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Jetways Used For The Classic Props Back In The Day  
User currently offlineZippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5478 posts, RR: 12
Posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 5271 times:

I know there was an archived thread relating to turboprops using jetways. But, I'm going back farther. Maybe it was my imagination but, when I was 10, my parents took us to DCA and took us on the observation deck in the classic 1941 terminal. I swore, I saw Eastern Electra's hooked up to the jetways via the rear doors like in BOS. Were there any instances of Connies, DC-7s, Viscounts, Convair 340, 440 and Martin prop liners tethered to jetways? Anyone remember if prop liners used any jetways at MIA back in the 60s?


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User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1673 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5131 times:
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I remember around 1967 when FRA had only one long jetway in the domestic terminal, I often saw it hooked up to the rear door of a LH Super Constellation. It parked parallel to the terminal, rather than nose in like most aircraft do today.

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA



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User currently offlineCharlienorth From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1119 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5107 times:

Western used to put their Electras on the jetways at MSP,had a faded photo at one time.

User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6813 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5029 times:

One of Arend's books has a pic looking down on the TWA terminal at JFK with a 749 Constellation at a jetway. (Several 727s in the pic, so maybe around 1966?) Like he said, it wasn't pointed toward the terminal-- I forget whether the jets at the other jetways were.

User currently offlineCurmudgeon From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 695 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4910 times:

Convair prop liners had integral airstairs and top hinged doors that would have prevented using a Jetway. The doors would open, then the stairs unfold from the cabin. The stairs were not independent as they are on DC-9/737 installations.


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User currently offlineZippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5478 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 4746 times:

Quoting L1011 (Reply 1):
I remember around 1967 when FRA had only one long jetway in the domestic terminal, I often saw it hooked up to the rear door of a LH Super Constellation. It parked parallel to the terminal, rather than nose in like most aircraft do today.

As late as 1980 MIA concourse C (Eastern) had long jetways that went straight out and attached to the plane parallel to the terminal. And, in the original Airport (1969) "Lincoln International Airport" featured straight out T type jetways in the fictitious TGA/Trans Global terminal. The start and terminus for that ill fated Rome bound flight on their "Golden Odyssey!"

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Look closely behind the tail of this Eastern DC-9 and you can spot the long T type Jetway, concourse C.



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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 4729 times:

Quoting Zippyjet (Reply 5):
"Golden Odyssey!"

 no 

Argosy

 yes 

I have never seen a propliner - be it Connie, DC7, or any other - attached to a jetway live and in color. Can't get close enough to a Convairliner anyway - door and integral airstair gets in the way.

I have several books on Eastern and TWA that show early pictures of their prop liners attached to jetways - but always to the rear door. Perhaps a problem clearing the prop/engines with the jetway to use the forward door?


User currently offlineZippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5478 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 4615 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 6):
Quoting Zippyjet (Reply 5):
"Golden Odyssey!

Oops middle age moment. I was thinking of another cool aviation site;



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User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1673 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4547 times:
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ANCFlyer:
On the DC-4, DC-6, DC-7, and Connie, boarding was done through the door behind the wing. I have never seen them board passengers through any other door.

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA



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