Did anyone fly on their DC-9-15s on intra-florida flights? Gainesville/Ocala/Marathon
As I recall, we never operated the 9's into MTH (that was a city we picked up in the Air Sunshine merger, along with EYW
and Kissimmee - which QH didn't operate). The -15's were fun little airplanes to ride on but a pain in the butt to work as an F/A (I filled in as one from time to time and getting two drinks per pax out, with 85 seats filled - a full load - from MIA
, was a real pain in the butt). That was in the days before remaining seated until above 10,000 feet. We were on our feet and working the galleys as soon as the No Smoking sign went off (yes, they actualy allowed smoking in those days!).
As the operation grew, the airline, while still fun to work at, lost some of its "small airline charm". Back in 1977-78, we knew most of the regular pax by first name and vice-versa. We knew just about everyone in the system (at the airports at least) and partied with many of them on weekends. The airport crews at MIA
, GNV, TLH
, etc were a great bunch of people who really enjoyed working for QH.
The daily pressure was unbelievable but, in hindsight, it was a blast to work there! We didn't have any gates to call our own (we usually used D-4, D-6, 8 & 10 (when Braniff didn't have a flight at those last three), D-12 and occassionally, D-5, 7 & 9 (from EA
)). After deregulation, we started using F-4, 6 & 8 and at one point used gates on concourses D, E, F, G & H - sometimes all at the same time! It gave gate changes a whole new dimension - one that many of our pax at the time would probably sooner forget!
Freight Dogs Anonymous - O.O.T.S.K.
DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(