RetiredWeasel wrote:EBiafore99 wrote:So I live in Detroit and remember the Northwest-Republic merger. At first, the word "Republic" was simply covered with "Northwest Orient". Then, as the new livery came out (which was the bowling shoe), "Orient" was dropped.
My memory of your timeline is a little different and I was flying them during the livery changes. "Orient" was dropped well before the 'bowling shoe" livery, may 2 to 3 years. "Orient" on many aircraft was just taken off. The 727's we flew out of Guam (93/94) were all former Republic/Hughes Airwest and had this logo:
Yeah I don't believe the former Republic planes received the Northwest Orient titles, just Northwest titles. The bowling shoe livery debuted in 1989, 3 years after the merger with Republic. On a side note though, I really liked the Northwest Orient/Northwest livery but it seemed as though they never polished up the silver top and bottom of the aircraft. They always just seemed more dull than say American.