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Remember The Good Ole Days?  
User currently offlinePilotNTrng From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 897 posts, RR: 3
Posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2651 times:

Before 9/11 and all the snafu's of the major airlines, I can remember the best of times for DL and others. I miss the good ole days. DL would bring in nothing but 757's and 727's into CHS and they would come in and go out full. I had the honor of loading, do weight and balance, start APU's when needed, and talk to the jet jocks that flew them. That was in 98 and 99. Of coarse those days are long gone for CHS and other cities. I wish we could wipe clean the debt of all the airlines and start anew and allow the more appropriate aircraft to fly to spoke cities. This post is for those out there to share their memories of days gone by. Here is a pic I took in CHS when I visited my old friends adn was allowed an escorted access to the ramp. Man I miss this!!



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User currently offlineOldman55 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1525 posts, RR: 31
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2610 times:

If you want to talk of the good old day's, try going back to the 60's and 70'sYou could buy a ticket and walk right out to the airplane. You could fly on anything from a 747 to a DC-3. And best of all there were no metal detectors or TSA. Now those were the GOOD OLD DAY'S!!! Too bad we will never see them again.


too bad most of us get too soon old and too late smart
User currently offlinePl4nekr4zy From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 465 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2593 times:

Quoting Oldman55 (Reply 1):
If you want to talk of the good old day's, try going back to the 60's and 70's

That's what I was thinking. Too bad I wasn't alive then to experience it first hand. Ah well, at least I was around for the tail end (no pun intended) of the lives of the planes from that era, i.e. 727s, DC-10s, 727s, first generation 737s, 727s, DC-9s, 727s... you get the idea. And yeah, I miss the seven-two. Sad



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User currently offlineNorthstarBoy From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1872 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2578 times:
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ah the good old days

the days when you didn't have to have a purpose to go the airport, you could just.....go

the days when, as a kid, you could take a behind the scenes tour of the airport and find yourself on an Eastern 727, being served orange juice and cookies by the flight attendants

the days when you could, as a kid, interested in aviation, strike up conversations with pilots and find yourself in the cockpit, able to sit in the captain's seat and ask questions of the crew.

the days when you could ask if the flight attendants wanted help and find yourself walking up and down the aisle, collecting coffee cups and asking passengers if they wanted refills.

the days when you got menus on airplanes, actual menus on domestic flights.

i miss those days!



Why are people so against low yields?! If lower yields means more people can travel abroad, i'm all for it
User currently offlineJoeAirbus From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2558 times:

I remember those days quite fondly,when as a kid of @ 4 yrs old,I would be able to stand right at the fence (4 Ft high) when the airplane would pull up to the gate. My dad would marshall the airplane to the parking spot and I would only be 20 Ft away. Dad had bought me a pair of small flashlights and I could mimic "parking the plane" just like Dad. I was the highlight of my week when the "pilot" would come over to me and say "great job".

User currently offlineBestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7303 posts, RR: 57
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2544 times:

I remember flying Business class on Ryanair! Those were the days.


The world is really getting smaller these days
User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4344 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2530 times:

Oh boy - another thread to remind me how old I am!  Wink

As a UMNR
Waiting in the office behind the AS ticket counter waiting for my flight to Juneau, and getting to help with check-in.

Sitting in the captains seat of a 727 in SEA running through the check list with the co-pilot (yup - still called 'em co-pilots and stewardesses back then)

Being taken to the lower galley of a WA DC-10 in LAX and getting to ride the elevator on the plane!

As a young adult -
Spending hours at various airports around the country watching everything from F-27s to 747s come and go. Walking out to every gate, just so I could get a feel for the airports layout.

Sneaking into the recently completed but unopened Anchorage Int'l Terminal and ending up getting a guided tour by the night watchman.

Switching my NW ticket at the last moment so I could ride a National DC-10 up from LAX to SEA

Splurging on my ticket to college and flying F on CO so I could visit the pub on board.

Yep - them were the days.

Duane



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User currently offlineChrisjake From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 879 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2443 times:

ahhh....

as a youngster i would take the local city bus early in the morning out to the airport and spend an entire day soaking in the action.

i would meet planes at their gates....wait for all the passengers to disembark and when the pilots walked off i would ask them if they would show me the cockpit. most would....and quite a few would spend alot of their own time explaining to me what everything was.

nothing like sitting at the controls of a North Central CV-580, or an Allegheny BAC1-11 when you're 12 !!

its so very unfortunate that this day in age is gone forever. hell, even taking the bus alone as a 12 yr old is gone!! (sigh)

chris



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User currently offlineBoeing7E7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2428 times:

The "good ol' days" went out the window when we lost 38" pitch in first and 34" pitch in coach. That was in the 80's.

User currently offlineER757 From Cayman Islands, joined May 2005, 2607 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2294 times:

I remember going to ORD and being able go to the outdoor observation decks in what are now terminals 2 and 3 to watch the action. When we were in high school and just got our drivers' licenses, we'd go just to hang out and watch the planes. This was before metal detectors, security screening etc. Yeah, definitely miss those dyas.........

User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2278 times:

They are over... let it go...make the best of what we have and enjoy the fact we are still alive....

User currently offlineLono From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1337 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2268 times:

Seat 4D first class in a 727..... smoking section.... drinks flowing and pretty F/A's that knew your name!!!! and treated you like someone paying their wages!!!! It sucks to fly F/C these days... treated like crap ....


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User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2276 times:

Ah the good old days....

Such as my 8th birthday on 8/25/87, which was held in a meeting room at MSY. The highlight of the party was that all of us got to go on an Eastern 727-200 that was parked at a gate. We sat in coach, and the Eastern rep told us all about the plane. We were on there for a good fifteen minutes at least. I got to spend a few minutes in the cockpit before we all had to leave. That was a day i'll never forget. I still have some video footage of that.


User currently offlineLaxtwin From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2239 times:

The good old old days had variety. DC7s, Connies, Electras, Viscounts, Convair 580s F27s, 707s, 727s, DC8s, DC9s. And I saw all of those at a small airport like Phoenix was in the 60's and early 70's. While standing outside on an observations deck! I just made myself sound old.  Smile

User currently offlineN62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4593 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2207 times:

Ah, my first DC-10 flight in 1975, MIA-EWR:


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User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4344 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2192 times:

Quoting Lono (Reply 11):
Seat 4D first class in a 727..... smoking section.... drinks flowing and pretty F/A's that knew your name!!!! and treated you like someone paying their wages!!!! It sucks to fly F/C these days... treated like crap ....

Gee, we must have been on the same WA flights into/out of SEA!



"The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity"
User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2190 times:

As a kid, I found it strangely difficult to walk up the aisle of a DC3 during boarding. It felt like I was climbing a hill !  Smile

Mark


User currently offlineJetSOUTHEAST From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2155 times:

The good ole days for me was in 1996, when we had low cost airlines galore at ATL! One could walk down a concourse and see....

Valujet DC-9-21s
ValuJet DC-9-30's
Nations Air 727-200's
Nations Air 737-200's
Air South 737-200's
Kiwi 727-200's
National DC-9-50's

Remember the painted Valujet gates? Critters everywhere!

Fares were low, and the times were "great"! Now all we see is a glum landscape of blue and green.............ugghh


User currently offlineAviationwiz From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 962 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (9 years 5 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2125 times:

Quoting Lono (Reply 11):
It sucks to fly F/C these days... treated like crap ....

I wonder what your opinion is on Economy class then,  Wow!



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