Aviation Photo #1574739 Convair 440-49 Metropolitan - American Inter-Island

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St. Thomas was notorious among pilots for its short (then 4,658 ft) runway; the B727 was the heaviest type authorised to use it, and even then only in one direction. After the fatal crash of an AA 727 there in 4.76, the airline suspended jet service to the island and introduced Convairliners. This 440 was originally Garuda's PK-GCT in 1.58 and was b/u at Carlsbad in 1993. My arrival at STT was by Eastern - 727.... but I left on a Dak!
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    Richard Vandervord
    American Inter-Island
    Convair 440-49 Metropolitan
    Convair 340/440/540/580/640/5800 (C-131/R4Y/Metropolitan)
    Convair 340/440/540/580/640/5800 (C-131/R4Y/Metropolitan)
    St. Thomas - Cyril E. King (Harry S. Truman)
    US Virgin Islands
    October 1980
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