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NWA 747s At STL In The Early-mid 1990s

Sat Jul 22, 2006 11:12 am

Back in the early to mid 1990s I used to see NWA 747s at STL every now and again. This was always a big deal because we never saw 747s at STL. Why were they there? I never saw one come in and they were never at a gate, at least when I saw them. They set over by NWA's gates. They would sit for a few days then would be gone. There was never more than two that I ever saw. I always thought that maybe they were just storing them there for a few days because somewhere else was full. Back then at STL I thought 747s were cool. The only thing big I ever saw was an L1011 and DC10. Now I live near DTW and NWA 747s are here all the time. I wish I could see an L1011 or a DC-10
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RE: NWA 747s At STL In The Early-mid 1990s

Sat Jul 22, 2006 11:31 am

The reason you saw those 747's was due to the fact that Northwest was running charters for the Air Mobility Command (AMC) on flights to Elmendorf, Yokota and Osan AB's. STL had a substantial AMC commercial gateway operation at Lambert starting in the early-to-mid 80's.

And I'm surprised you never saw any TW 747's at STL during that time period, because on a given day, you would see flights to HNL, JFK, LAX and LGW, all with a 747...
 
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RE: NWA 747s At STL In The Early-mid 1990s

Sat Jul 22, 2006 11:31 am

The NWA 747 were used as charters for the STL Rams, Rams had a contract with NWA to fly in their jets and they used 747 for quite a while occasionally bringing in a 757-300 too. Recently as last xmas a NWA 747 was at STL bringing home the Rams from a game. Some were used for military too.

As for never seeing 747's at STL, we had TWA, and a bunch of them! Unless you meant NW 747's?

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RE: NWA 747s At STL In The Early-mid 1990s

Sat Jul 22, 2006 11:31 am

I have a picture of a Northwest 747 at STL in 1986. I believe they were used for military charters. The USO had, or maybe still has, a large facility at Lambert to service the military personnel using these flights.
 
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RE: NWA 747s At STL In The Early-mid 1990s

Sat Jul 22, 2006 11:44 am

I do remember seeing some TWA 747s, but never really that many. The time I spent there was always rather brief, usually picking up dad from the airport. I never got to watch planes for more than a hour or two. I remember you could always see the NWA 747s as you were pulling out of or driving by the airport. I should have been more clear about that.

Thanks for the answers, that makes sense to me.
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RE: NWA 747s At STL In The Early-mid 1990s

Sat Jul 22, 2006 11:59 am

Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 2):
This was always a big deal because we never saw 747s at STL

Gosh, when I was attending UMSL, I drove on 1-70 east almost eveyday of the week. It was always a treat when you crested the hill near the Pear Tree Village apartments, and the whole terminal and concourse area would be in view, those TW's 747 tails would be seen sticking up over the building, all the while dreaming of being on that flight to LGW(720).

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RE: NWA 747s At STL In The Early-mid 1990s

Sat Jul 22, 2006 12:10 pm

Quoting Jmy007 (Reply 5):

Ok I didn't say that  Silly

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RE: NWA 747s At STL In The Early-mid 1990s

Sat Jul 22, 2006 12:14 pm

Quoting Falstaff (Thread starter):
This was always a big deal because we never saw 747s at STL.

TW 747s were there every day. NW only occasionally. However, from the main terminal the NW birds were more visable since the TW planes were at the end of C.
 
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RE: NWA 747s At STL In The Early-mid 1990s

Sat Jul 22, 2006 12:17 pm

Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 6):
Ok I didn't say that

  

Sorry read it wrong! Though I do stand by what I said.

  

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RE: NWA 747s At STL In The Early-mid 1990s

Sat Jul 22, 2006 12:18 pm

And even prior to NWA doing the military flying to STL, there was TransAmerica with both 747s and DC-8s along with Flying Tigers which had a plane or two in passenger configuration.
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RE: NWA 747s At STL In The Early-mid 1990s

Sat Jul 22, 2006 1:44 pm

Quoting BHMNONREV (Reply 1):
The reason you saw those 747's was due to the fact that Northwest was running charters for the Air Mobility Command (AMC) on flights to Elmendorf, Yokota and Osan AB's.

True. I June 1993, I flew in a NW 747 AMC Charter from LAX. The flight originated in Korea somewhere.

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RE: NWA 747s At STL In The Early-mid 1990s

Sat Jul 22, 2006 9:09 pm

Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 2):
The NWA 747 were used as charters for the STL Rams, Rams had a contract with NWA to fly in their jets and they used 747 for quite a while occasionally bringing in a 757-300 too. Recently as last xmas a NWA 747 was at STL bringing home the Rams from a game. Some were used for military too.

This post is a question about the early-mid 90's NW didn't get the 757-300's till 2002.
 
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RE: NWA 747s At STL In The Early-mid 1990s

Sat Jul 22, 2006 10:17 pm

Quoting FlyGuyDTW (Reply 11):
This post is a question about the early-mid 90's NW didn't get the 757-300's till 2002.

I know, i posted about the Mid 90's, and then remembered they had chartered a -300 so I thought I might throw it in. Useless facts for those who cared to know.

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