jmc1975
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August 1984: Dash-8 At Colorado Springs?

Wed May 18, 2005 6:33 am

In August 1984, I visited the flightdeck of an America West 737-200 on the COS stopover of a MCI-COS-PHX flight. I was talking to the pilots about future of America West. While we were talking, the FO pointed out the window at a Dash 8 taxiing by, like it was somthing he had never seen before. Being only 9 years old, I was unfamiliar with the aircraft, especially since I wasn't well versed in my turboprops at the time. I know Dash-8s weren't in service yet, but could that have been a test flight?
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gigneil
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RE: August 1984: Dash-8 At Colorado Springs?

Wed May 18, 2005 6:39 am

The DHC-8-100 made its first flight on June 20, 1983. Could easily have been one of the prototypes on a test visit.

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DLKAPA
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RE: August 1984: Dash-8 At Colorado Springs?

Wed May 18, 2005 7:01 am

Quoting Gigneil (Reply 1):
The DHC-8-100 made its first flight on June 20, 1983. Could easily have been one of the prototypes on a test visit.

Boeing conducts their hot and high testing at COS, perhaps DHC did as well.
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RE: August 1984: Dash-8 At Colorado Springs?

Wed May 18, 2005 7:06 am

My recollection is that deHavilland got its Dash line going commercially by selling Dash 7s to Rocky Mountain Airways for their runs from Denver into the mountains. Maybe they were trying to get the same mileage from the DHC 8 when they introduced it.
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