WHPBUR From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 30 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1640 times:
Over the past few months I've noticed a Shorts 330 flying west over the San Fernando Valley north of L.A. in the mornings and the same plane flying east in the afternoons. Anybody know who it belongs to and what mission it's on?
Greg3322 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 201 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1469 times:
Quoting WHPBUR (Thread starter): Over the past few months I've noticed a Shorts 330 flying west over the San Fernando Valley north of L.A. in the mornings and the same plane flying east in the afternoons. Anybody know who it belongs to and what mission it's on?
Just a wild guess, but is it a feeder airline supporting DHL, FedEx, or UPS? Maybe a flight from ONT to SBA?
Kstatepilot From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 159 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1298 times:
I used to fly for that company, and flew that very same airplane. Those were some fun times.The Shorts is a really great airplane to fly, it handles nicely and you can do anything to it and it'll still fly!
Ahhh, I remember going to the 1975 (or 1976) "AG-EXPO" (AGricultural EXPOsition) in Lethbridge, AB,Canada (YYC)... and in amongst the tractors and fertilizer displays was this square trailer with big windows. Low and Behold it was the fuselage demonstrator for the Shorts 330, showing off in the guise of launch customer Time Air. This was Lethbridge's biggest annual event, and as the hometown airline, Time Air and Shorts had a bit of a captive audience! I grew up with the small fleet buzzing over my house on final aproach to the YYC airport... and always had LEGO in hand, frantically being able to successfully model the boxy aircraft with square blocks....
The fleet was known as "the flying boxcars", and were fondly enjoyed by Time Air's customers. Putting aside the fact they were not pressurized, the roomy interior and big windows were always enjoyed when flying over the prairies...
...More importantly, with it's distinctive fuselage and tail configuartion, it was always easy to spot and identify this truly unique plane.