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by PennPal
Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The first Airbus A320 to break the 30-year in service mark
Replies: 136
Views: 37746

Re: The first Airbus A320 to break the 30-year in service mark

Wow...30 years in service?? What a remarkable airplane, and what a workhorse!! I'm wondering...other than a DC-8, DC-9, DC-10, 707,727,737,747, 757, 767, BAe146, F100 and countless Russian models ...has there ever been an airliner besides the A320 that has reached that unthinkable age??

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by PennPal
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta announces MD-90 retirement deadline - end 2022
Replies: 111
Views: 15982

Re: Delta announces MD-90 retirement deadline - end 2022

Will miss the MD-88's MD-90's and 717's dearly. The opportunity to fly on one of those, in addition to a 757, is one of the reasons I fly Delta exclusively.

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by PennPal
Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your least favorite aircraft type ?
Replies: 104
Views: 7510

Re: Your least favorite aircraft type ?

A320 by a long shot. It's the only plane I've flown on where you can sit in a "window seat" that doesn't have a window...

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by PennPal
Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max
Replies: 345
Views: 45797

Re: IAG sign LOI for 200 B737 Max

737 operators diversify: Good business sense. A320 operators diversify: Stupid. How true, PlanesNTrains! I don't know how many times over the years I've read on these forums quotes like "Airbus Airline XX won't order Boeing because it will disrupt commonality " or "Boeing Airline XX ...

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by PennPal
Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many prop planes in your logbook??
Replies: 54
Views: 2638

Re: How many prop planes in your logbook??

Thanks for everyone's interesting replies! I was referring to a passenger's logbook rather than a pilot's logbook. Also, I'm wondering if anyone has any recollections of flying on "true" propliners, such as a Constellation or a Stratocruiser??

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by PennPal
Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many prop planes in your logbook??
Replies: 54
Views: 2638

How many prop planes in your logbook??

My flying experiences started in 1977, so I missed the chance to fly in any type of Douglas/Lockheed/Boeing propliners on a regular basis. My few exceptions were: When PBA introduced service to PGD in the mid 70's, they flew sightseeing flights over Charlotte Harbor in a variety of planes. I caught ...

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by PennPal
Wed Feb 27, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2019 Booked/Flown Flights List
Replies: 259
Views: 41424

Re: Your 2019 Booked/Flown Flights List

Just booked roundtrip RSW - LGA - MSP March 29 / MSP - ATL - RSW March 31 and was thrilled to see that the MSP - ATL return segment is on a 777!!!

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by PennPal
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Crystal Air 777
Replies: 1
Views: 954

Crystal Air 777

https://www.crystalcruises.com/staticpa ... index.html
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Saw this 777 in RSW yesterday, parked next to two Western Global 747s and a MD11 on the NE storage ramp. Anyone have any insight as to why it was there?? Its routings are blocked on flightaware.

https://www.crystalcruises.com/staticpa ... index.html

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by PennPal
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727
Replies: 78
Views: 14989

Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

My first-ever flight was on an Eastern 727 FMY-ATL in 1977, when they were a common sight at every airport. 707's, 727's, DC8's, DC9's, DC10's, L-1011's...plane spotting was so much more exciting back then...

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by PennPal
Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747
Replies: 223
Views: 18665

Re: 747 First Flight 50th Anniversary

My first and only flight on a 747 was Pan American TPA-IAD in 1983. In these gender-neutral times, I guess we must call it the "Aircraft" of the Skies. Certainly don't want anyone offended...

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by PennPal
Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: US Airports With Ramp Boarding and/or Bus Gates?
Replies: 52
Views: 4138

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

PGD has no jetways, nor does ERI if I'm not mistaken...

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by PennPal
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What airplane is the Edsel of airplanes?
Replies: 24
Views: 1791

Re: What airplane is the Edsel of airplanes?

The Trident, for sure. Even its off-set nose wheel competes with the Edsel's horse collar grill in the awkwardness award category...

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by PennPal
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will DL get rid of 50 seat RJ's entirely?
Replies: 112
Views: 16268

Re: Will DL get rid of 50 seat RJ's entirely?

Cubsrule wrote:
B757Forever wrote:

Speaking of ATL, I saw an A220 in the flesh for the first time there yesterday. What an ugly airplane.


Oh my Lord! Is a statement like THAT even allowed on a.net?!?!

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by PennPal
Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Forgotten (?) Airlines
Replies: 38
Views: 4879

Re: Forgotten (?) Airlines

I can't seem to think of any... You must be at least five years old then! To the OP there are absolutely hundreds and hundreds of airlines from the past with some long forgotten and some still remembered with great affection the list would be absolutely endless. For my part I will only add one airl...

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by PennPal
Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Forgotten (?) Airlines
Replies: 38
Views: 4879

Re: Forgotten (?) Airlines

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by PennPal
Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swazi Gvmnt A340 to KPIT
Replies: 11
Views: 2799

Re: Swazi Gvmnt A340 to KPIT

BN727227Ultra wrote:
TWA772LR wrote:
DC or New York I can see, but why would the leader of Swaziland visit Pittsburgh?


A cargo hold full of Yuengling?


More like Iron City. Yuengling isn't a Pittsburgh beer

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by PennPal
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA cuts CLT-TUS and ERI-PHL, announces ERI-ORD and ERI-CLT, "still evaluating" CLT-SJC
Replies: 53
Views: 5856

Re: AA cuts CLT-TUS and ERI-PHL, announces ERI-ORD and ERI-CLT, "still evaluating" CLT-SJC

Great news for ERI, my home town airport! Was surprised to see that AA will serve ORD, since UA already flies that route. I understand Chicago is an AA hub, but two airlines serving the same small city with similar routes is a bit strange.

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by PennPal
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet B787-9 Routes
Replies: 76
Views: 13886

Re: WestJet B787-9 Routes

Any chance WestJet will fly a widebody into RSW?? I love seeing their smart-looking 737's on the ramp there; a 767 or 787 would look fantastic!!

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by PennPal
Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Forgotten (?) Airlines
Replies: 38
Views: 4879

Forgotten (?) Airlines

Was going through an old box of system timetables that I collected over the years and found some for North American airlines I had forgotten even existed - Pennsylvania Airlines, Tennessee Airways, Pilgrim Airlines, Britt Airways, Wright Air Lines, and Altair. Does anyone have any recollections of f...

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by PennPal
Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest Wide Body Service
Replies: 54
Views: 5908

Re: Shortest Wide Body Service

Eastern used to fly L-1011's on the BUF-YYZ route. Just a short hop over Lake Ontario...

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by PennPal
Fri Sep 28, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747
Replies: 223
Views: 18665

Re: 50 years ago, the world changed forever

And still in use and production today...long live the Queen!!

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by PennPal
Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Launching PHL/ORD-EYW
Replies: 61
Views: 6077

Re: AA Launching PHL/ORD-EYW

Does anyone know/remember what the restrictions were on the 727-100's Eastern used to fly on the EYW-ATL route back in the '80s??

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by PennPal
Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - 2018
Replies: 852
Views: 130476

Re: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - 2018

Had the pleasure of flying on two DL 757's this past weekend...695DL RSW-ATL, and 6701 DTW-RSW. Both were in impeccable condition. An added plus was a MD88 ATL-BUF and a 717 BUF-DTW. The ability to fly on those three aircraft types with regularity is the reason I prefer Delta when I travel.

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by PennPal
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Boeing 747 history
Replies: 88
Views: 5411

Re: Your Boeing 747 history

Pan Am 747 TPA - IAD 1983 Long live the Queen!!

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by PennPal
Wed Sep 12, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: West Coast Florida Thread - 2018
Replies: 164
Views: 13968

Re: West Coast Florida Thread - 2018

I for one would like to see SRQ grow, but for those of us who live outside of the Sarasota area the main reason I avoid it is the difficulty reaching it. My home is almost exactly half-way between SRQ and RSW, but the new exit off of I-75 makes it soooo much easier and faster to get into RSW. Averag...

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by PennPal
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft you have NOT been on
Replies: 32
Views: 2184

Re: Aircraft you have NOT been on

Unfortunately, I've never flown on a 4-engined narrowbody. In fact, the only 4-engined airliner I've ever flown on was a PanAm 747 TPA-IAD in 1982ish. If I had my wish and could fly on any aircraft of my choosing, I'd pick a Convair 990. A Denver Ports of Call example was parked at the FBO ramp in F...

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by PennPal
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 60 years ago today, Pan Am received its first 707
Replies: 107
Views: 11773

Re: 60 years ago today, Pan Am received its first 707

aviationaware wrote:
wiggy wrote:
what year did pan am stop anyway


The last scheduled 707 flight on Pan Am was 1981, but not sure what date exactly.


If I'm not mistaken, the last flight of a PanAm 707 was a charter on January 26, 1981 MSY-PHL returning the Eagles to Philadelphia after Super Bowl XV.

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by PennPal
Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2018 Booked/Flown Flights List
Replies: 331
Views: 35738

Re: Your 2018 Booked/Flown Flights List

Only one trip booked so far this year:

Lucked out on two of my four segments, flying a DL B752 from RSW to ATL and a MD90 from ATL to BUF on September 15th. Getting stuck on two DL CRJ900s BUF-LGA and LGA-RSW on September 17th.

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by PennPal
Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fewer than 400 MD-80/90 on airfleets
Replies: 85
Views: 12601

Re: Fewer than 400 MD-80/90 on airfleets

I was thrilled to see a MD flying over my house on final into PGD last Thursday, especially since PGD has become A320-only recently with Allegiant. What a beautiful sight...such a graceful looking bird. I also had the pleasure of flying one from PIE to ABE last year, and will again this fall ATL-BUF...

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by PennPal
Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tara Air Twin Otter incident
Replies: 0
Views: 804

Tara Air Twin Otter incident

Interesting videos at the bottom of this Aviation Safety Network link taken from above the airport and inside the aircraft.

https://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20180609-0

Didn't see any other post regarding this topic. If there is one I'm sure mine will be deleted...

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by PennPal
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Interesting Flying Experiences
Replies: 2
Views: 476

Your Interesting Flying Experiences

I thought it would be interesting to start a thread about any odd/humorous flying experiences that members have had during their lifetime. Mine involved a trip I took in 1988 from Columbus, Ohio to Ft Myers, Florida with an aircraft change in Atlanta. I was sitting at the gate in CMH reading a book ...

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by PennPal
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: First Flight and Airline?
Replies: 98
Views: 3405

Re: First Flight and Airline?

FMY-ATL on a 727 , then a connecting flight ATL-BUF on a L1011 summer 1976.

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by PennPal
Sat Jun 09, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant and PIE
Replies: 31
Views: 2941

Re: Allegiant and PIE

Although PGD has gone all A320, it was a pleasure to see a MD80 on the ramp there not too long ago.

And not to nick-pick, but the resort Allegiant is building is in Charlotte Harbor, not Port Charlotte.

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by PennPal
Tue May 29, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no flights on US3 to eastern Atlantic islands?
Replies: 126
Views: 11489

Re: Why no flights on US3 to eastern Atlantic islands?

there are very few Caribbean islands where you need a US passport. seriously, what are you talking about? the only places in the Caribbean where a passport isn't required are the US territories of Puerto Rico and USVI. All of those many other sovereign nation islands - Bahamas, DR, Jamaica, on and ...

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by PennPal
Wed May 09, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Miami 1981
Replies: 39
Views: 5880

Re: Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Miami 1981

AntonioMartin wrote:
PennPal wrote:
and it continued on to MIA with only one passenger on board.

Was it you??

:lol: No, I wasn't me! I deplaned in FLL...

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by PennPal
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Miami 1981
Replies: 39
Views: 5880

Re: Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Miami 1981

Back in the late 70's I flew on an Air Florida 737 flight that flew the route JFK-PBI-FLL-MIA. If I remember correctly, the majority of the passengers got off the plane in PBI, possibly around 10 in FLL, and it continued on to MIA with only one passenger on board.

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by PennPal
Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American to bring premium 757 to domestic routes
Replies: 68
Views: 14261

Re: American to bring premium 757 to domestic routes

Quite a testament to the 757 that it's still playing a significant role in the route planning of major domestic carriers 13 years after its production run ended. And Delta's are in magnificent condition!!

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by PennPal
Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fewer than 400 MD-80/90 on airfleets
Replies: 85
Views: 12601

Re: Fewer than 400 MD-80/90 on airfleets

I live close to PGD, and many Allegiant flights begin their approaches over my house. I was delighted to see one of their MD80's flying low overhead yesterday, especially since PGD has become an A320-only airport, and plane spotting there is now pretty boring.

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by PennPal
Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fewer than 400 MD-80/90 on airfleets
Replies: 85
Views: 12601

Re: Fewer than 400 MD-80/90 on airfleets

I flew TPA - DTW - HPN , then HPN - ATL - TPA over the weekend and, luckily for me, the TPA - DTW and ATL - TPA sectors were both on MD-88s. What a great ride!!

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by PennPal
Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC9 (?) at White Plains
Replies: 0
Views: 644

DC9 (?) at White Plains

While flying into/out of HPN over the weekend I spotted what appeared to be a DC9 in the hanger at Ross Aviation. I could only see the top of the fuselage and the tail...the body was red and the tail black with two white W's one on top of the other. It reminded me of the old Metro Jet livery. Anyone...

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by PennPal
Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant New Route Announcement 03/07
Replies: 58
Views: 7950

Re: Allegiant New Route Announcement 03/07

I still wonder why Allegiant doesn't consider serving ERI. In the past it was a length of runway issue, but it's been extended to 8400', and Erie's proximity to Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Cleveland gives it the ability to serve 3 markets. ERI has no nonstop service to Florida, so there would be no comp...

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by PennPal
Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Happy 36th birthday to the Boeing 757
Replies: 58
Views: 5657

Re: Happy 36th birthday to the Boeing 757

A 36 year old design that's still the benchmark for newer airliners. Truly a classic, always imitated, never duplicated...

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by PennPal
Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Am I the only person who likes the CRJ-200?
Replies: 44
Views: 4105

Re: Am I the only person who likes the CRJ-200?

The only thing I like about the CRJ200 is that it was the jet my son flew when he started his airline career. Other than that, I cannot think of one nice thing I can say about them.

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by PennPal
Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 'Mob' breaks out at Des Moines International Airport after 14-hour delay
Replies: 69
Views: 12071

Re: 'Mob' breaks out at Des Moines International Airport after 14-hour delay

I thought the MX issues were supposed to be eliminated when the A319/320s came onboard...

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by PennPal
Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Happy 55th birthday to the 727
Replies: 89
Views: 7643

Re: Happy 55th birthday to the 727

My first commercial flight was on a 727...Eastern FMY-ATL Autumn 1977. Fond memories!!

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by PennPal
Fri Feb 09, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former Saudia MD-11F was ferried from JED to MHV
Replies: 35
Views: 8017

Re: Former Saudia MD-11F was ferried from JED to MHV

IMO the MD11 looked best in the Saudia livery.

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by PennPal
Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft you are/ were always excited to fly on
Replies: 73
Views: 4591

Re: Aircraft you are/ were always excited to fly on

As many have said, I love the 2-3 layout on the DC9 variants, and fly them whenever I can...

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by PennPal
Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UPS announces order for 14 747-8F and 4 767F
Replies: 169
Views: 26002

Re: UPS announces order for 14 747-8F and 4 767F

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful news!!

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by PennPal
Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Origin of Airline Names
Replies: 170
Views: 14422

Re: Origin of Airline Names

Does anyone know the origin of the name Air Atlanta Icelandic??

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by PennPal
Mon Jan 29, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 7J7
Replies: 34
Views: 9545

Re: Boeing 7J7

Thanks for everyone's responses to my inquiry! Since the Aviation Week article compared it to a MD80, I never thought that the 7J7 was projected to be that large a plane. What a fascinating sight it would be to see a t-tail on a widebody!!

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