To both who asked to use my photos...by all means you have my permission....Im not a stuffy old crank that gets upset even if someone doesnt ask......Im just flattered that someone thought enuff of my shot to use it...Thats what this hobby is all about...not to be a bunch of greedy self absorbed snots. So, to both of you.....No worries man!!!!!!!
And to the debate over the Air Wisconsin/ MVA thing.....I was at the Quad City Airport in Moline Illinois on the day the WQAD TV
showed up with Anchor woman Kelly Eckerman to do a story of the prospsed merger between MVA and Air Willy and that was in May of 1985.....I put the date on the MVA Timetable that I had Ms. Eckerman autograph....I also shot a picture of the WQAD TV
camera man vidoe-ing one of the MVA Fokker F.27...I believe that it was N271MA...If I remember correctly....
In June of 1985 I believe that ZW
formed an informal allaince but the then President of Air Wisconsin, Preston Wilbourne was totally against his airline wearing the United colours on his planes....He was actually one of many outspoken Commuter regionals that was against the Dual-designator/Code Sharing, before it started to spread like the teaming cancer that it is today.....Other outspoken Commuter/Regional CEOs that were against it were Kingsley Morse of Command Airways based in POU
, Bill Britt of none other than Britt Airways. The aforementioned Preston Wilbourne of ZW
....I also believe that Gordon Autry of Rocky Mountain Airways, Joe Fugure of Pilgrim Airlines. These guys had woked most of their lives to build their airlines from small planes to larger regional aircraft, some even jets.
They were not convinced that giving up their individual identities was the right thing to do...However if we are talking about the Chicago Ohare market, the the CEO Joel Murray of Negaunee, Mi. based Simmons Airlines jumped at the chance to become an American Eagle carrier.... Like it or not, Preston Wilbourne of Air Wisconsin was pressured into giving in to the concept and the familiar Orange and Green colours of Air Wisconsin disappeared and eventually Air Willy planes started flying in United Express colours. As stated earlier in this thread, Britt Airways prior to all this code share nonsense was the # 3 carrier based on departures at ORD
behind United Airlines and American (I think that is awesome) whilst the other carries, Air Wisconsin, Simmons and Midstate had smaller Ops.
One of the reasons that Bill sold to PeoplExpress was because he was tired of all the games, fighting with airline reservation system dipslays that put his flights in a less than obvious display far down in availability even when they had the better flights. Mostly because UA
chose his competitors over his operation...He watched whilst everything he had worked so hard for just evaporated into thin air.....In its heyday, Britt Airways served the states of Indiana and Illinois like no other airline had, in my opinion even better than Ozark had in their earlier days when they were running DC9s and FH
-227Bs into rural towns in both states. You could actualy get around the different cities on Britt without having to funnel thru ORD
to do it.....
Did I mention at the height of its operations that Britt was also # 3 in terms of departures in STL
behind TWA and Ozark???
It was a sad day when the last Britt Ops left ORD
.... I was at the inaugural for the start of Britt Airways on 01 Sept 76...
There were actually two Britt companies Britt Airlines that was originally called Vercoa Air Service....Vercoa and acronym for Vermillion County Aviation and was the FBO in Danville, Il. Vercoa inaugurated its foirst replacement carrier service for Allegheny as an Allegheny Commuter in 1968.....After they moved HDQ to Terre Haute, Ind. they also changed the name to Britt Airlines. The Airlines portion lasted until the agreement with Allegheny (USAir by then in 1981) was dissolved and integrated into the Britt Airways system which was started and operated independantly since 1 Sept of 76. The rest is, as Bill Britt told me on the phone ina brief conversation with him.....He said. "thats old history..."
Okay, now Ill shut up, now that my fingers are bloody from typing so much......LOL....j/k
p.s. Do you get the idea that I am bored tonite????????????