As a child and a teenager I spent a lot of time on Piedmont's Martin 404's. Most of my trips were during the summer months, in and out of Kinston, NC
I remember the aft ventral stairway - which seemed way
cool to me as a kid.
But mostly I remember the stupifying heat in the cabin, as the plane sizzled on tarmac hot enough to fry an egg. Those of you used to air-conditioned planes have no idea how hot it could get on those props! On puddle-jumping flights, just as the temperature would finally
cool down onboard, the Martin would land, the door would be opened, and the soggy heat would once again pour into the cabin.
And of course bouncing through summer thunderstorms, in a plane with an onboard temperature somewhere around 90 degrees, meant those barf bags in the seat pockets got extensive