I flew on Eastern more than the other two, 201 flights to be exact. There was a time when Eastern was my favorite airline, but the final couple of years they sunk to an unbelievable low. In one case, I flew free from RIC to HNL with OnePass miles I had earned on Eastern. I flew RIC-ATL-LAX on Eastern, and LAX-HNL on Continental. Both airlines were owned by Texas Air at the time. My return was to take me through SFO instead of LAX. Well, my Continental DC-10 from HNL to SFO was about three hours late departing HNL due to late arrival of the aircraft. We landed in SFO about 20 minutes before my Eastern flight was to depart to ATL. I was hoping to land at a nearby gate, but Eastern and Continental were at opposite ends of the terminal. I ran through the terminal, and as I approached my Eastern gate, I saw that my A300 was still boarding. I got in line to board, and when I handed the gate agent my boarding pass, I was told that my seat had been given away, since I wasn't at the gate ten minutes prior to scheduled departure. I told them I thought Continental and Eastern were sister airlines, and they would have known I was coming from a late flight and would have held my seat. They said no, they didn't know I was coming. But they had a flight to ATL out of LAX in a couple of hours, and if I could find a way to get there, I could get on that flight. So I stood in line at the PSA counter for about 30 minutes to see if I could buy a ticket on their flight to LAX. Just as I got up to the counter, a lady from Eastern ran up to me and told me I was protected on the next flight out of SFO, and I didn't need to fly to LAX to catch that flight. What a bunch of confusion! Nobody seemed to know what the other person was doing. When I finally got on the A300 to ATL, I was given a window seat in the very last row, a window that was impossible to see out of because it looked like it had been cleaned with sandpaper. I connected with a DC-9 from ATL-RIC. I was also protected on that one. Inside, a wall panel was hanging loose, and the beige coloring on it was much darker than the rest of the wall panels, like in had been seared in a fire.
On Pan Am, I flew on 747s from MIA-IAD and LAX-SFO. The first was a dinner flight and pretty nice. Both flights were nearly empty. I flew on a couple of ex-National 727s that still had open overhead racks, but the meal service was great.
On the original Braniff, I flew on a couple of DC-8-62s and a couple of 727s. Service was average, but the leather seats were quite unique at that time. On the DC-8s, the middle seats were fabric, but the aisle and window seats were tan leather.
Fly Eastern's Golden Falcon DC-7B