My Uncle Hans was a proud captain at TWA since the early 1970s. He began flying the 727 "plumber's panel" I think (saw a picture of him in the company newspaper he saved from 1973) and eventually made Captain on L-1011s, which he flew throughout the 1980s. Those were his "glory days," and probably those of the company itself- flying the big Lockheed to Europe, left seat.
He retired at age 57 in January of 2000. His glory days were very much over, thanks to that cretin Carl Icahn. Upon his retirement, he was back to 727s, making only about $100,000 a year when other captains with AA
were making twice that and even more.
If you even mention the name "Icahn" around my Uncle, you would be best to prepare for a whole lecture about him and his history as a genuine example of a white-collar criminal and corporate raider.
The last time I flew TWA was my first trip to California- ATL
in the last row of a DC9, STL
on TWA's employee-sponsored MD83 in the red livery (bumped to first class too!), and then back home via STL
again. It was a great experience and I had high marks for the airline- from the back of the DC9 as well as in First Class.
So long to one of America's foremost and most highly regarded airlines!
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