The recent AMR bankruptcy that will have an unfavorable effect on most of the American Airline employees was briefly set aside on Sunday, Novembe 4, 2011 as two American Airlines F/A’s stopped at my book signing location and after a brief bit of bantering a photo op session ensued. The front cover of the “Rogue” has a photo of flight crews frolicking on the ramp at Georgetown, Guyana and we complimented that with flight crews frolicking on Concourse D at MIA.
This playful excursion was enhanced when I was able to engage an American Airlines 767 pilot in a nostalgic discussion regarding the joys of flying the 727. As Captain David (last name unknown) so aptly stated, “It was the last “stick-and-rudder airplane for most airline pilots,” as the high tech cockpits rendered the old “steam gauge”/fuel-sucking airplanes to be obsolete.
For more commercial aviation nostalgia you can access an article written by Ace Abbott in the July/August issue of Airliners Magazine. It features a restored Eastern Airlines DC-7 that is now being flown aound the country and it is available for rides for a resonable sum. It also frequents many air shows. Ace’s article is titled Sweet Nostalgia.