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Boston Logan: Remember When....?

Tue Jun 17, 2003 9:52 am

I'm into Logan nostalgia, so here it goes...

Remember when:

1) Just about every domestic airline served BOS with widebodies?
a) AA's D10's
b) UA's D10's
c) TW's 747's and L10's
d) NW's 747's and D10's
e) DL and EA's L10's
f) US's 767
g) PA's 747's

2) NW flew from BOS nonstop to:
a) TPA
b) DCA
c) CLE
d) EA / KSEA), USA - Washington">SEA
e) LAX
f) LGW
g) SNN
h) FRA
i) GLA

3) The Eastern Terminal (A) was an architectural marvel!

4) DL served the following with mainline jets from BOS:
a) PWM
b) BGR
c) DL / KBDL), USA - Connecticut">BDL
d) YUL
e) MHT

5) BOS was the second largest Atlantic gateway (after JFK)
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RE: Boston Logan: Remember When....?

Tue Jun 17, 2003 10:04 am

I remember when the YUL flight was with an L1011!
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RE: Boston Logan: Remember When....?

Tue Jun 17, 2003 10:06 am

And for a short time, TW operated 747SPs out of BOS. Didn't NW have a nonstop from BOS to Copenhagen or Stockholm for a while?
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RE: Boston Logan: Remember When....?

Tue Jun 17, 2003 10:17 am

DL had mainline service to MHT prior to their current CVG-MHT and ATL-MHT mainline service? I thought only US and UA mainline served MHT prior to the service expansion in the late 90's with WN, DL (mainline and RJ), NW, and CO coming to town.

I have only been through BOS once and that was connecting on a LEB-BOS-TPA routing on DL. I flew a tiny Business Express B1900 from LEB to BOS and then a 727-200 to TPA. I had only ten minutes to spare during the connection because the flight fom LEB was late...

DL has had service from BOS to TPA, CO / KMCO), USA - Florida">MCO, and FLL for a long time too. This may have not been the case in the 80's, but certainly in the 90's and the present with Song taking over those routes.

US also had BOS-TPA service and I believe BOS-CO / KMCO), USA - Florida">MCO service in the past, but it has since vanished.
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RE: Boston Logan: Remember When....?

Tue Jun 17, 2003 10:20 am

Remember the Braniff service to Europe was out of BOS as well. That meant colorful and exciting wide bodies for all to see.
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RE: Boston Logan: Remember When....?

Tue Jun 17, 2003 11:18 am

Remember when Terminal E made any sense, there was decent security, the x-ray people spoke English, burgers cost less than $5, the runway didn't feel like driving over a washboard? Oh wait....
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RE: Boston Logan: Remember When....?

Tue Jun 17, 2003 11:35 am

I loved it when BOS got fogged in and PVD would take on a good deal of the (narrow body) diversions. An occassional widebody or a 707 or DC-8 stretch would land and I'd about piss my pants with excitement! I grew up a mile down the street from T.F. Green Airport. I remember one summer afternoon, I believe it was 1973, when a DL DC-9 had that horrific accident at Logan, when it hit the wall on approach in very low visibility! BOS was immediately closed down after that incident. PVD subsequently accepted 62 diversions that day! The general aviation runway, 23R, had to be closed to provide a temporary storage area for all the incoming aircraft. It was a sight beyond belief for such rinky dink terminal at the time. Passenger buses were actually chartered and drove out to the tarmac to off load passengers. BOS employees of the various airlnes I believe, were dispatched down from Logan to help out with all the chaos! The Rolling Stones were actually on an AA flight from YYZ (Toronto) that ended up getting diverted. They were scheduled to play a show at The Garden that night...well they finally made it to Boston about 4 hours late for the show, but not before getting arrested by Warwick Police at Green Airport. Mick Jagger punched out a photographer. It took alot of convincing from the Boston Mayor to see that they made it to the Garden, because there was absolute pandamonium at the Garden and a riot was about to break out! That was quite an interesting evening in Rhode Island aviation history, back in 1973! I was 15 years old, BTW!
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RE: Boston Logan: Remember When....?

Tue Jun 17, 2003 11:39 am

Here are some other widebody flights I recall at Boston:
>>Iberia had DC-10s to Spain (including one that crash-landed at Logan)
>>AA and United both used 747s on occasion; AA to LAX and UA to SFO
>>Olympic had VERY occasional 747s
>>TAP had A310s to the Azores
>>AA came within a month of launching MD-11s nonstop to Narita, going as far as running big newspaper advertisements and posting flight numbers & times.
>>Swissair would sometimes take their 747-300 and train crews by doing touch-and-goes at Pease, in the span of time from when the jet arrived from Switzerland and when it was needed back at Logan for the overnight flight back to ZUR.

Also of note: Delta's DC-9 crash at Logan (which killed all aboard) was a flight from Burlington, VT to Logan on a foggy July day in 1973. Interestingly, this DC-9 SHOULD have stopped in Manchester on its way down to Boston but didn't because either it was full out of BTV or it was badly delayed. Delta also flew 757s between Portland and Boston, sometimes more than 2x each day out of the 6x daily mainline flights the carrier once had between the two stations. That was in the mid 1980s and pretty much represented Portland's high-water mark at a time when all MHT could muster was a couple of United flights to Chicago. Now look.
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RE: Boston Logan: Remember When....?

Tue Jun 17, 2003 12:23 pm

I remember my first flight on Eastern in terminal A down to TPA in the mid 80's whoever I was traveling with screwed up which gate we were departing from or CSR was wrong. Anyway I remeber making a quick taxi ride to whatever terminal delta was at and getting cleared to board a DL 727. Crazy first time experience maybe that's why I love commercial aviation so much.

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RE: Boston Logan: Remember When....?

Wed Jun 18, 2003 1:39 am

Placing this back at the top. Interesting topic!
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RE: Boston Logan: Remember When....?

Wed Jun 18, 2003 5:24 am

One domestic widebody service you forgot was Continental. In 1986, I flew a DC-10 out of Logan to Continental's now-defunct Denver Stapleton hub. It was around the time of the Continental-People Express merger, which might explain their stepped-up presence on the East Coast.
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RE: Boston Logan: Remember When....?

Wed Jun 18, 2003 5:34 am

US Airways did serve CO / KMCO), USA - Florida">MCO until a few years ago, first mainline (I flew on a 737 between BOS and CO / KMCO), USA - Florida">MCO on US Mainline) then with MetroJet.

I also remember when CO also flew a plane bigger than the 737 out of BOS. It used to be that there were some 757s each day on the EWR flights...not anymore. Also, I think there was a brief stretch when DC-10s were used on BOS-EWR (I think in between international flights).

Also, does anyone remember a time when the roads weren't screwed up at BOS? I can't really remember a time...


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