Matt D
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Flashback: USAir 737 At LAX

Mon Nov 27, 2006 5:20 am

Late afternoon sunlight on a fall day bathes N300AU in all her glory as she gets pushed out for a flight.

Photo date unknown, other than early to mid 1990's.

Thanks for looking.

http://x-2000r.angelcities.com/images/Planes/US733.JPG
 
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RE: Flashback: USAir 737 At LAX

Mon Nov 27, 2006 5:31 am

I remember flying on a USAir 737-500 to LAX from SEA direct, this was in 1989. Ahh the memories. I remember their gawd awful stuffed chicken with american cheese melted inside of it YUCK!
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Matt D
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RE: Flashback: USAir 737 At LAX

Mon Nov 27, 2006 5:36 am

You COULDN'T have flown on a US 735. -300 or -400 maybe. US (to my knowledge) never operated the -200's anywhere west of the Rockies and they never operated the little -500's. Plus, the -500 didn't enter service until 1990.

I'm sure just a typo on your part....but still...

After all, your flight was an ex-PSA route. And they never served no mystery chicken with the mystery cheese goop in it.
 
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RE: Flashback: USAir 737 At LAX

Mon Nov 27, 2006 5:48 am

Maybe it's just me, but something just doesn't look right about the LAX skyline behind the US 733, nor the lack of traffic around it. Could this have been taken at BUR or Orange county, or didn't US fly there and I'm all wrong...
 
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RE: Flashback: USAir 737 At LAX

Mon Nov 27, 2006 5:58 am

No, I am 100% positive it was taken at LAX. I took it from the outdoor walkway between T1 and T2. If the mountains in the background don't confirm that it's LAX, then the old Mission or Church or whatever it is that is barely visible behind the horizontal stabs should confirm that it's indeed LAX.

I never took any pix at BUR and SNA doesn't have any hills in the immediate vicinty.
 
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RE: Flashback: USAir 737 At LAX

Mon Nov 27, 2006 6:27 am

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 1):
I remember flying on a USAir 737-500 to LAX from SEA

Since USAir doesn't (didn't) have 737-500's, how'd you accomplish that?
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RE: Flashback: USAir 737 At LAX

Mon Nov 27, 2006 10:04 am

Quoting Matt D (Thread starter):
Photo date unknown, other than early to mid 1990's.

The picture looks touched up to me. The USAir in the tail just doesn't look right!!

Quoting Cactus739 (Reply 5):
Since USAir doesn't (didn't) have 737-500's, how'd you accomplish that?

Yes...how did you fly on a -500 of USAir??? Inquiring minds want to know!
 
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RE: Flashback: USAir 737 At LAX

Mon Nov 27, 2006 10:21 am

In case you haven't, click on the picture and the full size should pop up in a new window. You can see for yourself that except for some quality enhancements, the picture is indeed real and true. Or else I can post an unmodified scan of the original print.
 
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RE: Flashback: USAir 737 At LAX

Mon Nov 27, 2006 10:22 am

Quoting BatonOps (Reply 6):
The picture looks touched up to me. The USAir in the tail just doesn't look right!!

The tail looks compressed and the picture looks like LAX. It is a cool shot. I love old stuff.
 
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RE: Flashback: USAir 737 At LAX

Mon Nov 27, 2006 10:27 am

Quoting Matt D (Reply 7):

Nice shot, nice memories. THinking about USAir look pretty ok in that livery and all the other versions and hybrids of it.
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RE: Flashback: USAir 737 At LAX

Mon Nov 27, 2006 12:35 pm

Quoting Cactus739 (Reply 5):
Since USAir doesn't (didn't) have 737-500's, how'd you accomplish that?

733, my bad..... sorry
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RE: Flashback: USAir 737 At LAX

Mon Nov 27, 2006 12:44 pm

Quoting Matt D (Reply 4):
then the old Mission or Church or whatever it is that is barely visible behind the horizontal stabs should confirm that it's indeed LAX.

That's the steeple of Visitation Church, which absolutely guarantees that this is LAX. I went to Visitation Elementary/Junior High School for 8 years, so I should know.
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RE: Flashback: USAir 737 At LAX

Mon Nov 27, 2006 12:45 pm

Quoting RIXrat (Reply 3):
Maybe it's just me, but something just doesn't look right about the LAX skyline behind the US 733, nor the lack of traffic around it. Could this have been taken at BUR or Orange county, or didn't US fly there and I'm all wrong...

The buildings around LAX since the late 1980's have changed massively. There are far more activity around the airport now.

USAir's 733's and 734's (mainly old PI equipement) flew up and down the west coast, primarily between the Bay Area and the LA Basin/San Diego. Those airplanes continued on to PHX, PHL, CLT, PIT, etc. I think there were 727-200's on west coast routes other than LAX-SFO.

Anyway, I flew mainly 733's, 734's and 146's up and down the west coast on USAir.
 
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RE: Flashback: USAir 737 At LAX

Mon Nov 27, 2006 1:08 pm

Quoting Wedgetail737 (Reply 12):
Those airplanes continued on to PHX, PHL, CLT, PIT, etc

Before the Airbus aircraft came in, PIT-LAX/SFO/SAN/SNA were flown with B733s! I can remember those days all to well!
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RE: Flashback: USAir 737 At LAX

Mon Nov 27, 2006 2:38 pm

Quoting CentPIT (Reply 13):
Before the Airbus aircraft came in, PIT-LAX/SFO/SAN/SNA were flown with B733s! I can remember those days all to well!

PIT-SFO/LAX/SAN/SEA and SFO-LAX were all 727-200's when I first flew USAir. I flew the LAX-SFO portion (back then, AL21) all the time.
 
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RE: Flashback: USAir 737 At LAX

Mon Nov 27, 2006 2:58 pm

Actually, some of the 200's did routes like DCA-MCI-SFO.
 
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RE: Flashback: USAir 737 At LAX

Mon Nov 27, 2006 3:11 pm

I flew on US in the early 90's from LAX to MCI. IIRC, they were one of the few airlines at the time with nonstop MCI service from LAX.

MattD- I LOVE your flashbacks! Keep them coming!  Smile
 
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RE: Flashback: USAir 737 At LAX

Tue Nov 28, 2006 3:25 am

I flew in 1992 LAX-RNO-LAX on there 737-300's ! Nice friendly service...no food but lots of Peanuts !!!  Smile)))))

Really liked them !
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RE: Flashback: USAir 737 At LAX

Tue Nov 28, 2006 3:48 am

USAir operated what they termed the "California Shuttle" between SFO and LAX, operated with 733's. Flights departed hourly from 600am to 900pm, then every two hours. These flights had a separate check-in area at SFO, and operated out of the old PSA gates.

Combined with United's frequent flights between the two cities, at peak times there were flights every 15 to 20 mins. UA operated flights every half hour during peak times.
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RE: Flashback: USAir 737 At LAX

Tue Nov 28, 2006 3:48 am

If FlyingNanook went to the Visitation school then it has to be true. I have no axe to grind, I just thought the first set of hills were to close to LAX, but I guess photography can play tricks on your eyes. Nice photo.
 
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RE: Flashback: USAir 737 At LAX

Tue Nov 28, 2006 5:56 am

Quoting CentPIT (Reply 13):
Before the Airbus aircraft came in, PIT-LAX/SFO/SAN/SNA were flown with B733s! I can remember those days all to well!

US also flew PIT-RNO and PIT-SMF at one point following the USAir/PSA merger. Both were operated in 1991, IIRC. I love how HP served almost all of the former PSA stations! The only ex-PSA station that was not served by HP at any time was CCR (Concord, CA).

My last trip to California was on a 757 from PIT to SNA. Once the 752s came onboard in 1992, they were placed on transcontinental and medium-haul flights for USAir. In fact, when PDX was switched from a 757 to a 737-300, the service was dropped in late 1995. The 752s were switched from transcons to Northeast-Florida service.
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