georgiabill
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Remembering Hughes Airwest

Mon Mar 06, 2006 12:27 am

The thread of shortest routes got me to thinking about Hughes Airwest. In short a great little airline with competent,friendly employees. Being the" Top Banana In The West" they served some small but interesting places to visit. If you were not in a rush to get to DEN from SFO they had a flight that flew to Eugene Oregon on to Boise Idaho then finally on to Denver. Always an opportunity for some good pictures. My personal favorite route was from SFO to SEA via Redding,Eugene,Portland and finally to Seattle. Unfortunately it was an evening flight. Does anyone else have memories of the "Top Banana"?
 
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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Mon Mar 06, 2006 12:44 am

Back in the late 1970s, they use to fly into HOU. I rode them HOU-PHX-SNA and LAS-HOU (brand-new 727-200 on that last one), and thought they were fine.

If you need a fix, head to Blockbuster and rent "The Gauntlet" with Clint Eastwood. It's a stinker, but in the first few minutes he does hop on Hughes to go PHX-LAS, and are some shots of the aircraft...
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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Mon Mar 06, 2006 1:45 am

Hughes Airwest served many small cities in the northwest. It was a shame when they merged with NorthCentral it was never the same. Although times change it was sad to see some of the smaller cities dropped.
 
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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Mon Mar 06, 2006 1:55 am

Early 70's, flew Hugh's Air West in a top-wing mounted turbo prop from SFO to Chico. And back.

It was cool.
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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Mon Mar 06, 2006 1:57 am

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It was a shame when they merged with NorthCentral it was never the same.

Actually North Central merged with Southern Airways to form Republic which in turn absorbed Hughes Air West.

Hughes Air West was originally Air West before being bought by Howard Hughes and given that exotic make-over. Air West was formed by the tri-merger of West Coast Airlines, Pacific Air Lines, and Bonanza.

The only plane flight I have absolutely no memory of involves Hughes Air West. It would have been summer of 1971, and my mother, newborn baby sister, and I were travelling from Las Vegas to Arkansas. A thread I posted a long time ago asked "what airlines would I have flown LAS-FSM in 1971?" came up with responses that said Air West would have been one of the flights. I just wish I could remember it now!
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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Mon Mar 06, 2006 4:01 am

I remember as a kid growing up in Medford, OR (middle 70's) seeing the "banana" DC-9 arriving and departing. This was back when MFR had both Hughes Airwest and United sending in jet service (DC-9 and 737). Unfortunately, when flying back then, we always took United, so we never did get on a "banana", but they sure looked cool on approach.
 
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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Mon Mar 06, 2006 4:09 am

I worked with a guy who came to MSP after the merger with Airwest. He went to PHX cause he thought he would be safe from layoff, but things changed when PHX was dropped as a hub.

This guy cut his teeth working on the Airwest F-27, he retired about the time NW bought us out. Man did he have some war stories about working for Airwest.
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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Mon Mar 06, 2006 4:40 am

Leothedog

That plane would have been an F-27 forty seat turboprop made by Fairchild in Maryland under license from Fokker of the Netherlands who were original builders. Rolls Royce powered dart engines. Beautiful International bird that FedEx still flys as a cargo version. Huge windows.


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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Mon Mar 06, 2006 6:57 am

When I was was a kid, I remember always being excited to see the "big banana" (that's what I called them) any time I went to Sea-Tac with my family, either to travel or pick someone up, etc. We always flew UAL, so I never did fly on Hughes.

I also remember the jingle from their commercials:
"Yes we are top banana, top banana that's us Hughes Air West!"

Not a memory, but an interesting note, a good friend of my Mother was a "Stewardess" at Hughes when they had the crash in 1971. She told me she was called to fly the trip that ended up involving the crash. They had a seniority based reserve system, and she passed that trip to the next person on reserve who had to fly it, as they were the most junior on reserve that day. She has since flown again as a PAX, but never returned to work at Hughes.

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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Mon Mar 06, 2006 8:28 am

AA777223ER

If you'd like to hear the "yes" jingle again go to hughesairwest.com and wait for it to load automatically. If it doesn't, click on the big yellow button on top left. Graze the site for some memories,
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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Mon Mar 06, 2006 10:30 am

Quoting Georgiabill (Thread starter):
Does anyone else have memories of the "Top Banana"?

Though I never had an occasion to be a pax on Hughes Airwest (RW) I remember...

...the ad in one of their timetables for "Business Banana" or business coach cabin "for only $10 more" which illustrated and listed the features of the premium service with a drawing of an aircraft with a fuselage looking like a banana with wings, with the forward left side of the fuselage peeled back -- like a banana peel -- revealing happy looking caricatures of contented pax in 2x2 seating in the forward cabin

...one-way mirrored cabin windows on some RW DC-9s, apparently to reflect sun while allowing pax to see out the windows

...my first and only sightings of actual RW aircraft, on final approach to PHX while visiting there in March, 1980; at times there seemed to be an endless procession of RW DC-9s, mostly "stubs" (-10s).

...the closest I have ever come to a flight on RW, which was on DC-9-31 N919RW, MSP-PHL in January 1987; by then the '9 had gone from RW to Republic to Northwest; as I recall, except for the registration, no unmistakeable evidence of the airframe's previous life with RW was observed...even so my imagination had me speculating on what a typical day in the life of 919RW might have been like when it was painted yellow, with titles, logos and N919RW in purple-blue.
 
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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Mon Mar 06, 2006 11:18 am

Neat airline. I remember seeing a DC-3 at a zoo outside of Portland. Is it still there? I could have sworn it was painted in Hughes Airwest colors!

Was it called Omsi or Omzi Zoo?
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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Mon Mar 06, 2006 11:34 am

The DC9 at the Zoo was originally painted as West Coast airlines to whom the acft belonged and then was painted in a sucession of schemes reflecting the current stream of mergers that that carriers "decendants" went through. I don't know if its (one half of airframe) is still there.
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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Mon Mar 06, 2006 11:39 am

My first commercial flight was in a Hughes Airwest DC9-10 from SFO-FATin 1972 ..I believe by then they were painting their planes in other colors..I seem to recall the one I was on was an almost flourescent pink. My only other flight on RW was
a 727 PHX-LAX in 78 or 79.


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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Mon Mar 06, 2006 2:30 pm

Would you believe Hughes Air West in Ghana?

As a kid I would fly RW from SBA to SFO and back, always on DC-9's.

Then when I was 14, in 1976, my Dad took an engineering assignment in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and the final leg of the trip, from Dakar, Senegal, to Freetown, by way of Ghana was on a "Ghana Airways" liveried DC-9.
Well, imagine my surprise when boarding the plane seeing a familiar interior decor, and then finding in my seat-back, the safety card with Hughes Air West emblazened all over the place. And to top if off, the "boarding music" playing over the intercom speakers, over and over in a loop, was "Come fly the sun...fly Hughes Air West!"

Now THAT is my best Hughes Air West memory!
 
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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Mon Mar 06, 2006 2:38 pm

Clrd2go

The planes that were pink into FAT would have been a little different time frame I think. RW (Hughes AirWest), whose planes were always yellow ( supposedly HH liked that color hence the Northeast YellowBird paint scheme ) came after AirWest which had four different tail colors with the common white fuselage. Among these were the Mexican Fiesta colors of pink and orange shown here that reflected the extensive Mexican routes.
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AirWest came about in 1968, followed by the yellow "Sundance" fleet of Hughes Airwest about 18 months later. Thats a PSA 727 last in line before they went pink and smiley.
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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Mon Mar 06, 2006 3:17 pm

I remember the Hughes flight that went EUG-BOI-DEN... took it a couple of times. I was pretty young, but I distinctly remember walking up to fly the banana...
 
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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Mon Mar 06, 2006 4:31 pm

My old man started at Hughes Airwest as a mechanic in the '70s. He was based in Phoenix. I remember when they rolled out their first 727, the "Spirit of Gamma"; Gamma being one of Howard Hughes' air racers. We got to go out and tour the aircraft before it went into service. I still remember what it smelled like, and fondly remember all the non-rev seat miles I racked up as a kid. We still have Hughes memorabilia placed strategically around the house...
 
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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Mon Mar 06, 2006 5:01 pm

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 1):
The Gauntlet" with Clint Eastwood. It's a stinker

No way! That movie was great! You do get a few nice views of some old banana DC-9s too! One ugly livery!  yuck 
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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Mon Mar 06, 2006 9:15 pm

When I was in high school back in the early 70's I'd drive out to the airport in Stockton, CA to see the late afternoon Hughes Airwest flight to San Francisco. It was an F-27. For a while they had DC-9 service to Las Vegas and I recall an early afternoon flight that went to Sacramento. The DC-9 was loud and flew low over our house on its way to Sacramento.
 
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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Mon Mar 06, 2006 10:21 pm

It was interesting to see a postcard of Eureka/Arcata's airport with a RW DC-9. My grandmother used to fly between SFO-Eureka via RDD at least once a year and she always flew RW.

Living in the San Francisco Bay Area during my childhood, I used to see RW all the time out of OAK and SFO.
 
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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Mon Mar 06, 2006 11:19 pm

My favorite memory of Hughes besides working with ex RW guys in MSP, was living out in LAX in the '70's.

Flying non rev on WAL, after checking in we would go to the bar at Western's terminal and we would sit at the window with my parents and watch the RW planes, which was located right next door to WA at terminal 6, they at 7?

I remember all the DC-9's F-27's and the 727's.
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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Mon Mar 06, 2006 11:20 pm

M404

thanks. My memory could of course be a bit foggy on the matter.



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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Tue Mar 07, 2006 12:16 am

I have plenty of fond memories of Hughes Airwest. My dad worked for RW, starting with Bonanza and retiring with NW at MEM in '99. Most of my memories are from IPL-El Centro/Imperial County Airport, where the F-27s ruled the day, and the occasional DC-9 as well. I would spend plenty of my spare time out at the airport watching and helping my dad with his duties. The RW station agents at IPL did everything; Ticket counter,ops,freight,fueling,and also had to do the passanger security checks, with the local sheriff driving out at flight times to watch guard. And before IPL got a FAA control tower, the agents had to climb a set of stairs leading up to the roof of the terminal to preform a visual flight traffic check and reported back to the pilots via a radio up there. Most of the time there were only two agents on duty at a time. What was really exciting was when a flight was running late and there would be two flights on the ground at the same time.
 
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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Tue Mar 07, 2006 2:19 am

Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 18):
One ugly livery!

Actually, I was quite impressed with it. It looked a lot more creative than a lot of the junk that's out there today.....

Although I never flew RW, I had an interesting encounter with one of their DC-9-10's while in training with PSA at ONT in 1978.....we had loaded up a small cart with soda/drink cans, etc to load onto an SFO flight. The cans were all in a couple of paper bags, and we (I wasn't driving) cruised out of the small baggage makeup area onto the ramp, whereupon the drive made sharp right turn to get over to our 727. Of course, the aluminum cans went flying, then rolling.....all the way over to the DC-9 parked at the next gate, and he had just started his engines. Needless to say, to a 17-year old, it was quite an experience picking up those cans from underneath the aircraft.

By the way, there's a historical RW website at http://www.hughesairwest.com.

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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Tue Mar 07, 2006 2:27 am

Yes I surely do remember Hughes Airwest! Some of the things I remember most fondly:
The DC-9's had mirror-glass passenger windows, like sunglasses...you could see out just fine but couldn't see inside from the ramp.
The wood-like panels when you first stepped aboard, and how the pax seats very gradually changed colors front-to-back, from bright yellow in front to deep purple in back.
You could see the bright yellow planes for miles before they landed!

And for PanAm747: one of the easiest ways from LAS to FSM would have been with the original Frontier Airlines, my all-time favorite airline.

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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Tue Mar 07, 2006 3:07 am

My old man was a West Coast, Hughes Airwest, Republic, Northwest. What a ride he had, and just retired about 6 years ago. He loves his $200.00 a month pension check. He retired a Station Manager, and says if he could do it all over again, he would have went another career path. He had the bug though, and he certainly won't deny it.

Something about that smell of aviation fuel in the morning certainly can get a good high out of an aviation enthusiast!
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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Tue Mar 07, 2006 3:25 am

Ah, the memories. I took my first ever commercial airline flight on RW between SNA-SLC on a DC-9-30 circa 1978. My memory might be a bit faded, but I seem to remember wood grain paneling in the cabin and deep red and orange cloth seats. I also remember the steak and eggs we were served for breakfast and the exceptionally friendly cabin staff making my first flight truly exciting.

Quoting Sunking737 (Reply 21):
My favorite memory of Hughes besides working with ex RW guys in MSP, was living out in LAX in the '70's.

Flying non rev on WAL, after checking in we would go to the bar at Western's terminal and we would sit at the window with my parents and watch the RW planes, which was located right next door to WA at terminal 6, they at 7?

Actually, RW operated from Terminal 6 with CO, DL, and PS (WA was at Terminal 5).

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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Tue Mar 07, 2006 4:14 am

Regretfully, I never got to fly them either. Grew up in the Bay Area and the Bananas were my favorite airplanes to see as a child! After the merger our family flew Republic many, many times, usually OAK-PHX-TUS though occasionally TUS-LAX or SFO-MSP, most of which were Hughes routes. I remember once flying MSP-SLC-RNO-OAK on an old nine- the type of route I really loved!

Holding short of runway 23 yesterday in Buffalo for landing traffic, I was pleased to see a Northwest Nine- with an RW registration, in the new paint. (wish I had my camera handy...) Brought back Hughes Airwest memories for me, as this thread does as well. Thanks!!
 
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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Tue Mar 07, 2006 6:13 am

Man, some of you guys have a different memory of Hughes Airwest than I do...

I flew them once, and that was enough. It was a four-stop flight from somewhere in the SF Bay area (can't remember which airport) up to either Portland or Vancouver, Washington. Yeah, four stops in like 800 miles.

It was a DC-9 that we flew in, with seats that were stained and torn, and graffiti on the walls in the back of the plane. We were seated at the back near the engines, and I remember it was LOUD. Couldn't carry on a conversation. I honestly don't think this was even normal; I think there was some sound insulation or something missing (there was various random damage to the walls back there in addition to the graffiti, almost like a bunch of kids had treated it like the back of a school bus).

There was also some sort of cosmetic fitting or part of a cosmetic fitting missing from the engine mount outside; it obviously didn't affect performance but it was scary to look at (it was just the bare mount there, no aerodynamic covering over it). You wouldn't have been able to see this easily from the outside unless you were looking head-on at the plane; but we could see it easily from where we were sitting.

I remember at all the stops, we just parked on the tarmac and they brought a set of stairs over, and people (including the pilots) just kind of milled around the airplane for a while as we waited for our departure time. Some people would walk off towards the terminal and other people would walk out and wait to board. Most passengers just stood around smoking or talking, some leaning up against the plane. It was weird. It was really like taking a bus across the country or something.
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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Tue Mar 07, 2006 6:16 am

If I ever win the lottery, and decide to do something stupid like start my own airline....the aircraft will almost certainly be all yellow with periwinkle (purple-blue) titles.

Quoting DesertAir (Reply 19):
When I was in high school back in the early 70's I'd drive out to the airport in Stockton, CA to see the late afternoon Hughes Airwest flight to San Francisco. It was an F-27. For a while they had DC-9 service to Las Vegas and I recall an early afternoon flight that went to Sacramento

One of the more curious routes of RW passed through Stockton. Circa 1977.
This was a daily affair aboard the F27:
San Francisco-Stockton-Twin Falls-Pocatello-Idaho Falls-Boise-Portland-Seattle. Gee Whiz!!

Quoting F9Animal (Reply 11):
I remember seeing a DC-3 at a zoo outside of Portland



Quoting F9Animal (Reply 11):
Was it called Omsi or Omzi Zoo?



Quoting M404 (Reply 12):
The DC9 at the Zoo was originally painted as West Coast airlines

The aircraft was at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry...which was adjacent to the Portland-Washington Park Zoo and Forestry Center until 1998.
OMSI has since moved to a location on the waterfront on the east bank of the Willamette River.
The former West Coast DC3 is now at the air museum in McMinnville OR....where the Spruce Goose resides. It is sadly no longer in West Coast colors, but rather its original USAAF livery. This particular aircraft served in the D-Day invasion of Normandy before eventually winding up with Empire Airlines in 1946. Empire was a predecessor of West Coast...which started most of the original Idaho and Eastern Washington routes.

As far as I can tell, the DC3 fleet never received the all-yellow paint scheme, most being retired out of the Air West fleet before Hughes took control.

The story of how the Gooney Bird got up the hill to the Washington Park site is a story in and of itself. It was trucked all the way down from Seattle....even through the streets of Downtown Portland (Broadway). For those of you familar with Portland, especially 1966 Portland, you can imagine what kind of task this must have been!

My memories of Hughes Air West are of an airline one would take only if no other choices were available....at least in my family.
A flight on Hughes Air West, using the word-association game, more than likely conjured up images of multi-stop flights on "old-fashioned" aircraft.
With part of us in the Portland area, and the rest in Northern California...our first choice was always United, followed by Continental, Western, then RW...
One year (1975) we were forced into taking Hughes Air West since everyone else was sold out at the last minute.
I remember enjoying the multi-stop flight from PDX to MRY, (F27 down to SFO, DC9 for the short hop to MRY)....my mom and sister on the other hand didn't much care for visiting every airport on the west coast! (Or, at least thats what it seemed like to them.)
Best part for me was the captain and a stew giving me their wings!

The problem with Hughes Air West is that they never really reached that critical mass at their big stations needed to compete with the likes of PSA, United, Western, Air Cal, and to a lesser degree Frontier and Continental. The prime O&D markets from their biggest cities (SEA, PDX, SLC, LAS, SFO, PHX, LAX, SAN, SMF) were almost invariably one-stop or more flights.

The exceptions were the heavily traveled triangle between Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Southern California -- the only markets where RW had any amount of dominating market share.
Example. From LAS to Southern California; RW had about 25 flights a day. Clearly their most important market...they could have gotten rid of everything else, focusing on just these flights, and probably made just as much profit.

But SFO, where HQ was located, had service that was slim at best, serving only one Top 15 O&D market (LAX), but sadly with just 2 flights per day.

Here are the nonstop destinations available from the 2nd largest metro/2nd busiest airport on the west coast:
Chico (2)
Eugene (3)
Eureka (4)
Los Angeles (2)
Monterey (2)
Oakland (1)
Pasco (1)
Redding (1)
Sacramento (3)
San Jose (2)
Santa Barbara (1)
Stockton (1)

As much as I loved the slogan "Top Banana In The West", it what purely wishful thinking on the part of Hughes Air West...They were spread way too thin to have any real impact on the West Coast.
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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Tue Mar 07, 2006 7:43 am

Never flew RW, but spend a lot of Sunday nights waving my father off BUR-LAS, and then eagerly watching as he got off the banana again on Friday night coming home!

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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Tue Mar 07, 2006 12:49 pm

I remember flying the F-27 (my first flights ever) from SFO-CIC-RDD-LMT and then the flight continued on to PDX and SEA. The return LMT-SMF-SFO. Flown them many times SFO-LAX when they had a couple of flights a day. Always enjoyed the service, the bright yellow paint, and the YES ads.
 
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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Tue Mar 07, 2006 1:04 pm

I remember flying on Republic one day out of ATL. We were on a DC-9 that was partial yellow and Republic colors.
 
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RE: Remembering Hughes Airwest

Tue Mar 07, 2006 1:31 pm

Quoting Stirling (Reply 30):

The aircraft was at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry...which was adjacent to the Portland-Washington Park Zoo and Forestry Center until 1998.
OMSI has since moved to a location on the waterfront on the east bank of the Willamette River.
The former West Coast DC3 is now at the air museum in McMinnville OR....where the Spruce Goose resides. It is sadly no longer in West Coast colors, but rather its original USAAF livery. This particular aircraft served in the D-Day invasion of Normandy before eventually winding up with Empire Airlines in 1946. Empire was a predecessor of West Coast...which started most of the original Idaho and Eastern Washington routes.

As far as I can tell, the DC3 fleet never received the all-yellow paint scheme, most being retired out of the Air West fleet before Hughes took control.

The story of how the Gooney Bird got up the hill to the Washington Park site is a story in and of itself. It was trucked all the way down from Seattle....even through the streets of Downtown Portland (Broadway). For those of you familar with Portland, especially 1966 Portland, you can imagine what kind of task this must have been!

Wow! I know if I ever have an aviation related question, it can get answered here! Thanks!!! I could have sworn it was in the yellow scheme when I saw it. I actually saw it from the highway as a kid, and my grandmother took me to see it. I could be wrong, but it always gave me the curiosity to go visit today. Glad to know though, as it would have been a dissapointment to learn it after driving all that way. Thanks again!

Quoting OPNLguy (Reply 1):
If you need a fix, head to Blockbuster and rent "The Gauntlet" with Clint Eastwood. It's a stinker, but in the first few minutes he does hop on Hughes to go PHX-LAS, and are some shots of the aircraft...

Gotta visit the blockbuster now! Thanks!

Quoting Picarus (Reply 27):
Ah, the memories. I took my first ever commercial airline flight on RW between SNA-SLC on a DC-9-30 circa 1978. My memory might be a bit faded, but I seem to remember wood grain paneling in the cabin and deep red and orange cloth seats. I also remember the steak and eggs we were served for breakfast and the exceptionally friendly cabin staff making my first flight truly exciting.

Oh man, steak and eggs. Gotta run to the refer for a fix! Now I remember flying a Delta 727 with teh wood grain paneling. YUCK!

www.hughesairwest.com is a great website! They have everything you would ever need to know about RW. I am really fascinated with the pilot who took a shot in the face from a hijacker. I think he went blind, but stayed with the airline for some time. I read about it some time back in the memories page. You can purchase a movie, which I think I might invest into. Would love to see a Republic Airlines website!
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