IAHFLYR wrote:Your title is pretty misleading since most of the airlines you've listed were not regional carriers as Piedmont,, Republic, PeopleExpress and Western flew mainline aircraft as well as flew routes all over the country. At least when I read the title I'm thinking SkyWest, Mesa, Republic, Envoy etc,. who are Regional Carriers operating within the "Express" type of operations for UA, AA, DL.
Okay so now that I've ripped into the title, sorry I flew Piedmont quite often from IAH to CLT as well as around N.C. and absolutely loved them above all the rest. Service was great, Piedmont Punch was great, very clean livery and the over all attitude of just about everyone was outstanding. For me Piedmont stands out among all the airlines of the late 80's and I was incredibly sad to see them absorbed into U.S. Air.
I flew Republic a couple of times as well as Frontier, but neither made much of an impression on me.
IADCA wrote:To be fair to the OP, most of those carriers developed under regulation, when local service airlines were a lot closer to what regional carriers today are than what Piedmont became when it merged into US. RJs did't exist, so it was either prop flights (and some of the above, again including Piedmont, even had Express/Connect brands for their prop feeder flights as the 80s wore on) or the original RJs - the smaller DC9/727/737/One-Eleven sized planes. Not that you really need to be reminded of this - obviously you were there - but others might miss the context.
As for me on the original topic, it was only Piedmont for me off that list, but I'll echo IAHFLYR. My first few dozen flights were on Piedmont as a child, and I still smile every time I see one of the successive iterations of the Piedmont heritage planes.
global2 wrote:As Spacecadet mentioned, the North Terminal was a chaotic experience.
Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe
Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days
Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit
Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior
Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft
Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials
Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions
Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin
Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon
Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos
Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft
Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries
Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground
Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos