Zippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5117 posts, RR: 13 Posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4293 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?
L1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1620 posts, RR: 9 Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 4153 times:
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.
Timz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6639 posts, RR: 7 Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 4051 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.
Curmudgeon From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 695 posts, RR: 22 Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 3932 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.
Zippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5117 posts, RR: 13 Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3768 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!"
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?