Feret From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1553 times:
The Electra shows remarkable similarities to the P3 Orion don't you think?
The old Electra sure is sturdy. Maybe because of all the patches to stop the fuel running out faster than it goes in. A damn fine aircraft nonetheless!
Tom2katie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1543 times:
Reeve is not COMPLETELY shut down. Still doing a few charters that they were obligated to do. Kept on 8 mechanics. But, it does look grim. For the time being, they have avoided bankruptcy, but the hangar is a ghost town. The one shining light in all of this is that the pilots refused to come to work unless the owner paid all the employees their last check, which he did. Here.. here.. for a little solidarity across the ranks!
L_188 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1541 times:
As far as I know both the remaining Reeve Charters are being operated with their 727's. I usually get to see their USAF charter taxi out on the ferry flight to Elemendorf.
I believe all three electras are still there parked on the ramp. The problem is that it is dark out there right now so I can't see them to confirm that!!!
The P-3 was developed from the Electra but only about 30% of the parts are interchangable. That info I got from a friend who was a P-3 Crew Chief before he retired from the Navy. He got a job on the ramp for Reeve. He said one of the funniest things that he did after he got that job was to call one of his old buddies, "Hey guess what I am working on now!!!"