Exnonrev From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 621 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (15 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1139 times:
I'm too young and grew up in the wrong part of the country to remember Northeast, but I saw something interesting while shooting at DFW's Founders Plaza a couple of years back.
It was a Delta MD-88 with a Northeast "Yellowbird" decal next to the main cabin door. This was in 1997, the 25th anniversary of the DL-NE merger. I guess this is like the old PSA hands at SAN painting smiles on USAir 737s and Airbuses.
NKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (15 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1131 times:
Far and away my favorite "fallen flag" airline,and I was "plane nut" since I was 5 years old. Those 727's were absolute knockouts in Yellowbird paint,and indeed probably legendized the 727 to me. It is still my favorite plane,though I haven't worked on one in years. (those brakes weighed a ton!) In the NY area NE was a household word and all relatives who flew south flew on Northeast (or National). I never knew then how small an airline they actually were. I was only 10 years old when they were bought out of existence--I do remember hearing a radio ad for NE (replete with the charactaristic "yellowbird" music from the calypso song of the same name) saying that "Northeast and Delta have become one airline". A co-worker used to work for them (as a mechanic) in that era and thought they were "pretty good" to work for but they were never really profitable.