doulasc From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 598 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3508 times:
It seems National had a lot of Milk runs that started in Florida and vice versa. like JAX-TLH-PFN-PNS-MOB-MSY-IAH-Beyond. You could board a flight in Miami and have a 5 stop flight up to New York. Anyone here want to share a flight they took on National in the 1960s-1970s that made a lot of stops.
In the late 70s just before the Pan Am merger National did away with a lot of their milk runs and focused more on longer haul flights.
hiflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2178 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 3393 times:
Lessee...ol 493 from PVD to JAX hitting every station on the way then turned west and ended up in SFO at midnight after hitting all the gulf coast...couple nrsa tried to do one drink before each landing...usually passed out by JAX the story goes....think I made MOB or near there...grin!
Tomassjc From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 919 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3271 times:
I did NA 47 in July 1970. 727-200 MIA-TPA-MCO-MSY-IAH-LAX. It was right after I turned 12 and could ride all by myself. The rest of the family did the nonstop 747 SunKing MIA-LAX. The flight attendants thought I was a little crazy, but we were the best of friends by the time we got past Houston.
When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the Earth with your eyes turned skyward -Leonardo DaVinci
zippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5581 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3022 times:
When I was 5 back in June of 1962 our family flew to MIA to visit my grandparents. Going to MIA we flew from BWI then BAL (Friendship) on an Eastern Airline's Boeing 720. My first jet flight. Then Eastern went on one of their many strikes and when we flew home two weeks later we ended up on a National flight (pre Sun King) that if I remember correctly was MIA-FLL-DCA then finally BWI. It was a late afternoon dinner flight. And being all of five this flight seemed quite long in comparison to the nonstop 2 hour jet flight to MIA. It was my first and last flight on a Lockheed Electra, I remember the fancy lounge in the back of the plane however I did not get a chance to check it out. My sister was an infant of a little over a year so my parents had their hands full. My sister was typical cranky, "poopacious" and calicky so exploring this classic was out of the question. Somewhere I saw a 1962 schedule for National Airlines and for some reason this flight was only listed as MIA-DCA-BWI. Maybe I was wrong about the stop in FLL. If anyone out there can clarify that would be great. BTW, when did National finally have pure jet service in and out of BWI (then BAL/Friendship)? I know Eastern had pure jet service from Baltimore to Miami at least as early as Spring-Summer 1962. Also, somewhere I have a picture of my grandpa boarding a Northeast Airlines Convair 880 on his return trip to Miami around my birthday which is August 19. This I believe was also 1962. So, what year did Eastern, National and Northeast begin regularly scheduled pure jet service from Baltimore to Miami?
william From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1383 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2999 times:
I flew from DFW to Panama City in 1975 . From DFW to New Orleans on a Delta DC-8. Connected to a National Airlines 727 and flew from New Orleans to Pensacola,then to my final destination Panama City,Fl. The flight continued on, where too I do not know............Fun times.
maxpower1954 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 1216 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2477 times:
National was one of the most interesting airlines from the CAB regulated era, no question about it. They flew some of the shortest stage lengths of any major airline. Check out the TPA-MCO service in 1974 from the link in the previous post - 6 727s and 1 DC-10!
Thank you, I checked this out. As late as 1966 if you wanted to fly from Baltimore to Miami, on National (pre-sun King) you got to take an L-188 Electra and it wasn't non stop. Actually your flight was Baltimore, DCA, MIA and obviously the reverse for your return flight. Interestingly, out of DCA you were also limited to piston power and turbo props on National until 1967 or so when DCA could accept the DC 9 and 727. I'm not sure if the first 727 jet service into BWI was the Sun King 727 or the older National airline of the stars livery. I know by 1968 the Sun King was the official livery and anything with propellers for National were retired and never got the Sun King.
flaps30 From United States of America, joined May 2009, 289 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2157 times:
I dont have any stories about multiple stop flights on National but I do have great memories of flying National Airlines about 3 or 4 times a year to visit my grandparents in Miami. My 2 brothers and I would always take the DC-10 nonstop from LAX to MIA in the mid 70's and beyond. I remember for a while, they would actually serve fresh popcorn during the movies. They were my favorite airline until they merged with Pan Am. Great memories