Rw717 From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 285 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2062 times:
I flew to BZN on the original Frontier and can remember deplaning late at night via the airstairs and seeing the massive DC10 sitting next to us. It was sometime in the early 80's right after the new terminal was built. I was about 10 at the time and thought it was the coolest airport I had ever been to. Fortunately, many years later, I had the chance to work at FCA, which is also a very cool airport.
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Stapleton From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 276 posts, RR: 2 Reply 8, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1629 times:
Quoting Rw717 (Reply 5): Back in the day I believe It was part of a milk run. If I'm not mistaken it went ORD MSP BIL BZN GEG SEA, or something like that. Anybody else have any other insight?
The DC-10 routing was normally ORD - BIL - GTF - GEG - SEA. In Billings and Spokane, they cross-connected with two other planes that had a routing of MSP - BIS - BIL - HLN - MSO - GEG - PDX and MSP - BIL - BZN - BTM - GEG which were both 727s. (Sometimes this routing varried but the DC-10 was always on the the route with BIL and GTF. (When NW was on strike and operated minimial flights, they actually operated 747s into BIL and GTF.)
BZN wasn't a normal station for the DC10s but because at the time NW only had 747s, DC10s and 727s, if there was a cancellation, NW would sometimes do speical stops with the 10's into airports like BZN.