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by loranfair
Wed Nov 11, 2020 4:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: where is N18121 Douglas DC-3 right now.
Replies: 22
Views: 4969

Re: where is N18121 Douglas DC-3 right now.

Was this DC-3 ever operated by Air New England? No, but PBA operated it as N136PB, known affectionately as "Old 36". ' I worked for ANE back in 1973-74 we handled PBA. I wonder if that one was there at that time... N136PB flew PBA's last flight. IIRC ACK-HYA. After that the fleet was park...

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by loranfair
Tue Nov 10, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: where is N18121 Douglas DC-3 right now.
Replies: 22
Views: 4969

Re: where is N18121 Douglas DC-3 right now.

ordpark wrote:
Was this DC-3 ever operated by Air New England?

No, but PBA operated it as N136PB, known affectionately as "Old 36".
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by loranfair
Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Watching PanAm B707 landing
Replies: 13
Views: 3524

Re: Watching PanAm B707 landing

I just noticed, the clip that ends with the close-up of N404PA uses 2 different planes. The plane landing has exhaust silencers. From what I've been able to find, 404 was built as a B model, no silencers.

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by loranfair
Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:11 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: PVD vintage military aircraft making multiple approaches Sept. 15
Replies: 4
Views: 2308

Re: PVD vintage military aircraft making multiple approaches Sept. 15

The New England Aviation and Spotting Facebook page was showing pictures of a formation flight training seminar at Quonset. A couple of T-6s, an Avenger, a Twin Beech, and something (T-6?) modified to resemble a Zero. Perhaps they made a side trip.

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by loranfair
Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Watching PanAm B707 landing
Replies: 13
Views: 3524

Re: Watching PanAm B707 landing

Check out the tail number on the 321. N404PA is still flying for MIT based out of Hanscom, though I've heard she may be near retirement.

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by loranfair
Sat Aug 15, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A Bird & A Plane?
Replies: 8
Views: 1563

Re: A Bird & A Plane?

Back in the 60s Cessna used the advertising slogan "High wing stability, ask any bird."

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by loranfair
Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: old planes still flying
Replies: 31
Views: 6062

Re: old planes still flying

And of course Buffalo is still flying DC-3s snd C-46s.

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by loranfair
Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Odd CAB routes
Replies: 27
Views: 2743

Re: Odd CAB routes

Northeast flew Chicago - Cleveland - Manchester .... also Chicago - Detroit - Burlington as shown on this map from 1969 http://www.departedflights.com/NE060169.html http://www.departedflights.com/NE060169.jpg and later on Los Angeles - Miami One of the Chicago flights ended in Bangor and the other ...

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by loranfair
Thu Feb 27, 2020 5:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde: why no LHR-BOS service?
Replies: 35
Views: 7269

Re: Concorde: why no LHR-BOS service?

At some point BOS banned Concorde due to noise. In 1988 there was a flight scheduled for a golf tournament near Boston. Because of the ban, they landed at PVD, unloaded some golfers, then headed to JFK. Several officials came in to greet, them and the area around the airport was crowded with spectay...

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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: 1193

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: 20
Views: 3627

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: 8285

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: 2720

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: 2720

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: 13958

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: 10474

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: 4913

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: 1867

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: 2539

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: 2725

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: 4997

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: 2472

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: 5812

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: 2645

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: 11641

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: 3926

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: 1988

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: 1988

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: 3294

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: 21463

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: 2649

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: 12914

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: 10041

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: 10084

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: 23648

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: 11974

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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