It was a shame when they merged with NorthCentral it was never the same.
|Quoting Georgiabill (Thread starter):|
Does anyone else have memories of the "Top Banana"?
|Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 18):|
One ugly livery!
|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?
|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
|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
|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!
|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...
|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.
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