LatinPlane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2666 posts, RR: 14 Posted (5 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3432 times:
I bumped into this video on youtube of a Pan Am 727 at Osaka's old Itami airport. I was unaware that Pan Am had 727s based out of what must have been its Tokyo hub. This video is pre-1986 as this is the year when Pan Am sold its Asian network to United. While a Pan Am 727 would have been a quite normal sight in Europe with Pan Am's big hubs in Frankfurt and its smaller hub in London, this must have been a rarity in Asia. Anyone have an idea where these 727s flew too?
TW870 From United States of America, joined Jan 2013, 101 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (5 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2294 times:
Quoting LAXintl (Reply 1): 727s also did OSA-SEL as continuation of the NRT-OSA leg and also showed up in Manila and Taipei during a period.
PA also had A300s based in Asia towards the end of its Pacific network.
Wow I never knew that. What did the schedules look like? Was there a pilot TDY base in Tokyo? Or Osaka? What was the reasoning behind this? I am guessing that at some point they thought they couldn't profitably serve OSA with a non-stop to the US?
The last flight out was on a World 727, that was very overloaded and damaged so the flaps wouldn't retract, nor would the landing gear. There is a great account of it in David Butler's "Fall of Saigon".
Quoting NWOrientDC10 (Reply 8): Boeing 727s flew the Vietnam rest and relaxation airlift, carrying thousands of American servicemen for rest and relaxation leaves in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and other Asian destinations.
My dad flew in and out of Vietnam on PA charters during the war.
NWOrientDC10 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1401 posts, RR: 4 Reply 12, posted (5 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1332 times:
Quoting falstaff (Reply 11): The last flight out was on a World 727, that was very overloaded and damaged so the flaps wouldn't retract, nor would the landing gear. There is a great account of it in David Butler's "Fall of Saigon".