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by ClipperYankee
Thu Dec 02, 2021 11:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 30 years without Pan Am
Replies: 41
Views: 4258

30 years without Pan Am

December 4 marks the end of the original Pan Am, thirty years ago. Here's a story from a German point of view: https://www.dw.com/en/pan-am-around-the-world-with-the-blue-globe/a-59944962 or http://www.dw.com/en/pan-am-around-the-world-with-the-blue-globe/a-59944962 How time flies, no pun intended. ...

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Nov 29, 2021 6:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator
Replies: 561
Views: 107638

Re: Qatar Airways has grounded 13 A350’s at the request of the Qatar Aviation regulator

https://www.reuters.com/business/aerosp ... 021-11-29/
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Based on the pictures shown in this Reuters story the damage looks pretty ugly. (Pics are free to see, registration might be needed to read the story, which mentions other airlines.)

https://www.reuters.com/business/aerosp ... 021-11-29/

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by ClipperYankee
Wed Nov 24, 2021 3:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Leeham News: An exclusive Boeing operator is in talks for A220 and A321neo
Replies: 175
Views: 41533

Re: Leeham News: An exclusive Boeing operator is in talks for A220 and A321neo

I think people are forgetting politics when it comes to the possibilities of Airbus orders from Poland or Israel. We all know Israel is highly tied to the U.S. and Poland is lobbying for an American military presence on their soil. I realize both airlines are not government owned (please correct me ...

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by ClipperYankee
Wed Nov 17, 2021 8:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Midway Airlines suspended operations 30 years ago tonight.....
Replies: 49
Views: 6677

Re: Midway Airlines suspended operations 30 years ago tonight.....

Since we're mentioning both versions, I flew Midway II several times and enjoyed connecting at RDU. I think most flights were on the F100 and on one of those is where I experienced my only emergency landing. We put down a little fast and were followed by the fire trucks because of a flap issue. It w...

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Nov 01, 2021 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK Old IAB Layout
Replies: 65
Views: 7430

Re: JFK Old IAB Layout

Is this it? https://www.airporthistory.org/uploads/1/2/1/4/121407428/jfk-departure-board-02-800-bar_orig.jpg From the airporthistory.org link above...[/quote] That is an interesting one in the picture but I remember more the classic black and white ones that would take quite a while to cycle through...

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by ClipperYankee
Sun Oct 31, 2021 11:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK Old IAB Layout
Replies: 65
Views: 7430

Re: JFK Old IAB Layout

I think I also remember a big "flap flap flap" type of arrivals/departures board that had two lights that would start blinking alternately when a flight was boarding or had just landed. Other than those and the occasional PA announcement the only way to find out anything about a flight was...

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by ClipperYankee
Sun Oct 31, 2021 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JFK Old IAB Layout
Replies: 65
Views: 7430

Re: JFK Old IAB Layout

The Calder mobile was one of the few cool things to look at and wasn't there an observation deck you could access for a dime (10 cents)? One thing I liked, as I was always picking up visitors at the IAB, is that I'd park further away, where there were always easy to get to spaces for your car, then ...

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by ClipperYankee
Wed Sep 15, 2021 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PA (1) 737-200 Ops
Replies: 29
Views: 4304

Re: PA (1) 737-200 Ops

As mentioned in a post earlier, I did see one at JFK, just once, and it was quite a pleasant surprise. I'd have to guess early 80s.

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by ClipperYankee
Fri Jul 16, 2021 4:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confusion during French Bee A350 landing
Replies: 33
Views: 11107

Confusion during French Bee A350 landing

Seems there was a lot of confusion at the end of this flight, with the captain finally taking over: "BEA says this prompted the captain to state firmly: “Everyone quiet. I’m the only one giving orders.” https://www.flightglobal.com/safety/french-bee-a350-deviated-during-go-around-after-alarm-st...

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Jul 05, 2021 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Silk Way Airlines 747 Freighter Engine Failure, RTO and Burst Wheels
Replies: 26
Views: 5365

Re: Silk Way Airlines 747 Freighter Engine Failure, RTO and Burst Wheels

There is a video on YouTube of an A340 undergoing rejected takeoff tests and you can see how hot things get, even to the point of a fire. There's other videos showing tires exploding and lots on other types after a rejected takeoff. Easy to find on a search. Things get incredibly hot stopping all th...

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by ClipperYankee
Fri Jun 11, 2021 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM livery
Replies: 14
Views: 4183

Re: KLM livery

.. and we put a bit red in the blue, to give it a warmer impression. Other tails were proposed. With waves and patterns in it. I worked close to the guy taking care of branding, he advised the board. Me and colleagues pushed him to keep the tail intact, which luckely happened. :scared: I think movi...

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by ClipperYankee
Wed Jun 09, 2021 1:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa mainline to start ANC-FRA
Replies: 16
Views: 4780

Re: Lufthansa mainline to start ANC-FRA

Would be very nice to see Lufty at ANC on a regular basis. I remember while I briefly lived there when the Condor 767s would come to town a few times per week during Summer.

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by ClipperYankee
Wed Jun 09, 2021 1:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM B787 Dreamliner Suffers Gear Damage In Santiago International Airport
Replies: 9
Views: 8164

Re: LATAM B787 Dreamliner Suffers Gear Damage In Santiago International Airport

That does look quite bent up. Is this the first major landing gear damage on a 787? I don't recall reading of others.

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Jun 07, 2021 1:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger converted bomber aircraft in civilian service - Stories, facts, interiors?
Replies: 92
Views: 14690

Re: Passenger converted bomber aircraft in civilian service - Stories, facts, interiors?

Unfortunately no pictures but here's a story about Churchill's Liberator: https://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/travels-with-churchill-136166507/?all Here a link to a picture of Churchill by the entrance hatch to the B-24 but I couldn't find any of the interior. https://www.pinterest.com/pin...

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by ClipperYankee
Thu Jun 03, 2021 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing offers 777X Freighter to QR. Eyeing Order for 30
Replies: 129
Views: 21355

Re: Boeing offers 777X Freighter to QR. Eyeing Order for 30

There is a pulse at Boeing! It's not NMA or anything huge but it's still a ray of good news.

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by ClipperYankee
Sun Apr 25, 2021 12:16 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why can a pax stand upright in downstairs toilets?
Replies: 10
Views: 4197

Re: Why can a pax stand upright in downstairs toilets?

One thing to remember is in a cargo bin area of the belly you have the container handling system installed in the floor. that takes up at least 6-8" (15-20mm). So if you were to put a permanent crew structure or passenger lav in that space the floor can be lower in the bilge area. There is a l...

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by ClipperYankee
Fri Apr 16, 2021 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hamburg Airport 707 to be scrapped
Replies: 71
Views: 16028

Re: Hamburg Airport 707 to be scrapped

https://simpleflying.com/hamburg-luftha ... nning-out/

It still would be nice if they could save the aircraft.
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And another update from everyone's favorite site:

https://simpleflying.com/hamburg-luftha ... nning-out/

It still would be nice if they could save the aircraft.

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by ClipperYankee
Tue Apr 06, 2021 9:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Exclusive- Airbus floating concept for A380 combi
Replies: 96
Views: 13407

Re: Exclusive- Airbus floating concept for A380 combi

Sorry if I missed it elsewhere in the thread but aren't there many regulatory issues now that makes new combis very unlikely to come to market? Fire suppression, etc? I believe it's not just economics.

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by ClipperYankee
Fri Dec 04, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am shuts down 29 years ago today [04DEC].
Replies: 156
Views: 14001

Re: Pan Am shuts down 29 years ago today.

PANAM was an icon of aviation. I never had the chance to fly them as I'm too young to have had the chance to but, I've read a lot about them and respect them. To sit and type about their demise instead of just recognizing what made them an icon in aviation history truly speaks of the lack of love f...

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by ClipperYankee
Tue Aug 18, 2020 1:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United ANC-HNL non-stop? (c 1984)
Replies: 34
Views: 4766

Re: United ANC-HNL non-stop? (c 1984)

I spent some six months on and off in Anchorage over the years and the AS HNL flights were well advertised locally. And I think at the beginning of service the "Chester" figure on the tail wore a Hawaiian lei on some of their aircraft, though that may have been for Hawaii service from lowe...

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Apr 13, 2020 2:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A330 involved in a shooting
Replies: 29
Views: 16417

Re: Air France A330 involved in a shooting

I was there once, taken away at gunpoint to arrange payments to services rendered—lights, VOR, ILS, landing, parking, ground handling, etc. Delivered to the tower, it was explained to me SNPC wasn’t trusted to pay, so I’d have guarantee payment through my company. They dictated each charge, the amo...

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Apr 06, 2020 3:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Surprising history of hijackings to Cuba: Facts, Figures, & Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 5263

Re: Surprising history of hijackings to Cuba: Facts, Figures, & Questions

I've read that for the 8/2/70 Pan Am 299 hijacking Fidel came out to the airport to see the then new 747 as I think it was the type's first visit to Cuba. Can't remember if he got to tour it or not but who was going to deny him if he wanted to see it on his own soil? Apols if it had been mentioned a...

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Apr 06, 2020 3:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Largest capacity passenger plane in 1967
Replies: 44
Views: 10081

Re: Largest capacity passanger plane in 1967

I do remember being puzzled at the time as to the claim that the DC-8-61 was longer than the 63 and could carry a few more pax. Is that correct?
BTW, I was living in Venezuela at the time they came out and Viasa widely advertised the stretch 8s as the "Super Coloso" (Super Colossus).

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by ClipperYankee
Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Antonov AN 225 Flies Again
Replies: 51
Views: 12204

Re: Antonov AN 225 Flies Again

It flew over my boat while fishing on a lake in Ontario, Canada, a few years ago. Very impressive. Something that large seems to move through the sky very slowly and takes a long time to fade from view.

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by ClipperYankee
Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Smell of Airline Cabins
Replies: 82
Views: 13312

Re: The Smell of Airline Cabins

My only brand new plane flight was on a New York Air 737, a -400, I think? Definitely a cool smell. Somewhat similar to that new car scent but not quite the same. And I too enjoy a whiff of Jet-A in the air. Fun topic. Anyone remember the "Flying Nosh" on New York Air? You got a bagel and ...

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by ClipperYankee
Tue Feb 11, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus - blended wing aircraft code name Maveric
Replies: 104
Views: 15703

Re: Airbus - blended wing aircraft code name Maveric

"You do realize that on most flights, even those taking place during daylight hours, flight attendants will insist that the window shades stay closed for almost the entire trip so people can sleep and watch the seatback entertainment. So. In a way we're already flying in dark windowless tubes.&...

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus under new Malaysia Investigation for bribing AirAsia
Replies: 98
Views: 12565

Re: Airbus under new Malaysia Investigation for bribing AirAsia

Fernandes was publicly toying with buying 787s. Will be interesting if the allegations pan out and if they did factor into the decision. Of course, it could have all been posturing to pressure a better deal from Airbus. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-airasia-expansion-idUSKBN1FM0JS Timing for th...

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Feb 03, 2020 5:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus under new Malaysia Investigation for bribing AirAsia
Replies: 98
Views: 12565

Re: Airbus under new Malaysia Investigation for bribing AirAsia

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-airas ... SKBN1FM0JS
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Fernandes was publicly toying with buying 787s. Will be interesting if the allegations pan out and if they did factor into the decision. Of course, it could have all been posturing to pressure a better deal from Airbus.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-airas ... SKBN1FM0JS

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by ClipperYankee
Mon Feb 03, 2020 5:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bare metal or silver belly on 747-400
Replies: 20
Views: 3892

Re: Bare metal or silver belly on 747-400

I dunno if Boeing hated the term or not but they did not come up with it. IIRC it was bestowed on the 747 by the media.

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by ClipperYankee
Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA new A350 damaged at Tel Aviv
Replies: 36
Views: 20470

Re: BA new A350 damaged at Tel Aviv

I'm having deja vu. Didn't another aircraft (not sure of the type) recently have a ceiling panel come down on landing? I want to say I remember it being a Latam bird? Maybe I'm way off.

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by ClipperYankee
Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 21-01-1970 Historic day — 50 Years of the 747
Replies: 27
Views: 3251

Re: 21-01-1970 Historic day — 50 Years of the 747

So the first commercial flight for a 747 also was the first 747 to be hijacked and was destroyed in the worst air disaster of all time. IIRC there was a similar parallel with the first in service 707. Also for Pan Am, that aircraft crashed in Elkton, Maryland, after being hit by lightning. Weird, eh?

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by ClipperYankee
Tue Jan 21, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 21-01-1970 Historic day — 50 Years of the 747
Replies: 27
Views: 3251

Re: 21-01-1970 Historic day — 50 Years of the 747

Was N736PA the air frame that was substituted for another that was supposed to fly the first flight and wasn't able to due to an engine issue? And was N736PA also the aircraft involved in the Tenerife accident or do I have my recollections wrong?

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by ClipperYankee
Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Iran admits to accidentally shooting down Ukraine Flight 752
Replies: 2728
Views: 307893

Re: Reports of Ukrainian 737 Crash in Tehran,Iran

Take notes of what? The U.S. may never had apologized for the Iran Air shoot down but they did admit it the next day.

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by ClipperYankee
Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why no commercial aircraft with V-tail ?
Replies: 22
Views: 7327

Re: Why no commercial aircraft with V-tail ?

I used to work at a Beechcraft parts dealer and shipped many a kit for strengthening V-tail Bonanzas back in they day when the model was in crisis. We used to joke with the Beech people in Kansas about marketing a V-tail King Air and our parts rep there would get a good chuckle out of it. Since a fe...

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by ClipperYankee
Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: In flight maps ?
Replies: 29
Views: 10357

Re: In flight maps ?

I was on a flight to PHX, from PHL, I think, and was using my GPS on my tray table to follow the flight's progress (yes, I think the airline allowed it at the time, maybe still does) and as we flew over Olathe, Kansas the name "Garmin" came up in little letters on the screen. I thought it ...

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by ClipperYankee
Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing examines GEnX powered 767
Replies: 617
Views: 154719

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: 65
Views: 19121

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: 8807

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: 18875

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: 11287

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: 104
Views: 19491

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: Updated: Qantas picks A350-1000 as preferred platform for Project Sunrise; Final decision due March 2020
Replies: 1405
Views: 266741

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: 84
Views: 12879

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: 17018

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: 21723

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: 287
Views: 97918

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: 3495

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: 10361

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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