My first flight was on EA
. During Christmas break of 1971, my family and I flew EA
to DAB to visit my grandparents in Deltona, FL
. I was 6 at the time, so my recollection is somewhat limited.
I believe that we flew down Christmas night BOS-LGA-EWR-DAB all DC-9 equipment. On one of the legs, we were sitting towards the back of the plane; I do remember my ears were hurting on that flight (Whisperjet indeed!). The return trip (on January 3, 1972) was an all 727 DAB-ATL-BOS itinerary.
One of my first plane models was a EA
Whisperjet 727. It might still be in a storage closet of my mother's house; not sure if it's still intact.
Although I never an opportunity to fly them again since that trip (I flew once again w/TW in 1979 but didn't fly at all during the '80s); I did have a liking towards them. Maybe it was the livery and/or the DC-9s and 727s they flew.
The short answer to the question is, in some ways, "Yes"
; but I have no real sentimental connections to them.
"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981