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15 Years Ago Today 01/18/91

Wed Jan 18, 2006 2:05 pm

I cannot believe it's 15 years ago today... Eastern Airlines. "The Wings of Man." had ceased all operations. any thoughts or comments?
 
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RE: 15 Years Ago Today 01/18/91

Wed Jan 18, 2006 5:06 pm

I flew EA many times and have many fond memories of them. Especially their 757 with the numbers on the tail.

Gone but not forgotten.
 
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RE: 15 Years Ago Today 01/18/91

Wed Jan 18, 2006 5:17 pm

Yes...
I was drinking the DL "Easy Street" Koolaid in DFW....
Different times for sure....!!!
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RE: 15 Years Ago Today 01/18/91

Wed Jan 18, 2006 6:57 pm

Sad day indeed, I went through that whole thing since my dad worked for EAL. He still has his picket sign. Sad. They were a great airline.

R.I.P.
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RE: 15 Years Ago Today 01/18/91

Wed Jan 18, 2006 7:48 pm

You always remember your first. EAL was my first commercial flight: a Connie on the shuttle from Newark to National. Spring 1962. The fare was $15.

I was in college in Washington, DC. My room mate was from Bayonne, New Jersey. His mother would call him and tell him to meet a certain shuttle arrival at National. She would tell him what the suitcase or gym bag she was sending. It was always filled with freshly baked cookies, fruit, or other goodies. At times he even sent laundary up to her and she would return it a day later. Crazy but it worked. One hour and fifteen minute delivery, 200 miles. FEDEX can't even beat that today.

Gone are those days where you simply put your bags on a cart, boarded the plane, and paid enflight.

Nice memories.

[Edited 2006-01-18 11:53:21]
 
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RE: 15 Years Ago Today 01/18/91

Wed Jan 18, 2006 8:59 pm

Damn WDBRR, you beat me to it!!!!! I had 3 threads planned. Oh well.


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RE: 15 Years Ago Today 01/18/91

Wed Jan 18, 2006 9:03 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 5):
I had 3 threads planned.

so what were the other two ?
 
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RE: 15 Years Ago Today 01/18/91

Wed Jan 18, 2006 9:05 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 5):
Damn WDBRR, you beat me to it!!!!! I had 3 threads planned. Oh well.

I waited until midnight like a ball drop to post this thread.
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RE: 15 Years Ago Today 01/18/91

Wed Jan 18, 2006 9:05 pm

Quoting WDBRR (Thread starter):
"The Wings of Man." had ceased all operations. any thoughts or comments?

It was one of the saddest days of my life. I was en route to Los Angeles when we were given word that the airline was shutting down.

Eastern was a place where one could have fun at work. We (labor) would argue with management all week long, then meet the same people in Cancun or San Juan and party all weekend long.

My best work memories are those from when I was with Eastern.
Tired of airline bankruptcies....EA/PA/TW and finally DL.
 
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RE: 15 Years Ago Today 01/18/91

Wed Jan 18, 2006 9:12 pm

Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 6):
so what were the other two ?

One was a basic tribute thread.

One was a discussion of how Eastern's finances were different of Ch 11 airlines today....I might do that one next week.

The 3rd one was to ask...who was the fuckhead pilots union leader?
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RE: 15 Years Ago Today 01/18/91

Wed Jan 18, 2006 9:20 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 9):
The 3rd one was to ask...who was the fuckhead pilots union leader?

Charlie Bryan?
 
kiwiandrew

RE: 15 Years Ago Today 01/18/91

Wed Jan 18, 2006 9:22 pm

Quoting WDBRR (Reply 10):
Charlie Bryan?

I think he was head of the mechanics union , wasn't he?
 
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RE: 15 Years Ago Today 01/18/91

Thu Jan 19, 2006 8:02 am

Well I must say that 15 years ago tonight I was working the gates at ATL for Eastern and it turned out to be the saddest night in my aviation career. Just a note to all A.Neters out there that may have had ties, that it really was a good run and I CANNOT believe that it has been 15 years since the "Wings of Man" flew. Hope that all of my former EAL colleagues are doing well! R.I.P EA Jan 18 1991.

Cheers and thanks for a great run!
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RE: 15 Years Ago Today 01/18/91

Thu Jan 19, 2006 8:11 am

Never got to fly EA myself, but my gradfather always told me about Eastern espically about down to the caribiean and other faraway places Id never herd of as a kid. But it seems like they were a great airline and Im sure I have no idea the impact it had on you folks but im sorry for your loss.
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RE: 15 Years Ago Today 01/18/91

Thu Jan 19, 2006 8:18 am

The main memory of Eastern Airlines I have is that it was my first flight; on a family trip to see my grandparents during Christmas Break 1971-1972 (I was 6 at the time). After that, most of my memories of EA were from family spotting trips at BOS during the '70s; saw many a-noisy (pre-hushkit days) DC-9s & 727s leaving smoketrails while approaching 22L.
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RE: 15 Years Ago Today 01/18/91

Thu Jan 19, 2006 8:44 am

Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 11):
I think he was head of the mechanics union , wasn't he?

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RE: 15 Years Ago Today 01/18/91

Thu Jan 19, 2006 8:55 am

I arrived on a long layover (turned out to be a very long layover) in Toronto on the 17th. Eastern bought us tickets home on USAir on the 19th.

I was looking at my manual just the other day; the last bulletin (dated 11/23/90) covered the newly reconfigured A300s with 48 First Class seats. One shortly before that covered the increased minumum crew due to expanded First Class on the narrow-bodies with two F/As dedicted to First: DC-9-30 - three or four; DC-9-50 - four or five; 727-200 - five; 757-200 - five or six! My how times have changed!

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RE: 15 Years Ago Today 01/18/91

Thu Jan 19, 2006 9:05 am

15 years - time does fly. I do miss Eastern, and have special memories as my first flights were on EA, as a small child, I can recall flying between NYC and Florida on EA's DC8s, 720s and 727s - and I can remember being so excited to fly on Eastern's DC-8-61s between JFK and MIA, after all, it was way cool to be flying on the largest pax aircraft back then.
 
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RE: 15 Years Ago Today 01/18/91

Thu Jan 19, 2006 11:58 am

interesting to note that Texas Air bought Eastern in Feb 1986
at a fire sale price of around $300 million...only to shut down
within 5 years.
 
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RE: 15 Years Ago Today 01/18/91

Thu Jan 19, 2006 12:06 pm

My mom was working for an EAL express carrier at the time (owned by lorenzo as well) Great memories of growing up around that and it's what got me hooked on aviation. After having read and studied the situation with Charlie Bryant there are a lot of things I would like to say about him, but I don't want to get banned.
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RE: 15 Years Ago Today 01/18/91

Thu Jan 19, 2006 12:38 pm

Still have all my manuals from reservations, flight attendant and System One.

Those were some of the best years of my aviation career.

Lots of happy memories.
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RE: 15 Years Ago Today 01/18/91

Thu Jan 19, 2006 8:26 pm

I flew Eastern on June 4, 1979 from CAE to ATL and again on June 16, 1979
from ATL to CAE. Both flights were operated with the DC-9-30 and had a great time. I was 13 at the time and flying alone to visit relatives in Memphis.
 
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RE: 15 Years Ago Today 01/18/91

Fri Jan 20, 2006 9:57 am

My first flight also was on EA, back in 1986. My parents and I, flew JFK-FLL on an L1011, back was a 727. I was already getting into aviation at the time, though only 6 years old. After these flights, my interest really took off  Smile Pun intended. Around 3 years later, my new upstairs neighbor, ended up being an EAL worker here at JFK. His son was around my age, and he would take us to the big EAL hangar at JFK every so often. My best memory from this, was the one time Concorde was parked in their hangar. We got to walk on board, though not airborne, not many people can say they have been on board Wink
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