Matt D
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Flashback: Golden Continental MD-80 At PHL

Mon Nov 27, 2006 2:49 am

On a typical overcast East Coast day in July, 1994, I snagged this old colors Continental MD-80 taxiing in to the gate at the D Concourse at PHL.

Even better was the old colors 737-200 shown in the background. By the time this picture was taken, the "gold" tails were very nearly extinct. And outside of the hubs at IAH, EWR, or CLE, seeing two of them at the same time was nearly impossible.

Thanks for looking.

http://x-2000r.angelcities.com/images/COM80PHL.JPG
 
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RE: Flashback: Golden Continental MD-80 At PHL

Mon Nov 27, 2006 2:53 am

The Proud Bird with the Golden Tail.........
 
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RE: Flashback: Golden Continental MD-80 At PHL

Mon Nov 27, 2006 3:23 am

Quoting Dutchjet (Reply 1):

The Proud Bird with the Golden Tail.........

beat me to it  Smile


the 737 in the background is interesting too.



keepem coming matt  Smile
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RE: Flashback: Golden Continental MD-80 At PHL

Mon Nov 27, 2006 5:30 am

I know that these are subjective things, but I personally always thought the old c/s looked dirty, as in not washed. Just my opinion but I saw them all the time at EWR.

I remember when they started with the new/current c/s and how I thought that was a nice freshening. Of course, now I think the current one looks dirty all the time too. Maybe its the Tri-state air that makes them that way, maybe I just don't like the scheme anymore, maybe I'm just crazy. Of course there's the most likely explanation: all of the above!  spin 
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Matt D
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RE: Flashback: Golden Continental MD-80 At PHL

Mon Nov 27, 2006 5:45 am

Well nearly all airlines have and do operate planes with tired paint jobs at one time or another. Considering that CO rolled out their current color scheme in c. Feb 1991, and this picture was taken over three years after that, well ANY paint job that old is going to look dingy.

And in most cases, never EVER say how much you "dislike" a color scheme and how "relieved" you are that it was changed.

...you will eventually look back and miss it. ESpecially if you didn't bother documenting it when you could.

Back in the mid 1980's when I was a dumb young kid and knew no better, I was ELATED when AirCal, PSA, and Western were going to disappear from ONT and LAX respectively. At the time, that was pretty much all I saw and was yearning for some variety. As they disappeared and the replacement paint jobs came on line, I thought it was the coolest thing.

All along....I watched.


...but never photographed.

Then one day I realized the stupidity of my short sightedness and I kick myself to this day for not siezing those photo ops when I had the chance. So I started when I could and got everything I could right up until 9/11. And already, a LOT of that stuff is vintage.

I guess the moral of the story is: no matter how drab, ugly, or dull a color scheme is TODAY, get it while you can. Unless it's American Airlines, chances are, it won't be around forever. Terminals 1 and 5 at LAX were at one time RULED by PSA and Western respectively. Today, they are but memories. Same thing today: What's commonplace today will be tomorrows nostalgia. Things ALWAYS change eventually. Color schemes get changed....airlines merge or shut down....equipment types get added and abandoned.....it's never static.

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RE: Flashback: Golden Continental MD-80 At PHL

Mon Nov 27, 2006 6:35 am

When I worked for CO in the 80s, I was never fond of the "Meatball" being changed to red. I liked the old Black instead, it stood out more.
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RE: Flashback: Golden Continental MD-80 At PHL

Mon Nov 27, 2006 6:42 am

Quoting Matt D (Thread starter):

I prefer that color scheme over the current one, and...

Quoting ABQopsHP (Reply 5):
I was never fond of the "Meatball" being changed to red. I liked the old Black instead

... I prefer the red Meatball. But that's just very, very, very persona.l
 
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RE: Flashback: Golden Continental MD-80 At PHL

Mon Nov 27, 2006 7:41 am

I agree- the black meatball was far superior...
 
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RE: Flashback: Golden Continental MD-80 At PHL

Mon Nov 27, 2006 8:40 am

Then one day I realized the stupidity of my short sightedness and I kick myself to this day for not siezing those photo ops when I had the chance. So I started when I could and got everything I could right up until 9/11. And already, a LOT of that stuff is vintage.

Matt--your wise insight applies to airport terminals too. I grew up in Rochester, NY in the 70's and 80's and was always embarrassed by our 1950's red brick terminal, and couldn't wait for it to be replaced.

But all through high school in the 80's I never took a photo essay on any of my many visits. I was there regularly to gather timetables, and several times I met with the airport manager to discuss expansion (he patiently sat through looking at my designs more than once!).

But then that old terminal was actually replaced from 1989-1992. It wasn't until much later that I realized the opportunity that was missed. Don't get me wrong--the old classic terminal did need to be replaced, for sure, but it was part of history and deserved to be recorded more thoroughly than it had been. And of course in those days a teenager or college student doing a photo essay wouldn't be viewed suspiciously!

Fortunately, as you probably know there's this website about old airport terminals, which is often referenced at this site:

http://oldterminals.topcities.com.

JIm

[Edited 2006-11-27 00:41:48]
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RE: Flashback: Golden Continental MD-80 At PHL

Tue Nov 28, 2006 1:17 am

Quoting ABQopsHP (Reply 5):
I guess the moral of the story is: no matter how drab, ugly, or dull a color scheme is TODAY, get it while you can.

I understand what you're saying. My only thought is that nostalgia can be remembering the good AND the bad of a time past. So my thought about the old CO c/s is: "Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes all the way to the frame!" (kidding!)  Wink
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RE: Flashback: Golden Continental MD-80 At PHL

Tue Nov 28, 2006 3:35 am

Quoting Matt D (Reply 4):
Back in the mid 1980's when I was a dumb young kid and knew no better, I was ELATED when AirCal, PSA, and Western were going to disappear from ONT and LAX respectively. At the time, that was pretty much all I saw and was yearning for some variety. As they disappeared and the replacement paint jobs came on line, I thought it was the coolest thing.

All along....I watched.

I'm a couple  wink  years older than you, so while my collection of OC, PS, and WA aircraft is decent, I had the exact same thought process you did, but about Hughes Air West. All I've got there is one or two distant color shots, and a couple black and whites from SFO.

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