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Memories Of The "Friendly Skies"
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2022 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

traildriver:

Good points, all.

Recall, also,TWA took delivery of their last "Connies" ("JETSTREAM") in 1957; just two years later (1959) TWA was already placing 707's in service.

The "JETSTREAM", though a magnificent-looking aircraft, to be sure, was a plane that was built too late to be able to compete with the new jets (TWA replaced overseas Constellation flights with jets in 1961)

Only a few years later (1960), TWA began converting some of its L-1649A Constellations into freighters.

Ironically, when TWA retired its last "Connies" in 1967, the older models were the ones still in service; the newer Constellations had already been retired.

The massive and majestic BRISTOL "BRITANNIA" prop-jet was also a "prop" plane that was introduced too late to compete with pure jets.....

"NYO"

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2022 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Recall, also, that TWA was an airline that did not operate any prop-jets; when they retired the last "Connies" in 1967, TWA became an all-"pure jet" carrier.

EASTERN had been using its last Constellations in shuttle service until 1968, one year after TWA retired the last of their "Connie" fleet.

These venerable aircraft were, in turn, replaced by L-188 ELECTRA prop-jets, which lasted in the service for another decade.......

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2022 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did a little research and came across this most interesting page; this is a very interesting article with a number of intriguing images......

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/passenger-planes-future-look/index.html

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2022 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some of these proposed future "airliners" are indeed bizarre, to say the least....(!!) Shocked

https://listverse.com/2016/02/28/10-proposed-airliners-of-the-future/
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2022 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With rising fuel costs always in the news these days, it is basically a "no-brainer" that future airliners are going to be designed to be as "green" as possible, and to usher in a new era of fuel-efficient commercial aircraft.

Recall, TWA's sleek, rouguish-looking CONVAIR 880, which was withdrawn in 1974, due to the then-current fuel crises; these now-=classic airliners entered service with TWA on January 12, 1961....the very same day that Your's Truly turned four! Wink (ANCIENT history, four sure!)

The first-generation jet airliners dated from a long-ago time when fuel was both plentiful and cheap (compared to 2022)

What will the future hold for the airliners of the future?

We can only speculate......

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2023 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Flying the FRIENDLY skies"!?!? Rolling Eyes Razz

The recent massive meltdown at Southwest just recently......a computer glitch that grounded all flights in the country.....SOMETHING is indeed going on.

Who is REALLY in charge, here?

WHY are such massive and disruptive failures happening more and more frequently?

Sadly, we now live in an age where unruly, unstable passengers get violent during flights; flight delays and cancellations are becoming more and more frequent.

The days of sane, stable, and well-dressed airline passengers have, sadly, vanished forever.

Hard to believe, that, as recently as several decades ago, fine meals on fine chine was served to well-dressed passengers, observation decks at many airports were commonplace, and there were no long, tedious lines for passengers (and their luggage) to be scanned like a loaf of bread at a supermarket check-out.

"Progress"?

Hardly..........

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