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by ClipperYankee
Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing examines GEnX powered 767
Replies: 463
Views: 65698

Re: Boeing examines GEnX powered 767

Apols if this has already been added, here's a story quoting a Boeing exec saying this is not a substitute for NMA: http://www.airlineratings.com/news/modified-767-not-seen-as-a-replacement-for-the-nma-boeing-exec/ or https://www.airlineratings.com/news/modified-767-not-seen-as-a-replacement-for-the...

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by ClipperYankee
Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PenAir Saab 2000 Overruns Runway In Unalaska
Replies: 60
Views: 10566

Re: PenAir Saab 2000 Overruns Runway In Unalaska

Once upon a time AS (maybe someone else) ran a 727-combi there. Hard to believe what that must have been like with that short runway, crosswinds and mountainous landscape. Might have been Reeve? Also, I think AS did have 737 service for a while and I believe I read it diverted often due to weather ...

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by ClipperYankee
Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Was Spirit Like Before Becoming a ULCC?
Replies: 42
Views: 6802

Re: What Was Spirit Like Before Becoming a ULCC?

Flew them once in the MD-80 days, DCA-DTW (might have been IAD, can't quite remember) and the flight was pretty standard stuff but the one thing that stuck in my mind was how dreary and lousy the terminal they used in DTW was. Overcrowded and dingy.

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by ClipperYankee
Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: XL Airways in judicial liquidation
Replies: 60
Views: 16368

Re: XL Airways France stops selling tickets

I flew them in July, 2018, JFK-CDG roundtrip, and the flights and crew were fine but whatever seats they had on the A333 were just awful. And I know they usually are so-so in most airlines' economy sections but these were terribly uncomfortable. Pity that they had to shutdown, I would have flown the...

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United to 50 states
Replies: 49
Views: 9506

Re: United to 50 states

I taxied in a C-172 in Wilmington as a UA 737 passed by, circa 1985. Was cool to see but even then I didn't think the route would last long.

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by ClipperYankee
Sun Sep 08, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am and the 747-400
Replies: 105
Views: 14584

Re: Pan Am and the 747-400

I will have to find my negatives but Pan Am certainly had numerous 747s at the end. Right after the company shut down I parked (illegally) on a highway ramp on Le Jeune Blvd. right next to MIA and took a bunch of pictures of the idled fleet, one of which was a 727 in which a company van had been dri...

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by ClipperYankee
Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019
Replies: 610
Views: 93660

Re: Qantas plans 3 Project Sunrise research flights in Q4 2019 using 787-9's, final decision on PS by end of 2019

I don't know much about this website and if there is anything to it but here is their story on Boeing's offer: http://www.airlineratings.com/news/boeing-offer-qantas-special-777x-9s-project-sunrise/ if that doesn't work then copy and paste this link: https://www.airlineratings.com/news/boeing-offer-...

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Truly terrible Airlines of the past and present
Replies: 54
Views: 5266

Re: Truly terrible Airlines of the past and present

I was thinking about that after reading the Tower thread. I nominate Capitol Air as I spent many an hour waiting for their always delayed DC-8s on the JFK-SJU route. No other airline screwed up my travel as much as they did.

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SWISS Announces Zurich To Washington D.C. and Osaka
Replies: 87
Views: 14558

Re: SWISS Announces Zurich To Washington D.C. and Osaka

Nice additions for SWISS. Did SR fly to Washington DC (IAD) at one point in the past? I can't remember. Swissair (SR) operated 747-300 services from Washington/Dulles (IAD) to Zurich (ZRH) via Philadelphia (PHL) many years ago. Wasn't the SR service to PHL via BOS, not IAD? I took the SR IAD-ZRH fl...

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by ClipperYankee
Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Insults between controller and pilot after near miss
Replies: 83
Views: 20486

Re: Insults between controller and pilot after near miss

OK, I'll bite. Despite being bilingual I have no idea what "CDTMYLPQTRMP" means and I couldn't find anything in a search. Can someone reveal?

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by ClipperYankee
Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dr. Peters begins scrapping of two ex-SIA A380s
Replies: 189
Views: 66555

Re: Dr. Peters begins scrapping of two ex-SIA A380s

Always sad to see derelict aircraft, especially so against such a magnificent background. I drove past Mojave's boneyard once and for an airliner enthusiast it was heartbreaking.

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uruguay's only airline reduces operations & lays off staff
Replies: 13
Views: 3206

Re: Uruguay's only airline reduces operations & lays off staff

When I visited a few years ago and arrived via EZE on a United flight there were exactly three aircraft at MVD. Our 767, one from American and I think a local DHC-8. There might have been one or two small general aviation aircraft but at a peak time there were only three passenger aircraft at the co...

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by ClipperYankee
Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Unusual airline sightings
Replies: 80
Views: 9089

Re: Unusual airline sightings

Pan Am 732 at JFK. Far as I know they were mostly used on the Internal German Service and it was a nice surprise to see one in lieu of all the 727s and 747s the airline had at the time. Only time I ever saw one in person.

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by ClipperYankee
Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: XL Airways is adjusting its S19 Paris-New York service.
Replies: 17
Views: 3896

Re: XL Airways is adjusting its S19 Paris-New York service.

Deviating a tad from the topic does anyone know which seats XL uses in Y on the 333? Truly horrid. Most coach airline seats are not very comfortable but what they use is in another league of bad.

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by ClipperYankee
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former JFK international terminal and tower
Replies: 27
Views: 5001

Re: Former JFK international terminal and tower

I recall the IAB having an usual set up where from above you could see the passengers for a few brief moments just as they cleared customs. I think also remember a decent sized observation window near that area where you could see out to the apron? Might have been a snack bar there too, it's been to...

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by ClipperYankee
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Former JFK international terminal and tower
Replies: 27
Views: 5001

Re: Former JFK international terminal and tower

I used to go pickup friends and family at the International Arrivals Building (IAB) often and there was a footbridge leading into the terminal that people rarely seemed to use. So I'd avoid the craziness of people trying to park as close as possible to the terminal, leave my car by where the bridge ...

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by ClipperYankee
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A330/A350 confirmed, Boeing 787 for 777-9 still possible
Replies: 879
Views: 139255

Re: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A350, Boeing 787 for 777-9

I don't think either deal would pass regulatory muster on either side of the Atlantic. Remember that P&W and Boeing were basically the same company once (along with United and Hamilton Standard) and the U.S. feds forced it to be broken up. Why would that be? Engine making and Airframe making ar...

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by ClipperYankee
Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A330/A350 confirmed, Boeing 787 for 777-9 still possible
Replies: 879
Views: 139255

Re: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A350, Boeing 787 for 777-9

I don't think either deal would pass regulatory muster on either side of the Atlantic. Remember that P&W and Boeing were basically the same company once (along with United and Hamilton Standard) and the U.S. feds forced it to be broken up.

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by ClipperYankee
Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Will Venezuela get a new, better flag carrier if order is restored?
Replies: 31
Views: 3178

Re: Will Venezuela get a new, better flag carrier if order is restored?

There's numerous expats in Miami with plenty of money. If things stabilize I could easily see one of them jumping into the business. Could be Viasa again, I used to live in Caracas and flew them all the time. Always on the Diesel 8s, never managed to get on a DC-10 nor one of the Convairs.

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by ClipperYankee
Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates considering order changes - Airbus A380 for A330/A350 confirmed, Boeing 787 for 777-9 still possible
Replies: 879
Views: 139255

Re: Emirates is exploring switching the Airbus A380 to A350

I'd say not till 2050 because the A350, 777, 787 will continue to undergo efficiency improvements and any future models from A and B will only be even more frugal. The 380 would soldier on as is and the cost difference between operating it versus one of the twins will only widen. So till 2035ish sou...

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by ClipperYankee
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions for pilots and FA's-
Replies: 55
Views: 6358

Re: Questions for pilots and FA's-

Wow! Very poignant. Thank you for that. I love reading stuff like in the above replies.
Did any of you read Len Morgan's writings, before he retired? His was my favorite column in Flying magazine.

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by ClipperYankee
Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:40 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Alternate Pan Am story
Replies: 16
Views: 2721

Re: Alternate Pan Am story

In my opinion, no aircraft looked more majestic than a Pan Am 747-100, with the simple blue cheatline and timeless globe on the tail. Even the font was fabulous yet understated. Not trying hijack the thread but: While I am a huge 747 fan for me the set a standard, most elegant airliners, were Pan A...

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by ClipperYankee
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747
Replies: 223
Views: 18689

Re: 747 First Flight 50th Anniversary

First 747-200 flight was LH JFK to FRA, 1974.
First 747-300 flight was SR IAD to ZRH, 1993.
First 747-400 flight was UA SFO to SYD, 2000

All very memorable though as a child I remember not liking the food on LH at the time.

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by ClipperYankee
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Multi-engine type fleet of same aircraft
Replies: 38
Views: 5076

Re: Multi-engine type fleet of same aircraft

As to the cockpit side of it is there any difference to the pilots when switching from, say a Rolls powered 757 to a Pratt model? Yes. Rollers use EPR and N1, while Pratts and GEs use N1 only*. So, for example when initially increasing thrust on take-off on a Roller you'd use an EPR reference, whil...

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by ClipperYankee
Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Multi-engine type fleet of same aircraft
Replies: 38
Views: 5076

Re: Multi-engine type fleet of same aircraft

As to the cockpit side of it is there any difference to the pilots when switching from, say a Rolls powered 757 to a Pratt model?

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tokyo Narita lays out plan to nearly double slot capacity
Replies: 15
Views: 3263

Re: Tokyo Narita lays out plan to nearly double slot capacity

Is that farm(s) still on the field or did that get resolved? I seem to remember a bunch of extra fences also in my two visits to the airport?

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by ClipperYankee
Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: End of the road for Swiss Super Constellation HB-RSC?
Replies: 19
Views: 5663

Re: End of the road for Swiss Super Constellation HB-RSC?

That is lousy news. I hope they can figure something and get it all checked out. Too few pistonliners left still flying out there, especially ones with four engines.

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by ClipperYankee
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Earthquake in Anchorage (PANC)
Replies: 40
Views: 10673

Re: Earthquake in Anchorage (PANC)

I'm here to tell you, it was a doozy. The worst I've ever experienced here. But so far, no loss of life, and that's the most important thing. The airport had a water line break above the main land-side lobby, so there was water shooting down from the 50 foot ceiling. But it sounds like things are a...

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by ClipperYankee
Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Great Story Behind the Famous Photo of the Concorde in it's Final Flight
Replies: 15
Views: 7228

Re: Great Story Behind the Famous Photo of the Concorde in it's Final Flight

Had not seen it either and it's a cracker, as some would say.
Concorde would always make me look up while letting down into JFK as it flew over my house when I lived on Long Island's north shore. You knew by the noise, of course, but what a beauty!

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by ClipperYankee
Fri Nov 23, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What will be the impact of a 3rd runway on LHR slots?
Replies: 25
Views: 4779

Re: What will be the impact of a 3rd runway on LHR slots?

Would a third runway result in the opportunity, hard to pass up, to shut down one of the others one at a time for refurbishing, since it's so difficult to do it now? Once the two are freshly done THEN you truly have the three runways? I mention it because I read JFK shuts down runways for months at ...

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by ClipperYankee
Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Ranking US airport terminals by aesthetic
Replies: 26
Views: 3000

Re: Ranking US airport terminals by aesthetic

IAD's design, though expanded on from the original, is quite nice. Always a pleasure to see it when driving up to the upper level to drop someone off, especially at night. As an aside, I remember going there before it got popular and you could almost hear crickets inside.

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by ClipperYankee
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot ejection in cargo aircraft?
Replies: 56
Views: 5264

Re: Pilot ejection in cargo aircraft?

Not arguing the negatives of the shuttles at all, but when were at the media center watching a launch (I got to cover six launches and one return) it was a truly amazing thing. Very glad I got to do it.

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by ClipperYankee
Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot ejection in cargo aircraft?
Replies: 56
Views: 5264

Re: Pilot ejection in cargo aircraft?

[quote="Flow2706"]I think the Space Shuttle had some sort of ejection capability during the first flights, which was removed after a while, but was reintroduced after either the Challenger or Columbia disaster (I think it were not actual ejection seats but rather the astronauts had to slid...

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by ClipperYankee
Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft Tire Brand Options
Replies: 24
Views: 2697

Re: Aircraft Tire Brand Options

As well as an aviation enthusiast, I'm also an automotive enthusiast. And I have special interest in tires. Do aircraft manufacturers, especially the large ones like Airbus and Boeing, give options to their customers on what brand of tires they want to use on the aircraft they order? Hi: Yes, they ...

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot ejection in cargo aircraft?
Replies: 56
Views: 5264

Re: Pilot ejection in cargo aircraft?

Most accidents happen during takeoff and landing and often develop very quickly where there is not enough time to eject anyways . Well, my one ejection took about 12 seconds from onset of the accident to being caught in a tree. A mere 300 milliseconds from being too late to pull the handles. The se...

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft Tire Brand Options
Replies: 24
Views: 2697

Re: Aircraft Tire Brand Options

Interesting topic. But many WWII American aircraft types had all sorts of grooves on them, I'd imagine that was because it was before the arrival of anti-lock systems? For example see: http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=AwrEzeagPPNbZJgAggdXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEzZnNnMjV0BGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwM...

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by ClipperYankee
Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When Did United Fully Phase Out Battleship Grey?
Replies: 97
Views: 13675

Re: When Did United Fully Phase Out Battleship Grey?

Agreed that it did not weather well but put me in the minority who liked the look.

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by ClipperYankee
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220, (CSeries), Too Noisy for Zurich
Replies: 88
Views: 18160

Re: A220, (CSeries), Too Noisy for Zurich

I've found that as far as aircraft noise goes the weather is big factor. For example I live not far from SYR and I've noticed that on cloudy days that planes sound 2x as loud as they do on sunny days. I suspect that this has to do w/ the moisture particles acting like amplifier to the sound waves. ...

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by ClipperYankee
Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: JFK TWA Terminal to turn into a hotel
Replies: 88
Views: 8338

Re: TWA Hotel @ JFK

The last press release I have on file here at Gannet shows expected opening date of May 2019. I am slated to cover the grand opening. Being the boss has its privileges. :) Ah, another person that's in the news business that frequents this site. Good to see! AFAIK all 11 staffer in my department hav...

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by ClipperYankee
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: JFK TWA Terminal to turn into a hotel
Replies: 88
Views: 8338

Re: TWA Hotel @ JFK

Blimpie wrote:
The last press release I have on file here at Gannet shows expected opening date of May 2019. I am slated to cover the grand opening. Being the boss has its privileges. :)


Ah, another person that's in the news business that frequents this site. Good to see!

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Is this added security for US-bound passengers?
Replies: 26
Views: 2354

Re: Is this added security for US-bound passengers?

I've had the questioning departing to the U.S. from ARN, OSL, CDG, GIG and EZE but not from FRA, and that's two or three times flying out of that airport. The questioning has been polite, not too invasive and not very long. I'd imagine they are looking for "tells" that you might be telling...

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by ClipperYankee
Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Windows in the 787
Replies: 38
Views: 6637

Re: Windows in the 787

As I've mentioned before on other threads on this topic, I really like them because on certain airlines the crews force you to shut the shades right after takeoff (looking at you, XL Airways and Singapore) and even on the darkest setting I can see out on the 787. I've flown with the sun on that side...

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by ClipperYankee
Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are non-stop flights between LPB and Europe technically possible?
Replies: 19
Views: 4309

Re: Are non-stop flights between LPB and Europe technically possible?

I seem to remember LH flew 747s out of LPB and they would rumble down the runway for what seemed like five minutes before they could get airborne? I don't know if they flew non-stop to Europe or made a fuel stop somewhere though, I would guess they stopped.

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by ClipperYankee
Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TW Connie being moved from ME to NY to become bar at TWA Hotel/JFK T5
Replies: 47
Views: 9195

Re: TW Connie being moved from ME to NY to become bar at TWA Hotel/JFK T5

This thread seems to have surpassed that one in length And the nonsensical thread "AirTran: What would it be like today" thread has 48 participants and climbing. It just goes to show you how little interest there is in classic civil aviation, which is quite a shame. Hundreds of people use...

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by ClipperYankee
Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TW Connie being moved from ME to NY to become bar at TWA Hotel/JFK T5
Replies: 47
Views: 9195

Re: TW Connie being moved from ME to NY to become bar at TWA Hotel/JFK T5

I think I read somewhere that Connies did not have provisions to have the wings removed easily? So basically if you take them off it will never fly again? Or perhaps I'm thinking of the main spar. Any techs out there know? Yes, of course it doesn't matter with this particular bird and I'll be very h...

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Oct 01, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interflug and their A310s
Replies: 52
Views: 9418

Re: Interflug and their A310s

Depending on how you factor them in, behind the Iron Curtain or not, would JAT count as the biggest Western aircraft operator in Eastern Europe? They flew everything from Convairs to Caravelles to DC3s, DC6s, DC9s and 10s as well as 707s, 727s and 737s.

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by ClipperYankee
Sun Sep 30, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easyjet ordering the Cseries?
Replies: 17
Views: 5777

Re: Easyjet ordering the Cseries?

Must be that rumored A220 NEO...

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by ClipperYankee
Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747
Replies: 223
Views: 18689

Re: 50 year anniversary of the Boeing 747

Not as many 747 flights for me as I'd like but I did do: 1974 - JFK-FRA LH one way - Probably a -200? 1991 - IAD-ZRH SR r/t with a stop in Boston each way -300 and got to ride upstairs in coach for both flights - Only time upstairs, loved it. 2000 - SFO-SYD UA r/t to the Sydney Olympics -400 - manag...

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by ClipperYankee
Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Las Vegas New Airport (Ivanpah Valley)
Replies: 100
Views: 14536

Re: Las Vegas New Airport (Ivanpah Valley)

Well, some of the delays are due to days so hot that some aircraft are not legally allowed to takeoff, if I'm not mistaken? And 386?

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by ClipperYankee
Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Las Vegas New Airport (Ivanpah Valley)
Replies: 100
Views: 14536

Re: Las Vegas New Airport (Ivanpah Valley)

Wasn't there a plan bandied about for a while to eventually take over Nellis Air Force Base and have flights out of there? I'm pretty sure I read that somewhere, as highly unlikely it is that it ever happens.

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