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SJCguy
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Familiar Aviation Family Members, Gone.

Fri Apr 11, 2003 4:41 pm

During these past few years, we've seen an incredible change in the aviation industry. Airlines going bust, gone. Planes being retired in masses, grounded, stored. Routes being chopped, meals being dropped. Airline credibility being questioned, flying becoming more of a pain than a pleasure. I just can't believe the changes we've seen, and how innocent flying, spotting and the like once was.

Below are a few images that I will sorely miss. They became so familiar to me since I started really getting into aviation and following the airlines about 12 years ago, and the skies & airports are not the same without them. I guess this post is sort of a tribute to those images and the people who have truely been affected by the recent recessions by airlines, or their employers. Had 9/11, and the current Iraq War hadn't happened, where would the airlines be right now?


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SJCguy
 
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RE: Familiar Aviation Family Members, Gone.

Fri Apr 11, 2003 4:48 pm

Thanks for a thought-provoking post. I feel like I've already been through this once, being from Hong Kong. The closure of Kai Tak, and the familiar sight of all Cathay and Dragonair's planes in their old colors - particularly the Tristars - all left overnight, it seemed.

History feels like it is leaving us behind sometimes.
 
SEA nw DC10
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RE: Familiar Aviation Family Members, Gone.

Sat Apr 12, 2003 4:02 pm

I know what you mean...those QX F28's screaming in and out of SEA every half hour is no longer....very sad. Also, no more hopping on our afternoon flights to DTW on the DC10 for dinner. Times are changing...

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jhooper
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RE: Familiar Aviation Family Members, Gone.

Sat Apr 12, 2003 4:28 pm

The airlines would likely be suffering since the economy was already headed for recession before 9/11, although I can't imagine that they'd suffer nearly as much.
Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
 
VonRichtofen
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RE: Familiar Aviation Family Members, Gone.

Sat Apr 12, 2003 5:46 pm

Wait wait....

NW didn't retire their DC-10's already did they?!

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dc-10 levo
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RE: Familiar Aviation Family Members, Gone.

Sun Apr 13, 2003 12:06 am

Not all of them:


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Photo © Richard Russell
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Photo © Garry Lewis
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Photo © Ivan Coninx



But maybe some of them:


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Photo © Bruce Leibowitz
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Photo © Chaz Hinkle
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RE: Familiar Aviation Family Members, Gone.

Sun Apr 13, 2003 1:09 am

Northwest has retired all of their -40 series DC10s and a few of the older -30 series, but the remaining DC10s will be around for a few more years, until enough A330s are delivered to replace them.
 
Iflewrepublic
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RE: Familiar Aviation Family Members, Gone.

Sun Apr 13, 2003 1:27 pm

It breaks my heart to see our old girls sitting by themselves in the desert...and without a name! The DC-10 was a real treat of an airplane. Truly a magnificent machine. From a passengers viewpoint, it was a real delight to fly in. From an employees viewpoint, it was real delight to operate.

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