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Pilgrim Airlines Employee Reunion Thread!  
User currently offlineTheLUREnyc From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4307 times:

Well, a virtual reunion anyway!

At the suggestion of my buddy Dtwclipper, I thought it would be fun to see how many of you out there "wore the green" at some point in your past airline careers?

Pilgrim was a very colorful airline in its day and pioneered a few firsts in the US as well:

- the first to fly the DeHavilland Twin Otter (though I know some ZW people might still have a little dispute over that fact)

- the first US carrier to fly the Fokker F-27

- the first US carrier to make its customer service employees wear KELLY GREEN BLAZERS or SKIRTS (for the women!) LOL

Let's hear where you worked, what you did and some of your stories and memories! And I'm sure that if you worked at PM, you've got some gems!

I worked for PM from 1983 till (and through) the Business Express takeover. I started as a station agent in BDR and then flew as a F/A on the F-27s.

Lets hear from all of ya!

Tony

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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4293 times:

Hi Tony...

This is so funny.

Before I went to NY, I was at JFK and LGA.

I have to admit I don't miss those Green outfits.

I was also working JFK when we lost N148PM


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The best thing about a.net is Tony and I just reconnected after 23 years!

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User currently offlineServisair From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 37 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4269 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... Big grin  Yeah sure  biggrin   brokenheart 


30 Yeras in the Biz...
User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4267 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...


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"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4247 times:

Quoting Servisair (Reply 2):
Ok... I worked for Pilgrim around 1984 to 1985

Oh, man this is too funny...3 of us here on A.net!


User currently offlineTheLUREnyc From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4238 times:

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 3):
One of, if not the first 'Regional' to fly an RJ... the Fokker F-28...

And a true RJ it really was -- just way ahead of its time! I seem to remember it seating only about 60 or so - was a cute looking plane!

But i think Empire was flying the F28 before Grim started, no?

Tony


User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4236 times:

Quoting TheLUREnyc (Reply 5):
But i think Empire was flying the F28 before Grim started, no?

I think your right... but Pilgrim-BEX were still around long after Empire was gone....?



"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
User currently offlineServisair From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 37 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4230 times:

Correct me if i'm wrong but wasn't the Cheif Pilot a HUGE man? I "think" I have the right airline.


30 Yeras in the Biz...
User currently offlineTheLUREnyc From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4225 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


User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4214 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
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.


http://www.grotonnewlondonairport.com/present.shtml

[Edited 2006-07-29 02:53:15]

User currently offlineTheLUREnyc From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4204 times:

Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 9):
But what about Joe Fugere, founder of PM!

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


User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4189 times:

The NTSB report on N148PM:

http://amelia.db.erau.edu/reports/ntsb/aar/AAR84-12.pdf


User currently offlineTheLUREnyc From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4178 times:

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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!

Tony


User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4169 times:

Quoting TheLUREnyc (Reply 12):
Go ahead, start makin fun .. but YES i know what a cheeze-ball pic this is ! LOL!

The 80's were cruel to a lot of people, so don't feel bad!  bigthumbsup   bigthumbsup   bigthumbsup   bigthumbsup 


Sure do love the "wide body" look of our F-27s!


User currently offlineTheLUREnyc From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4164 times:

Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 13):
The 80's were cruel to a lot of people, so don't feel bad!

Hey!! You made me put that smarmy pic in here so don't be fresh! LOL

Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 13):
Sure do love the "wide body" look of our F-27s!

Actually that was the nice F-27 - the only one that had the overhead bins. Remember the rest of them had the old fashioned looking open coat racks .. VERY 50s looking LOL!


User currently offlinePVD757 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3412 posts, RR: 17
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4133 times:

I have 3 Pilgrim timetables from 1985 (when I started collecting them) if y'all are interested. effective dates were 4/28/85, 10/26/85, and 12/1/85.

User currently offlineLeigh pilgrim From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 month 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4112 times:

Blimey, I own an Airline??? wow!, I never knew that!!!, time to order some Boeings and expand....................

User currently offlineTheLUREnyc From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4063 times:

Quoting Leigh pilgrim (Reply 16):
time to order some Boeings and expand....................

Great idea! Just next time, maybe NOT green, orange and yellow! LOL


User currently offlineTheLUREnyc From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4020 times:

WOW -- what a cheesy turnout! I thought we'd have more folks coming forward!  hissyfit 

User currently offlineServisair From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 37 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4009 times:

I was hoping for more also?  Sad


30 Yeras in the Biz...
User currently offlineTheLUREnyc From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4005 times:

No offense to those who did respond, of course .. I just realize how my last post sounded ! Yikes!!

C'mon Grimmers - lets hear from you. It's OK to admit you worked for Pilgrim! LOL


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