AADC10 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2928 times:
I long for the days of 9 abreast seating on a 747 in photo 19. Just think about the same 9 seats jammed into the much narrower 787.
Maybe they can bring back the "Mainliner" name if they merge with CO. United-Mainliner would be the current UA, United-Continental would be CO and United Ted would remain the bastard that it already is until the whole mess is integrated. In the early days, probably for regulatory reasons, "United" ticket offices would sell tickets for Varney Airlines, Boeing Air Transport and other subsidiaries. Perhaps they should change Ted to Varney in honor of UA and CO's common founder, Walter Varney. Unfortunately, I think Varney is kind of stupid sounding.
Timz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 7212 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2707 times:
Quoting BravoGolf (Reply 4): A DC4 with a triple tail?? How many of these were made?
One. Never flew scheduled flights, except maybe as a substitute.
" a May 1938 non-stop flight from Denver to Newark. The 1,635-mile overland flight, equivalent to an Atlantic crossing from Africa to Brazil, was called the longest scheduled overland flight made to date."
Never heard of that one-- think a DC-3 could manage that?
Quoting BravoGolf (Reply 4):
A DC4 with a triple tail??
I believe the DC-4E had a triple tail. Not many were made and I wasn't aware that they ever made it to an airline, but the picture seems to say otherwise.
The DC-4E did have a triple tail, and along with UA, I think AA was involved with its development. As far as I know, it never went into regular service with either because it was thought to be too big and too costly at the time. Douglas sold the only DC-4E to Japan before the start of WW II. The later DC-4/C-54 was a much different aircraft.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 29325 posts, RR: 25
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1987 times:
Quoting BravoGolf (Reply 16): Was that another row of windows high on the fuselage of the DC4E?
I think they were small windows for the upper-berth since seats were designed to convert to berths, much like the upper and lower berths on trains. Early DC-3s built as DSTs (Douglas Sleeper Transport) had similar windows for the same purpose, as did some DC-6s and DC-7s when equipped with optional upper berths that folded down from the ceiling. You can see these windows above every 2nd main passenger window on the early SAS DC-6 below.