that Easterns last flight was flown by a 727...



Les escribo desde el frío de mi verde altiplano.
User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16883 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 8728 times:

It was LGA-ATL, with a 727.

Late night flight like 11PM or something along those lines, I remember it well. Having a huge hub in Atlanta CNN had in-depth coverage.



Eastern Air lines flt # 701, EWR-MCO Boeing 757
User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 8719 times:

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 4):

Considering they were my favorite airline, one I grew up with, it wasn't funny.

I live in DEN, grew up with UA for as long as I can remember, yet somehow their demise wouldn't open up a hole in my life.


User currently offlineRODOL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 8707 times:

Quoting DLKAPA (Reply 1):
ATL-VCV

Pardon my limey ignorance, but what's the joke here? Confused


User currently offlineN62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4520 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 8661 times:

Quoting RODOL (Reply 9):
Pardon my limey ignorance, but what's the joke here?

Not to worry, nobody here knows everything there could possibly be to know. I'm glad you had the courage to ask!

ATL-VCV refers to a flight from Atlanta to the Victorville California airport, where hundreds of planes from airlines (defunct, in trouble, and even healthy carriers) are stored and/or scrapped.

The joke was that the last flight of EA was to ferry one of their planes to Victorville to await it's fate.


User currently offlineRODOL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 8611 times:

Quoting N62NA (Reply 10):
The joke was that the last flight of EA was to ferry one of their planes to Victorville to await it's fate.

Thanks for that November Alpha, it makes sense now. I thought it was maybe referring to a crash or something judging by 727 lover's reaction.


User currently offlineCody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1932 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 8603 times:

I don't know the answer either, but I can tell you that the last Eastern flight into DCA was a big deal. Almost every employee that worked the ramp or in ops at DCA, not matter what airline they worked for, came out and watched as the last Eastern flight did a low pass over the field.

User currently offlineDuce50boom From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 8282 times:

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 4):
Considering they were my favorite airline, one I grew up with, it wasn't funny

"Any of you HOMOS touch me or my stuff........and I'll kill you!"

"Lighten up Francis"


User currently offlineARCJET From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 8275 times:

The last flight from LGA to ATL listed in the 1/1/91 timetable is Flight 409 arriving ATL at 11:56pm

User currently offlineEALSYS1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 229 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 7919 times:

Quoting Duce50boom (Reply 14):
"Any of you HOMOS touch me or my stuff........and I'll kill you!"

"Lighten up Francis"

Hooah!!!!!

Sgt. Hulka
AKA The Big Toe



I Love Stripes!


User currently offlineDuce50boom From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 7876 times:

"Excuse me Sergeant, I think it's a little wet to be doing PT, you know this is the cold and flu season"

User currently offlineChgoflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 622 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 7404 times:

I flew home from Lima Peru on L1011 the last day of service. It was a sad day. The crew gave a full tour of the aircraft. My first time down below in a 1011 galley and it was cool to ride the lift and see their operation.


Will someone please wake me up in 4 years
User currently offlineZippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5487 posts, RR: 13
Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 7214 times:

Quoting STT757 (Reply 7):
It was LGA-ATL, with a 727.

Late night flight like 11PM or something along those lines, I remember it well. Having a huge hub in Atlanta CNN had in-depth coverage.

I always thought Eastern's final flight was a JFK-MIA run. Not sure if it was a 727, L1011 or probably a 757. Sad times indeed. Who'd ever think, that mighty Pan Am (the original) and Eastern would crash and burn in the same year! 1991.



I'm Zippyjet & I approve of this message!
User currently offlineWDBRR From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 611 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6995 times:

I worked for Eastern and remember reading that it
was LGA-ATL, The Atlanta Journal Consitution
archives for 01/19/91 should have the info.


User currently offlinePilawt From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 101 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6912 times:

I was on Eastern on January 4, 1991, just two weeks before the shutdown, SJU-ATL (L-1011) and ATL-LAX (A300). It was not a happy trip. Mechanics were on strike at SJU. The airplane was two hours late leaving SJU, and after one missed approach in the fog at ATL we were very late for our connection to LAX -- but to their credit they held the connection for our group. The mood among the cabin crews was somber, and a couple of them couldn't conceal their frustration and anger.

I know this photo is horrid, but it's all I have from that trip.



-- Pilawt


User currently offlineViscount630 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 238 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6821 times:
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I thought the EA shut-down was very sudden? The last PA crew found out on their outbound sector, just hours before the final close. It seems most of the EA staff knew about it well in advance from the reports on here. When was the impending closure announced?


RIP Dan-Air. Where the Secret was SERVICE.
User currently offlineB707Stu From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 918 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6748 times:

Here's my 2 cents. I flew EA a lot. For the most part they were lousy but I also had the best steak in F class on a 727 I've ever had on any airline. Was an ATL-LGA trip.

User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2595 posts, RR: 30
Reply 23, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 6271 times:

T3 584 MME-ABZ today, I believe  Wink

www.easternairways.com


User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24947 posts, RR: 56
Reply 24, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 6246 times:

Was going to say the same as UK_Dispatcher, Eastern are still flying  Wink


When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
25 DLKAPA : It was very sudden, the actual announcement, but they could see it coming.
26 Milesrich : VCV, was not a civil aviation airport in 1991, it was an active George AFB. My wife was an Eastern F/A but she called in sick when she heard the rumor
27 Skyhawk : Milesrich-I remember the pictures of the news crews meeting the inbound last Braniff crew and none of them seemed to be aware until that moment that t
28 Post contains images Capt.Fantastic : Please correct me if I am wrong, but I thought Pan Am's last revenue flight was a shuttle flight from LGA? Technically, ATL - VCV is correct - The ini
29 Nbgskygod : I was going through my fathers log books, he was an EAL captain on the L1011 at the time. He was enroute to SFO from ATL at the time of the strike in
30 INTENSS : Incorrect. Last flight was indeed a 727 Barbados-Miami on 04DEC91. It made one last low pass over MIA before coming in and closing the book on a grea
31 NorthstarBoy : the day Eastern and Pan Am shut down were indeed sad days, two incredible icons of american aviation lost and gone forever, and for the life of me i'v
32 Post contains images Wayfarer : Eastern stopped flying to JFK after the strike. I remember this (I might be wrong) Eastern's last revenue flight was an L-1011 landing in MIA (after
33 Wayfarer : George Bush "refused" to save Eastern ... there was war going on that time (Kuwait/Iraq war)
34 Jdaniel001 : I miss Eastern. Does anyone have a time machine. We can all go back to 1980 or so....the good old days.
35 DB777 : I have never heard that EA's last revenue flight was to MIA. I would have been out there taking photos at the time if that was so. I've always heard t
36 Wayfarer : I agree ... I will investigate this further. I am going to read the book "Freefall" again or newspaper clips that I saved since that fateful day. Ear
37 Jdaniel001 : How is the book?
38 Rossbaku : "and you took the words right out of my mouth..."
39 Wayfarer : very good book written by Jack E Robinson (who is black). Mr. Robinson was vice president of corporate development at Eastern.
40 FLY2LIM : Errr, let's get our movie quotes right. They are sitting around the barracks introducing each other. And the line goes like this: "My name is Francis
41 Post contains images RDURAMPER : Let's all say it at once, "LIGHTEN UP, FLY2LIM"
42 Post contains links and images Zippyjet : Let's tell Mr. Peabody to set the way back machine further to say 1964! EAL still flew Connies, Elecktras and those classic DC-8's with those Palomar
43 Wayfarer : make it 3: FLY EASTERN -- your posted pictures show it all
44 N702ML : According to an article titled "In final touchdown, faithful workers land hard Most brace for turbulent financial ride" in the Atlanta Journal Constit
45 ClearedDirect : The director at a local FBO that I flew in and out of was an EAL 757 Capt. As a fan of EAL, I asked him about his last flight and he said he was airbo
46 STT757 : Eastern was not flying to Las Vegas their last three years or so of existence.
47 Post contains links Gr8SlvrFlt : As a fan of EAL, I asked him about his last flight and he said he was airborne LAS-MIA(I think, may have been ATL) when he got the word. That has GOT
48 Post contains links and images Wayfarer : Very true. I do not think EA ever flew 757 into LAS... However, EA did park some of their 727s @ LAS. View Large View MediumPhoto © Frank Schaef
49 CALPilot : Interesting that this route map looks like present day Airtran. Makes you wonder what could have been?
50 Wayfarer : it could have been Joseph P Leonard ... ex-EA boss who "founded" AirTran
51 CALPilot : I have often wondered if Joe just took the 1991 EAL business plan laying on his desk that last day, brushed off the dust, and and wrote Airtran over E
52 N328KF : Why is this detail relevant?
53 Post contains images RDURAMPER : If he did he probably wrote "Valujet".
54 Ptcflyer : I was flying CLE - MLB via ATL on the 18th January 1991. I was on the last bank of Southbound flights to MLB. My flight from CLE was uneventful althou
55 Jetjack74 : A pilot that flew for Eastern and now here at NW, said that when Eastern shut down, that they pushed the aircraft away from terminal at MIA, and most
56 CitationJet : My parents were non-revs on that last BN flight. The flight crew who flew it DFW to HNL were requested to landing in LAX. The pilot elected to contin
57 Post contains links and images NIKV69 : Hey! Eastern is still flying! I just saw one of their L1011s flying in my garage! I just love my Dad's old EAL memorabilia! I do miss EAL. I loved tha
58 Post contains images Wingspan : Think Again. EAL flew 75s into LAS from ATL and then onto RNO as flights 711 (significance to destination? )and 710 (reverse) in the mid 80s. Took th
59 WDBRR : Always wondered if Delta hired alot of ex-EAL employees in Atlanta after the shutdown for their expansion. Heard that Airtran has alot of ex employees
60 Gr8SlvrFlt : Always wondered if Delta hired alot of ex-EAL employees in Atlanta after the shutdown for their expansion. Heard that Airtran has alot of ex employees
61 WDBRR : I once saw a wall painting about 10 years ago in Concourse C in ATL honoring Eastern Airlines. This was near an employee lounge under the concourse, w
62 WDBRR : Seems like Airtran welcomes all the displaced homeless. I am glad they welcome them...it always bothered me that airlines hire "non-airline" people w
63 ClearedDirect : I apologize if I got the 757 LAS- routing incorrect. I do know he was a 757 Capt and he was coming from the west and was in the air when he got the wo
64 Zippyjet : I hope it is still there! I know, at ATL in Concourse C, that we FL divided old Eastern gate areas. Gates with weird numbers like 17 C were the resul
65 Travatl : Leonard had nothing to do with "founding" or "forming" either the original AirTran (1994) or ValuJet (1993). He arrived in 1999...about two years aft
66 WDBRR : Here is a question.....Is AirTran going to stay in their half of concourse C or move? seems like DL has the other half of concourse C and half of D. I
67 Wingspan : The mural of Eddie Rickenbacker is still there. Its on the ASA side of the concourse, behind a layer of plexiglas. Regards, Wingspan
68 WDBRR : [quote=Wingspan,reply=67]The mural of Eddie Rickenbacker is still there. Its on the ASA side of the concourse, behind a layer of plexiglas. I am very
69 Pope : My father was on the last PanAm flight. He owned a food distribution company which focused on selling food the the Caribbean. He was on a business tri
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