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User currently offlineB52murph From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 241 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 7705 times:

After a recent thread here: Your First Flight (by CXfirst Feb 20 2007 in Aviation Polls & Prefs) , I was reminded of how often I used to fly Eastern Air Lines (not Airlines  Smile) back in the '70s and '80s, until their demise. When I went looking on this site for a tribute/memories...the closest I could come was: RE: Bring Back Eastern Airlines (by Trintocan Oct 17 2006 in Civil Aviation) , which isn't really close. So...here goes....what are your favorite (or worst) memories of EA? Did you fly the DC-8 (rare)? 747 (really rare)? or L1049G (really long time ago)?

My most memorable flights on EA are L1011 MCO-BOS in '80, DC-9 BOS-ATL in '83, 752 BOS-ATL in '87, and DC-9 SAV-ATL-HSV in '88. Also bumped to them in IAD from UA in '87--DC-9 IAD-ATL, 727 ATL-CHS, DC-9 CHS-SAV (If I have the route right). I'm sure there were others--727s for sure, L1011s likely, and possibly another DC-9 run. What's memorable about them is: A) Brown was the color of the day--brown crew uniforms, brown seat covers, brown carpeting. B) Very friendly flight attendants; and not just because I was young. Always gave me a deck of playing cards if I asked. During that layover/bump at IAD they also gave me a little brown toiletry kit--wish I still had it.

Not long after that '88 flight, I read Colonel Frank Borman's book COUNTDOWN, where he discusses the ups and downs--and his endless fight with Charlie Bryan @ the IAM. So for the second part of the thread, What did you think of Frank Borman's running of the airline? Do you think he's to blame for the failure? More Lorenzo's fault? What about Bryan and the other union heads? Personally, I think Colonel Borman was an able manager, but never was willing to meet a new airplane without buying it. (L1011s AND A300s AND 757s, all while they were still buying new 722s) I also think the IAM is as much to blame as any for the downfall.

Any EA comments welcome  Smile

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User currently offlineWhappeh From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1562 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 7708 times:

Apparently, my parents (who are both flight attendants) swear my first sentence was "Eastern has Lorzeno. Eastern has problems". Weather or not that is true, who knows. But they swear by it.


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User currently offlineStirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 7675 times:

Quoting B52murph (Thread starter):
What's memorable about them is: A) Brown was the color of the day--brown crew uniforms, brown seat covers, brown carpeting.

I remember their boarding area at PDX. It had the brown carpeting as you mentioned, but the thing I remember most was that it had imbedded in it all the names of the cities they served; each city had it's own unique font. It kind of looked like one of those word-search puzzles, with the city names going both vertically and horizontally.....that was back in the day when Airlines actually marketed the destinations they served, rather than today's standard of saying things such as "900 cities on 4 continents...." or, "We serve the world with 2000 flights a day from our hub in Hooterville".

This would have been 1978....my Dad and I were dropping of my stepmother for the redeye to Columbia SC, via ATL of course, on an L1011....even though in the dark, it was the first time I'd ever seen the Lockheed widebody.
I can remember being a 14 year old kid thinking it looked very futuristic in the not so bright lighting of the ramp.
That was before they had transitioned to the bare metal scheme, and the white fuselage just seemed to sparkle....or maybe that could have been me falling in love at first sight with stars in my eyes.

Being a West Coast kid...Eastern was one of those "Exotic" Airlines that were very mysterious, serving all these places I'd never heard of before.
(National, Piedmont, and Allegheny held that same kind of fascination)

I had seen United DC-10s many times before, so the unique S-curve of the rear engine like the 727, was, I felt was a way more sexy design! (as much as a 14yr old knows what "sexy" means!)



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User currently offlineLgbga From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 187 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 7586 times:

My first flight ever was in 1974. My mom and I flew Eastern from ATL to JFK with a stop over in Richmond, Va. Unfortunately I don't know what kind of aircraft we were on, maybe someone has a suggestion, anyway, while we were stopped in Richmond, the flight attendant took me to the cockpit to meet the pilot and have a look around. You can imagine what kind of impression this made on a 7 yr old. They also gave me a pair of "Eastern Wings". I don't remember much of the flight except we had to "circle" the airport for about 45 minutes. We had great views of the Statue of Liberty and I loved the turns the plane made. My mom however, did not, and was very grateful we when we landed safely.

My husband, he doesn't remember what year it was, probably early 80's, flew Eastern ATL- MIA on an L1011? don't know if they had those or a 747? with only 40 people on it. He said he changed seats 4 times.


User currently offlineWesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5647 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 7533 times:

Quoting Stirling (Reply 2):
that was back in the day when Airlines actually marketed the destinations they served, rather than today's standard of saying things such as "900 cities on 4 continents...." or, "We serve the world with 2000 flights a day from our hub in Hooterville".

Or better yet..."Now serving 900 destinations worldwide with our so-and-so alliance partners, abc air, fedup lines, yaddah air, and yada yada intl"..



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User currently offlineJetdeltamsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2987 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 7525 times:

Quoting B52murph (Thread starter):
So for the second part of the thread, What did you think of Frank Borman's running of the airline? Do you think he's to blame for the failure? More Lorenzo's fault? What about Bryan and the other union heads?

I personally think Col. Borman was not the most savvy airline executive of his time. His response to People Express really accelerated our downward spiral.

Lorenzo was after our computer system, and other extremely valuable assets the company owned..like the Latin American Division, the Philadelphia hub, our well organized sales force and other things. His intention from the beginning was to dismantle the company and ultimately eliminate the Eastern brand all together.

As for Charlie. I can only blame him to a point. He was a nut case. But we all chose to listen to his crazy words and believe what he was saying. We stopped thinking for ourselves and put a crazy man in charge of our future and our destinies. That is our own fault. We should have ran him out of town long before the company shutdown.



Tired of airline bankruptcies....EA/PA/TW and finally DL.
User currently offlineJetJeanes From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1430 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 7513 times:

Kinda flew then twice if this counts, first time but off a pied mont flight and i think it was between Sav to Orf??

The second ti i go out to Mem to fly to atl.... I start on the plane and realized im on a leased Branniff 727



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User currently offlineType-Rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4952 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 7502 times:

For some reason, I don't associate brown with EA. I do remember the last uniforms for ticket/gate agents. No offense, but they kinda looked like somthing Idi Amin would wear.
What I remember most was the blues. Their concourse at ORD (now demolished) was on the left and NW was on the right and EA was on the left with CO at the end. The EA gates were lavish with a deep blue carpeting and lighter blue furniture with very comfortable upholstered seating. By contrast just across the walkway of the concourse NW had those concrete floors and molded plastic seats. Also, EA had those curtains that were white with the names of the cities served on them. BN had similar drapes, but with a different font on them. EA in the 70's & 80's had about as much blue as KLM has now!
I used to fly them ORD-ATL-MCO or ORD-MCO on DC-9's and 727's Whisperjets. I also flew the ORD-ATL-IAH route on occasion with 727's/DC-9's. I took my first L1011 ride on EA about two weeks after they began service with the TriStar, SJU-ATL-MIA. What a magnificent plane, especially with the original "you are never more than one seat away from an aisle" setup. There was a center divider that had a small closet in it between the seats in the middle row. I also marveled at the "polarized" windows that didn't have shades, but you turned a knob and the polarized windows darkened or lightened depending on which way you turned the knob.
I also got to fly a A300 on the Moonlight Madness route IAH-ORD a few times and also a regularly scheduled A300 flight PHL-IAH-SAT.
Personally, I liked the blue on white livery rather than the blue over silver. For some reason I didn't think that it looked that great.
Onboard service was nice. I thought it was much better than Delta's, but not as good as Braniff's. Maybe on a par with Southern's, who I also flew quite a bit. The planes were always clean and the F/A's freindly.
But after I relocated to Denver, I switched my alligence to Braniff as they offered better flight schedules out of DEN than EA did.

By the way, in the late 60's EA had a DC-8 crash into Lake Ponchartrain just after taking for from MSY for the Northeast. The findings were inconclusive about what happened. Does anyone know whatever caused it? I went to school with the son of a crew member on that flight, but at the time I didn't think it was proper to ask him about it.



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User currently offlineBHMNONREV From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 1368 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 7482 times:

Quoting Stirling (Reply 2):
Being a West Coast kid...Eastern was one of those "Exotic" Airlines that were very mysterious, serving all these places I'd never heard of before.
(National, Piedmont, and Allegheny held that same kind of fascination)

Growing up in St. Louis in the 70's I longed to see those tails that graced other airports like United, Continental, Pan Am and National. Back when the CAB dictated who flew where, how often and how much they charged...

I remember flying to IAH in 1974 and seeing those CO and NA DC-10's parked at the banjo gates, they may have well as been something from outer space..

Eastern was one of the few airlines I did not fly much, maybe a half dozen times in my life. But they were a great airline, with great people...


User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13517 posts, RR: 62
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7444 times:
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Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 5):
As for Charlie. I can only blame him to a point. He was a nut case. But we all chose to listen to his crazy words and believe what he was saying. We stopped thinking for ourselves and put a crazy man in charge of our future and our destinies. That is our own fault. We should have ran him out of town long before the company shutdown.

Bryan was batshit crazy, and 99% responsible for EA's demise IMHO.

Any man who would lie down in back of a 727 to keep them from testing powerbacks to see if they'd work (which became an industry standard, thank you) is someone you should not trust. Ever.

If there's a God, Charlie Bryan is scrounging through dumpsters to get by these days.

Quoting Type-Rated (Reply 7):
I also got to fly a A300 on the Moonlight Madness route IAH-ORD

You mean Moonlight Special.



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User currently offlineScotron11 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1178 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7446 times:

I have many memories of EA. On their 757 with the 757 on the tail LGA-MIA; JFK-SJU on their L1011, one-time with the alarm going off just before touchdown with flashing red lights in the cabin (someone must have pushed the wrong button)!

I think their livery was quite classy. Sorta like AmericanAirlines, with all that bare metal.


User currently offlineToulouse From Switzerland, joined Apr 2005, 2758 posts, RR: 58
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7424 times:

I loved their livery. To be honest I don't have many memories, but I did fly them twice (one 727 definitely and possibly anothre 727 or DC9) on domestic US flights. I remember having quite a few souvenirs from one of the flights for a few years (cards and I don't know what else) back at home in Ireland, so the crew were obviously a friendly bunch. I think EA stands out "a little" bit more in my mind for their livery. I flew to and around the US a few times as a child, and stngely enough the only "real" memories I have are of flights to the US with either Aer Lingus or British Airways, and remember very little of my domestic US flights.
Anyway, I've always had a soft-spot for Eastern Air Lines, yet again, why? I don't really know.



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User currently offlineIahflyr From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7371 times:

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 9):
You mean Moonlight Special.

Oh I loved those flights all arriving IAH around 2350-0030, then getting them all out of town again around 0300-0400, sure made the ole midshifts go by in a hurry at IAH in the day. IIRC, EA had something like 22 aircraft at their peak schedule running those things from DC9's to A300's.  Smile



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User currently offlineWDBRR From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 610 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7343 times:

Quoting Stirling (Reply 2):
I remember their boarding area at PDX. It had the brown carpeting as you mentioned, but the thing I remember most was that it had imbedded in it all the names of the cities they served; each city had it's own unique font. It kind of looked like one of those word-search puzzles, with the city names going both vertically and horizontally.....that was back in the day when Airlines actually marketed the destinations they served, rather than today's standard of saying things such as "900 cities on 4 continents...." or, "We serve the world with 2000 flights a day from our hub in Hooterville".

Yes, I have pictures of this wallpaper. I have to scan them and post them here.
When Kiwi International started flying into ATL and took over 4 EA gates in the
C concourse, they left it up until the concourse was renovated in 1996 for the
Olympics. Having worked for both carriers, I think it was a touch of nostalgia.
The podiums in ATL were brown carpet covered with a blue 1 foot horizontal
stripe going across. The carpeting was blue also. so blue and brown ruled.
The uniform was actually army green and/or beige and splash of red tie/bow.
After the strike and during the bankrupty, the uniform was changed to blue
with red/purple colors. I have seen pictures of both uniforms on the web too.


User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6526 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7329 times:

I had my 8th birthday party in a conference room at MSY, and as part of the deal (never found out how my mom managed to make it happen), we all got to go on an Eastern 727-200 sitting at one of the gates. We were on the plane for about 15 minutes while the captain talked to us about the aircraft; then, I got to go up into the cockpit and press a whole bunch of buttons. For an eight year old, it was a great experience.

User currently offlineTymnBalewne From Bermuda, joined Mar 2005, 946 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7307 times:

Growing up in NY my memories of EAL are of the Shuttle service to BOS and IAD from LGA and the EAL's terminal at JFK. I'd love to find some history on the EAL JFK terminal because, in my opinion it was the least aesthetically pleasing terminal at the airport. It looked like an bland hangar. The "piers" that took you to the aircraft were at ground level so when jetbridges were attached there was a steeper than usual climb.

From an amenities point of view I only recall a coffee shop in the rear of the terminal for public use and MAYBE a couple of shops.

These are all hazy recollections.

Does anyone out there have any pics of the terminal and any knowledge of the history of the structure? Where NA had IM Pei and TWA had Eero Saarinen designing their terminals it looked like EA had a failed student from an architectural correspondence school design their building!

C.



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User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5008 posts, RR: 21
Reply 16, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7296 times:

I was lucky enough to get an Electra backup DCA-LGA in the 70's on the Shuttle. It was the only time I flew the Shuttle, and 1 of 2 times I flew Eastern. I was maybe 8 or 9 but remember it like yesterday, I was hoping that flight never ended as the Electra was perhaps the most "solid" airplane I've ever flown. My Mom hated it, as she was "airline" and had an aversion to the Electra, but not me...loved every second of it.


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User currently offlineLogos From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 793 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7239 times:

I have many fond memories of flying Eastern. I went to college at Rice when they had IAH as a focus city of sorts in the early 80s. I had enough bad experiences on USAir that I would actually connect in Atlanta with them to get home to Pittsburgh rather than take the nonstop on AL. One time they had a special going on a new nonstop to Cleveland, so I flew there as an alternate. On the trip back, they actually served us steak & shrimp for dinner (hard to imagine today). Another time, I got an L-1011 on the ATL-PIT segment (again, hard to imagine today) that was in Air Canada livery. Full meal service on that flight as well.

As for Borman, I think, as an ex-military, ex-astronaut guy he may have been too autocratic for a rapidly changing market under deregulation (if you read about his days as an astronaut, he was very much that way, even with his kids). With Bryan (who was, I agree, certifiable), neither of those guys were going to back down and it ruined the company.

Ah, the golden age of flying. It was great while it lasted.

Cheers,
Dave in Orlando



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User currently offlineMD95 From Italy, joined Apr 2005, 104 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7187 times:

I have good memories of Eastern. I used Eastern 24 times from dec 77 to may 1980. I fondly remember the $ 199 fly-wherever-we fly promotional fare which I used twice to fly allover Florida, Mexico, and Bahamas from SEA and from LAX. I also remember a trip ATL-LAX with their L1011 that after 1.5 hour flight in dec 1977 hat to return because of pressurization problem. it was a good airline and never had a single problem with them. I was able to fly their DC9, 727, L1011 and A300.


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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13517 posts, RR: 62
Reply 19, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 7034 times:
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Quoting TymnBalewne (Reply 15):
Where NA had IM Pei and TWA had Eero Saarinen designing their terminals it looked like EA had a failed student from an architectural correspondence school design their building!

Hey pal, I LOVED that Terminal!





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User currently offlineWDBRR From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 610 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6955 times:

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 19):
Hey pal, I LOVED that Terminal!

The picture looks more like an administration or reservations building
than an Airport terminal, way too much grass and their is no ramps,
seems like there is only one door. any other pictures?


User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1670 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6917 times:
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I loved flying Eastern until it started to go downhill the last couple of years. I flew on 201 Eastern flights, according to my very accurate flight logs. I loved the Electra, especially. Whenever I flew on the Air-Shuttle, I always waited until the DC-9 first section was filled, then got in line in order to get the Electra. I flew on their DC-8s a couple of times. And I flew on quite a few Convair 440s, which I really liked. They were priced as prop first class, but service was no different than coach on a jet. When I first started flying Eastern, the seats were all a light blue or aquamarine with white headrest covers. Then they became alternating rows of dark blue and kelly green, with headrest covers in blue on the green seats and green on the blue seats. When the widebody look came in, the 727s, DC-9s, and Electras got a mix of pink, blue, and yellow seats. The L-1011 had different colors with stop sign designs on them. Next, they got seats with horizontal tiger stripes on them. The basic colors were blue, red-orange, and yellow, and the wavy stripes were brown. The last colors I remember were basic brown seats with pinstripes in shades of orange and tan. I never got to fly on a Connie, but I did fly on a DC-7B. But it was no longer an Eastern aircraft, although it still had an Eastern interior. It was on Turkish Airlines, and it crashed three days after I flew on it.

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User currently offlineTag From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 6864 times:

When it comes to Eastern, I guess I was born lucky as both of my parents worked for them. I flew on everything they had from the Electra (one of my first flights) to the day they shut the doors.

User currently offlineStirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 21
Reply 23, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 6813 times:

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 14):
I had my 8th birthday party in a conference room at MSY, and as part of the deal (never found out how my mom managed to make it happen), we all got to go on an Eastern 727-200 sitting at one of the gates. We were on the plane for about 15 minutes while the captain talked to us about the aircraft; then, I got to go up into the cockpit and press a whole bunch of buttons. For an eight year old, it was a great experience.

I know one 43 year old who would find it a great experience as well!  Wink

Quoting Type-Rated (Reply 7):
The EA gates were lavish with a deep blue carpeting and lighter blue furniture with very comfortable upholstered seating.

Now that I think about it, the carpeting was a brown background, with the lettering being a deep-blue, almost black color.

Quoting WDBRR (Reply 20):
The picture looks more like an administration or reservations building
than an Airport terminal, way too much grass and their is no ramps,
seems like there is only one door. any other pictures?

That photo must have been taken prior to opening.....otherwise, where are all the cars, taxis, and people?!
But it is definitely the landslide view, the airside view had the same architectural theme, with just a lot more stuff going on. I have a book with a picture of the airside of the building, before the jetways, but I must honor the copyright. Sorry.



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User currently offlineTymnBalewne From Bermuda, joined Mar 2005, 946 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 6813 times:

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 19):
Hey pal, I LOVED that Terminal!

Thanks for the pic!! I had forgotten the "drive through" element of the building, Anymore pics out there??

C,



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25 N917ME : I believe that some old EA employees are planning a reunion of old PHL EA employees this fall.
26 Bluemeatball : I had the pleasure of flying Eastern during the 60s and 70s. The 440 from ATL to CRW; the 640 from PSE to SJU after Eastern bought Caribair; the DC-8
27 TAG : I was pretty little when I flew the 747, but it seems like I remember us going to Aruba with mostly employees. Maybe it was some type of pre-service d
28 JMBWEEBOY : My first flight of the thousands taken since was Eastern #403, a Boeing 720, from Newark to Miami in July of 1963, nightcoach fare of $69.00 one way (
29 Post contains links and images EA CO AS : Here's one of my favorites... View Large View MediumPhoto © Art Brett - Photovation Images ..and a few other good ones. View Large View MediumPh
30 474218 : In my 20 plus years in L-1011 product support I made many trips to Eastern and each one has its own memories, like the time we spent a week chasing a
31 B52murph : This flight number brings up another related subject---did EA keep Flight 401 as an L10 JFK-MIA route after the crash? I remember hearing somewhere t
32 Aces727 : I remember Eastern's L1011's at BOG, they also flew the 727 to CLO and, BAQ in Colombia and many other cities in South and Central America.
33 Navairjax : Actually IIRC PSA 182 was the crash that began the practice of retired flight numbers. AA 1 actually crashed on takeoff from JFK back in the early 60
34 Cairo : My dad flew for Eastern for 30+ years. I've got MANY many memories. ...such as EA outflying DL in ATL. ...such as EA buying the first Airbus products
35 Post contains links and images Dl_mech : and Brown Cabin Doors. Did anyone else have these? Delta had a few EAL 727's that flew from the FRA hub where the only thing that we changed (on the
36 Sampa737 : I flew Eastern from Memphis-Ft. Lauderdale-Memphis (and of course the change of planes in Atlanta) in the early 80s. If I remember correctly, Eastern
37 Eastern023 : My experience with Eastern Air Lines was a flight to see my grandparents in Santiago-SCL. 1988 was when airlines did not fly to SCL nonstop to the US,
38 EasternSon : I have nothing but good memories about Eastern. I wasn't as lucky as my sister, who got to fly with my father in the jumpseat of a DC9. My old man did
39 STT757 : My first vacation my parents took me on was 1977 or 1978, EWR-ATL-MCO and the return was MCO-JFK. We were living on Staten Island at the time. Three o
40 Beechnut : I flew maybe a half-dozen trips with them over my lifetime back in the days when I was a frequent business traveller, which would be towards the end o
41 Milesrich : My first airline trip was in 1955, from MLI TO MIA, via a UA CV-340 to MDW and then a brand new EA DC-7B Golden Falcon, all first class 4.5 hour nonst
42 Post contains links and images Turk223 : Easetrn holds a special place in many of our hearts! I remember my first flight well - EA965 MIA-STX-BGI on a 727-100 on July 4, 1979. I recall the br
43 Post contains links N702ML : If anyone is interested, I just posted a complete Eastern Airlines timetable dated September 6, 1972 on my webpage: www.departedflights.com Enjoy!
44 Dc863 : I flew on Eastern every summer from 1969-1986. They were a great airline but service really began to suffer around 1984 from "Wars" between management
45 TrijetsRMissed : The aircraft N8607 had a history of mechanical problems. The pitch trim compensator had been removed 15 times over a four year period, most as a resu
46 Ordpark : I flew the Air Shuttle all the time when I was in college....DC-9's, 727's, Electra's and the Constellation...never appreciated it at the time, howeve
47 RICguy : Eastern's RIC ticket counter had the same wallpaper for their ticket counter prior to the 1985 terminal expansion. They used the location that Northw
48 Stirling : Maybe Eastern, but not PanAm.....I have been on a PA research kick lately, tracking the time post National-merger to the shutdown. From what I read i
49 Fewsolarge : In high school, a couple of my friends and I used to make pilgrimages every few months to ATL. This was often after visiting various sales offices dow
50 TrijetsRMissed : I flew Eastern once in the late 80's on a 727 from ORD-JFK and back. I don't remember many details since I was young. I wish I had more experiences wi
51 Type-Rated : Thanks for the info on the DC-8 that went into Lake Ponchartrain. That must have been one of the few crashes where the CVR wasn't found. From what I w
52 Tango-Bravo : Although no one person or event or thing is entirely to blame for the demise of Eastern, Frank Borman certainly contributed substantially to the proc
53 Post contains images PExDCA : All the PE 727s and 737s had brown interior cabin doors. I have a pic of myself in uniform standing in a 727 doorway next to one of them.
54 Post contains links and images Dl_mech : We had a few ex-PE 727's from Pan Am. Pan Am must have painted them white again. View Large View MediumPhoto © David DawsonView Large View Mediu
55 PExDCA : They were leased to PA when they started up the PA Shuttle. When they went to PA for their BOS-LGA-DCA shuttle service the interiors were reconfigure
56 Aanyc : Eastern will always have a special place in my heart. The Breen uniforms (it was a combination of green and brown). Although they were a bit military
57 MSYtristar : There's a small memorial for that flight in a local cemetary near the airport here. It was routing MEX-MSY-ATL-LGA, something like that...had about 5
58 Type-Rated : That's what I was trying to say, is that a lot of the plane is buried deep within the mud at the bottom of the lake. Someone told me that early report
59 474218 : What Airbus product did EA buy that had doors that slid up?
60 Post contains images MSYtristar : I was in La Tech's Proiessional Aviation program in '97/'98 in scenic RSN. They had a story about this crash in an old edition of Airliners magazine.
61 Stirling : What made it so mysterious? I don't know the story. Enlighten us/me please sir!
62 Nomadic : I have a variety of memories. I flew MIA-LGA in First Class on what happened to be the day before the company shut down. If the F/As had any idea what
63 Post contains links Pintail : 1.) For the Eastern DC-8-21 crash, try the following link to the DOT Library Special collections: http://dotlibrary.specialcollection.net/ Check: Hist
64 Logos : They flew the A300; they were the US launch customer. They definitely had the B4 variant and may have had the B2 as well. Those aircraft got shipped
65 Xaphan : My memories of Eastern go back much earlier than most. I began flying them as a young child in the very early 1950s from my home in KSDF to visit my a
66 474218 : I asked about the statement below: A300 doors do not "slid up" the opened externally. So my question still has been unanswered, what Airbus product d
67 Logos : I think you're right about the A-300. I'm wondering if the poster confused the A-300 with the L-1011, which did have doors that slid up IIRC. Cheers,
68 777fan : I have an extremely fuzzy memory of a MIA-PTP flight on an Eastern 727, circa 1978. I was about three years old and flew with my mother (my parents pu
69 TWA1985 : If anyone is interested, I just received 3 Chicago flight attendant bid sheets from 1985 when EA still had flight attendant base there. If anyone woul
70 Halls120 : The mud in Lake Pontchartrain is amazing. During my tour of duty in New Orleans, a Cessna crashed on approach to Lakefront Airport. We went out to se
71 Stirling : Thanks for your great memories, they make this forum worthwhile!
72 Zippyjet : Eastern was the airline of my childhood! If you flew from Baltimore to Miami, 90% of the time it was on Eastern! As a little kid/infant, I flew with m
73 USADreamliner : Many associate the L-1011 with Eastern. But for me, growing up in Argentina, my memories of Eastern are of the DC-10 ! For a couple of years I thought
74 CV880 : My 1st flight on EA Super G Connie from CLT-INT around 1960. Later on Electras and Capital Viscounts in the late 60's, RDU-CLT. Memorable occasion see
75 Post contains images USADreamliner : I like the yellow uniform from the 70's, much better than the boring and typical blue.
76 B6MoneyGuyJFK : A very big THANK YOU. For years and years I've told people the first flight I ever took was on Eastern from LGA to Orlando (My grandparents too me on
77 WDBRR : Here is the uniforms....just before the strike and before the shutdown. I have flown on EA A300 many many times, it was my favorite plane, I don't rem
78 WDBRR : are you sure it's not Chicken Cordon Blu, it's rolled up and has white creamy cheese inside.
79 CF-CPI : I have some brochures from that period and all I can say is you have a great memory. EA really promoted that 'widebody look' on the 727 and the pink+
80 Post contains images ImperialEagle : My fondest memories of EA are from the late fifties and through the sixties and seventies. I remember flying on EA's DC7B's ATL-MIA and back and plent
81 Broke : Here is a list of the Eastern aircraft that I flew on. L-188A Electra - My first love in airliners DC-7B L-749A L-1049C/G Martin 404 CV-440 727-025 72
82 Jetdeltamsy : The Shuttle was into and out of DCA, not IAD. Technicality.
83 Gr8SlvrFlt : Though before my time, the "Chicken Kiev" was mentioned often by those senior to me. It was filled with seasoned butter, not cheese. My favorite coach
84 Charlienorth : The great nonstop flights from MSP-TPA in the senenties,the family having FC to ourselves!! In 1983 I had the fortune to fly DCA-LGA on The Shuttle,Si
85 PRINAIR : Having worked for EA and also for its CRS - System One, I can say that those were the best jobs I ever had. I have worked for other airlines and for A
86 Cody : Not sure about the A300, but I have some good photos of the L1011 interior and it seems to me Eastern never changed the colors of the L1011 doors, bu
87 Eastern023 : I flewDC 10 to SCL via EZE. I still think it was the way to fly.
88 ChinaClipper40 : I have fond memories of Eastern. I remember the "living room" style seating arrangements in the first Super Connies introduced in the early 1950s. Eve
89 Milesrich : Just about every airline that operated the DC-6 and DC-7 had a circular lounge in the rear of the aircraft. The only DC-6's Eastern every operated wer
90 ChinaClipper40 : Quite right. I remember the circular lounges at the rear of the aircraft on both DC-6s and DC-7s, both of Eastern and other airlines. And yes, the 8-
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