Birdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3693 posts, RR: 52 Posted (2 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 18242 times:
I found a wonderful video (30 minutes) the other day. It follows Captain Caro Stemmler's last flight before retiring, from ZRH to JFK on Swissair's classic Boeing 747-300 HB-IGE (Geneva) in December 1997.
What makes the film so special is the uniquely Swiss atmosphere. Instead of having a narrator, the film calmly follows the event from various angles with some amazing portrait shots of the people involved, beautifully backed by a classy song that for some reason you don't really get tired of, even though it plays for most of the half hour. The lack of a narrator takes away the language barrier or the need for a tacky subtitle, with just the right amount of Swiss German talk for that authentic touch. Lots of beautiful air-to-air footage too.
You'll notice how the film feels so uniquely Swiss, so 90s, so calm, professional and stylish.
Some rare, memorable cameos by HB-IWF at 6:13 (crashed after a cockpit fire just months later) and the World Trade Center at 28:50.
If you have half an hour to spare, watch it and enjoy it. It's probably the best and most rewarding thing you can do with your 30 minutes of time. I promise.
lxa333 From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 276 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (2 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 17256 times:
I used to fly these beautiful birds annually from 90-97, but I was too young to remember much. I remember the airport in Zurich was my favorite place in the world and still is probably. Does anyone know what regs used to fly to JFK for the 743?
Wow this video brings back memories of Crossair in Zurich along with the old delta liveries. How time flies.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 23169 posts, RR: 23 Reply 12, posted (2 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 14538 times:
Quoting SpaceshipDC10 (Reply 8): Quoting FlySwiss (Reply 6):5 B743 were in Swissair's fleet, HB-IGE was the last one.
Three were Combi.(IGC, D & G)
Swissair was the launch customer for the 743. I remember flying on one very soon after they went into service. It was operating YYZ-YMX (Montreal Mirabel)-ZRH. At that time there was only F and Y class, no J which was introduced fairly soon after. The 743s originally had 69 Y class seats on the upper deck.
awthompson From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 396 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (2 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5906 times:
Brings back wonderful memories hearing the route being discussed in the film; 'Manchester - Isle of Man - Belfast'. Albeit their plotting chart shows a more southerly route to the south of Ireland, cannot quite figure that one out!
I spent my teenage years when I should have been doing my school homework, watching/listening to the transatlantic overflights crossing just south of Belfast (the BEL VOR was in a different location than it is now). Many times I heard/saw Swissair flight 100 taking this route gracing Northern Ireland skies, and many times it was HB-IGE.
Birdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3693 posts, RR: 52 Reply 23, posted (2 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2463 times:
Quoting LONGisland89 (Reply 22): I noticed the captain was the pilot not flying on this leg. Would he not fly JFK-ZRH the next day? It seems strange to have a Swissair captain retire on ZRH-JFK and also not be flying his last flight.
I have a possible explanation:
In Europe, you retire at a certain age. This is not the USA where you have 90yo cabin attendants and 80yo pilots. So if you happen to reach that age while on layover in New York then you're done. This means Swissair would have ferried in a captain for the return segment, which seems like a hassle but then again the retiring captain probably made it clear that it's his wish and lifelong dream to fly to JFK as his last flight, so this might have been Swissair's farewell present.
Just my wild guess, but it kind of makes sense!
All the things you probably hate about travelling are warm reminders that I'm home
PITrules From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2884 posts, RR: 4 Reply 24, posted (2 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2090 times:
Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 23): In Europe, you retire at a certain age. This is not the USA where you have 90yo cabin attendants and 80yo pilots
Mandatory retirement age for Part 121 pilots in the USA was 60 years old when this video was made. In fact, it was changed to 65 in large part because of ICAO's age limit of 65. It did not make sense to limit US pilots to 60 while foreign pilots were allowed to fly in US airspace at 64.