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by VC10DC10
Fri Jul 10, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 80s Europe-South Africa Fuel Stop Question
Replies: 31
Views: 3492

Re: 80s Europe-South Africa Fuel Stop Question

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Zimzam wrote:
As an aside.... LH to JNB were always via Nairobi


In addition to Nairobi, LH had some service to JNB via ACC, too.

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by VC10DC10
Thu Jun 11, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Atlantic Moscow/Tokyo 1980's/90's
Replies: 15
Views: 3503

Re: Virgin Atlantic Moscow/Tokyo 1980's/90's

flyjay123 wrote:
I was surprised they launched NRT ahead of LAX (1990)


I believe 1989 was the height of Japan's asset price bubble--and no bubble ever seems like one at the time, it's just great times all around until the bubble bursts. So it probably seemed like a shrewd move in 1989--by 1992 not so much.

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by VC10DC10
Wed May 06, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Hotel Experience: The Ritz-Carlton
Replies: 27
Views: 2200

Re: Your Hotel Experience: The Ritz-Carlton

I have stayed at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Florida--it is tremendous--and also their property in Sarasota, Florida. The Sarasota property is extremely disappointing--while the service is up to par, the facilities definitely are not. It's like a nice Hampton Inn rather than a luxury hotel. There is...

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by VC10DC10
Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: McDonnell Douglas Model 188 STOL
Replies: 12
Views: 2384

Re: McDonnell Douglas Model 188 STOL

I realize it was probably the result of an internal numbering system that some very smart engineers had a hand in creating and enforcing, but didn't it seem odd to anyone at McDonnell that the number "188" had been used just a few years before by Lockheed for their Electra II?

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by VC10DC10
Tue Apr 28, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA could make up to 12,000 employees redundant
Replies: 316
Views: 59063

Re: BA could make up to 12.000 employees redundant

"Balpa's general secretary Brian Strutton said: 'This has come as a bolt out of the blue from an airline that said it was wealthy enough to weather the Covid storm and declined any government support. 'Balpa does not accept that a case has been made for these job losses and we will be fighting ...

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by VC10DC10
Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Landing Cycles for an 787 Vs A330
Replies: 26
Views: 3081

Re: Landing Cycles for an 787 Vs A330

strfyr51 wrote:
Some of them had NEVER ever seen full tanks! EVER!


Out of curiosity, how could you tell?

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by VC10DC10
Mon Dec 30, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: United 772 being washed at gate
Replies: 33
Views: 9945

Re: United 772 being washed at gate

How does one clean an aircraft without water?

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by VC10DC10
Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft types with "spotless" safety record?
Replies: 48
Views: 4906

Re: Aircraft types with "spotless" safety record?

I would argue the Vickers VC-10 had a sterling safety record that should be included on this list. There were several high-profile crashes but they were not related to the aircraft design: the Nigeria Airways crash was caused by pilots losing altitude awareness; the East African Airways crash was ca...

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by VC10DC10
Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian Ailrlines Boeing 767 suffered uncontained engine failure
Replies: 21
Views: 8505

Re: Ethiopian Ailrlines Boeing 767 suffered uncontained engine failure

JAAlbert wrote:

And on a side note, isn't the 767 a good looking plane?


At least it doesn't look... plain.... :)

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by VC10DC10
Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Delta ends NWA toll-free numbers
Replies: 2
Views: 1365

Delta ends NWA toll-free numbers

According to the automated recordings played at the beginning of calls, Delta is planning to discontinue use of the two Northwest Airlines toll-free telephone numbers that date back decades: 800-225-2525 and 800-447-4747. Originally, NW used the 2525 number for domestic reservations and 4747 for int...

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by VC10DC10
Thu Aug 29, 2019 1:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why didn't the B753 sell better?
Replies: 136
Views: 27685

Re: Why didn't the B753 sell better?

seabosdca wrote:
Wouldn't be surprised to see a United sub buy it as a parts bird.


Serious question: how many parts are unique to the -300?

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by VC10DC10
Thu Aug 01, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Suspected drunk DL pilot arrested just before flight
Replies: 118
Views: 18283

Re: Suspected drunk DL pilot arrested just before flight

Arrested, held for a few hours and released. No charges yet. If he is found to not exceed limits then I expect a full apology for releasing his name . I’m sure that would happen... carrying an empty bottle is not proof of anything, and smells are not anything but a step in discovery. That's the maj...

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by VC10DC10
Thu Aug 01, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Did N398AN experience a technical problem?
Replies: 0
Views: 2325

Did N398AN experience a technical problem?

I notice that N398AN operated AA131 PHL-BLQ (Bologna, Italy) on July 30 (arriving on schedule the following morning). But, the return flight AA131 on July 31 was cancelled, as was a flight, AA9241, that had been scheduled for August 1. Is N398AN still at BLQ with a technical issue, or did something ...

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by VC10DC10
Thu Jul 25, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am New York to Tehran flights
Replies: 52
Views: 7705

Re: Pan Am New York to Tehran flights

More like reverted back to PA110. In NS 1971 PA110 was JFK-FCO-IST-ESB-THR. PA515 I'm not 100% certain, but I believe that PA110 in 1971 was a 707 all the way from JFK. When PA started taking deliveries of 747s, they went to the London and Paris routes first. I believe PA extended 114 to Rome in or...

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by VC10DC10
Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: History of AA intercontinental flying at ORD
Replies: 40
Views: 4081

Re: History of AA intercontinental flying at ORD

In summer 2000, AA's ORD intercontinental schedule included the following: Chicago – Birmingham – daily 763 Chicago – Brussels – daily 763 Chicago – Frankfurt – daily 763 Chicago – Glasgow – daily 762 Chicago – London Heathrow – thrice daily 777, as well as 12 762 rotations per week Chicago – Manche...

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by VC10DC10
Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Website with historical database for airlines' airport/equipment type?
Replies: 1
Views: 751

Re: Website with historical database for airlines' airport/equipment type?

The best site for that type of thing is DepartedFlights dot com. You can't see all data for all airports and every year, but there is a wealth of information and imagery there.

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by VC10DC10
Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Comparing FedEx vs UPS air operations and fleet
Replies: 19
Views: 4637

Re: Comparing FedEx vs UPS air operations and fleet

My question has always been that with a more efficient operation, why isn't UPS cheaper than FedEx? Simply put, why should they be? The efficiencies in the UPS network may allow for greater margins but it is a duopoly. One raises rates then the other follows and vice versa. One adds a fuel surcharg...

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by VC10DC10
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: SFO Help - Train to Plane
Replies: 10
Views: 1117

Re: SFO Help - Train to Plane

Not a damn thing wrong with SFO and the surrounding environs from many perspectives...it all depends on what interests one holds. OK, fine, but so many neighborhoods of San Francisco, from Chestnut Hill to the Presidio, the Embarcadero, Sea Cliff, Sunset District, etc., not to mention not-in-city-l...

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by VC10DC10
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A220 in Chicago 6/19/19
Replies: 49
Views: 8101

Re: Delta A220 in Chicago Today

I haven't been following the DL A220 scheduling adjustments/service expansion, but I was pleasantly surprised to see an A220 with her gorgeous canted winglets landing at DCA yesterday. It flew straight over my Yellow Line train on the Charles Fenwick Bridge across the Potomac.

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by VC10DC10
Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: SFO Help - Train to Plane
Replies: 10
Views: 1117

Re: SFO Help - Train to Plane

Number 1 sounds like the way to get to Oakland airport, not SFO. I recommend 3. Stay in a hotel in downtown San Francisco. More restaurants and things to do. Then take Bart to SFO when ready to leave. BART takes you to the international terminal. The hotels at the airport area are convenient for th...

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by VC10DC10
Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How did Airlines Fill up Large Widebodies in the Old days?
Replies: 119
Views: 24573

Re: How did Airlines Fill up Large Widebodies in the Old days?

I'm not sure if the DC-8 was doing much TATL. It may be worth pointing out that the DC-8 was used extensively on transatlantic service by Air Canada, KLM, SAS, Swissair, Iberia, Alitalia, and Pan Am. In fact, until the advent of the 747, it was the only transatlantic jet for AC, KL, SK, SR, IB, and...

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by VC10DC10
Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA167 LIS-IAD Divert DCA
Replies: 82
Views: 17329

Re: UA167 LIS-IAD Divert DCA

N312RC wrote:
only international flights into DCA are from Canada


You're right about the preclearance of all international flights arriving at DCA, but there are also nonstop services to Bermuda and the Bahamas.

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by VC10DC10
Wed May 29, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Best Airline Ads
Replies: 59
Views: 4138

Re: Best Airline Ads

https://youtu.be/VywUQz-DtHs
https://youtu.be/5rshGbeOKX0

American
https://youtu.be/V64IMaou8lU
https://youtu.be/jzDOa6HEGYI

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There were several commercials created immediately after 9/11 that I still think are outstanding:

United
https://youtu.be/VywUQz-DtHs
https://youtu.be/5rshGbeOKX0

American
https://youtu.be/V64IMaou8lU
https://youtu.be/jzDOa6HEGYI

Edit: typo

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by VC10DC10
Wed May 29, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airline types developed specifically for one carrier
Replies: 71
Views: 8549

Re: Airline types developed specifically for one carrier

The Vickers VC-10 and Super VC-10 were tailored very closely to BOAC's then-stated requirements. So, too, was the de Havilland Trident tailored to a rather short-sighted specification from BEA.

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by VC10DC10
Mon May 13, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ironic DL Flight Number
Replies: 53
Views: 10774

Re: Ironic DL Flight Number

OB1504 wrote:
The Delta flight is probably a coincidence, but Spirit Airlines commonly uses a city’s area codes as flight numbers. Some examples:

NK 202: DFW-BWI (202 is the DC area)



That can only be a coincidence, as the 202 area code is for the District of Columbia only.

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by VC10DC10
Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA Ambassador Service Seat Charts (1971) L1011, 747 Question- K Class?
Replies: 50
Views: 7057

Re: TWA Ambassador Service Seat Charts (1971) L1011, 747 Question- K Class?

longhauler wrote:
...TWA would have been the only American carrier that operated a 747 both domestically and internationally


It's very unusual for Longhauler to be wrong, but Northwest Orient also operated the 747 on many U.S. domestic routes in addition to its international routes.

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by VC10DC10
Wed Mar 27, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas PER-LHR marks 1 year of operation, route exceeds expectations
Replies: 47
Views: 9064

Re: Qantas PER-LHR marks 1 year of operation, route exceeds expectations

Very neat, but one data point seems off to me...an average stay of 28 days in Perth? Doesn't that seem extremely high? (I am not criticizing Perth at all; I'm just saying it seems high for an average stay.)

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by VC10DC10
Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Unknown airport-Eastern DC-9
Replies: 33
Views: 5648

Re: Unknown airport-Eastern DC-9

To the posters who mentioned the grass as an identifying characteristic indicative of MIA: could you enlighten me exactly what's so distinctive about the grass in these historical photos? I'm just not seeing anything unique about it.

I do love these historical threads, however.

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by VC10DC10
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1917
Views: 445733

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

Let me begin by saying that I am in no way an aviation safety expert, and this is rank speculation--but I am curious if the precipitating event wasn't turbulence, but a mistaken belief that collision with another aircraft was imminent--a belief caused by some sort of optical phenomenon giving the cr...

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by VC10DC10
Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Official: Delta will postpone A220 operations
Replies: 75
Views: 28680

Re: Official: Delta will postpone A220 operations

lightsaber wrote:
2200nm (DTW-FLL, in winter)



That is a *really* long flight between those airports.

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by VC10DC10
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DCA is dead today (Jan 7th)
Replies: 21
Views: 6197

Re: DCA is dead today (Jan 7th)

I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of tourists have cancelled/postponed plans to visit DC until after many major museums/parks/tourist sites are back in full operation.

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by VC10DC10
Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018
Replies: 853
Views: 114269

Re: Amazon Fleet Growth - 2018

Side note: What is it about BOG that makes it such a popular cargo route around Christmas? Both UPS and FDX are serving it with daily 767s, as appears to be DHL from MIA, and the freight-brokers seem to be keeping the guys who regularly service Latin America busy with multiple daily flights from th...

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by VC10DC10
Tue Oct 02, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airline Pilots Bidding Down to Smaller Aircraft
Replies: 57
Views: 9800

Re: Airline Pilots Bidding Down to Smaller Aircraft

I knew a guy who moved from Q400 to the 787, then found out it wasn’t for him and bid back to the Dash... Um....how? You'd have to bid for narrowbody jets first before being able to hold a widebody, in most respects, not to mention the fact that to my knowledge, there's no single mainline carrier a...

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by VC10DC10
Fri Sep 07, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Alaska Airlines' Last Week In Lewiston
Replies: 7
Views: 3214

Re: Alaska Airlines' Last Week In Lewiston

Pullman is much less than an hour from Lewiston--closer to 30 minutes, I would think. The only time I was at Lewiston/Nez Perce was the result of irregular operations: in November of 2002 I was scheduled to fly from PUW (Pullman) to SEA on Horizon, connecting onward aboard Northwest. Heavy fog at PU...

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by VC10DC10
Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas PER-LHR reporting extremely high load factors, now QF’s most profitable route
Replies: 145
Views: 29839

Re: Qantas PER-LHR reporting extremely high load factors, now QF’s most profitable route

If the 789's are carrying payload they probably have 100-200nm extra range under the belt. I'm surprised Qantas isnt talking about Melbourne to Athens. Only 200nm further. I'm not surpresed the aren't. Too low yielding (albeit high volume) and too long haul. Sorry for being ignorant, but what drive...

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by VC10DC10
Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BTV/HVN) - 2018
Replies: 1004
Views: 86097

Re: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BTV/HVN) - 2018

PQI is designated a regional airport, but it's only miles from a border checkpoint, so Customs may only come to PQI on pre-request? Its runway is as long as PWM, though. It was originally an Air Force base for fighters in the 1950's. A satellite of Loring AFB. Are you sure about that? I thought Pre...

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by VC10DC10
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL announces MSP - ICN
Replies: 168
Views: 22150

Re: DL announces MSP - ICN

Congratulations to MSP, Seoul, and Delta!

Is anyone else thinking wistfully of the days of named flights (like "The Golden Argosy")? "Heart(land) and Seoul," anyone? Too bad the flight doesn't originate in MEM--it would be the Seoul Plane.

I'll be here all night, folks... :)

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by VC10DC10
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BTV/HVN) - 2018
Replies: 1004
Views: 86097

Re: The Rest of New England (BDL/PVD/MHT/PWM/ORH/BTV/HVN) - 2018

Was using the wayback machine looking at the MHT website (flymanchester.com) from March of 2008. Made me realize how drastically WN has cut service at MHT in the past 10 years from the "nonstop destinations" page March 2008 "Southwest Airlines 11 jets a day to Baltimore-Washington 6 ...

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by VC10DC10
Thu May 24, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northwest Airlines Seoul Hub How long did it last?
Replies: 18
Views: 5227

Re: Northwest Airlines Seoul Hub How long did it last?

Yes, but how many threads devolve into arguments over what is/is not a hub. You mean like the one you are trying to start? It's as good of a definition of a scissors hub as it can get. Is it a full hub? No. But is it a scissors hub where people can connect between the US flight and the SE Asia flig...

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by VC10DC10
Tue May 22, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northwest Airlines Seoul Hub How long did it last?
Replies: 18
Views: 5227

Re: Northwest Airlines Seoul Hub How long did it last?

Actually, the 1987 timetable (pages 13-14) shows that NWA operated the following from SEL (the former code for Gimpo Airport): -four nonstop flights per week to HKG -four nonstop flights per week to LAX -three nonstop flights per week to MNL -nine nonstop flights per week to NRT -three nonstop fligh...

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by VC10DC10
Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Jetliners that have been fully withdrawn from operation
Replies: 31
Views: 4299

Re: Jetliners that have been fully withdrawn from operation

Comet Tu-104 Tu-124 Tu-144 VC-10 Super VC-10 Trident Caravelle Concorde Mercure 737-100 DC-8-10/-20/-30/-40 (There are -50, -60 and -70 frames still airworthy even if not in service) 707-120/-120B/-220/320/420 (all remaining would be -320B/320C) 720 (I think they are all done?) CV880 CV990 A300B1 A...

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by VC10DC10
Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: French startup Expliseat offers Boeing 737 lightweight seat
Replies: 10
Views: 3305

Re: French startup Expliseat offers Boeing 737 lightweight seat

How comfortable are these seats--how do they compare to the competition?

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by VC10DC10
Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAS at JNB
Replies: 15
Views: 4550

Re: SAS at JNB

I work for SAS in JNB from 1974 to 1978 we operated a DC8 on Thursdays northbound JNB NBO ATH VIE CPH. Mostly in 1974, this was operated with a DC-8-62 but at busy times a 63 was used. There was a quota system which technically restricted the uplift from JNB to 70 pax. This was changed to 110 in ar...

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by VC10DC10
Tue Feb 27, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: French Navy and the DC-4
Replies: 4
Views: 1544

Re: French Navy and the DC-4

Thank you very much for the information!

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by VC10DC10
Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: French Navy and the DC-4
Replies: 4
Views: 1544

French Navy and the DC-4

How many DC-4s were operated by the French Navy, and when were they finally retired? I am having trouble finding any English-language information on this topic. I am aware of the 1982 New Caledonia crash, but that's literally all the information I have on the subject. Thank you in advance for any ti...

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by VC10DC10
Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B747 Fleet Routes 2018-Details
Replies: 132
Views: 18211

Re: B747 Fleet Routes 2018-Details

I believe KLM still flies the 747-400 to ORD some days of the week.

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by VC10DC10
Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: 1988: My year in South Korea
Replies: 26
Views: 12048

Re: 1988: My year in South Korea

Fascinating report--thank you very much for taking the time and trouble to write it and add so many great original photographs. Thanks also to superjeff for explaining the ticketing procedure. Photos of Korean Air Lines shorthaul equipment like the MD80, Fokker F27, and B727 seem very rare for some ...

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by VC10DC10
Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What was DL's first 747 route?
Replies: 7
Views: 1540

Re: What was DL's first 747 route?

The inaugural NW 747-400 flight was actually MSP-PHX. NW flew their -400s within North America for a few months, (1) so they would be close to home when the inevitable teething problems occurred, and (2) so flight crews could get more landings and takeoffs. NW even flew the -400 on MSP-YWG at one p...

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by VC10DC10
Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL add IND-CDG
Replies: 223
Views: 25994

Re: DL add IND-CDG

Any chance that Kansas City will receive a TATL in the near future? First Nashville, then CVG, STL and now IND? MCI flew over 11 million passengers far more than IND and CVG let alone CMH. Seems silly to suggest CMH or even MKE but not Kansas City considering we're much farther from hub airports. W...

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