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by SFOThinker
Sun Jan 16, 2022 5:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Underrated and overrated airliners?
Replies: 25
Views: 2015

Re: Underrated and overrated airliners?

The Lockheed L-188 Electra was a favorite of mine, at least after the wing problem that caused 3 fatal crashes was fixed. It had tremendous short field and hot and high capabilities, and rode like a dream.

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by SFOThinker
Tue Jan 11, 2022 2:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Least known airlines you've flown on
Replies: 70
Views: 2588

Re: Least known airlines you've flown on

Far Eastern Air Transport (charmingly abbreviated as FAT) from Taipei Songshan to Hualien, on a Viscount

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by SFOThinker
Fri Dec 31, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What Airline Do You Associate With A Particular Type?
Replies: 34
Views: 1939

Re: What Airline Do You Associate With A Particular Type?

TWA and the Constellation, obviously. No other plane and airline combination comes close.

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by SFOThinker
Sun Dec 12, 2021 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Berlin's troubled Brandenburg Airport still in crisis one year after opening
Replies: 24
Views: 5672

Re: Berlin's troubled Brandenburg Airport still in crisis one year after opening

Culturally, Germans are antagonistic about debt bailouts. The German word for debt, Schuld, is the same word for guilt. That gives you an idea how Germans feel about debt. I think it is something else. Berlin is seen as a rival by many other German regions. As everybody's arch rival and hate figure...

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by SFOThinker
Sat Dec 04, 2021 12:39 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boeing 377: anyone here flown on one?
Replies: 5
Views: 1189

Re: Boeing 377: anyone here flown on one?

It must have been loud inside, considering how loud the engines were from the ground.

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by SFOThinker
Wed Dec 01, 2021 5:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Boeing 314 flying boat
Replies: 8
Views: 1060

Re: Boeing 314 flying boat

See if you can find the book, “Night over Water” by Ken Follett. It about a Boeing 314 flight across the Atlantic. True to Mr. Follett’s form, it is an incredibly accurate description of a passenger experience on Pan American. It reads like a 300 page trip report! Thanks! Amazon has it in stock and...

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by SFOThinker
Wed Dec 01, 2021 5:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA naming routes
Replies: 9
Views: 1395

Re: UA naming routes

Maybe moderators would consider this off topic, but I challenge ANetters to come up with suggestions for naming other routes. For instance, Houston to Calgary could be the petro express.
If inappropriate, mods please delete

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by SFOThinker
Wed Dec 01, 2021 4:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: UA naming routes
Replies: 9
Views: 1395

Re: UA naming routes

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/644 ... ve-flights
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In the 1960s, United ran men-only (!) Caravelle flights from LGA to ORD where they passed out cigars and served steak. They were named “Executive flights”.
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/644 ... ve-flights

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by SFOThinker
Sun Nov 21, 2021 12:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Any possibility of AA adding SEA-CTS using an A321XLR?
Replies: 6
Views: 1462

Re: Any possibility of AA adding SEA-CTS using an A321XLR?

Yes, it is frustrating for residents of Hokkaido and Tohoku to backtrack to Tokyo to travel across the Pacific, but I don’t see a viable market. Hokkaido’s economy is not very strong and there are not many big companies with headquarters there, so not much premium demand. The other big city north of...

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by SFOThinker
Sun Oct 31, 2021 5:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What are your favorite planes that you've flown on?
Replies: 43
Views: 2643

Re: What are your favorite planes that you've flown on?

Lockheed Electra, Convair 880, Sud Caravelle, Vickers Viscount

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by SFOThinker
Mon Oct 25, 2021 2:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Busiest airports without flights to London
Replies: 21
Views: 1573

Re: Busiest airports without flights to London

LaGuardia, Reagan National

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by SFOThinker
Sun Oct 24, 2021 12:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What defines a "long haul" flight?
Replies: 11
Views: 1080

Re: What defines a "long haul" flight?

Having lived mostly on the US East and West Coasts in my adult life, I always thought of transcontinental flights as long haul. Time enough for a meal and a movie, or for a snooze at night. Better meals before Covid. Everything less was medium or if an hour or so, short haul. That’s the domestic fly...

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by SFOThinker
Fri Oct 15, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lockheed L-1011 - Whose have you flown?
Replies: 40
Views: 2188

Re: Lockheed L-1011 - Whose have you flown?

Apparently I am the only one here who flew the PanAm 500s. I also flew them after United acquired them, along with PanAm’s Pacific routes. I’ve also flown TWA, Eastern, and Delta 1011s. I liked it better than the DC 10.

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by SFOThinker
Sat Sep 18, 2021 10:34 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: former SWA/Boeing pilot and the 737 Max crashes
Replies: 6
Views: 2107

Re: former SWA/Boeing pilot and the 737 Max crashes

Prosecutors may pressure him to implicate higher ups in return for leniency. That’s a standard operating procedure for prosecutors.

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by SFOThinker
Thu Sep 09, 2021 11:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What airliner do you wish you could have flown on but never got the chance?
Replies: 74
Views: 6295

Re: What airliner do you wish you could have flown on but never got the chance?

Others have mentioned the Boeing Stratocruiser and Lockheed Constellation, and I, too, wish I had flown them because of their intriguing designs. But being old enough to have flown a lot of piston engine airliners, I have to admit that a long flight on them is very fatiguing. I can tell you that 7 h...

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by SFOThinker
Sat Aug 21, 2021 11:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Caravelle - engine start and taxi
Replies: 34
Views: 7169

Re: Caravelle - engine start and taxi

I loved flying on United’s all-first class Caravelles. The windows were large, but the engines were noisy. They advertised it as “The captivating Caravelle.”

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by SFOThinker
Fri Aug 20, 2021 1:45 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Southwest Delays
Replies: 18
Views: 2167

Re: Southwest Delays

AshFlops wrote:
The train system at their largest station is having issues, resulting in significant delays today. These delays ripple through the system.

Maybe I am the only ANetter who doesn’t know what their largest station is, but I wonder if this means DEN?

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by SFOThinker
Thu Aug 19, 2021 3:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What does it take for Saudi Arabia to get 55 million international tourists by 2030?
Replies: 26
Views: 2007

Re: What does it take for Saudi Arabia to get 55 million international tourists by 2030?

Is the ban on non-Muslins visiting Mecca based on scripture, or is it a decision of the Saudi Kingdom? If the latter, then it could change, and many people, including me, would be interested in a visit.

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by SFOThinker
Sat Aug 14, 2021 11:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest lived hubs
Replies: 26
Views: 3072

Re: Shortest lived hubs

DAY for Piedmont, COS for Pacific Western. Both airports mothballed a concourse when the hub closed.

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by SFOThinker
Fri Jul 30, 2021 2:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Has anyone here flown on a Boeing 720?
Replies: 25
Views: 3292

Re: Has anyone here flown on a Boeing 720?

I flew UA 720s a fair amount in the mid 1960s. Mostly MSP to ORD. I was a teen and found it hard to distinguish from 707s, except a little shorter. Back then family plan airfares on United we’re only available in first class, so we flew first. I remember a pretty decent dinner with a split bottle of...

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by SFOThinker
Mon Jul 19, 2021 2:30 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Pan Am L-1011-500 and DC-10 routes?
Replies: 19
Views: 3145

Re: Pan Am L-1011-500 and DC-10 routes?

Pan Am flew the L-1011-500 SFO-OSA (Itami), and United did so after buying Pan Am’s Pacific routes.

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by SFOThinker
Thu Jul 15, 2021 8:53 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: As a passenger, DC-10 or L-1011?
Replies: 9
Views: 1287

Re: As a passenger, DC-10 or L-1011?

I flew a lot on both and preferred the L1011. Somehow, it felt like a more tightly controlled plane. But I was always aware of the DC 10s early safety problems and that may have colored my perceptions. I flew the L 1011-500 longer range, shorter fuselage version with Pan Am and later United and did ...

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by SFOThinker
Wed Jun 23, 2021 8:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Airport marks 40 years as an American Airlines hub
Replies: 57
Views: 8250

Re: DFW Airport marks 40 years as an American Airlines hub

How much advantage does DFW’s greater size (7 runways vs ATL’s 5) confer on AA’s megahub, compared DL’s at Atlanta? Fewer delays? Larger banks of flights within a given time? But are costs of taxiing aircraft higher at DFW due to its larger footprint? I don’t know each hub’s cost per emplanement, bu...

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by SFOThinker
Thu Jun 03, 2021 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: XWA, Williston, ND new service announcement 6/8
Replies: 48
Views: 6246

Re: XWA, Williston, ND new service announcement 6/8

Is there a reason why both Northwest Arkansas Airport and Williston have airport codes beginning with X? Both are brand new commercial airports. Is it perhaps that after X there were available initials that could stand for something local? For XNA,Northwest Arkansas makes sense and for XWA, perhaps ...

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by SFOThinker
Wed May 12, 2021 6:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines adding Belize and expanding fleet
Replies: 122
Views: 14166

Re: Alaska Airlines adding Belize and expanding fleet

No indication yet of which West Coast hub(s) will be used for the service. Seattle would have fewer connections than LAX, SAN, or Bay Area airports. Anyone have more information?

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by SFOThinker
Fri Apr 30, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Copa in inner Argentina
Replies: 20
Views: 4069

Re: Copa in inner Argentina

I was very impressed with Copa’s operations at Panama City a couple of years ago when I connected there. They follow a strategy much like Emirates but using 737s not widebodies. Because so many countries in Latin America have high tariffs, the tax free retailers were huge and everywhere— including t...

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by SFOThinker
Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did AA close their BNA hub?
Replies: 149
Views: 20800

Re: Why did AA close their BNA hub?

There's a reason no one really has a hub in mid country midsize cities anymore. BNA, STL, CVG, MEM, CLE.... Bingo. In the days when 72Ss, S80s, and early 737s couldn't fly reliable transcons yearround, it made sense to have those kind of mid-country hubs. In the days where 737s, A32X, and even A220...

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by SFOThinker
Wed Apr 07, 2021 1:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: jetBlue's London In flight service details
Replies: 79
Views: 13295

Re: jetBlue's London In flight service details

Leisure travel is already back, judging by my trip to Maui last week, with packed airplanes both ways. If Jet Blue is a big success transatlantic from the Northeast, does the 321 XLR have the range to do LAX, SFO, or SEA to LHR?

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by SFOThinker
Sun Apr 04, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: [email protected]
Replies: 20
Views: 3231

Re: [email protected]

I recall that Eastern served TOL. At one point they ran DC-8s nonstop to Florida. Late 1960s?

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by SFOThinker
Tue Mar 23, 2021 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Proposed SAT expansion
Replies: 39
Views: 5880

Re: Proposed SAT expansion

I was in New Braunfels, a historic town on I 35 just north of SA, on a Saturday night a couple of months ago. Went to the Gruene historic district for dinner and was surprised at all the foreign tourists there. Maybe they are flying into AUS, but SA area is drawing European tourists.

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by SFOThinker
Thu Mar 18, 2021 2:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A boy left his Buzz Lightyear inside a plane...
Replies: 25
Views: 5298

Re: A boy left his Buzz Lightyear inside a plane...

I have experienced Southwest employees going out of their way to get me on a plane I was late for, something that doesn’t happen elsewhere in my experience. That’s why I always check their schedule first when planning a trips and will fly them when fares are comparable. Corporate culture makes a hug...

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by SFOThinker
Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 10 busiest airports in the world 60 years ago (1961)
Replies: 36
Views: 9229

Re: 10 busiest airports in the world 60 years ago (1961)

Airports like Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Montreal are in the top 20. Wow! That's not surprising at all when one considers the historical environment and population demographics at that time. Cleveland was the eighth largest city in the U.S. in 1960 I first visited Cleveland Hopkins airport in 1963, ...

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by SFOThinker
Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: LAS to be renamed for Harry Reid
Replies: 138
Views: 15660

Re: Official: LAS to be renamed for Harry Reid

This is patently false. Off the top of my head... BOS = Logan Airport to the locals BDL = Bradley to the locals AUS = Bergstrom to the locals ATL = Hartsfield to the locals SNA = John Wayne Airport to the locals STL = Lambert Field to the locals I'm sure there are many more but you get the point. D...

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by SFOThinker
Sat Feb 13, 2021 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Mexico city's new airport to be improved Santa Lucía Airport
Replies: 212
Views: 47028

Re: Santa Lucia Airport Mexico City first phase inaugurated

Surely Greater Mexico City, with a population over 20 million, can support 2 airports.

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by SFOThinker
Sun Feb 07, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wild Day at JAC
Replies: 37
Views: 7580

Re: Wild Day at JAC

Could someone please explain why Airbus 320 series aircraft are supposed to be better for operations at JAC and other mountain airports?

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by SFOThinker
Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 30 Years Ago Today: Eastern Air Lines Ceases Operations
Replies: 103
Views: 11674

Re: 30 Years Ago Today: Eastern Air Lines Ceases Operations

Eastern’s poor reputation goes way back to the 1950s prop era when it held some prime monopoly routes and skimped on service. There was a WHEAL (We Hate Eastern Air Lines) group that got some publicity. I started flying them in the mid 60s and thought they were quite ok. I used the hourly Shuttle of...

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by SFOThinker
Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant News and Discussion Thread - 2021
Replies: 573
Views: 84198

Re: Allegiant adds EYW, PDX, & JAC

JAC, a town of 20,000, now has nonstop flights from 20 cities. That is nuts! http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=jac-sea/san/sfo/lax/sjc/rno/aza/phx/slc/den/iah/dfw/msp/ord/las/atl/clt/jfk/lga/ewr There's nothing nuts about it. Grand Teton/Yellowstone NPs, Snake River and Snow skiing. Closest airport to a...

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by SFOThinker
Tue Dec 15, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sweden proposed $2-billion loan-package for aviation development in Vietnam
Replies: 5
Views: 1335

Re: Sweden proposed $2-billion loan-package for aviation development in Vietnam

Sweden, country of Gretha Thunberg, green tax and flight shaming. Now promoting the development of high density air traffic in a country 10 times more populated than Sweden. To be eligible for the credit line, Vietnam will have to use 30% of the loan to purchase Swedish technologies and equipment. ...

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by SFOThinker
Mon Dec 14, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines has a hilarious new "Safety Dance" video
Replies: 29
Views: 3346

Re: Alaska Airlines has a hilarious new "Safety Dance" video

Enforcing rules poses challenges for cabin staff and is often unpleasant for passengers. By having fun with the mask rule, this video may take the edge off a bit. I have no opinion on the artistic merits of the video, but from the standpoint of morale and marketing, it works. Face it, most passenger...

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by SFOThinker
Fri Dec 04, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilot pulls off amazing emergency landing on freeway
Replies: 55
Views: 10366

Pilot pulls off amazing emergency landing on freeway

https://nypost.com/2020/12/03/pilot-pul ... n-highway/
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Landing between 2 cars at night on an urban freeway. What skill! What nerves!
https://nypost.com/2020/12/03/pilot-pul ... n-highway/
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by SFOThinker
Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Japanese official suggests ANA-JAL merger
Replies: 39
Views: 11033

Re: Japanese official suggests ANA-JAL merger

Historically, mergers in Japan are messy and lead to years and years of rivalry between factions composed of ex-employees of the two companies merged into one. The classic example is Nissan, which merged with Prince Motors in the Late 1960s, and maintained two personnel departments, and continued to...

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by SFOThinker
Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EY-LY cooperation MoU
Replies: 7
Views: 1856

Re: EY-LY cooperation MoU

On many codeshare tickets, the revenue is portioned out based on miles flown per sector - and not on the actual costs incurred. Thus, on a two-sector trip, the airline flying the shorter sector gets minimal profit while the big bucks accrue to the airline flying the long-haul sector In an EY-LY cod...

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by SFOThinker
Fri Nov 20, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EY-LY cooperation MoU
Replies: 7
Views: 1856

Re: EY-LY cooperation MoU

SFOThinker wrote:
davidjohnson6 wrote:
I doubt El Al expects to connect many AUH passengers eastward.

Silly me! I meant westward.

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by SFOThinker
Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: When Did US Airlines Stop Flying 747's For Routes Within The US?
Replies: 26
Views: 2127

Re: When Did US Airlines Stop Flying 747's For Routes Within The US?

SuperGee wrote:
Did NW ever operate theirs on US routes?

I recall flying MSP to ORD on a NW 747.
I suspect they used them on other routes, but have no specific information.

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by SFOThinker
Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EY-LY cooperation MoU
Replies: 7
Views: 1856

Re: EY-LY cooperation MoU

The codeshare seems a little surprising - I can see a lot of people with Israel as the O&D connecting via Abu Dhabi to somewhere in Asia, but I'm not sure how many people would end up flying via Tel Aviv to travel between Abu Dhabi and Europe/N.America/Africa My guess is that El Al ends up just...

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by SFOThinker
Sat Nov 14, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta DC-7B ATL at E concourse
Replies: 49
Views: 9199

Re: Delta DC-7B ATL at E concourse

Did Delta (and Eastern) buy DC 7B models because they were a bit bigger than DC 7s? I don’t think either airline needed the extra range the B came with.

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by SFOThinker
Fri Nov 13, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta DC-7B ATL at E concourse
Replies: 49
Views: 9199

Re: Delta DC-7B ATL at E concourse

[quote="FF630" Air travel was special in the days of this aircraft, people actually had good manners, now like moving cattle and dealing with rude passengers dressed like slobs.[/quote]
Exactly my thought, too.
There was genuine romance to air travel in the piston era.

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by SFOThinker
Sat Nov 07, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAC (Jackson Hole Airport, WY) to close April-June 2022
Replies: 62
Views: 14332

Re: JAC (Jackson Hole Airport, WY) to close April-June 2022

The airport restaurant badly needs the expansion that is planned.
The drive from IDA goes through some fairly high mountains, and I would not like to attempt it in the rain.

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by SFOThinker
Wed Nov 04, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer New Turboprop Aircraft News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 586
Views: 88102

Re: Embraer releases first rendering of its new turboprop

I’m the rare American who likes turboprops for short hops. I’ll trade the vibration for the lower altitude. If anything, the illustration reminds me of the YS-11.

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by SFOThinker
Sun Oct 25, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: AA and UA Douglas DC-7s
Replies: 4
Views: 1604

Re: AA and UA Douglas DC-7s

I’ve always been amazed at the speed with which the DC 7s and L-1649 propeller airliners were withdrawn from service when jets came in. Did AA, UA, and TWA make any money on them? I realize they were fiercely competitive on coast to coast routes and to Europe (for TWA) but I wonder how quickly they ...

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