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Set Aside All The Worries-Aviation Nostalgia  
User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 7
Posted (5 years 9 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1902 times:

Over the past 8 years, we have seen air travel rise and fall; airlines come and go. Giants of aviation for the past 80+ years buckle under the pressure of the climate and economy, and file for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. Some, never to push back from the gate again. It is indeed a very sad chapter in aviation history; remnance of this sad state dating back to 1978.

However, I think we can be greatful for how far we, in the aviation community have come, and also reflect on the old times.

I am quite young but with my mother and father alone, I am surrounded by over 45 years of experience in this industry.

Remember a time when being a ramp agent was a VERY big deal. The likes of Delta (and most others) having their guys wearing collared shirts and ties. The age of the sideways caps on our flight attendants. When most showed pride in what they did; even if it meant servicing lavatories, fueling, etc. When there were countless reservations centers all across the country.

There is so much more, but please share your "remember when" as we reminisce!


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User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5234 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1849 times:

I guess I'll tip my hat those airlines I personally have flown whose names have gone to airline heaven:

Ozark
TWA
Eastern
Pan Am
Braniff
Aloha
Britt
Mississippi Valley
Northeast (UK)
The Original Frontier
and soon...Northwest.

From a former airline brat whose memories span the pre- and post- deregulated US eras to all the employees who made those carriers great, I salute you.

Though the industry has evolved (or devolved as a matter of personal opinion), I remember the classic carriers with fondness. They were much more than corporate names on a plane.

As long as there are A-Netters and sites like this, those great identities never really leave us.

Cheers,

OzarkD9S



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User currently offline767ER From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 1092 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1819 times:

Oh lord, where could you begin…………………

1/ Timetables the size of bibles.
2/ Flying a 747 between JFK and LAX on PA.
3/ No TSA
4/ Not being able to trawl through the internet and having sites like these
5/ Airline food was still terrible in the 70s, despite what people say now.
6/ Expensive air fares
7/ Wonderful array of aircraft types: DC10s,L1011,707,etc
8/ Attractive FAs

…………this list could go and on



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User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2560 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1805 times:

Im not old enough for real nostalgia, but when I was a kid I used to go to LTN every school holiday with my grandad. In the late 80's and 90's before the boom in LCC's LTN was quite a different place than it is now and it feels nostalgic looking back at the types we used to see there.

FR was one of the regular carriers to DUB from my earliest memories, I dont think I remember the HS748 or ATR but I certainly remember these
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Once FR started to expand with the acquisition of former LH & SN 732's and set up shop over at STN, the DUB - LTN run was operated on their behalf by these
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I used to think 1-11's were pretty common aircraft, but now there are hardly any flying. The only other regular scheduled traffic at LTN were Manx Airlines Shorts 360's to IOM (no photos on a.net???) later replaced by
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and the charter carriers ZB & BY. Back then ZB had 733's and BY had 732's and I always laughed at their flying school PA28's and a Mooney in full colors next to a 767. At this time BA Cityfler made a brief appearance with an ATR42 in full Landor livery to CDG
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which didnt last too long, then CB came along and did CDG for a while with a D228 and later a D328
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Then along came U2 and that was it for LTN - though many may not remember they started with just two 732's G-BECG & H, initially operating to EDI & GLA. To commemorate their third service to INV, along came Nessie
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There were also plenty of charters into LTN and there was always something different to see. I remember when we first saw the new airline Air 2000 and their Canadian partners Canada 3000, as well as Eurocypria with A320's (now 738's), LTU Sud with 757's, Sabre with 727's, Airtours DC10's, Air Ops L1011 Tristar's, Air Mediteranne & Emerald Airways 732's and various others. The other main attraction was the freighter aircraft, many of which brought in cargo for the Vauxhall motor plant up the hill. It wasnt uncommon to see three Ilyushin IL76's on the ramp at once before the noise bans and the closure of the Vauxhall plant. Other very rare and intersting visitors were
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Thats my nostalgic memories  Smile Others who are older will be able to remember all the Britannia's, Court Line, Autair and a whole load of British aviation history at LTN.



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User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1749 times:



Quoting 767ER (Reply 2):
1/ Timetables the size of bibles.

Made me pull mines out! I still have the two last timetables Delta made before they were discontinued. Also, you can call it like it is (stealing) but I always wondered why we had silverware in our home that said DELTA on it...and no, my Mom did not buy them from the museum store Big grin .

I still have a bunch of wings that were given to me by gate agents/FAs/pilots, etc. I still remember one time I was flying SJU-STT on an ATR (might have been a 42) when I was very young and I cried the whole ride over. The captain took his wings off of his shirt and gave it to me. I still have it.



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