Who remembers the good ol' days?

Dec 23rd, 2002, 01:29 PM
Gerry K
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The Northeast Yellowbird was my first too, Wilbur. And I thought Eastern's slogan was the best airline slogan ever: "The Wings of Man."

Dec 23rd, 2002, 02:32 PM
Good-bye, Capn' Eddie
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We were supposed to fly Eastern to San Juan from Boston via "Idlewild" in 1958 on a DC 6, and one of the engines conked out just past Savannah. They diverted us to Bermuda and arranged for us to fly a Pan Am DC-7 from Bermuda to San Juan.

I remmeber how different it felt to be on the Pan Am flight vs. the Eastern flight -- somehow so much more glamorous -- that big white plane with the blue globe logo, those incredible beautiful bi-lingual and sophisticated stewardesses who wore white high heels (what were they doing wearing high heels?).
Dec 25th, 2002, 11:33 AM
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My first flight was also on Northeast airline from NY to Worcester,Mass. Had a weekend pass from Ft. Dix and was going home for the weekend.
After we were in the air awhile I couldn't see the ground. When I asked the stew(flight attendent) why I couldn't see the ground she said it was cloudy!!!! Duh!!!!
This was also a DC3. WOW, that was in 1957.
Dec 30th, 2002, 03:31 PM
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I remember those days well....those were the days when the average Joe could not afford the airfare to take his family very far. Those were the days when the airlines, in concert with the government agencies, set the seat prices as high as they could. Notwithstanding the turmoil in the airline industry....thank goodness those days are gone! After all, all taxpayers paid for the infrastructure that allow us to use airlines so as many people as possible should be able to take advantage of it. I will take a cheaper ticket with no meal or fancy stewardess any day.
Dec 31st, 2002, 01:56 PM
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How romantic - but if you think I'm going to wear uncomfortable pantyhose and some kind of dress on my 15 hour economy class flight to Asia, you're nuts! Seats were probably bigger then... As for food, well, I bring some of my own usually since the food's not that great. Although I had a fabulous meal on my way to Lima, Peru - complete with fancy menu! I find its better to choose the meal that is the cuisine of the country who owns the airline (eg; order Korean meal on Korean Air - they are much better at making bimibap than chicken cordon bleu). My apologies, but I'll be wearing comfortable (yet presentable) clothes on my flight.
Jan 4th, 2003, 03:37 PM
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I'm 31 and I still get dressed up to fly!

I remember throwing up on every flight as a little kid until I discovered my best friend Dramamine. Before that, I had a collection of "bags" from various airlines like Alleghany Air, Pan Am, etc.

I used to love flying as a kid to get those cool wings that made me think someday I could be a flight attendant.

Now, I just love to fly although I would like some leg room.
Jan 7th, 2003, 12:45 PM
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I think ol Joe in his post a couple above mine is just jealous. Joe, those were fun days of travel-passable food on airplanes and good looking stewardesses. Wooohooo!

Why did we seem to get motion sickness much more often in those days?

I always wore a tie and a suit coat.

Joe, don't turn green with envy---it is not your best color.
Jan 9th, 2003, 11:24 AM
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I remember when the flight attendants didn't have to be scared for their lives as the first line of defense from idiots.......please give them all the credit they deserve but don't normally get....speaking from being a "hostess" with TWA in the old days.
Jan 14th, 2003, 09:24 AM
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I remember when we ate Steak and Lobster on Frontier airlines in coach. I thought the people in the front part of the plane were the ones going on to another destination since we were unloaded off the back
Jan 15th, 2003, 10:35 AM
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Take a second and dd to this list of airlines that are no more:

Bar Harbor
Provincetown-Boston Airways
Pan American
Trans World
North Central
Air Florida
Peoples Express (late, but maybe unlamented)

Jan 15th, 2003, 01:02 PM
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Mohawk, which hath been consumed by Allegheny a.k.a. Agony, which hath been consumed by Piedmont (I think) or U.S. Air. We knew it as "Shmoe-hawk."
Jan 18th, 2003, 05:28 PM
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Just found a deck of cards.....

American Airlines - Home of the Stratocruiser

circa 1970

It's still in perfect condition.
Jan 19th, 2003, 08:59 AM
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My first flight was in 1950 from Rome to Panama. We stopped in Nice. We changed planes in London. We stopped in Lisbon, stopped in the Azores and Kingston, Jamaica. Flew on BOAC (British Airways). What food, what service. I was 10 yrs old and have been in love with planes ever since.
Jan 22nd, 2003, 03:31 PM
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"I wish all the airlines currently flying in the U.S. would form an alliance to become one great airline and name it Pan Am. We need more civility in air travel!!!"

Except that Pan Am is flying under new management.

Jan 23rd, 2003, 08:53 AM
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Civility in the air is a thing of the past, at least until the system as we know changes.

Airlines have become the mass-public transportation of the skies and are not about to change without being forced to.

The whole system is a mess. Passengers are treated without respect (the airlines have forgotten that without passengers they don't have a business).

The employees(pilots, flight attendants, mechanics,ticket agents, etc.) are forced to take paycuts and then asked to work MORE hours!

I don't know about anyone else, but it seems to me that a 16-hour duty-day for a flight-crew is beyond what should be reasonable.

United Airlines just recently told thier pilots that they are going to increase their flight hours yet again and this came after a large paycut (29%?).

There's a good book that was just released on some of these issues and how they can be changed. The author, David Koch, has an article listed on the front page of www.landings.com

I know I hate the thought of flying now with the current "cattle car" mentality of the airlines.
Jan 23rd, 2003, 03:52 PM
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I think that as long as you have uncivilised passengers, you probably aren't going to get the greatest service in the world. And then these same uncivilised passengers are totally surprised when their a**es aren't kissed.
As for myself, at least, I give good customer service as much as possible. There is a line that everyone has though and some folks just can't resist crossing it.
And when folks can't have it their way, they blame the airlines. When you don't give them first class for free or whatever their demands are, it's your fault.
It all boils down to the spoiled rotten and "me me me" society that we live in. Some folks just can't stand it when their parade is rained on.
Jan 23rd, 2003, 08:20 PM
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Ah, for the "good ol' days." Yes, I sure do remember them. People were so well dressed, always in the latest of styles.
Flights to Europe, flights to Hawaii, flights to S.A. Continental stewardess dressed up in Hawaiin attire/leis. First Class had a pu-pu buffet set up in last row. This was before meal service. Flights on AAL...Again First Class. Seats would turn around, passengers would face one another, table was set-up with white tablecloths. Pan Am flight to Rio, F.C....Invited upstairs to dine on 747. Dining room held approx 4 - 6 couples. Tables set with white tablecloths. Again, great dining, great food, good drinks.
Yes, they were the good ol' days.
Remember when "stu's" wore mini-skirts, boots and those cute little hats to match? Who on this board remembers the piano bars?
Jan 24th, 2003, 04:27 AM
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Who can remember some of the slogans and theme songs? I can't "hum" the tunes here, but there was, "Nationwide, worldwide, TWA." And I remember that Pan Am had a lovely theme/slogan, just can't remember what it was -- can someone help?
Jan 24th, 2003, 06:27 AM
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The shuttle buses at Dulles airport (IAD) used to go from the main terminal straight to the plane. You had your choice on a big plane, go out the front or rear exit right on to a shuttle to the terminal.
Jan 24th, 2003, 10:20 AM
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Yes, I remember my mom dressing my sister and me up like we were going to church, really nice stewardesses, and meals that were pretty good. The seats seem about the same to me, but then again, I was a kid. However, I also remember my sister routinely having to use the barf bag and the flight from Fayetteville Arkansas to Dallas on Frontier Airlines. We left at 7:00 am and got there around noon because we landed and picked up passengers at Ft. Smith, Texarkana, and Paris Texas on the way. No wonder my sister got sick!

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