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by vatveng
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?
Replies: 53
Views: 3114

Re: What would you do if someone was sitting at your assigned seat?

I've never had someone take my seat, but I have had the person already sitting in the aisle seat refuse to allow me to sit in the window seat. He decided he wanted the entire row to himself and nobody was going to tell him otherwise. The FA caved to him and made me sit somewhere else. Then that some...

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by vatveng
Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: S7 flight runs off end of runway, barely takes off
Replies: 84
Views: 20541

Re: S7 flight runs off end of runway, barely takes off

According to Wikipedia, runway 32L is almost 11,500 feet long. How on earth did a B737NG almost run off the end?. From the blog post: The cause of this incident is not yet confirmed; some Russian Aviation websites report that the crew computed takeoff performance using a takeoff weight 15 tons belo...

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by vatveng
Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virginia Aviation Thread. RIC, ORF, ROA, CHO
Replies: 48
Views: 3590

Re: Virginia Aviation Thread. RIC, ORF, ROA, CHO

While PHF is struggling on the commercial passenger side, it is a relatively busy GA/bizjet airfield and the USAF uses the airfield for practice for the Air Force One/Two pilots and fleet. The airport has fallen far from their 2000s heyday, but I'm not writing them off just yet.

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by vatveng
Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Piedmont..............gone 30 years
Replies: 78
Views: 8477

Re: Piedmont..............gone 30 years

Piedmont was the airline that got me interested in aviation as a little kid :airplane: :biggrin:
It was the airline that took us to Grandma's house every Christmas :santahat:

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by vatveng
Wed Jul 31, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Practices Sustainable?
Replies: 148
Views: 14553

Re: WN Practices Sustainable?

Never underestimate the power of marketing to build a loyal customer base... I was booking a flight for my mother and I to go visit her sister (my aunt) for Christmas one year. At the time, I had status on Delta and was immune to bag and change fees, and this was before Delta launched their "Ba...

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by vatveng
Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former heads of PeoplExpress and PHF indicted
Replies: 7
Views: 2133

UPDATED: Re: Former heads of PeoplExpress and PHF indicted

https://wtkr.com/2019/07/25/former-head ... ds-guilty/
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Today (July 25) Michael Morisi pleaded guilty in federal court in Newport News to one count of wire fraud and one count of filing a false tax return. Sentencing is scheduled for November.

https://wtkr.com/2019/07/25/former-head ... ds-guilty/

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by vatveng
Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your least favorite aircraft type ?
Replies: 95
Views: 6035

Re: Your least favorite aircraft type ?

They've mostly been retired, thankfully, but I regularly went out of my way to avoid a flight on The Wretched Dash-8. As a passenger, those things SUCKED!

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by vatveng
Wed May 22, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former heads of PeoplExpress and PHF indicted
Replies: 7
Views: 2133

Re: Former heads of PeoplExpress and PHF indicted

wjcandee wrote:
Oh the NEW so-called PeoplExpress. I was thinking, "Geez, that was 35 years ago..."

Did they even ever carry passengers? I guess I could look, but I don't care enough...


They operated for just under 3 months in 2014.

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by vatveng
Wed May 22, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former heads of PeoplExpress and PHF indicted
Replies: 7
Views: 2133

Former heads of PeoplExpress and PHF indicted

The PeoplExpress fallout continues... On Monday, former PHF director Ken Spirito was indicted in Norfolk federal court on 18 counts of violating all kinds of federal financial laws involving the airport's secret loan to PeoplExpress. https://www.dailypress.com/news/airport/dp-nws-newport-news-airpor...

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by vatveng
Fri May 17, 2019 12:17 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LCC Feeder Service: Is it possible?
Replies: 3
Views: 1738

Re: LCC Feeder Service: Is it possible?

AirTran briefly had a feeder service, AirTran JetConnect, using CR2s operated by Air Wisconsin. It lasted just under 2 years, from November 2002 until August 2004. They had another 2-year feeder service from 2009-2011 in Milwaukee, but it was not under the AirTran brand. Flights were operated by Sky...

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by vatveng
Thu May 16, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is your favorite airplane as a passenger?
Replies: 41
Views: 1872

Re: What is your favorite airplane as a passenger?

The DC9 series, especially the MD88 and the 717. I also really love the 757. The E-jets have been 50/50. My first couple of flights on them were terrible, but the last few were some of the best flights I've ever taken. I can't comment on widebodies as I've only ever flown on two, and none in the las...

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by vatveng
Thu May 16, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: JFK TWA Terminal to turn into a hotel
Replies: 87
Views: 7760

Re: JFK Finally has its own Hotel!

Cheesy web site. I think it goes quite nicely with the retro ambiance of the facility. Its supposed to be sorta cheesy. Looking forward to my visit there in October. I think it's really well done. There's lots of info and not links to nowhere or to information copied and pasted from Wikipedia. It t...

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by vatveng
Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger gets plane to himself
Replies: 77
Views: 14221

Re: Passenger gets plane to himself

I've been the only revenue passenger on a CR2 half-full of nonrevs commuting to PHL for their flights. It was the first flight in the morning (5:30am).

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by vatveng
Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Remaining DC-9 operators (DC-9-14 to DC-9-51)
Replies: 32
Views: 4627

Re: Remaining DC-9 operators (DC-9-14 to DC-9-51)

But, of course, MD-80/MD-90, and even 717's have the same type certificate. True, but not really the point of this discussion. The JT8D supply chain has almost been shutdown for 4 years. How much longer are the Canadian niche 732 operators going to be able to keep their JT8Ds going? There's only so...

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by vatveng
Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 307
Views: 35151

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

In a surprise move, Allegiant just announced flights from ORF to CLE. I would not be surprised to see F9 do a similar thing in RIC, with flights from DEN/CLE/LAS to RIC, or restart flights over at PHF. Frontier has a decent-sized presence at ORF (much larger than it previously had at PHF) so don't ...

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by vatveng
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727
Replies: 78
Views: 14904

Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

Flew on several of them in Piedmont colors in the 1980s. They took us to Grandma's house for Christmas and/or Summer vacation.

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by vatveng
Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 307
Views: 35151

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2019

2019 predictions: ORF Government shutdown causes local non-military federal workers (of which there are a lot) to reconsider travel plans. It won't be as bad as sequestration was, which affected the military, but it'll be enough to make F9 and G4 jittery. They won't make any changes directly because...

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by vatveng
Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: YouTube video of ORD old Terminal 1 on last day of ops (1985)
Replies: 43
Views: 5451

Re: YouTube video of ORD old Terminal 1 on last day of ops (1985)

Nice piece of airline history! Thanks for sharing.

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by vatveng
Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Airports With Ramp Boarding and/or Bus Gates?
Replies: 52
Views: 4047

Re: US Airports With Ramp Boarding and/or Bus Gates?

Every time I've connected at LGA the last several years I've had to ride a bus to a remote stand to board a CRJ.

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by vatveng
Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 'Triple' ICAO codes (of the form ABBB)
Replies: 18
Views: 1812

Re: 'Triple' ICAO codes (of the form ABBB)

East Texas Regional Airport (Longview, TX), gets its code from the fact that it's in Gregg County: KGGG. Served by AA. That's the only "triple code" assigned to a US airport with commercial service, although there are a couple of GA and military airfields that have triples.

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by vatveng
Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why hasn’t plane design changed much?
Replies: 150
Views: 14989

Re: Why hasn’t plane design changed much?

They found a design that works, and works well, and have spent the last 50 or so years refining that design. When Boeing was designing the 787, remember the shark fin tail on the first version of the drawings? Engineers thought it would be a better design, but when they did physical wind tunnel test...

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by vatveng
Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your first experiences in aviation
Replies: 27
Views: 3876

Re: Your first experiences in aviation

1st flight ... RIC-DEN via an unknown hub but probably ORD 1st airline ... United 1st type ... Unknown, may have been a B720 (UA) 1st twin ... Unknown, may have been a B732 (UA) 1st 3-holer ...either a UA DC-10 or a Piedmont 727 1st quad ... B720 (UA) 1st turboprop ... The wretched Dash-8 (US) 1st h...

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by vatveng
Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:19 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: "Vanity Plates" for Aircraft?
Replies: 57
Views: 5611

Re: "Vanity Plates" for Aircraft?

The two A380 prototypes were msn001 F-WWOW and msn002 F-WXXL

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by vatveng
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why are there always LESS people going back from Orlando?
Replies: 12
Views: 1459

Re: Why are there always LESS people going back from Orlando?

A lot of visitors often start their vacation in Orlando and then head out to explore other areas of Florida via a rental car and drop off the rental car at another Florida airport. I know that car rental companies during certain times of the year have to ship cars back by truck to Orlando because o...

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by vatveng
Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Ceases Operations
Replies: 975
Views: 158367

Re: Icelandair taking over WOW

Wow. Once Icelandair takes a full peak under the kilt and has a full picture of the mess that is WOW, my bet is the sale price will be at the lowest end of the range, meaning not much more than $25m for an airline with 20 tails. Even the most obtuse observer can do the math here. The question becom...

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by vatveng
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best and worst aspects of the carriers you fly
Replies: 29
Views: 3226

Re: Best and worst aspects of the carriers you fly

DL: Best: By far the most service at my home airport. Even if most of it is to ATL, I can still find an itinerary that's convenient to my schedule. The Boeing 717 :cloudnine: Economy Comfort+ seats are actually worth paying for when you're 5'6". They're really more comfortable than standard Y ...

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by vatveng
Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Bad habits when staying in hotels
Replies: 57
Views: 5753

Re: Bad habits when staying in hotels

Reading the various posts on this thread has anyone been charged by a hotel (on their credit card) for "missing" items? No, but I have seen a disturbing trend of hotels charging an upfront fee of between $50-100 per stay as a "security deposit" that is supposed to be refunded af...

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by vatveng
Sat Sep 29, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Bad habits when staying in hotels
Replies: 57
Views: 5753

Re: Bad habits when staying in hotels

Reading the various posts on this thread has anyone been charged by a hotel (on their credit card) for "missing" items? No, but I have seen a disturbing trend of hotels charging an upfront fee of between $50-100 per stay as a "security deposit" that is supposed to be refunded af...

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by vatveng
Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest flight from your airport?
Replies: 80
Views: 4158

Re: Longest flight from your airport?

From ORF the longest scheduled commercial flight is DEN. Being a military town, we do get charter flights from far off places.

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by vatveng
Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will PHF ever grow?
Replies: 29
Views: 2700

Re: Will PHF ever grow?

727LOVER wrote:
Also.....Elite Airways isn't helping them. Started TWICE....pulled out TWICE


Didn't even start service, either time. Announced service but canceled it before it began.

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by vatveng
Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will PHF ever grow?
Replies: 29
Views: 2700

Re: Will PHF ever grow?

Allegiant had service there for a couple of years starting in 2012, 3x weekly to Sanford. Frontier also used to serve the airport - first daily seasonal to DEN, than 4x weekly year-round, then daily year-round to DEN plus an Apple Vacations contract for Caribbean destinations. And then PeoplExpress ...

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by vatveng
Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 352
Views: 32086

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

Anyone know why the large American flag greeting travelers at IAD was taken down on this fine Labor Day weekend? It’s just simply missing. Not even at half-staff for McCain, just gone. Pretty shameful if you ask me for the nation’s capital international airport. Especially on Labor Day weekend. May...

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by vatveng
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft you have NOT been on
Replies: 32
Views: 2163

Re: Aircraft you have NOT been on

747 :cry2:

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by vatveng
Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What will supersede the Boeing 717
Replies: 78
Views: 11580

Re: What will supersede the Boeing 717

I heard that at first airlines didn't really want the 717 and due to that only 156 were built, but now airlines are trying to get their hands on them being their limited availability and that they're a great 100-seater plane that can be used for regional flights (according to a Business Insider art...

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by vatveng
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Piedmont Dash 8 retirement this Wednesday July 4, 2018
Replies: 35
Views: 5763

Re: Piedmont Dash 8 retirement this Wednesday July 4, 2018

From an aviation enthusiast viewpoint, I'm sorry to see the last of a fleet get retired. The Dash 8 served an important niche, and served it well.

But from a passenger experience viewpoint: Good Riddance to that wretched plane. Rust In Pieces.

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by vatveng
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 352
Views: 32086

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

Yeah, about five years ago WN cut back on a whole slew of nonstop destinations from ORF (and started behaving like a legacy carrier, forcing many customers flying from mid-sized cities to route through their hubs). Up until then it also flew ORF-JAX 2xDaily for many years. Allegiant is starting to ...

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by vatveng
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 352
Views: 32086

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

Frontier's ORF-DEN/MCO service hasn't started yet, but they announced yesterday that F9 is adding ORF-LAS nonstop Tu/Th/Su. Frontier press release: https://news.flyfrontier.com/frontier-airlines-continues-to-make-flying-more-affordable-adds-another-15-routes-with-fares-as-low-as-39/ ORF twitter anno...

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by vatveng
Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 352
Views: 32086

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

Sidebar: The Jamestown-Scotland ferry "Pocahontas" got pressed into service as an aircraft carrier when a company transporting N231HE, a 1979 Mooney M20K, hauled it across the James River to JGG. The wings followed on another trailer. (from VDOT's Facebook page...) https://www.facebook.co...

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by vatveng
Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 352
Views: 32086

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

Sidebar: The Jamestown-Scotland ferry "Pocahontas" got pressed into service as an aircraft carrier when a company transporting N231HE, a 1979 Mooney M20K, hauled it across the James River to JGG. The wings followed on another trailer. (from VDOT's Facebook page...) https://www.facebook.com...

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by vatveng
Thu May 24, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many boarding groups?!
Replies: 22
Views: 3185

Re: How many boarding groups?!

Delta has: 1. Disabled 2. Families with Children and Military 3. Premium 4. Sky Priority 5. Zone 1 6. Zone 2 7. Zone 3 8. Zone 4 Good luck to those in Zone 3 and 4 getting overhead bin space. I always hear them send Disabled and Families w/Children down the chute at the same time, and then Premium ...

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by vatveng
Tue May 22, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Taking a trip just to fly on a specific type of plane
Replies: 100
Views: 6386

Re: Taking a trip just to fly on a specific type of plane

I haven't gone on a trip specifically to fly on a particular type, but I have chosen the airline based on the type. I was flying ORF-TPA and rather than flying on yet another 737 or 717 I flew US Airways because they were flying the A321 on the CLT-TPA leg and I'd never been on any Airbus at that po...

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by vatveng
Sat May 19, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline livery you miss the most
Replies: 166
Views: 10321

Re: Airline livery you miss the most

I really liked the final US Airways livery. I wish AA had just put their logo on the US paint.

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by vatveng
Wed May 16, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018
Replies: 352
Views: 32086

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2018

ORF is getting new service from F9 starting in August with two flights a week to DEN and MCO. UA is also starting non-stop daily A319 service from OFF to DEN so it will be interesting to see how Frontier does. The UA service will give us more single-connect options to the Midwest and West Coast, pl...

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by vatveng
Wed May 09, 2018 12:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: norfolk gets new airline and flight
Replies: 1
Views: 721

Re: norfolk gets new airline and flight

I wish them well, it was nice having them at PHF for the few years they were there, but just as soon as Congress threatens another shutdown and the Hampton Roads economy blinks as a result, F9 will bail again.

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by vatveng
Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Secondary Airports USA / East Coast
Replies: 42
Views: 4248

Re: Secondary Airports USA / East Coast

I'm not sure you're looking at this correctly, actually. Firstly, DTW and ORD are not "east coast;" the coast is a solid 500-700 miles from those airports. Secondly, while DTW may not have a "secondary" airport, there are secondary markets within, say, 150 miles of DTW, such as ...

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by vatveng
Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Help with a childhood memory
Replies: 23
Views: 2260

Re: Help with a childhood memory

....except CCS sits directly on the coast, and certainly wouldn't appear hacked out of the jungle. There are tall mountains on one side, and a beach on the other. https://i.pinimg.com/originals/7b/47/ec/7b47ec2d5f02618e18943b7c269e96b9.jpg But did CCS look like that 48 years ago? Was there that muc...

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by vatveng
Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Surprising comparative distances between airports?
Replies: 42
Views: 1911

Re: Surprising comparative distances between airports?

I know a lot of people who don't realize how far west ATL is. They think of Georgia as a "coastal state" and therefore assume ATL is due south of, say, PHL. It's actually almost due south of CVG (Covington KY is less than 15 minutes of longitude farther west than Atlanta GA). ATL is almost...

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by vatveng
Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What airline had the first Website?
Replies: 64
Views: 11161

Re: What airline had the first Website?

I can find no references to it now, but I remember trying to buy a ticket on Continental in the 1997-98 timeframe and their website would not book directly. They instead made you download what was called the "COOL Travel Assistant" (COOL = COntinental OnLine) for Windows. It was what would...

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by vatveng
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why not commercialize the Dreamlifter?
Replies: 6
Views: 1543

Re: Why not commercialize the Dreamlifter?

The Airbus Beluga fleet does charter operations. Including one 1999 flight for the Louvre. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airbus_Beluga#Operational_history The availability of the existing Belugas and Dreamlifters are probably sufficient to meet the needs of the few customers requiring outsized cargo...

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