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by loranfair
Fri Dec 13, 2019 5:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What counts as a flagship?
Replies: 6
Views: 1104

Re: What counts as a flagship?

Any American Airlines Prop and the 707s up until they converted them to fanjets and rebranded them as Astrojets. For example the DC-3 Flagship Detroit.

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by loranfair
Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Remaining Pan Am 747 airframes
Replies: 18
Views: 2467

Re: Remaining Pan Am 747 airframes

The one at Museum of Flight is 747-121 line #1. In spite of its PanAm customer code, it spent its entire flying career at Boeing.

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by loranfair
Sun Jun 02, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why retract flaps on the ground?
Replies: 51
Views: 7636

Re: Why retract flaps on the ground?

In the mid 70s I worked for the caterer at PVD, looking at what was going on the field as much as possible. As has been said, all the airline DC-9s, 727s, and BAC-111s had their flaps up by the time they turned off the runway. One day a USAF C-9 came in. He left his flaps and spoilers deployed all t...

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by loranfair
Fri May 31, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest 737-100 flight
Replies: 13
Views: 2553

Re: Longest 737-100 flight

From what I can find out, Avianca got two -159s, both of which wound up at Aloha. Why such a small subflleet, I have no idea, And People Express's first planes were ex-Lufthansa -130s.

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by loranfair
Fri May 31, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest 737-100 flight
Replies: 13
Views: 2553

Re: Longest 737-100 flight

There were only 30 737-100s built, the majority of which were -130s for Lufthansa. Aloha flew 200s.

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by loranfair
Thu Apr 25, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are UA´s 777-300ER designated as 777-322ERs?
Replies: 71
Views: 13380

Re: Why are UA´s 777-300ER designated as 777-322ERs?

The Boeing customer codes started with 707 orders in the late 50s. The initial model was ther 707-120. The first proposal was to PanAm which wound up as 121. The second proposal was a 122 to United, who went with DC-8s, but the number stayed. And on to 99, then restarted at -101 (Piedmont). When the...

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by loranfair
Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA pilot fired for faking ATP for over 20 years
Replies: 50
Views: 10012

Re: SAA pilot fired for faking ATP for over 20 years

This brings back a vague memory I have. IIRC in the 60s or early 70s there was a captain on, I believe it was Eastern who only had a private pilot's license. He was caught, after passing who knows how many checkridea, by a FAA inspector who actually asked to see his ATP certificate. before a checkri...

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by loranfair
Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New England Patriots arrival... Delta TOC? video
Replies: 31
Views: 4529

Re: New England Patriots arrival... Delta TOC? video

RobertS975 wrote:
For some reason, the Patriots B767 does not ever show up on flightaware.com.

The Pats 767 (AirKraft) shows on Flightaware as UDG (Call sign Underdog) followed by a number. Through the season it was a 2 digit number, the flight Sunday was UDG344. no idea of the significance.

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by loranfair
Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Identical flight numbers on same routes at same times
Replies: 9
Views: 1815

Re: Identical flight numbers on same routes at same times

A similar situation led to any aircraft carrying the US president being Air Force 1 (or Marine, Army, or Navy 1). Columbine !!, President Eisenhower's Connie, tail number 48-0610 was operating near DC using call sign Air Force 610 while Eastern 610 was operating in the area. Fortunately, the only pr...

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by loranfair
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: History of USA transcontinental flights?
Replies: 17
Views: 2360

Re: History of USA transcontinental flights?

Are we just talking nonstops here? TAT began transcontinental Ford Trimotor/train service in 1929. American began Condor sleeper service in 1930.

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by loranfair
Sat Aug 11, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New tv series: Manifest. 737-200 question
Replies: 6
Views: 2544

Re: New tv series: Manifest. 737-200 question

Typical Hollywood depiction of Aviation. At :34 there's a head-on shot of a 737 with CFM-56s.

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by loranfair
Sat Jul 28, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plane Lands on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago
Replies: 15
Views: 4801

Re: Plane Lands on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago

Apparently an Aircoupe suffered engine failure flying south along the lake shore near Soldier's Field and was forced to land on southbound Lake Shore Drive and having to fly under a pedestrian bridge to do so. No injuries nor damage to aircraft or cars. http://abc7chicago.com/small-plane-lands-on-l...

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by loranfair
Mon Jul 23, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Routes you thought were flown by an airline, but are not
Replies: 26
Views: 2287

Re: Routes you thought were flown by an airline, but are not

AA flew PVD-DFW for a short time with a Mad Dog in the late 90s, early 2000s. Apparently it wasn't profitable.

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by loranfair
Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Orders that didn’t happen
Replies: 81
Views: 5396

Re: Orders that didn’t happen

Northeast ordered Britannias in the late 50s
and L-1011s in the late 60s.

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by loranfair
Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Corporations behind airlines
Replies: 26
Views: 2444

Re: Corporations behind airlines

I believe the CEO of United Continental is Pete Townsend. :rotfl:
Seriously, Northeast was originally a joint venture between Boston and Maine and Central Vermont Railroads. :rotfl:

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by loranfair
Fri May 18, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline livery you miss the most
Replies: 166
Views: 10738

Re: Airline livery you miss the most

Two of my favorite liveries wound on some of the same planes
Northeast Yellowbird
Delta Widget
And some of the ex-Yellowbirds wound up with another of my favorites: Piedmont Pacemaker.

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by loranfair
Sat Apr 07, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Tran Liveried AC With International Registration
Replies: 19
Views: 3859

Re: Air Tran Liveried AC With International Registration

tcsundevil, I found it. The original Air Tran, pre-Valuejet operated EI-CJW in the mid-90s.

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by loranfair
Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: N707JT Noise Restrictions?
Replies: 6
Views: 1945

Re: N707JT Noise Restrictions?

From what has been posted earlier, N707JT is grounded, apparently due to corrosion, So passing noise restrictions is probably moot.

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by loranfair
Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: N707JT Noise Restrictions?
Replies: 6
Views: 1945

Re: N707JT Noise Restrictions?

From what has been posted earlier, N707JT is grounded, apparently due to corrosion, So passing noise restrictions is probably moot.

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by loranfair
Sat Apr 08, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Jet-powered flying boat technical feasability
Replies: 26
Views: 3204

Re: Jet-powered flying boat technical feasability

Besides the problems of salt water causing corrosion, wouldn't water landing gear make high speed flying problematic? If a flying boat lands on pontoons, wouldn't they cause lots of air resistance. What would be the point of her engines on such an aircraft? A flying boat never lands on pontoons :-)...

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by loranfair
Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Remnants of old terminals
Replies: 106
Views: 21020

Re: Remnants of old terminals

PVD: The original terminal from the thirties is still used for offices.

PWM: The thirties terminal is still used for general aviation.

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by loranfair
Fri Oct 14, 2016 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When and How Long Was The MD Long Beach Plant Used?
Replies: 16
Views: 2577

Re: When and How Long Was The MD Long Beach Plant Used?

B-17s were also built under contract by Douglas and Lockheed's Vega division.

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by loranfair
Sun Jun 19, 2016 9:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What airlines play their own custom soundtrack for boarding/deplaning?
Replies: 67
Views: 12306

Re: What airlines play their own custom soundtrack for boarding/deplaning?

Does it surprise anybody that NE used to play "Yellowbird" during boarding?

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by loranfair
Sat Oct 11, 2014 11:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Colourscheme Nicknames
Replies: 107
Views: 9760

RE: Colourscheme Nicknames

Let's not forget the Northeast "Yellowbirds"!

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by loranfair
Sun Aug 17, 2014 10:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which Past Airline Is Missed The Most In US?
Replies: 91
Views: 9938

RE: Which Past Airline Is Missed The Most In US?

As a New Englander, I'm surprised nobody's mentioned Northeast. They struggled through most of their existence, but the Yellowbirds were gorgeous!

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by loranfair
Sun May 12, 2013 5:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Self Contained Air Stairs
Replies: 85
Views: 23323

RE: Self Contained Air Stairs

I believe the airstairs were only on the Fairchild F-27s and FH-227s, not the Fokker F.27s. I have also seen 737-200s with airstairs on both the L1 and L2 doors.

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by loranfair
Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tracking Flights With Flight Radar 24 Nah
Replies: 16
Views: 11874

RE: Tracking Flights With Flight Radar 24 Nah

FlightAware, while usually useful, can have interesting results. For example, according to them, for the last few weeks, ExpressJet 4595 <acronym title="Newark - Liberty International (EWR / KEWR), USA - New Jersey">EWR</acronym>-<acronym title="Providence - Theodore Francis Green State (PVD / KPVD)...

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