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Last Flights Of Dead Airlines

Wed Aug 25, 1999 11:27 am

I have read that Pan Am's last flight was from Barbados to Miami and Piedmont's last flight was from Charlotte to Washington National. Does anyone have any idea as to what Eastern or Braniff's last flight was?
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RE: Last Flights Of Dead Airlines

Wed Aug 25, 1999 2:22 pm

I've plagarized much of the following from "Splash of Colors" by John J. Nance. ---- When Braniff went bankrupt and cancelled all of their flights on May 12th, 1982. Braniff flight 501 (Braniffs ship 601, the original "Great Pumpkin", a 747) was already in the air over the Los Angeles area on it's scheduled flight from Dallas to Honolulu. Several Braniff flights were ordered to land short of their destinations. When notified of the shut-down, Captain Charlie Lamb was asked by Dallas operations if he was going to land in LA. His co-pilot asked, "Are we?" Captain Lamb didn't hesitate. "Aw, hell. We've got perfect flying weather, three hundred people who've paid good money to go to Honolulu, and we've got enough fuel. Hell no, we're not going to L.A." The co-pilot noted that they weren't ordered down. Captain Lamb said, "I don't care if they do order us down, we're going to Honolulu. If they don't like it--- well, what can they do, fire me?" That however wasn't the absolute last flight for Braniff. After landing in HNL, the plane had to return to Dallas. Early in the morning of May 13, Braniff Flight 502 took off from Honolulu for the last time with the earlier, now unemployed, flight crew as her passengers.
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RE: Last Flights Of Dead Airlines

Thu Aug 26, 1999 9:04 am

I'd like to hear more about Eastern. They were gone long before I moved to Atlanta. My only Eastern flight was on a 727 BOS-MCO-BOS. That was in 1975 when they were "The Official Airline of Walt Disney World".
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RE: Last Flights Of Dead Airlines

Fri Aug 27, 1999 2:22 am

Well, I am not sure about last flights of dead airlines...I wanted to add though that I was on WinAir's very first fligt to OAK and back. It was possibly the most fun I have ever had! As you know, WinAir is now gone. I THINK their last flight was from Las Vegas?

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