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Great American Airways

Sun Sep 19, 2004 2:10 pm

Hello, everyone!

What ever happened to Great American Airways of Reno, NV? They had been around for quite a long time then all of a sudden disappeared.

I remember seeing them at OAK for a little while. Did they actually have scheduled service at one time?
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RE: Great American Airways

Sun Sep 19, 2004 2:31 pm

Around 1980, they had scheduled RNO-OAK service with some old beater DC-9's that were always landing at RNO with one engine out. They lasted on into the 80's as a charter carrier. Somewhere around 1986 or so I recall one of their DC-9's rotting in an infield area at RNO without the engines. Sorry I can't remember much else.
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RE: Great American Airways

Sun Sep 19, 2004 10:54 pm

They did a lot of charter work for Nevada Casinos, using DC-9's.
They used to use one of our B gates here in SLC a lot, and that was in
91-93. Their flights were always going to odd places like Wendover,
Elko, Ely, Laughlin, Twin Falls ID the airport for Jackpot NV) I later heard they were
fined for maintenance violations and later voluntarily gave up their operation certificate. That was the lat I ever heard fo them.
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RE: Great American Airways

Sun Sep 19, 2004 11:24 pm

If you look in the Picture Gallery you find 5 aircraft.

45778 DC9-15 N1064T ex TWA 20/01/1993 to 29/08/1997 now AVIATSA

45782 DC9-15 N1068T ex TWA ??/09/1995 to 28/10/1997 now Express Tours XA-TIZ ST Mexico City ??/05/2002 to date

45784 DC9-15 N1070T ex TWA 23/04/1991 to 11/02/1998 now AVIACSA

45795 DC9-14 N9102 ex MidWest ??/01/1989 to 14/05/1989 now MidWest Express Airlines N80ME ST Milwaukee ??/10/2001 to date.

49144 MD82 N500TR ex Eagle Airlines 30/06/1995 to ??/01/1997 now Spirit Airlines N800NK.

49777 MD87 N750RA ex Reno Air 28/08/1995 to ??/04/1997 now Finova Corporation N807NK ST Goodyear ??/08/2002.

Jet Airliner Production List Volume 2

I have not been able to trace the DC9 spotted by RNOcommctr.
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RE: Great American Airways

Mon Sep 20, 2004 3:13 am

A fleet listing of Great American. Regards.
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RE: Great American Airways

Mon Sep 20, 2004 6:23 am

DeltaAgent1 refreshed my memory. I remember hearing one day that the Flight Standards District Office was about to raid the Great American offices for evidence of maintenance problems. And sure enough, on the TV news that night, federal agents were shown carting away cartons and cartons of files. I believe the end for Great American came soon after that.
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RE: Great American Airways

Mon Sep 20, 2004 6:30 am

Come to think of it, I have a shot or two of their MD-87 at SFO in scheduled-charter (?) service-- maybe Suntrips to Cancun? But were they ever scheduled enough to appear in the OAG? Under their own name?

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