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by maxpower1954
Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines Silverbird Heritage Livery?
Replies: 7
Views: 2136

Re: American Airlines Silverbird Heritage Livery???

https://airlinegeeks.com/2017/06/05/pho ... g-737-800/
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Here's your answer. N905NN is the new lightning bolt Heritage jet. I'm not sure if there will be a post 1968 scheme in the Heritage fleet plan.

https://airlinegeeks.com/2017/06/05/pho ... g-737-800/

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by maxpower1954
Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What if the A320 Was Avialable When Southwest Was Young?
Replies: 33
Views: 4634

Re: What if the A320 Was Avialable When Southwest Was Young?

Southwest originally planned to operate three ex-American Lockheed Electras but the three year delay from the Braniff/Texas International lawsuit allowed them to obtain three white tail 737-200s.
They were not originally ordered by Southwest.

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by maxpower1954
Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why is the FedEx Superhub busiest between 10PM and 4AM?
Replies: 59
Views: 10306

Re: Why is the FedEx Superhub busiest between 10PM and 4AM?

Fed Ex didn't start with "old Lear Jets". They started with factory fresh Fan Jet Falcons custom configured by Dassault for Fed Ex.

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by maxpower1954
Tue Jul 04, 2017 3:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cool approach at Lga
Replies: 3
Views: 1123

Re: Cool approach at Lga

I've done it twice in the last few years, both times on a Saturday in a 321. You fly the 22 ILS to about 1100-1200 feet and turn right into a left downwind leg for 13. On the second one I kept the base leg just west of the shoreline; you end up rolling out on final about 400-500 feet above the water...

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by maxpower1954
Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is Opa-Locka Airport near Miami a waste of space
Replies: 37
Views: 6215

Re: Is Opa-Locka Airport near Miami a waste of space

OPF is a very busy GA airport. When I worked line service, it was a very popular destination or origin for flights from us. Buy your line of reasoning, all GA airports should probably close since they only serve "a few rich people". The reality is that separate GA airports serve an import...

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by maxpower1954
Sat Jun 03, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft design & specs that were heavily influenced by an airline?
Replies: 47
Views: 6182

Re: Aircraft design & specs that were heavily influenced by an airline?

Wow, this is great. I had NO IDEA that the DC-10 and L-1011 were needed at Laguardia! I don't ever recall them being there for some reason? Did the perimeter rule exist back then out of LAG? I really thought it was LH that pushed the 747-8i through, and then being the only airline to really follow ...

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by maxpower1954
Tue May 30, 2017 2:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Business model of early US airlines within airlines
Replies: 23
Views: 3202

Re: Business model of early US airlines within airlines

Metrojet had pax transfers to mainline US Airways. All employees were from mainline, for pilots it was a bid position at a lower pay scale. Agents, FAs, MX and ramp made normal mainline rates. For me, it was an escape from years of being a reserve 737-200 Capt in CLT to a senior block holder slot in...

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by maxpower1954
Fri May 26, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL- service to EYW Key West
Replies: 55
Views: 9615

Re: DL- service to EYW Key West

National was first to fly jets (727-100) into Key West in 1968 when the Electra was retired. That's almost 50 years ago! Eastern also ran 727-100s a few years. Both airlines only went to MIA so performance was not an issue.

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by maxpower1954
Sun May 07, 2017 3:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Automatic Flaps
Replies: 19
Views: 2961

Re: Automatic Flaps

North American/Rockwell Sabreliner biz jet had a simple, but effective, auto deploy mechanism for the leading edge slats. Springs. Slats controlled by aerodynamic load and not by the pilot. The An-2 had a similar system - 5 decades back! The Sabreliner also goes five decades back - first flight 195...

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by maxpower1954
Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: World Airways - proposed longhaul ULCC start up
Replies: 17
Views: 5997

Re: World Airways - proposed longhaul ULCC start up

One exception to the "re-launched airline names never succeed" mantra...Frontier.
The original lasted from 1950 to 1986, and today's Frontier has managed to last 20 years plus.

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by maxpower1954
Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight Numbers flying the same route for a a decade or more
Replies: 42
Views: 4204

Re: Flight Numbers flying the same route for a a decade or more

American Airlines Flight 1 has been NYC - LA since since at least 1937 first flown by DC-3s with multiple stops across the country. The first non-stop between IDL-LAX begin with piston powered DC-7s in 1953. Flight 1 has crashed at least three times with no survivors, the last being March 1, 1962 wh...

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by maxpower1954
Mon Feb 20, 2017 1:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United DC-8 Luggage Loading
Replies: 13
Views: 3790

Re: United DC-8 Luggage Loading

The United belly loading doors were unique to UAL. Standard DC-8 configuration for all models was cargo doors on the the right side.

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by maxpower1954
Tue Jan 17, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why Didn't UA Purchase AQ?
Replies: 26
Views: 5771

Re: Why Didn't UA Purchase AQ?

Aloha and United had a very close relationship as codeshare partners for a number of years. I remember Aloha's route map even featuring United in their inflight magazine and on the website. Additionally, United has a long history of serving the Hawaiian Islands spanning back to statehood with heavy...

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by maxpower1954
Sat Jan 07, 2017 3:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What airliner? (Maybe 1970ish, over Miami)
Replies: 3
Views: 1586

Re: What airliner? (Maybe 1970ish, over Miami)

DC-3, absolutely. And that could be me - I was a DC-3 captain for Air Miami/Shawnee Airlines in the late 1970s!

Other operators then - Air Sunshine, PBA, Florida Airlines and Pro-Air. All operating scheduled passenger services around Florida and the Bahamas.

Russ Farris

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by maxpower1954
Tue Nov 08, 2016 4:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If An Aircraft Is En Route to a Nation That Breaks Out In War
Replies: 44
Views: 6823

Re: If An Aircraft Is En Route to a Nation That Breaks Out In War

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panintern ... Flight_112
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Here's another example I thought of - a German BAC 1-11 that had dual engine failure and attempted an emergency landing on an autobahn back in 1971. 22 fatalities, 99 survivors.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panintern ... Flight_112

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by maxpower1954
Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If An Aircraft Is En Route to a Nation That Breaks Out In War
Replies: 44
Views: 6823

Re: If An Aircraft Is En Route to a Nation That Breaks Out In War

The pilots will do the best they can. Either land at the airport, or find an alternate landing location. Airlines have occasionally landed on major highways in developed countries (usually due to a significant malfunction). There are too many unknowns to say for sure. Can you give any examples of a...

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by maxpower1954
Tue Nov 08, 2016 1:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: If An Aircraft Is En Route to a Nation That Breaks Out In War
Replies: 44
Views: 6823

Re: If An Aircraft Is En Route to a Nation That Breaks Out In War

[quote="2175301"]The pilots will do the best they can. Either land at the airport, or find an alternate landing location. Airlines have occasionally landed on major highways in developed countries (usually due to a significant malfunction). There are too many unknowns to say for sure. Can ...

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by maxpower1954
Wed Nov 02, 2016 3:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where? (Frontier CV580, 1969)
Replies: 20
Views: 2090

Re: Where? (Frontier CV580, 1969)

Well, wherever it is, this is a wonderful shot! I rode on Frontier Convair 580s as a kid - I wanted to be an airline pilot and loved every minute on those vibrating prop-jets!

Russ Farris

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by maxpower1954
Tue Oct 11, 2016 3:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where? (BOAC Brit, NW B377, TW L749)
Replies: 16
Views: 2428

Re: Where? (BOAC Brit, NW B377, TW L749)

Quick update. I am a little off on my dates above, and forgot that the MSP-MDW Stratocruiser consolidation didn't come until later, and that in 1957 they still had the 377 on the continuing service all the way to SEA, which spread the fleet out. But more relevant to this conversation, once the Elec...

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by maxpower1954
Sun Oct 09, 2016 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Elevator Cable Snaps on an Air Vanuatu Twin Otter
Replies: 9
Views: 4308

Re: Elevator Cable Snaps on an Air Vanuatu Twin Otter

I'm the first to admit I was wrong on this one guys! Flying RC models since I was 16 and a career as an airline pilot with 25,000 hours obviously didn't depend on my knowledge of aeronautical engineering!

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by maxpower1954
Sun Oct 09, 2016 2:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Elevator Cable Snaps on an Air Vanuatu Twin Otter
Replies: 9
Views: 4308

Re: Elevator Cable Snaps on an Air Vanuatu Twin Otter

You can fly most airplanes in the vertical axis with just trim. I think you mean lateral axis if you're talking about pitch (elevator) control. I think you meant longitudinal axis... Vertical axis (yaw)- controlled by rudder Lateral axis (roll) - controlled by aileron Longitudinal axis (pitch) - co...

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by maxpower1954
Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Would a complete refit to update the B757 be profitable/worth it?
Replies: 74
Views: 9788

Re: Would a complete refit to update the B757 be profitable/worth it?

As for planes designed around engines, I believe the 757 is an exception to that case. It was developed alongside the 767 and inherited that programs engines.

That's incorrect. The 757 was designed initially for the RB-211 and the 767 for the CF-6.

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by maxpower1954
Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where? (Tu-104-- says 1959, in USA)
Replies: 27
Views: 4512

Re: Where? (Tu-104-- says 1959, in USA)

Nikita Kruschev's 1959 visit was on a TU-114 large turbo prop, not the TU-104. The Tu-104 was on a Canada - U.S. visit in 1958, dropping off the Russian ambassasdor at Baltimore.; two different events

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by maxpower1954
Fri Sep 02, 2016 3:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA @ PHX question - why aren't the flaps retracted all the way on arrival
Replies: 9
Views: 3125

Re: AA @ PHX question - why aren't the flaps retracted all the way on arrival

On the Boeings I've flown 727, 737-200/300/400, 757 and 767 - no. And negative on the DC-8, DC-10 and Fokker F28.

Russ Farris

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by maxpower1954
Thu Sep 01, 2016 4:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA @ PHX question - why aren't the flaps retracted all the way on arrival
Replies: 9
Views: 3125

Re: AA @ PHX question - why aren't the flaps retracted all the way on arrival

wn676 is almost correct - it's 100 degrees F, not 86 degrees. The only places we do this regularly are PHX and LAS.

Russ Farris

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by maxpower1954
Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: why did National Airlines(NA) drop service to EYW
Replies: 6
Views: 1759

Re: why did National Airlines(NA) drop service to EYW

I actually have some insight here. National started service to Key West in 1944 during World War II at the behest of the US Navy, which had a submarine base there. The 18 passenger Lockheed Lodestar was the only aircraft National flew until the introduction of the DC-4 in 1946. Key West was a Navy t...

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by maxpower1954
Wed Jul 20, 2016 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any Incident/Accidents Prevented by Crew or Passengers?
Replies: 18
Views: 1936

Re: Any Incident/Accidents Prevented by Crew or Passengers?

Actor William Shatner saw a strange beast destroying the number 2 engine on a DC-6B flight back in the early 1960s and shot it, saving everyone on board. 20 years later, Actor John Lithgow was on a Trans Global 707 and saw a different creature doing the same thing to an engine. He took a gun from a ...

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by maxpower1954
Mon Jul 18, 2016 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Convair 440 Metropolitan "Long nose", Operators
Replies: 8
Views: 1151

Re: Convair 440 Metropolitan "Long nose", Operators

Yes, I forget the operator but piston 340/440s fly freight everyday OPF (Miami) to the Bahamas.

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by maxpower1954
Sat Jul 09, 2016 12:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A320 lands at Ellsworth AFB
Replies: 61
Views: 13287

Re: Delta A320 lands at Ellsworth AFB

http://www.iasa.com.au/folders/Safety_I ... -ways.html
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Since you guys asked...here's a list current to about 10 years ago.

http://www.iasa.com.au/folders/Safety_I ... -ways.html

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by maxpower1954
Fri Jul 08, 2016 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Van Nuys Airport - Commercial Service
Replies: 6
Views: 1257

Re: Van Nuys Airport - Commercial Service

Most people today don't realize it, but almost all airline training and check rides were performed in actual airplanes until the late 1980s, not in the very rudimentary simulators of the day. I know Ontario and Mojave were used in the LA basin for pilot training, and I'm guessing this AA DC-6 at VNY...

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by maxpower1954
Mon Jul 04, 2016 11:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dassault - why trijets?
Replies: 17
Views: 10307

Re: Dassault - why trijets?

Power to get in and out of smaller fields, more than 2 engines for flying over ocean, they have a niche with clients that will pay extra for that which is not available from competitors. Exactly. It also provides redundancy that allows for takeoffs if a part is out. For example, if an air bleed val...

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by maxpower1954
Fri Jul 01, 2016 12:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines flying both, A320 and A321
Replies: 18
Views: 4371

Re: Airlines flying both, A320 and A321

AA has over 50 A 320s, not 4. All the early America West are retired the oldest 320 on the property I believe is a 1998 delivery, but I don't have access to the fleet list right now.

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by maxpower1954
Fri Jun 24, 2016 6:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: USAir BAC1-11 Retirement date
Replies: 2
Views: 1240

Re: USAir BAC1-11 Retirement date

The BAC 1-11 was officialy retired august 4, 1989...the day before the PI merger.

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by maxpower1954
Tue Jun 21, 2016 5:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Allegiant Be Grounded?
Replies: 96
Views: 26482

Re: Will Allegiant Be Grounded?

As I said, since 1987 - this included NW 255 that year. While low fatality accidents, I should have remembered DL 1288 and DL 1141. DL 1086 had no fatalities. The NW ground collision I also left off because of the low fatality rate. And as noted many times on this website, accidents by contract carr...

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by maxpower1954
Tue Jun 21, 2016 3:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Allegiant Be Grounded?
Replies: 96
Views: 26482

Re: Will Allegiant Be Grounded?

If I'm not mistaken, G4 hasn't had any fatal accidents. Where as DL, with NW added, is looking at over 1000 deaths due to accidents. Good point. It makes doclightning's so-called "calculation" look invalid, irrelevant, and downright silly. Bringing up Delta and Northwest fatalities back t...

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by maxpower1954
Tue Jun 21, 2016 3:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Allegiant Be Grounded?
Replies: 96
Views: 26482

Re: Will Allegiant Be Grounded?

Delta has had less than 300 passenger fatalities since it's founding in 1927. Northwest, which was considerably smaller than Delta for most its history was around 600. Neither carrier had a major accident for 20 years prior to the merger.

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by maxpower1954
Wed Jun 15, 2016 3:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Where? (AA 707, 1966)
Replies: 11
Views: 1882

Re: Where? (AA 707, 1966)

Definitely a JT3D turbofan 707, not a straight turbojet. All of American's 707/720s were converted from turbojets to turbofans by 1962.

Let's see - airport obviously out in the boondocks and served by both American and TWA in 1966. IAD is my educated guess.

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by maxpower1954
Thu Jun 09, 2016 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Does A Float Plane Take Off On Land, No Wheels
Replies: 26
Views: 6857

RE: How Does A Float Plane Take Off On Land, No Wheels

Cessna did this as far back as the 1950s. The 170 and 195 floatplane prototypes were produced at the Pawnee factory and took off from a flat bed, then proceeded to a nearby lake for water testing. On return they landed on the grass next to the runway.

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by maxpower1954
Sat Jun 04, 2016 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United DC8-21 "captain" Names
Replies: 8
Views: 2216

RE: United DC8-21 "captain" Names

Here's the most complete list of United named aircraft I think you will find.

http://www.aeromoe.com/fleets/ua2.html

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by maxpower1954
Fri Jun 03, 2016 3:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United DC8-21 "captain" Names
Replies: 8
Views: 2216

RE: United DC8-21 "captain" Names

Yes, they were all early air mail pilots who flew for Varney Air Lines, Pacific Air Transport and Boeing Air Transport, which became United in the early 1930s . Most of them finished their careers in the Jet Age flying the DC-8. From open cockpit fabric biplanes to 600 mph jetliners in a little over...

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by maxpower1954
Wed Jun 01, 2016 3:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Snapshot: Transatlantic Flights, August 1958
Replies: 26
Views: 8046

RE: Snapshot: Transatlantic Flights, August 1958

This is the kind of thread Airliners used to have, thanks Timz for consistently posting this information. My contribution: 1958 was the first time more passengers crossed the Atlantic by air - displacing the mighty ocean liners forever for long distance transportation. And this was still the prop era!

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by maxpower1954
Mon May 30, 2016 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Doug Scroggins Convair Collection
Replies: 8
Views: 2182

RE: Doug Scroggins Convair Collection

Thanks, how could I forget about Graceland? The NASA gate gate was unknown to me, though.

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by maxpower1954
Mon May 30, 2016 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Doug Scroggins Convair Collection
Replies: 8
Views: 2182

RE: Doug Scroggins Convair Collection

I believe is the also current the owner of the 880/990 type certificates. Other than the Swissair 990 in Basel and the forward fuselage/cockpit of 880 C/N 1 at the Delta Museum in <acronym title="Atlanta - Hartsfield-Jackson Int (The William B Hartsfield / Municipal / Candler Field) (ATL / KATL), US...

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by maxpower1954
Fri May 27, 2016 1:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NG4 Disaster: 25th Anniversary
Replies: 23
Views: 7453

RE: NG4 Disaster: 25th Anniversary

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/xdlx" class="quote" target="_blank">xdlx</a> (<a href="#21" class="quote">Reply 21</a>):<br/><i>Did the -73 retain this procedure/feature? </i><...

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by maxpower1954
Wed May 25, 2016 8:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NG4 Disaster: 25th Anniversary
Replies: 23
Views: 7453

RE: NG4 Disaster: 25th Anniversary

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/aviatorcraig" class="quote" target="_blank">aviatorcraig</a> (<a href="#10" class="quote">Reply 10</a>):<br/><i><acronym title="CSA Czech Airlin...

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by maxpower1954
Wed May 25, 2016 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plane Crash Archeology
Replies: 63
Views: 13917

RE: Plane Crash Archeology

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/saleya22r" class="quote" target="_blank">saleya22r</a> (<a href="#43" class="quote">Reply 43</a>):<br/><i>I have no idea what type of an airplan...

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by maxpower1954
Wed May 25, 2016 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NG4 Disaster: 25th Anniversary
Replies: 23
Views: 7453

RE: NG4 Disaster: 25th Anniversary

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/TheFlyingDisk" class="quote" target="_blank">TheFlyingDisk</a> (<a href="#4" class="quote">Reply 4</a>):<br/><i>Some aircraft (almost all of the...

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by maxpower1954
Wed May 04, 2016 4:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lockheed 1649A Constellation: LAX-LHR In 1958
Replies: 25
Views: 5614

RE: Lockheed 1649A Constellation: LAX-LHR In 1958

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/thepinkmachine" class="quote" target="_blank">thepinkmachine</a> (<a href="#24" class="quote">Reply 24</a>):<br/><i> They had a plethora of thei...

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by maxpower1954
Mon May 02, 2016 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lockheed 1649A Constellation: LAX-LHR In 1958
Replies: 25
Views: 5614

RE: Lockheed 1649A Constellation: LAX-LHR In 1958

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/MarcoPoloWorld" class="quote" target="_blank">MarcoPoloWorld</a> (<a href="#11" class="quote">Reply 11</a>):<br/><i>Plowing the clouds in a prop...

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