Servisair From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 37 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3573 times:
Ok... I worked for Pilgrim around 1984 to 1985 in BDL! Had a blast! Talk about fun! Those were the days when the parties were happening. Flight attendats/CSR's/Pilots would all get together and have a blast! I hope more people will respond. I loved the FA's! Boy -o- boy did we have some fun...
EMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9348 posts, RR: 12 Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3571 times:
Well, I grew up in the Groton/New London area and flew on Pilgrim from Groton to LGA on a Twin Otter... and later worked for BEX from 1995 till the end... in fact I may very well have been the last hourly employee on the pay roll..!! As for the partys, the stories were still legendary at BEX years later.
First to fly the DHC-6 Twin Otter......
First to fly the Fokker F-27....
One of, if not the first 'Regional' to fly an RJ... the Fokker F-28...
TheLUREnyc From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3529 times:
Quoting EMBQA (Reply 6): think your right... but Pilgrim-BEX were still around long after Empire was gone....?
Yep youre right there. Actually PM can still claim the first of the smallest of the F28s (series 3000 i think?) as UR's were all of the larger series.
Quoting Servisair (Reply 7): Correct me if i'm wrong but wasn't the Cheif Pilot a HUGE man? I "think" I have the right airline.
Yes youre very right about that one. His name escapes me, but I remember several times watching the poor guy try and climb in and out of the cockpit in the F-27. Always felt sorta sorry for him. Never did see him climb in and out of any of the Otters tho ! LOL
Dtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3518 times:
Quoting TheLUREnyc (Reply 8): Yes youre very right about that one. His name escapes me
You are very right....But what about Joe Fugere, founder of PM!
Pilgrim Airlines was one of several commuter operators to popularize the Twin Otter, originally a bush-country aircraft, but which proved to be an ideal commuter plane, especially for the demanding Northeast air corridor. When the Twin Otters arrived at Groton-New London Airport, Pilgrim was running one route to Kennedy (NY); and in 1986, the planes were replaced with new Beechcraft 1900 airliners. Flights to Boston began in 1972. Pilgrim Airlines, founded by Joseph M. Fugere, soon became the third largest regional carrier operating in New England. Its beginning was as a small air taxi service out of the Waterford Airport, serving mostly Electric Boat personnel, with only four planes and seven employees. But Fugere saw the need for extended commuter service in the area and moved the business to Groton in 1962. At one point, Pilgrim grew to encompass 26 planes with over 400 employees. In 1986, Pilgrim and NewAir Flight, Inc. (New Haven) were acquired by Business Express (Marketing Corp. of America, Westport), opening up valuable New York and Washington markets. Combined, the two airlines served over 500,000 passengers in 1985. Following the sale of Pilgrim, Fugere formed JMF Aircraft, an airplane leasing company. Fugere, a Navy veteran and former jet pilot, passed away at the age of 66 on September 23, 2001.
I was surprised to hear that he just passed away within the last year or two.
He had the rep of being a real tough guy (and I'm sure he was when he needed to be). But I had one of the nicest experiences with him on one of my fllights once. As he deplaned, he shook my hand and had some very nice words about my performance. This meant alot to me at that time because I was very new and pretty nervous when I saw him board -along with the Chief F/A- as passengers ! And it was no easy flight either - DCA-GON full load .. and we had to divert to BDL due to WX in GON! LOL
TheLUREnyc From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3482 times:
Dtwclipper made me include this pic of me back in the day. It was taken on board F-27 N145PM. Only thing missing was the kelly-green blazer - i didnt wanna take away from the green and orange striped seat covers !
Go ahead, start makin fun .. but YES i know what a cheeze-ball pic this is ! LOL!