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Old Timer's Airline Quiz and Discussion

Old Oct 29, 16, 8:28 am
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Originally Posted by jlemon View Post

3. It's the fall of 2000 and you are in Portland, Oregon. You've just completed a project as a consultant and have now accepted an invitation from friends to join them for a late season backpacking trip in Yosemite National Park. You have also ascertained there is a direct flight departing PDX daily at 5:00pm that will get you to the closest airport to Yosemite NP with jet service by 7:40pm. One intermediate stop will be made en route by flight 333. What air carrier will you be flying on and what airport will you be arriving into at 7:40pm? Also identify the en route stop and the twin engine jet aircraft type. ANSWERED
Final boarding call for the above! The destination airport was Fresno (FAT) and flight 333 was operated with a DC9. I'll provide the answer tomorrow should there be no additional guesses.

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Old Oct 29, 16, 10:14 am
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Originally Posted by jlemon View Post
Final boarding call for the above! The destination airport was Fresno (FAT) and flight 333 was operated with a DC9. I'll provide the answer tomorrow should there be no additional guesses.
DC-9? In that era, I am going to have to guess G4 (it wouldn't have been NW and I know it wasn't NW that far out west).
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Old Oct 29, 16, 2:09 pm
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Originally Posted by YVR Cockroach View Post
DC-9? In that era, I am going to have to guess G4 (it wouldn't have been NW and I know it wasn't NW that far out west).
Care to guess the intermediate stop?
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Old Oct 29, 16, 2:33 pm
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Originally Posted by jlemon View Post
Care to guess the intermediate stop?
Semi-hub of OAK?
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Old Oct 29, 16, 3:24 pm
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Originally Posted by YVR Cockroach View Post
Semi-hub of OAK?
Nope, it wasn't Oakland....
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Old Oct 29, 16, 4:13 pm
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Originally Posted by jlemon View Post
Nope, it wasn't Oakland....
I'll take Reno for $20.
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Old Oct 29, 16, 5:25 pm
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Originally Posted by kochleffel View Post
I'll take Reno for $20.
And that bet will pay off handsomely! Here's the sched as operated by Allegiant Air:

G4 333: Portland (PDX) 5:00p - 6:20p Reno (RNO) 6:50p - 7:40p Fresno (FAT)
Op: Daily
Equip: DC9

Allegiant Air was based in Fresno at this time. The "low cost" carrier would eventually move their corporate headquarters to Las Vegas where they remain based today. It appears G4 is making a profit these days although their B757-200 service to Hawaii did not work out as planned.
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Old Oct 29, 16, 5:45 pm
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12 months ago I referred in this thread to a collection of old aircraft models in the terminal building of Palma airport in Spain. Just back from there; the models are still there and this time my camera was ready for them !

Starting with a lot of old Palma regulars. In the ones just below, there is one US carrier. They often turned up at Palma several times a day in the 1970s. But where were they coming from ?
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Old Oct 29, 16, 5:48 pm
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Only 5 at a time it seems
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Old Oct 29, 16, 5:52 pm
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The ones above were all aircraft that once upon a time would have been regulars at Palma. There were further cases with those from elsewhere. It's quite a collection. The owner who has lent them (long term it seems) had a pretty good collection. Here's the US case.
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what the ...??? BN 707s with CFM56 engines?!
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Old Oct 30, 16, 11:42 am
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Originally Posted by jrl767 View Post
what the ...??? BN 707s with CFM56 engines?!
Ah, perhaps they're actually USAF KC-135R aircraft in disguise......

(That should get the attention of any conspiracy theorists out there who may frequent this thread....)

These 707s also appear to be the bent antenna version of the airplane.

And many thanks to WHBM for these great photos!
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Old Oct 30, 16, 1:44 pm
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Originally Posted by jlemon View Post
These 707s also appear to be the bent antenna version of the airplane. And many thanks to WHBM for these great photos!
^ ^

What is a Western 707/720 doing in the mix? Was Palma perhaps a refueling stop enroute to a new identity with a Middle Eastern operator such as MEA?
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Old Oct 30, 16, 2:19 pm
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What is a Western 707/720 doing in the mix? Was Palma perhaps a refueling stop enroute to a new identity with a Middle Eastern operator such as MEA?
Travel agency window models, where anything goes. The Iran Air ticket office on Piccadilly in London had a wonderful window model, larger than these, of Concorde in Iran Air colours, until just a few years ago when the office was relocated to a less-expensive location.

https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/200...nian-concorde/
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Old Oct 30, 16, 3:29 pm
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Originally Posted by Seat 2A View Post
^ ^

What is a Western 707/720 doing in the mix? Was Palma perhaps a refueling stop enroute to a new identity with a Middle Eastern operator such as MEA?
I would be surprised if WA ever operated an aircraft into Palma on a charter.....but then again, who knows? Perhaps someone just provided the model for the display.

And if it weren't for WHBM, I never would have known that Western B737-200 aircraft flown by WA cockpit crews operated scheduled service on behalf of Air France (with the aircraft painted in AF livery) on its island hopper flights in the Caribbean all the way north into Miami.... ("Air France: The Only Way To Aviate!")

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