|Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 11):|
Maybe we're looking at two different things. The link I posted has route maps for Feb 1974 and June 1986. None of the dates you're comparing routes to mapped/unmapped/operated/not operated are listed.
We are, and we aren't
The same anomalies applied to the posted maps, I only hoped to express that the route maps of NW
, no matter the year, were not always the best way to judge the actual flying that went on. To get a clearer understanding of the NW
network, one must extrapolate the schedule information and go from there. That has been my hobby over the years, deciphering the squiggly lines of airlines into true representations of the route networks they operated.
But nothing came close to the mess of Continental in the 70's. Like I've mentioned before, Robert Six was obsessed with being a bigger airline than what he actually was. In those route maps of the 70's, it looked like every city in the system was connected to every other city with a nonstop flight:
This map is a fine example of what I'm talking about.
Continental never flew the MSY
route, or SEA
, but they were plotted on the map. Each station of any size in the system, had these wonderfully intricate 6" by 4" wire maps mounted on the walls behind the check-in counters. They didn't change. I saw one for sale once that used to be housed at the ABQ
station for a mere $2000USD. But definitely a unique piece of art. I think there might be one at the aviation museum at OAK
By the time Texas Air Corp came on board, the maps became more true to reality.
I wish I knew how to upload my own examples, I hate depending on others to illustrate what I am saying.........hope this has helped.