MEMORIES OF EASTERN

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name: Arthur Rindner1

Date: Monday, December 24, 

Time: 02:41 PM

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I am an ex Pan Am employee, loved flying with Eastern. Eastern was one of the GREAT airlines We miss you.

Arthur Rindner. IAH, LAX, LHR, BEG, FIH, KBL, IST, LED, closed FRA September 1991arindner@yahoo.com


Jim "Dusty" Rhode1
jimrhode@dps.state.nv.us
Date: Friday, December 21, 
Time: 05:24 PM

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Just found the site and it's great.

Worked ORD ticket counter 67-78, then MIA central lost & found/bag claime 78-80, then ATL cargo 80-12, and finally MIA Cargo 82-89.
Was always a great time whatever station and, like most former employees thought EA was a GREAT FAMILY.
Still upset, after all these years.

Regards to all

Jim


Date: Wednesday, December 19, 
Time: 11:47 AM

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Hi all. I use to work at FLL with Aircraft Service back in the early seventies. I refueled a lot of Eastern aircrafts and I just wish Eastern was still flying. I knew a lot of the employees that worked for Eastern and was wondering how everyone was doing. I was offered a job with Eastern at one time but I liked what I was doing so I declined the offer. I am not in the airline industry. i would love to get back and work at an airport again as I really miss being around airplanes. Just want to say Hi to everyone that worked at Eastern. They were number one and no other airline came close to them.


I worked a red eye from LAX to MCO in 1977. We had a family of six on board, very English of course, and the youngest lad was about six years old. Seeing this family with their four kids, I thought" Ok,, here we go.." but they were very well behaved.

Just prior to landing, the youngest called me over and stated

"Excuse me sir, but if we are this high, where is God??" That question really stumped me, so I quickly answered,"Well young sir, to see God, we have to go higher than that, and I'm afraid our aircraft is not designed to go that high!" With that said, the young lad said,

"Oh, I see..thank you!" and went back to sleep. I walked away with my hand over my mouth trying hard not to laugh, but it was hysterical.

I shared this with the other crew and they howled. They thought it was just too cute!

When we landed, the family got off the plane and the yougnest politely told me, "Thank you sir for answering my question" I told the young lad anytime, and off he went. It was something to remember.


Tuesday, December 04,

Time: 03:01 AM

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My favorite EASTERN AIRLINES memory is of my first flight in a BOEING 757-200 out of LaGuardia w/my mother during the night of 10/84.

We were enroute to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. I have a very clear memory of how crowded it was that night at LaGuardia. I looked out side the terminal windows into the blackness of night, to see the EASTERN's newest, most technologically advanced aircraft ever built, at that time. Fitted with 2 Rolls Royce RB-211 High bypass ratio turbo fans, she was sitting there waiting ever so patiently, as her ground crew got her ready for departure. I was 12 years old. I specifically had waited an extra day or two, just to fly on the new 757, & it was not at all easy, since I love to fly. If I would have went home earlier, I would have been stuck with the same old plane that was already in service all over the place; the BOEING 727-200. I wanted to fly on something new. So, my Aunt Tracy, who at the time had been employed as a flight attendant for EASTERN, had changed the ticket as a special treat for me, so I would have the chance to experience this incredible new aircraft. The flight back to Ft. Lauderdale was packed. It was a full plane. As we boarded the aircraft, I was happy to discover that our seat assignment was all the way in the rear right hand side of the plane, behind the wing. What amazed me initially, was how high the wing tips were off the ground, as opposed to the other planes there. They were towering over the fuselages of the other planes. When it was our turn to be pushed back from the gate, I watched with eager eyes out of my window, as the wing began to bounce a little bit. Then, all of the sudden, I heard a very very low smooth hum, as the captain started up the engines 1 at a time. Since I was behind the 2 massive engines, I couldn't hear a whine, but I felt it. In those types of planes, all you really notice, is a very low accoustic tone during the start-up phase. I felt the plane starting to shake a little bit, & heard the rush of air, as the cabin lights were dimmed for taxiing out to the runway, & as we began creeping along the tarmac ever slow slowly & methodically, as if in a very well choriographed d

I was pinned back into my seat in mere seconds, as we accelerated with gusto down the runway, & we were accelerating so quickly, we were by that time, already just about at v1 speed! It was also a very bumpy ride down that runway, too. Then we lifted up very quickly, & up we went, into the night sky, over NYC. In no time at all, the flaps went up to the clean wings position, & we banked over to the left. The pilot had by this time, reduced power, & it finally started to get a little quieter.(!) For dinner, we were served: Salisburry steak. I think for desert we had carrot cake, to. I had a soda. When we were over the east coast of FL, my mother had calculated that we were going an estimated 450 miles per hour. We bagan our approach into Ft. Lauderdale, & when the flaps started to inch there way out, I noticed that they were going out & going out, & going out! -- I couldn't believe that they were actually able to slide out as far as they did! They were huge! I was so surprised that they had that much area to them. When we finally touched down at Ft. Lauderdale, it was a smooth landing. We just barely scraped the ground. Then the huge spoilers on the tops of the wing had slowly flipped up & I saw everything. I saw the blue lights rushing by at over 120 miles per hour between the flap & the wing, & then I heard the silent whoosh of the thrust reverser doors opening up to slow that giant down, & we turned off the high speed taxi way. We were home. It was a very fun flight. That is one memory of EASTERN of which I'll never forget. It is one of my most treasured memories, as a matter of fact. I wish EASTERN was still around. From time to time, I pay tribute to the airline, through some of my special drawings of the old EASTERN emblem.


Thursday, December 27, 

Time: 12:56 PM

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Does anyone out there remember the total domination by the Miami Cougars in the annual softball tournament in Atlanta??


Sunday, December 30,

Time: 04:07 PM

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I thought that I would tell my own small story that day, and how it started for me. U see I'am a 51 year old truck driver in CT. And as I do everday hitting the clock at 7:00 AM. On this day I had to drive to Norwalk, Connecticut. It's about 30 mins away from my home base. On that tuesday morning the traffic was extra heavy. I was bitching all the way there. I had to drop a trailer in a dock. I got there about 8:00, and when I pulled up to the dock the doors were locked. The customer was late. Then he finally showed up at 8:15. As I begain to back up my trailer, the garbage truck pulled up, and asked if he could get in there before I backed in. I thought I would never get to drop the box. It was about 8:30 when I unhooked. I got my paper work sighed, and started off for Stratford,Ct. I saw another small accident, but this time, I got through there with no problem. As I drove back to the yard, I heard a news flash of a small plan hitting the twin towers. I looked at the clock on my dash board and it read 8:50. Driving to New York, I just thought that maybe someone lost control, or had a heart attack. I drove a little more, and as I turned in to the yard to drop of the paper work, I thought I heard another report of a plan the second tower. What the hell is going on. That can't be right. I thought that it was a report of the first plan. When I got inside. I heard that it was a second plan, and that the first plan was not a small after all. One of my dispatcher said we are being attacted. I was then told to hook up to a full load heading for Hartford. I hooked up. I was listening to CBS radio, an all news station out of New York. Thay had sent there news helicoper there to see if thay could help some poeple get out from the top of the building, and maybe even try to help them off if possible. There seemed to be all kinds of distractions, and the people on the radio were in a worried state, and I could hear it in there voices. As I drove on, the news coming out of the radio was getting crazier and crazier. I co


Virginia Horel1

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I started with Eastern on July 31, 1978 at the Oakbrook, Ill Reservations office. In Feb. 1988 we were told that that office was closing down so several of us transfered to the Tpa Res Center. Most of us were there til the end. I had many happy experiences working for Eastern and got the chance to do a lot of traveling that I wouldn't have done otherwise. Despite having to pick up and move, those were some of the best years of my life.


Ozzie1

Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2002

Time: 10:03:04 AM

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All my experience as a F/A for EAL was great. Mainly my first two years as so many of us young people gathered in SJU in'72. We were like a family. Didn't think of doing things just by myself we were constantly going up and down together to fun places. Guatemala with Mike Kasten, Pat Patterson and Bubba.

Mexico, Europe, with other also beautiful people Myrna Matos etc.

In '72 I had a spiritual awakening and in '75 while in EWR I began to study the Bible. With the possibility of changing schedules around gave me the oportunity to enter Seminary in '76 and graduate with the Master of Divinity in '80. I was ordained a pastor and have been since. The experience as an EAL F/A was important for that vocation decision and I thank God for the opportunity He gave me to experience those young years there. Thank you. Ozzie Marino


Birdie Vario1

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2002

Time: 12:25:57 PM

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How about sleeping on the floor in my office because of the bad snow storms at O'Hare. One time I was there during a storm on my birthday which is April 3rd!! The road were not plowed enough to get home!

Actually the worst snow storm occurred in January, 1967- not 1978 that some people claim. I was lucky to make it home that time but my co-workers spent days at the hangar where we worked.


Jeevan1

Date: Wednesday, February 06, 2002

Time: 06:56:20 PM

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Apprentice training on Jet engines


name: Joe1

Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Time: 07:54:56 PM

memories:

In mid-late 70's I used to fly fairly often between Buffalo and Atlanta. I tried to take the L1011 whenever possible but the evening

DC9 was always cozy. Anyhow, I loved the meals going from Buffalo to Atlanta because the food that was placed on board in Toronto was the best! (Meals from Atlanta to Buffalo were not so good.) God, I miss Eastern.


lea cornett1

Date: Thursday, January 31, 2002

Time: 07:59:01 PM

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How may of you remember the "Moonies"?

Lord we had so much fun at IAH, it was a lot of hard work, but we had fun too!!!

Pilots, Flight attendents, Ticket Agents, Ramp Rats and the freight people. It was a lot of work to get the flights out o time. I worked gates, ops, and freight----we all worked hard to keep EA going and were sold out by management.

When the company moved the Moonies to ORD, they knew it would fail. They downgraded the aircraft---you can't park 2 A300 next to each other at ORD---

At IAH, we had the perfect weather year round and the right type of gates to park all of the A300s.

When the moved the Moonies to ORD in March, there was no advertising and the gates were so close together that there as no way to park 2 A300s next to each other. What a joke!!! I was there!!

We at IAH had the best station Manager---God Bless Him.


John Cobb Jr.1

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First to clarify, I have never been an eastern employee but I am the son of John or Johnny Cobb, as he was known at work. I was lucky enough to get to fly on the first DC 8 that Eastern owned. My dad flew as the Flight Engineer on its first flight from Long Beach California to Miami. I believe that flight set some sort of commercial time record for crossing the continental United States. I was 9 years old at the time and while in California had an emergency apendectomy. Probably ruined my parents trip. Didn't help my enjoyment much either. I especially remember that this was the first plane I had ever flown on that didn't smell of stale tobacco. It was also the first flight that I did not get airsick. I was really happy about that since I still had stitches from the apendectomy.

My other special memories involve being paid to participate in evacuations drills on different aircraft parked in a hanger near 36th Street. Happily these were the only times that I had to evacuate an airplane.

I was especially unhappy about the demise of the airline because it effected some of Dad's retirement as I am sure it did many of you and it slowed my parents ability to come visit me in my home in Texas.

Although i was never an employee I was always proud of Eastern Air Lines and that my dad worked there.


M Davis Thomas1

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My first airplane flight was on Eastern (June 1984) RDU-MIA. What a ride!


George Andritsakis, Jr.1

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I remember the first time I flew on Eastern, when I was 4 years old, my dad started working for EAL on June 12, 1982, six days after my birth. The first time I flew on EAL was April 17, 1988, from Salt Lake to Miami. It was a 727, and stopped in ATL then I switched to an A300 (why?) for the rest of the way to MIA. I have studied the way the two franks killed the proud wings of man, and to be honest, a chimp could run EAL better then the 2 of them together. Although I do agree woth Borman that the A300 was great, he put them on the wrong routes and kept the maintenance of them in off-the-wall locations. They should have been mainly out of MIA and JFK, youre bigger hubs. If anyone is interested, im trying to find people to buy into my idea of re-flying Eastern out of MIA, ATL or JFK, if anyone can help, please email me. Thanks!


Rick Chisholm1

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I miss my EAL family. I worked 29 years with the best people around. While furloughed in 1960, I worked with the great people on the JFK ticket counter. After EAL, I worked an L1011 for a Saudi businessman.

After 8 years of total retirement, I was fortunate to get a job with American as a sim pilot instructor on the Boeing 777. I love the work and have found a new family to love. I have worked with several exEAL pilots now flying the 777 for American. Hello to all and Email is always welcome.


name: Gerry, 1
email: gerrythrash@earthlink.net

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I never worked for Eastern Airlines...but the first airplane flight I ever took was an Eastern flight from Atlanta to Boston in 1981. I was 16 years old and that experience of finally flying for the first time is something I'll always remember. I remember the Eastern crew was extremely nice and they all looked like they were happy to be there.

It's too bad what happened to Eastern. Hopefully airlines today can take a lesson from Eastern and not let history repeat itself.


name: Jon Skinner, 1
email: jas1_99@yahoo.com

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I flew with EAL for six wonderful years and loved every minute of them. How well I remember working the red-eyes between ATL and SFO on our beautiful L-1011's...the good old days!

I remember one silly incident back around '85. We'd taken off from FLL early in the afternoon, bound for ATL. The weather was stormy, so we had a pretty bumpy ride. The Captain was having a hard time of it, trying to climb above the weather. I was seated in one of the mid-section jumpseats (L-1011) facing aft. Adjacent to me was an old woman who took out her rosary and began reciting the Lord's Prayer. It was funny, because each time the plane would jar back and forth, up and down, she'd break into another verse. "Ouuuur Faaaather Whooooo aaaarrrrt in HEAVEN, haaaalllowwwed be THY NAME..." The other F/A's and I were in stitches. Within minutes, we were above it all and had begun our service. As I reached her with the cart and asked what she'd like to drink, she exclaimed, "A Screwdriver...and make it a triple!" I laughed about that for days.

We sure had some great times at EAL...days I miss. I now fly for Southwest, another great company. However, I'll never forget my days with Eastern, the people (all of them great) or the pride we felt for OUR airline. How sad that Eastern is no more.


name: Robert Noe, 1

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Just found this site. As a traveller I miss EAL. I first flew on Eastern in about 1958 from Detroit (Willow Run) to Orlando (or Tampa?). I think we stopped 3 times in route. EAL was a great airline.

If anyone reading this has any route info from the late 50's please contact me. I am trying to create a map of my air travels and am uncertain of the route in my early flights.


name: Craig,
email: Stonesboy2000@yahoo.com

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Eastern was great back in the mid 80's flying the L1011 to Miami,today you are either on a 737 or MD-88 !!!! At least the Tri-star was roomy and an experience to fly ..


name: Jeffrey Waldrop
memories

March 4, 2002

Of all the airlines I have flown on, Eastern was my favorite. When I was a boy, my parents worked in Curacao, in the Dutch Caribbean. Every two to four years, we went back to the U.S. to visit family and friends. I always remeber being excited that we were going to fly Eastern to Miami, then on to Dallas. There were times when we had to fly other airlines, and I remeber feeling angry and disappointed, but the times we flew on Eastern were great. There was just something about the attitude of friendliness and the optimism displayed by the entire company. I also loved the color scheme of the aircraft. I was inspired to pursue a career in aviation partly because of my love for Eastern.

Jeffrey Waldrop


memories:

I just wanted to let the people know who didn't that my wonderful mom, Marlene Milburn passed away this past January 2002. We will all miss her very much!!!!!


I flew with EAL for six wonderful years and loved every minute of them. How well I remember working the red-eyes between ATL and SFO on our beautiful L-1011's...the good old days!

I remember one silly incident back around '85. We'd taken off from FLL early in the afternoon, bound for ATL. The weather was stormy, so we had a pretty bumpy ride. The Captain was having a hard time of it, trying to climb above the weather. I was seated in one of the mid-section jumpseats (L-1011) facing aft. Adjacent to me was an old woman who took out her rosary and began reciting the Lord's Prayer. It was funny, because each time the plane would jar back and forth, up and down, she'd break into another verse. "Ouuuur Faaaather Whooooo aaaarrrrt in HEAVEN, haaaalllowwwed be THY NAME..." The other F/A's and I were in stitches. Within minutes, we were above it all and had begun our service. As I reached her with the cart and asked what she'd like to drink, she exclaimed, "A Screwdriver...and make it a triple!" I laughed about that for days.

We sure had some great times at EAL...days I miss. I now fly for Southwest, another great company. However, I'll never forget my days with Eastern, the people (all of them great) or the pride we felt for OUR airline. How sad that Eastern is no more.


Robert Noe

Just found this site. As a traveller I miss EAL. I first flew on Eastern in about 1958 from Detroit (Willow Run) to Orlando (or Tampa?). I think we stopped 3 times in route. EAL was a great airline.

If anyone reading this has any route info from the late 50's please contact me. I am trying to create a map of my air travels and am uncertain of the route in my early flights.


Eastern was great back in the mid 80's flying the L1011 to Miami,today you are either on a 737 or MD-88 !!!! At least the Tri-star was roomy and an experience to fly ..


name: Bob Ballard, 

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NIAVE AS CAN BE.............

to even think about sitting on the couch in the shuttle stand by lounge, not to mention eat one of their snacks while they were upstairs boarding a flight until the crew got back to BOS from the last leg from LGA.

The sounds of lighters lighting up from the L2 jumpseat on the 727 when the no-smoking light went out.

Those awful scrambled eggs in the paper cups on the BOS-PHL 38 minute leg. The Moonlight special, the scheduler that hated me and booked me on the BOS-LAX red-eye with the 3 hour min. call out time and time again.

The galley parties in the belly of the L-1011 ;-)

A very short role in my life for me but a role that has left the very best times and memories thanks to a lot of you!


name: David Thompson

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It took me 3 years to get on with Eastern in Miami. It was then and looking back now best job I ever had, in spite of all the hard times. Everyone would have agree that working for Eastern had a glamour to it that I haven’t seen in this industry for sometime.

In closing I wish that all of us had worked harder to save Eastern airlines and our jobs.


name: B. Burns, 

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Let's see if I can do this right this time. I hit the submit button too soon last time.

I interviewed with Eastern in late 1972. After my first flight ever in 1971, and seeing the flight attendants, my mind was made up; that's all I wanted to do.

When interviews were scheduled in my home town (Mobile, AL), I pleaded with my dad to let me interview. He finally let me. I didn't hear from Eastern for a long time and had more or less given up.

As fate would have it, I received my letter of acceptance on the DAY I GOT MARRIED. I remember my dad holding the letter in one hand and my hand in the other showing me my engagement ring, me, all dressed for the wedding and him saying "What's it going to be...marriage or Eastern...marriage or Eastern"? (jokingly, of course).

Since everyone was already at the church I decided to go on with the wedding (that was also a joke, but the truth, too).

What bad timing!!!! I really wanted that job.

Well, guess what? After 25 years of marriage that ended in 1998 and raising two children I tried it again and am now a flight attendant with American Airlines. I love it. And, I knew all along I would. This is the greatest job in the world.

I know there are many of you who are now employed with American and I'm so glad those of you that are, didn't give up. This is a very addictive job, isn't it? Once it's in your system it's hard to let it go.

I hope the airline business stays intact...that we all fly safe...and that fate does not take my dream from me again.


name: smith, 
no: ON

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My first actual IFR x-country I looked at my flight instructer a retired EASTERN Captain Jimmy James and ask "Are we going out with this weather?" and he sad "Sure the best way to learn is by actual IFR flying!".It was my first time braking out the clouds and seeing the sun on a wet spring day in 1979 . 16,000hrs.later : As for me learning with the proes got me to a left seat, carring out all you have taught me ,your spirit still alive in every flight that I do for a person who really got me true .Captain George Smith B767 Rio/Brazil


name: saundria j simpson.

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I remember when I first started flying in the 70's when a passenger wrote me a complimentary letter. He said the service was great and I was so nice. If the aircraft went down he would love to have gone with me. My supervisor could not beleive some one would write a letter like that and neither could I. Another story. I chose to go to Montreal in the winter for my fan flight. At the time I was in flight school in Miami. I went to Montreal with no coat. I thought Montreal was going to be so exciting little did I know I would see the airplort only. To top it all off I had to layover for 2hours. For two hours I stayed with my face pressed to the glass wandering when my plane was going to come in. That was a wrong choice. If I had to do it all over again I would have chosen Puerto Rico. Peace and Love.


name: matthew sherrill,

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To start off with i never really worked for eastern but i had my own time card and uniform. My father worked 30 years for eastern and i used to go to work with him on a regular basis. i was of course 6 or 7 when i started going with him. he worked at clt and was a ramp superviser. i used to go in the bellies of the aircrafts, work the bag room etc.( i had more seniority than most full time) haha, but anyway i did it all, back then you could do stuff like that and no one cared. some other employees brought thier kids but never as much as my dad did. i loved it. anyway back to my little story, it was a summer day and i was on the ramp with my father and a dc-9 approached the gate and parked. the pilot came down the stairwell and saw me with a eastern uniform and started laughing and asked me my name, i said matthew and we carried a little conversion and my father came over and joined in the conversation, well the next thing i remember was the pilot asking me if i wanted to fly jumpseat to charlston and back with him. after my heart fell i answerd " YES SIR". and before i knew it we were rolling on the runway and headed for charlston. i will never forget that day when i got to fly up front. for a 9 year old to do that , that was the high-light of my life. i love eastern airlines and all the men that worked at charlotte nc and i will never forget the times and experiences i had....

matthew sherrill


name: John F Sheehy, 1

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Eastern Airlines! In 1973, while I was finishing up my DC-9 First Officer Training, at TNT; my wife was giving birth to our first child Rebecca.Some how the Check Airman found out about the blessed event,and had me do my last approach into MIA. He taxied the DC-9 up to a wating B-727, told me to get my bags and get on board it was going to take me to see my new baby and by the way,you passed! That is what made Eastern Airlines, The greatest Airine in the world.( PS- I think there is a special place in Hell for both Franks.)


name: Joseph L. Bradley, Jr, 1

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I did not work for Eastern. I was an 'airline brat'. Dad (Joe Sr.) worked for Eastern from 1948 till he retired sometime in the mid 80's. He worked in Houston, New York, Greensboro but mostly Atlanta. Dad worked in communications. My first flt was on a DC-3 when I was about 8 months old. I remember flying on the Martins, Convairs, all the DC's. My favorite was the Connie. We used to fly to Houston from Atlanta to visit my Grandparents. We flew a red eye about 3 AM or so. This one flight I was escourted to the cockpit and sat in the jump seat for most of the flight. I had the same experience on the Martin, the DC-7 and the Electra. God that was fun. We lived in the old Fairfax area by the Atlanta airport. The Delta Jet Base is now located where our house used to be. We lived so close to the runway, us kids used to sneak through the corn field and crawl up next to the runway. What a rush for a 5 yr old. I can remember that as planes ran up to takeoff rpm, Mom (Tiny as she was called. She worked as a phone operator in Atlanta for Eastern) would run to the kitchen and hold on to the cupboard doors. They had a habit of flying open and dishes would fall out. I remember the Qunsent Hut terminal, the wooden concourses and the old 2 story stucco terminal with the tower on top. I also wathced dad go to work. He would walk across that field with his lunch bag in hand, look both ways befor going across the runway and go to work in the old stucco building. I went to work with him a few times. Got in trouble once. I got to playing around with the vacum tub system. Seems I put something in one an apple or something and pretty well shut down the Atlanta Communications department for a few hours. Remember meeting Cpt. Eddie. I most of all remember how proud I was when I was asked what my dad did and I would answer that he worked for Eastern. Those were the best years of my life. I grew up wanting to fly for Eastern, but the army had other plans for me. I eventually got a chance to go to flt school in the Army and became a helicopter pilot. No Big Iron in my life, but flying is a passion. I am still flying. I now fly for Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. If any of you all remember Dad, drop a line if you want. Dad is no longer with us, but the Eastern memories live on. Joseph L. Bradley Jr aircareone@onebox.com April 2, 2002


name: Andrew Hart, 1
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I am not a former employee. I am just a simple college student that is interested in the history of some of the great airlines... Eastern, Braniff, Pan Am..... I think back to the late 80's and early 90's and seeing the Eastern logo at Boston... I dont think I ever flew EAL, and from what people tell me, I missed out on a lot. Seems that the airline industry is not the same anymore. From the stories I hear, it seems that there used to be a strong sense of family at each airline. I would love to talk with any former employees of Eastern, if anyone wants to email me... 056236h@acadiau.ca I read the book "Grounded", and that, along with former employee's stories, has led me to believe that Frank Lorenzo was quite possible the devil himself. What a bad man. Please email me if you have time! Thanks so much!

Cheers, Andrew


name: bernard bonnefoy, 1

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IN 1977 I WAS AN AIRBUS INDUSTRIE FIELD SERVICE ENGINEER BASED IN MIAMI (IT WAS THE INTRODUCTION OF THE A300B ) I ENJOYED VERY MUCH WORKING WITH THE EASTERN AIRLINE PEOPLE LINE MECHANICS,ENGINEERING, AND PILOTS I REMENBER SOME NAMES CAPT MARSHAL , CHIEF ENGINEER LOU PERNICE AND THE FOREMAN BASILE MIRUCKI COUD I GET SOME NEWS FROM BASILE MIRUCKI? SO ALL THE BEST FOR ALL FORMER EASTERN MEN AND WOMEN IT STILL FEEL VERY SAD AFTER EASTERN AIRLINES BANKRUPCY A GOOD FRIEND OF YOU ALL BERNARD BONNEFOY Email; bernard.bonnefoy6@wanadoo.fr


name: Gilder McCarroll,

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(Daughter of Capt. Francis S. Lewis)

I'll never forget returning to NYC from a family trip to MEX in 1967 or 68. Daddy was in command of a DC-8, and the family was sitting in first class. There were two stops along the way (BAL and WAS?). At each stop, the F/A working the front galley dropped a can of soda and it rolled into the cockpit. The second time, the can blew a hole and sprayed the pilots!

Daddy came roaring out of the cockpit! The poor F/A was shaking in her high heels, I'm sure, but Francis S. was laughing too hard to be mad!

Anybody out there remember this incident?


name: Ed Bowley
no: ON
Date: Thursday, April 25, 2002
Time: 09:11:22 AM

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I started with Eastern in 1955...after leaving Westinghouse Jet Engine Division in PHL...Having worked jet engine test....Olaf Hansen placed me in engine 'teardown' as it was called in those days..Andy Concanon indoctrinated me with engine oil all over new khakis...That was Andys' style....loved the guy...Built 3350s adn 2800s for 16 years...then to APUs and then to Fuel Metering where I retired...om 1978 ..loved every minuite of it...

Ed Bowley


name: Patrick,
Date: Sunday, April 28, 2002
Time: 09:19:34 AM

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I remember it all. From the first day, Dec 22 1966. Walking out to the Miami counter facing thousands of night coach passengers to the last day in Gainesville when the husband and wife took the DC9 away. Some joyous memorys some so bitter. So many people I helped. I remember 401 and seeing Capt Loft out at the end of "C". The trips I took. The long hours. The huge paychecks. I tried to help KIWI but the same bunch of ner do wells eased their way in and screwed that up too. I have discoverd the Florida Welcome Center. Stop by and see me if you are on I 75. Patrick


name: Patrick Branson,
Date: Friday, May 10, 2002
Time: 11:50:17 AM

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My last flight was into Chicago in 1975 (Christmas.) The in flight movie was "Airport 1975". We hit turbulence over O'Hare, dropped 400 feet, and we all freaked. Bad choice for a movie, but calming everyone else down wasn't pretty.


name: R. NEIL GATES
Date: Monday, May 13, 2002
Time: 08:42:40 AM

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WORKED LINE MAINTENACE AT EWR FROM 63-89. CURRENTLY RETIRED AND LIVING IN TOMS RIVER, NJ.


name: Dick Capon
Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2002
Time: 01:23:58 PM

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FUN LAYOVERS!

The best layovers were in San Juan wher EVERYONE got drunk and had plesure as well. You had to be there!! Many stories that can't be printed.

Its a 2 beer ride from the airport to the hotel..Need I say more?

Dick Capon


name: Riegels
yes: ON
Date: Thursday, May 23, 2002
Time: 03:02:57 AM

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Hi, Im a 20 year old girl from Norway, brougth up in an aircraft loving fammily, alsow a werry spirritual family I migth add. My father was mecanich at SAS and my mum was a fligth attendant in the 70's

From I was a litthle kid I have been flying across the world whit them and my dad have been keeping telling me tha story about the Ghost Of Fligth 401 who chrasshed in the Everglades.

Is this story true? Wher can I find out more about it?

I have alsow heard that Eastern dosent fly anny more. Thats sad, cause throu dads stories I have fell in love whit this particulare craft and people.


name: Larry Cole
yes: ON
Date: Thursday, May 23, 2002
Time: 03:04:49 PM

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I was blessed to have worked at the Old Hartsfield Terminal from 1969 to 1978. Although almost 25 years have passed, I still think of the times spent working with Mr. Jim Hardin, Irene Brown Hearne, Ed Hearne, Fred Buckalew, Ronnie Buckalew, and too many others to name. We were a family then, and those of you I worked with will forever remain a family in my heart. I think we could all write a book about funny real life things that happened at Old Hartsfield. Like the time I was helping a little old lady down the hall, she and her husband had been on vacation, her husband had passed away while on their trip. Her husband was in a casket and she was escorting her husband home. She was visibily upset. Mary Beth Wilcox, a beautiful groundhostess asked me could she assist with the lady. I said, well Mary Beth, Mrs. Jones is traveling with her husband, he is in a casket. Mary Beth thought I said "he is in a cast", she patted the lady on the arm, and said "oh please don't cry, maybe he will be out of it before too long". To which Mrs. Jones replied, "oh no, he's dead, he won't never get out of there". Was all I could do to keep my composure. Real life happenings are the best. Larry Cole


name: Greg Johnson
Date: Thursday, May 23, 2002
Time: 03:35:55 PM

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"I remember flying from JFK to SJU on a L-10 (cannot remember the flight #), and working the lower lobe galley, I was preparing meals for first class and had burned my finger on the oven, dropping everything on the floor. I preceeded to call the "A" and let her know I had just dropped the "f**king first class meals on the floor", unknown to me I had hit the PA system for the whole cabin!!!!...." I miss my days with EAL, great people, great planes and too many memories....happy and sad. Miss you all, even if I have never met you!"

Greg Johnson....BOS/ATL/MIA/MCI--86'-91'


name: Bob Levy
yes: ON
Date: Thursday, May 23, 2002
Time: 04:08:22 PM

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HI I never worked for Eastern but for a charter airline know as Global International Airways where I was an F/A on B 707-320B aircraft.

Eastern had some great crews and always ready to help another crew member out of a jam.I was dead heading from MIA via ATL to DTW my bace.Anyway when we arrived in ATL the airport at DTW was closed due to snow and low visibility.All the hotels were full with pax from diversions at DTW/MSP/CLE well you get the idea.

As a crew we tried everyplace including the YMCAs but no luck.We were resigned to a night in the terminal untill an Eastern F/A noticed our bags with crew tags on them.We explained our problem and she said she would be back.About an hour went by and she returned to say she found 8 pleople that would take in 8 lost "birds" for the night.We never forgot that act of one crew helping another.None wanted anything in return even though we offered.We did send some gifts latter.

The day my company folded I felt a deep feeling of loss.The second was when I awoke one morning to hear that Eastern had suffered the same fate.

I no longer am in the aviation business but in the marine industry.Still when a plane flies overhead I look up,you never forget where your roots are,never!

Always looking up Bob


name: sue
Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2002
Time: 04:06:55 PM

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Hey all of you Eastern family! I just wanted to let you know that Frank Lorenzo and his family have free lifetime passes on Continental. I have been a gate agent at EWR for almost 13 years now, and Frank's Bags have frequently travelled to various destinations that were not in his travel plans.... :) Also he will not drink ANYTHING that is offered to him in an open bottle/can (wine/soda/water/etc) and will not eat anything on the flight. (I guess he's had stomach problems from eating something tainted??) But all is well, we still have seat 29e saved for him.........I grew up an airline brat,my mother worked for EAL from 1978-1987. I worked there from 1985-1988...Oh and by the way, Frank looks like CRAP :)now 


name: Jim Reed
yes: ON
Date: Friday, June 07, 2002
Time: 09:49:40 AM
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Hi! Just found EASTERN web site & enjoyed pics & stories. We started our organization,the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation,with one of your (retirees)Chief of Maint with exceptional talent & knowledge & training from EASTERN. VINCE has passed on but HE will always be with us. HE was one of the original founders from day one. The BAHF now ownes & operates as "Flying Museums" two Historic Proptransports from yesteryear/C-54E Skymaster(DC-4) & now a C-97G Stratocruiser(377). We are a nonprofit,all volunteer,membership corporation,dedicated in preserving these 2 RARE Proptransports in Flying condition at all times.We are on a mission of History & Education of the Berlin Airlift & soon to be the COLD WAR YRS with these Aircraft.See us at new web site for info & new pics at www.spiritoffreedom.org Our C-97 STRAT project is now officially underway & we are opening 60 slots in all positions to help us in this project.Only 2 of these STRATS still survive in the WORLD today thatare AIRWORTHY!! We welcome help & support by anymeans to keep this Grand Lady back in the skies where SHE belongs & for all the public to see & Hear those big 4 magnificent P&W 4360 Radial Engines turning in unison once again!


name: Bob Weber
Date: Saturday, June 08, 2002
Time: 09:10:26 PM

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Two fond memories: Flying roundtrip between Newark and Boston on a student standby fare of $16. And the television advertisement that would send chills down my spine - The winged man launching himself off a cliff in slow motion to the opening measures of "Also Sprach Zarathustra." Does anyone know where I could get a copy of that ad?


name: linda crowe
email: abigailadams90@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday, June 09, 2002
Time: 03:46:07 PM

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Well I was not an employee my late father was as was my uncle and my godfather. I am looking for anyone who worked with them or knew them. My father was David Crowe, husband of Ernie, children David Sr., Steve, and me Linda. He flew out of Miami and then New Orleans. He died in 1964

My uncle was Stacy Ingram-he worked out Miami. He died in 1975

My "godfather" or dutch uncle is still alive i think and I would like information on him so I can get in touch with him-it has been 27 years since i have heard from him. He worked for Eastern too He name was Loren Englbright.

I can be contacted: Linda Crowe care of Romie Waters 122 Hayter Street Nacogdoches, Texas 75965 or by e-mail: abigailadams90@yahoo.com.

Any help will be appreciated.


name: Jill
Date: Thursday, June 13, 2002
Time: 08:17:57 PM

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Browsing this web-site is bitter-sweet. My parents, Wayne Lovell and Joyce Looney, met in the early '60's. Mom was a flight attendant and Dad was a gate agent then, I believe. My mother died in 1980 and my father died in '99. He was one of the last ones to close up shop in Miami. A very sad time--even for me because I had just announced my engagement and poor Dad couldn't swing the big wedding due to EAL's demise and his leeching wife, Nancy, who some of you may remember from FTL, unfortunately. I still have some of the "wings" I received as a kid flying up north for the summer. And my kids eat their ice cream with old Eastern spoons--they're just the right size! If anyone remembers my parents, especially my father, who was much-loved and respected in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, please write with any of your memories.


name: Ron Byrd, Jr.
Date: Friday, June 14, 2002
Time: 05:07:36 AM

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Hello every one. My name is Ron Byrd, Jr. My father was employeed by EASTERN from 1966 - until the end. He started iin Miami and transfered to Atlanta when EASTERN had the big move. My most remeberable moments with EASTERN was the picnics we all had together in Miami. EASTERN employees where a very close family. I also remember going to Disney World and riding the EASTERNS ride. I thought that was the greatest thing, that my DAD worked for an airline that had a ride at Disney World. How I miss those days of EASTERN AIRLINES. Those where the GREATEST DAYS. I still keep up with some of the ole EASTERN guys Al Powell, Gill, Don Stevens, Don Manley, just to mention a few. My dad was killed 3 years ago (6-22-99) on his way to work at NORTHWEST. He sure did miss EASTERN AIRLINES and was proud to be a part of the EASTERN FAMILY. Well thanks for listening and hope evryone is doing fine until next time. In memory of RON BYRD, SR.


name: Jerry Stremovihtg
Date: Saturday, June 15, 2002
Time: 05:43:30 AM

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In the early part of 1970 or 71 , after spring break in Daytona Beach,Florida, I flew back to Buffalo, N.Y., Where I had been living since 1969. I had flown Eastern to and from Atlanta and Daytona as I had attended Ga. Tech., but went through junior and senior high in Daytona. They were always pleasant and convenient flights. The last time I flew on Easterb was the return trip to Buffalo, and made the mistake of checking my old Gibson acoustic electric guitar as baggage. It was in a soft case of the almost paper black coated type. Bad judgement on my part, Needless to say, when I picked up my guitar after the flight it had a large hole in the back about the size of someone's foot. I was quite sad, as I had picked up the guitar in Daytona from my family with the intentions of continuing to learn where I had left off a few years earlier. Well, anyhow, I made a report for damages, and took the guitar home. A few months later Eastern sent me a check for $25! Yahoo! I was even more disapppointed as it was an old and in very good shape (at least until the hole was in the back of it)model of Gibson's first electric and acoustic flat top guitars. My next mistake was taking it back to the claims dept. and leaving it with them for evaluation, as they had requested, as $25 was not even close to the repair or loss. Well, I never got my guitar back and never cashed that BIG $25 check! I still have the check(which makes me laugh),and it was never cashed, as a not so fond memory of the guitar incident. The claim was never settled. Who knows? Maybe somebody got it and went on to be a big music star. I eventually became a DJ out of my love for music. Always said I was a "frustrated musician", being that I couldn't play my own music, so I "played" other people's music instead on the turntables. I never did quite learn to play the guitar. Still, I wish I had that ol' Gibson. Darn, almost feels like ..........shoulda, coulda, woulda. Oh well! It was a sad thing the day Eastern Airlines died they were something. With much interest, I had read a biography of, Rickenbacher's life, and I believe he was a major factor in the management or president of Eastern. It seemed like such a success story, Too bad.........


name: Greg Tish
Date: Monday, June 24, 2002
Time: 09:49:42 PM

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My Grandfather worked for EAL from I think the very start (or close to it) He was in Miami, Im not really sure what he did (mechanic I believe) ... Karl Zimmermann...I can remember when we would visit, he would take me to Victoria’s Station or Arthur Treacher’s and we would just watch the planes take off...he would tell me where each one was going… He passed away in the early 90s after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.. I really never got to chat with him about his days w/EAL, I have several of his photo albums from the 30’s on (mostly Army Air Corp photos) but several EAL ads and photos…If anyone knew him please feel free to email me


name: Neal W. Belmuth
Date: Tuesday, July 02, 2002
Time: 12:20:18 PM

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My First Flight

Everybody remembers their first time. There's something special about it. Mine came in late 1962 when I was twelve years of age. It was Early November. Eastern Airlines had just recently inaugurated "The Eastern Shuttle," between New York's LaGuardia Airport and Washington D.C. I had an Aunt and Uncle with a couple of cousins who lived in Chevy Chase Maryland, and I begged my Father to let me fly the Shuttle to visit them for a weekend. My father consented, although my mother had great trepidations about her little boy flying all by himself. I couldn't wait. The weeks dragged by as long years while I fidgeted through school days which lasted months. Finally the big Friday Evening of my departure arrived. My father, having returned from work in New York City, drove me and my suitcase to LaGuardia Airport. My heart skipped a beat or two as the airport came into view from the Cross Island Parkway. I could see the running lights of planes taking off and landing in the distance.

The Eastern Shuttle was revolutionary for its time: There was no check-in. One went directly from the parking lot, through the terminal entrance, and right to the gate. Once an hour, those who had accumulated at the gate were boarded. No ticket, no boarding pass. I suppose it must be difficult for young people to imagine but there was no security in 1962. Anyone could walk through almost any part of the terminal, and out onto the tarmac for that matter, without being stopped or anyone looking askance.

My father, who was himself a member of the 100,000 mile club, (This being somewhat outdated today, but in the era of Piston-Powered Aircraft was much more of an accomplishment than now.) Escorted me through the door and onto the tarmac and together we walked up the boarding ramp. In those days, there was no other way to board an airplane. you walked outside and climbed the boarding stairs. It was a chilly, somewhat drizzly evening. There in front of me was, without question, the most beautiful aircraft I had ever seen: A Lockheed Super Constellation painted in the traditional Eastern Airlines Colors of the period, with the distinctive red-eagle painted on the Connie's signature triple-tail. I walked up the stairs in front of my father, savoring each step. I was really going to fly in an airplane today!

At the top of the boarding stairs was the most beautiful lady I had ever seen. More glamorous than any Hollywood movie star, she was the elegantly uniformed Eastern Stewardess. (I have always been unhappy with the replacement designation of "Flight Attendant." The American Heritage dictionary defines a Steward as one who is entrusted to manage another's valuables, property, finances or other affairs. Surely this is a dignified and accurate description for the smiling Eastern employee to whom my father was entrusting his oldest son.) The Stewardess knelt down and with a smile more brilliant than the control tower's searchlight, said "Hello young man, welcome aboard." With that she pinned a pair of shiny tin wings on my shirt. As I stood admiring my new wings, my father asked if his son could see the cockpit. (Another traditional term which as fallen to the sword of political correctness: It's now "The Flight Deck.") The Stewardess turned and ushered me into the Super Constellation's nose. There was utterly no security in the early 1960's, and children being allowed a look over the Captain's shoulder was by no means a rarity. I remember a brief, well practiced speech by the Captain explaining what the controls did to make the plane fly, and that there were more instruments than I could comprehend. My father literally had to pull me away and shoo me toward the rear of the cabin to find a seat. There was no assigned seating on the Eastern Shuttle, it was first come, first choice. With a practiced eye, my dad selected one of the most aft window seats for me. Perhaps it seems odd to today's traveler, but it was usual for non-traveling family to accompany children or other relatives aboard an aircraft, sort of like the way they do to see someone off on a cruise ship. At the appropriate time, about ten minutes prior to take off the announcement would be made for "Those not intending to fly with us today to please depart the aircraft at this time." My dad gave me a mock salute, turned and said "Take good care of him." as he squeezed passed the stewardess to toward the exit.

The Super Constellation had a very nice lounge area located in the tail area. I sat in my rear seat, and after we took off, I could run from one side of the lounge to the other so as to have a great view. I felt fortunate that there were very few other passengers on the plane. The Eastern Shuttle flew "Every hour, on the hour," regardless of whether it was full or populated with only a few passengers. The advertising of the day even promised that, should there be more passengers than the plane had capacity, Eastern would roll out another plane!

As I mentioned, there was no ticketing prior to the flight. After take-off, the beverage cart was used by the crew as a rolling ticket counter. When my turn came, I handed the Stewardess a twenty dollar bill my father had given me, and she issued a ticket, the original copy of which she kept, and handed me the ticket folder and receipt carbon copy... She also handed me seven dollars change. That's right: It cost the amazing sum of $13.00 to fly Eastern Airline's beautiful Super Constellation from New York to Washington DC! I should like to point out that the Lockheed Super Constellation had the distinction of being chosen as the very first Air Force One in history. President Eisenhower was the first U.S. President to have his own aircraft. I saved that ticket copy for years, although I confess it's long lost now.

The flight took up forty five of some of the most enjoyable minutes of my young life. After touchdown, I remember what seemed like a long period of taxiing and turning, passing countless little blue runway lights. Finally, the plane was parked in front of the terminal and it was time for me to leave. As I prepared to make my exit from the Super Constellation, One of the Stewardesses smiled at me and said "Thank you for Flying Eastern, I hope you will fly with us again soon." So did I!

I don't really remember what I did at my Aunt and Uncle's house that weekend, only that I couldn't wait for my return trip on Sunday Night.

In the intervening years I've flown many different airlines in many different aircraft, from single engine two-seaters to DC-10's, L1011's and 747's with more seats than a movie theatre, but that first flight in the fall of 1962 on the Eastern Airlines Super Constellation always sticks in my mind. You never forget your first time!

Respectfully, --Neal W. Belmuth

PS. The shuttle concept was later to be copied by American and other airlines. In an era of regulated air travel, Eastern was the pioneer and had radically changed the way people traveled between Boston, New York, and Washington DC.


name: Hector I. Aponte
Date: Tuesday, July 09, 2002
Time: 10:47:27 PM

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Wow, It was back in 1968 at the tender age of 8 when I flew to New York (to live) from my land of Puerto Rico in an Eastern airlines DC-8...sitting by the window next to the roaring engines at over 25 or 30 feet in the air. Despite how little and young I was, I remember it like it was yesterday. I even built model planes of EAL jets from the DC-8 to the 3 motor L1011's. That's how obsessed I was with Eastern airlines. The EAL crew on board provided such care, kindness and professionalism to all passengers aboard and that is something passengers take with them for the rest of their lives...I know I have till this day.

Seeing the pilot, the co-pilot, and engineer at those massive controls and instrument dials and the stewardesses made all of us feel safe and secure despite what mother nature had in store while in the skies. Now with Internet technology, I wanted to go back to EAL roots from the start by looking at various websites....Those colors on the EAL Electra plane were so beautiful and attractive as were the modern colors on White, with Aluminum polish look made them easy to spot.

But looking at some photos of EAL plane damage, accidents, and even those still on the desert with such beautiful colors fading away made me very sad and angry. I just get back flashes being on those planes especially looking at the photos over and over again.

Service given by EAL is not found or unsurpassed today by any other airline standards. They try to offer care and service like you once did but there is no comparison for me and people I spoken to that travel and truly miss EAL. In my adulthood at age 43, I still remember some of the slogans and commercials that made passengers want to travel with EAL:

"At Eastern, we have to earn our wings everyday"....

"Eastern, the wings of man"...

"Eastern, las alas del hombre" (Spanish commercial)

In closing, I want to say to the EAL pilots, stewardess, mechanics, and other EAL personnel that wanted to keep this airline flying: Job well done, God speed, bless you all and thank you for providing such outstanding service and passenger care at Eastern Airlines. You all were like family to me and millions of passengers before me. You (EAL crew) and the fleet of EAL jets will be truly missed.

Hector I. Aponte Former EAL passenger 1968-1994


name: Jorge L. Gonzalez
Date: Thursday, July 11, 2002
Time: 10:20:06 AM

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I worked for EAL for 13 years (SJU, MIA, ATL). I have many fond memomories and others not so nice. There are many stories to tell, this one I still laugh about when I remember it.

It was late 1990, I was a Zone Manager for Airside Passenger Services at ATL. Got a call from "the tower" (EA's own operations tower on top of Concourse C) that flight 87 from LAX needed a manager to meet the flight and that the paramedics would be there too. Not much more info than that.

So I was there to meet ship 305, an L-1011 inbound from LAX. The F/A told me that there was an old man (94 years old) who had gone to one of the lavatories in the rear of the plane and while siting on toilet went Tango-Uniform (died) (ever heard of the mile high dying club?), anyway, since Flt 87 was a through flight going to MIA and the flight was a little late and we had a short turn around, we did not want to disembark all the through passengers, but at the same time, did not wanted to let all the people know that the old man had died in the lavatory.

I talked to the paramedics and decided to carry the old dude in one of the isle wheelchairs, straped to it, without letting anyone know he was dead. So that's what we did. As we were wheeling the old man out, my boss (whose name is withheld for the protection of his reputation) came into the a/c and asked me: "How is he doing?" needless to say, with passenger all around us, I told him "he'll be fine, he is sedated now". The my boss proceeded to talk to the dead dude, telling him: "Sir, don't worry, everything will be fine, we will take care of you." I just wanted to burst out laughing, but could not, as we wakled down the isle, he kept on talking to the dead man.

Once out of the a/c in the jetway, I told him the actual story, he turned red like a tomato and stormed off the jetway. I thought that from that day on my job was in jeopardy, but Eastern went bankrupt before I had time to find out.

Funny things can happen when you work for an airline!

Eastern "I miss you".


name: Sandra Alexander (Mickle)
Date: Thursday, July 11, 2002
Time: 11:22:28 PM

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I was hired by Delta and Eastern at the same time. 20 years with Eastern has never been a mistake.


name: Pat Colgan Duffy
Date: Sunday, July 14, 2002
Time: 07:22:32 PM

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With the mention of the Jimmy Fund lately because of Ted Williams, I was reminded of EAL in Boston. We were a big supporter of the Jimmy Fund and people would donate $10.00 for a quick flight. This was probably around 78 or 79 when Bos res opened. Many of us volunteered,(I somehow got coerced to be in a Snoopy suit,) and many others walked around terminal A in flight attendant uniforms from the past, hot pants, boots and all,(must have been a 60's uniform.) What fun!


name: Gene Freeman
Date: Monday, July 15, 2002
Time: 08:50:48 AM

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Eastern was a great place to work. I think of the flight benefits everytime I pay and have to ride coach on some discount airlines. You will never find a more dedicated group then the Eastern employees that worked all over I am partial to MCI but I also worked MIA and ATL.


name: Rick Johnston, 
Date: Monday, July 15, 2002
Time: 03:22:09 PM

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Dear Eastern employees and freinds

My father worked for Eastern for many years. I am sure you remember him as Johnny Johnston. When I was young, maybe 7-9, we lived in Houston and then San Antonio. We were from Huntsville Alabama and still had Grandparents there. With the pass benefits we could fly to Huntsville on a regular basis. We almost always flew on Prop-Jet Electras and I fell in love with that plane. I was invited many times to the cockpit where I could ride behind the pilots for a while. I fell in love with flying while the Pilots enjoyed making me smile. Because of the interest they showed in me, I was able to learn to fly and get my license a month after graduating high school.

Now Dad is not involved in aviation and I too have gone another path. But the memories of flying on that airplane will be with me for the rest of my life. I wish I could see the pilots again, and fly with them one more time. I wish Eastern could reform and get back into business but I know that is impossible. But good luck to all of you who made the airline what is was.


name: Rick Henderson
Date: Sunday, July 21, 2002
Time: 11:49:28 PM

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i worked for EAL as a ramp rat in ATL for the final year..as a kid growing up in Atlanta i allways begged my parents to fly Eastern when we travelled,i guess i liked the paint job..anyway,,i knew i wanted to work to Eastern and was so happy to get a job with them on the ground..The day EAL went under was one of the worst days of my life...Now im a Flight Attendant with Continental Airlines and still love flying,but i will never forget..The Wings of Man and the people that made Eastern,America`s Favorite Way to Fly...God bless you all!


name: Tim Rehm
Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2002
Time: 01:30:22 PM

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Does anyone have any information to help me locate my Aunt, Winnie Gilbert..she was VP Inflight Eastern many years ago...any leads would be appreciated...thank-you


name: Lou Cuevas
Date: Friday, July 26, 2002
Time: 08:54:46 PM

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I worked at Eastern for thirty years.they were best years of my life


name: Ed (Pete) Petersen,
Date: Monday, July 29, 2002
Time: 08:21:53 AM

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Just found your site and I think it's great. I worked for EAL 56/89. Started as an apprentice then on to BOS as a line mech & as an inspector Also as an inspector in NDT Mia.


name: jessica jensen
Date: Monday, July 29, 2002
Time: 01:05:47 PM

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Im an eastern brat. yep, not an employee but a snot nosed miniture version of one. My mom Catherine Jensen worked in Atlanta while i was in kindergarden until it closed(im now 19 so that was a long long long time ago). I've still got my I love eastern shirt! My twin and myself got to check out the inside of the cockpit one day when mom brought us to eastern it was great. It was the coolest thing to be able to say i sat on an airplane engine (Ive got pictures to prove it!) It was kinda a family thing my uncle Ralph Lepore worked there too, dont worry hes not as grumpy now as he was back in the day. Even now we still have eastern stuff floating around. I wish i could remember more but its been a while i remember how mom use to come in after busting her butt all day and be covered in grease. and the trips id take with my grandparents because of her employee discount. I gotta say it was pretty neat being an eastern brat.


name: e.t.browm
Date: Monday, July 29, 2002
Time: 07:34:33 PM

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hi i joined eastern on 11/15/1956 as an electrician on four engine electric line maint. i retired as manager of n.d.t.in miami in 1986 after thirty years of service at age 55. like every thing in life i had my ups and downs but i did make a good living and enjoyed my life there.the work i enjoyed most was in the ndt department as each day brought a new inspection and a new way of accomplishing it.and i still miss the air line life and all the great people that worked there. ed. brown


name: cyndee scholz,
Date: Thursday, August 01, 2002
Time: 04:26:28 PM

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The worst fights ever for F/As were the short haul full meal services on a DC9 with just TWO,yes, TWO F/As...... Remember LGA to YUL?????? How did we ever do it??? Now days, they hand you your snack BEFORE you get on the plane!!!!! And in those days we had Heels and skirts....PA checks and all....... We are SURVIVORS!


name: Ted Tehrani
Date: Friday, August 02, 2002
Time: 06:51:08 PM

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Dear Eastern Airlines:

You were great, I always enjoyed going to Walt Disney World on " The Offcial Airline Of Walt Disney World"! Is their a chance of Eastern ever being reborn? Keep me posted.


name: Marshall H. Massengale
Date: Monday, August 12, 2002
Time: 11:32:20 PM

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I have many fond memories of having flown Eastern Air Lines, but my favorite was in having travelled from MDW to ATL in June, 1959 aboard one of Eastern's brand new Lockheed L-188 Electras. I was eight at the time, but well recall how exciting it was. At the time, these aircraft wore the smartest looking livery of any anywhere. Picked out in navy with red nacelles, red spinners, a Golden Falcon emblem forward, a great red falcon gracing the tail and great letters over the windows inviting one and all to "Fly Eastern's Prop-Jet Electra."

This was the golden age of air travel with all the trappings and superlatives that defined the ultimate in air travel luxury, comfort and convenience.


name: Tammie McSwain
Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2002
Time: 08:30:54 AM

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I worked in CLT RES for 11 years-1978-1989(the best days of my life). Even to this day, I can't believe Eastern is gone. My husband still tells me to get over this (after 13 years). It's still very hard as Eastern was a family to me. I was the youngest reservations agent in Charlotte when I started at 18 years old. I saw many places that I would have never gotten to see. My parents enjoyed all of their travel as well. I have owned and operated a prominent dance studio for the past 12 years - we have danced on Carnival Cruise Lines, danced in NYC, won many national titles and will be in Barbados in 2003. It's just hard to have to pay for those air line tickets now! If there's anyone from CLT RES reading this, please e-mail me.


name: TJ
Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2002
Time: 06:13:06 PM

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I have two fond memories of EASTERN AIRLINES. I miss you alot EASTERN. You were my first job, I remember I needed to wait until I turned 18 to be hired by you, I couldn't even be interviewed until I turned 18. When my mother got the message, I was washing my brand new Firebird. She told me and I was dancing on the roof of my just washed brand new car! My second memory was while working in reservations, right before Christmas, an older spanish lady called, she wasn't going to celebrate the holidays since her sister just died, her family was in Puerto Rico, she changed her mind at the last minute. but the fares were so expensive she could not afford to go. She had finally decided to spend the holidays with the family she had left, the call was difficult, she cried telling me the story(I had the newspaper in my briefcase and her story checked out, her name was listed as the deceased sister. I called FT. Apache, we got her a flight, if you thought I heard tears before , It was my most memorable experience, I thought of her all day on Christmas. I sure hope she enjoyed the day as much as I did. Being alone during the holidays sucks for anyone for any reason. I love you all , my EASTERN family. Not till the last one of us is gone will the memory of our airline die! Regards, TJ


name: Jeff Beish
Date: Monday, August 26, 2002
Time: 06:35:46 AM

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I began working for Miami’s Eastern Airlines Flight Simulator Department in February 1973 and left a few days before the big crash on February 28, 1989. Since then I worked for the U.S. Naval Observatory in Dade County and then the last 4 -1/2 years in Washington, DC until retiring and returning to Florida. Every now and then I pass the china cabinet and see the 50-year coin we all got. It brings back memories.

We had about 33 technicians and 6 or 7 engineering specialists in the department in February 1989. Many of my coworkers went to other airlines and some to other industries. A few of them retired early before the end and a few of them are still in contact with me today. Several of them have passed on. I have many fond and not so fond memories of working there. That’s life. I get a small pension from PBGC (Eastern). The IRS tells me I am still owed a small pension from Eastern, but there is no Eastern Air Lines to ask about it now. Could never find out of Eastern still has any kind of business office open.

It was a nice job while it lasted.


name: Ed Bowley
Date: Monday, September 02, 2002
Time: 01:30:39 PM

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...........glad to hear from anyone who was employed at the MIA Overhaul Base..


name: John Moffitt
Date: Monday, September 16, 2002
Time: 03:48:48 AM

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I never worked for Eastern but I used to fly on Eastern. The other day in the local thrift shop, I came across a china serving dish for 69 cents. I turnerd it over and it was stamped "Eastern Airlines" I bought it and it now accupies a prime place with my collection of other defunct airline's dishes (TCA, Western, CP Air, Canadian Airlines International, etc, etc)

There is nothing as constant as change...unfortunately...and sometimes I curse the changes that take place in our lives. Values decline, and standards diminish as we hurtle towards a global economy of mediocrity.

My best wishes to every ex-Easterner...and I remember the days when flying was a real joy.

Kind regards...an old passenger


name: Walt. Carvalho
Date: Thursday, September 19, 2002
Time: 12:13:21 AM

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I was a lead ramp/svc.Ewr-57-end. Nicest memories were the co. picnics, and attending weddings of employee offsprings,traveling to play softball system wide and how i enjoyed going to work pre %$^&*%$#^&%$ Lorenzo.Am still in touch with R/s J Mindo,R Gesumaria, J Carlucci, F Desantis,Ae Lou Brown, Sal Gambino


name: Bill Hogan
Date: Monday, September 23, 2002
Time: 10:10:53 AM

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My name is Bill and i was an avid "easterner". On your equipment list you don't have the B757. Some years ago i flew from Puerto Rico to Boston and was aboard a "brand new" still in the wrapper 757. The captain announced that it was the newest plane in the Eastern fleet. I miss eastern and "doing the shuttle" (many funny stories there on snowy friday nights heading out of LaGuardia) So best update the equipment list- you guys did fly the 757 for a short time before "The end"


name: MORRIS CROWDER, JR.
Date: Tuesday, October 01, 2002
Time: 04:45:58 PM

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ONLY BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES REMAIN WITH ME. EASTERN BY FAR WAS ONE OF THE BEST AIRLINES. MY VERY FIRST FLIGHT WAS ABOARD A BOEING 727-123 "WHISPERJET" AND THOSE BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES OF THAT FLIGHT REMAIN WITH ME AND THAT OCCURRED ON AUG. 23, 1967. I WAS ONLY 17. I WORKED ALL SUMMER LONG SO I COULD TAKE THAT FIRST FLIGHT AND I ACTUALLY SAVED ENOUGH MONEY SO I COULD GO FIRST CLASS. FLEW OUT OF WASHINGTON NATIONAL AIRPORT ON A REAL CLEAR DAY. FROM THAT FLIGHT, I WAS HEAD- OVER - HEALS IN LOVE WITH AVAITION - ESPECIALLY COMMERICAL AIRCRAFT. BUT MY REAL LOVE WITH EASTERN STARTED WHEN I FLEW ON THE "ELECTRA". THE ELECTRA REALLY WAS MY LOVE. HOW IT COULD CLIMB AND THE SOUND OF THOSE BIG ALLISON TURBOPROPS. EVERY CHANCE I FLEW, IF I COULD FIND A ELECTRA FLIGHT, I WOULD SELECT IT OVER THE JET. THERE WAS JUST SOMETHING WARM AND WONDERFUL ABOUT THIS PLANE. EVEN WHEN THE ELECTRA WENT TOTALLY INTO THE AIR-SHUTTLE, I WOULD TRY MY BEST TO WAIT OUT AND SEE IF THE BACKUP PLANE WOULD BE AN ELECTRA. MOST PEOPLE WOULD LAUGH AT ME FOR MY RESPECT FOR THE LOCKHEED, BUT THIS PLANE WAS TOTALLY ONE I LOVED. MOST EASTERN EMPLOYEES THAT I REMEMBER WERE NICE AND VERY CONSIDERATE OF THE LOYAL TRAVELERS. MR. RICHARD VAN DILLEN WHO WAS DISTRICT SALES MANAGER OF EASTERN (RICHMOND BYRD AIRPORT), I WILL NEVER FORGET. HE WAS A TRUE GENTLEMAN AND SO EVER HELPFUL. HE TRULY BELIEVE IN GOOD COMMERICAL AVIATION, AND BELIEVED IN THE PEOPLE OF EASTERN. BUT THANK GOD THERE WAS THE REAL EASTERN I TRAVELED WITH BEFORE THE VERY LATTER DAYS AND THE DEMISE OF THE TRUE AIRLINE. EASTERN WILL ALWAYS BE APART OF MY PERSONAL MEMORIES, AND A COMPANY THAT ALWAYS BROUGHT ENJOYMENT IN MY LIFE. MAY GOD BLESS ALL THE "HARD WORKING" PEOPLE OF EASTERN THAT WERE NEVER ACKNOWLEDGED FOR THE KIND DEEDS, CONCERN FOR THE SAFETY OF ITS' PASSENGERS AND CREWS, AND MOST OF ALL, THE VERY ONES THAT MADE EASTERN THE GREAT AIRLINE IT "TRULY" WAS. IF ANY EASTERN EMPLOYEE, EITHER PILOT, CO-PILOT, STEWARDESSES THAT WORKED ON ELECTRA FLIGHTS WOULD LIKE TO CORRESPOND, PLEASE FEEL TO DROP A LINE (BY MAIL PLEASE) TO MORRIS CROWDER, JR., 606 JAMES AVENUE, COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VIRGINIA 23834.


name: MORRIS CROWDER, JR.
Date: Wednesday, October 02, 2002
Time: 05:30:48 PM

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LEFT MEMORIES YESTERDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2002. HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT HOW WONDERFUL THIS WEBSITE IS. ENJOYED BROWSING EAL EMPLOYEES LIST. I HAVE PICTURES OF CREW MEMBERS (I ALWAYS HAD MY CAMERA WHENEVER I TRAVELED ANYWHERE) AND ALWAYS FOUND THE WAY TO KEEP UP WITH THE NAMES AS TO WHO WAS WHO. I HAD OFTEN WONDERED WHAT HAD BECOME OF THESE PEOPLE. MANY, MANY MEMORIES BELIEVE ME. I APPLIED TO WORK FOR EASTERN AFTER FINISHING SCHOOL. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, I WAS INTERVIEWED ONCE BY EASTERN, AND ONCE BY UNITED. BOTH GENTLEMEN THAT INTERVIEWED ME SAID THAT I WAS "OVER QUALIFIED". THEY FOUND IT INTERESTING THOUGH THAT SOMEONE 17 YEARS OLD KNEW EVERY FLIGHT THAT ARRIVED IN RICHMONDS' RICHARD E. BYRD FIELD (NOW KNOWN AS RIC INTERNATIONAL - WHAT A LAUGH NOW!) AND IT'S SCHEDULE. EASTERN HAD A MAJORITY OF L188 FLIGHTS, BOEING 727-125 JETS, AND DC-9-31 JETS. BUT I WAS HONESTLY TOLD THAT I WAS OVERQUALIFIED FOR ANY JOB WITH A COMMERICAL CARRIER. APPARENTLY TOO MUCH LOVE FOR THE BUSINESS, AND IT SHOWED. I DID NOT SEE AN EASTERN EMPLOYEES NAME (MILES LINTON) THAT WORKED GROUND OPERATIONS AROUND THE AIRCRAFT-LOADING FREIGHT AND BAGGAGE. HE STILL LIVES IN THE SANDSTON AREA AT THE AIRPORT. ALSO A CHARLES PORTER, JR. (FLIGHT ATTENDANT) ALSO LIVES IN THE ATLANTA AREA. ATL WAS HIS HOME BASE. WILL TRY TO PASS ON THEIR ADDRESSES SOON. I WOULD LOVE TO BELONG TO THIS GROUP OF FINE PEOPLE, BUT COULD NOT GET A JOB JUST LOVED THE SMELL OF KEROSINE, THE WHINE OF THE PRATT WHITNEYS, THE ALLISON TURBOPROPS - JUST A LOT OF LOVE THERE. IF THERE IS ANY WAY THAT I CAN HELP (BESIDES THE DONATION), PLEASE ALEXA, LET ME KNOW. YOU CAN CONTACT ME: MORRIS B. CROWDER, JR., 606 JAMES AVENUE, COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VIRGINIA 23834 . DO NOT EMAIL AT ME EMAIL ADDRESS. JUST KEEP UP THE WORK. MAY GOD BLESS THOSE SOULS THAT HAVE GONE ON, AND MAY HE BLESS THOSE DEDICATED INDVIDUALS THAT MADE EASTERN WHAT EASTERN WAS. I WOULD GIVE ANYTHING TO SEE THOSE GRAND ELECTRA'S AND HEARING THAT MIGHTY SOUND THOSE ALLISONS MADE. TAKE CARE.


name: Dennis Calvert -1979-1991
Date: Friday, October 04, 2002
Time: 01:19:30 PM

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Best years of my life!! Just out of junior college,and got hired by EASTERN as a flight attendant based in MIA....What a great airline we were!

I'm from the small town of Fountain Inn,South Carolina USA, so wasn't much happening in town ,so I got out.......Most favorite memory was while in-flight..DC-9-30 service from ATL-GSP...Female movie star Kathleen Turner was on board,and some other male passengers were taunting,and daring her to hike up her skirt,and show the rear we had all seen in the movie "BODY HEAT"...

After she had enough of the joking from them she promptly asked if I would pull the curtain to the coach class pax.And, she hiked it up for all the guys in first class to see. What a sight!(EAL)-N-my heart!


name: Nancy
Date: Sunday, October 06, 2002
Time: 10:30:54 PM

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While I was never an employee of EAL, my parents met while working for EAL at MIA in the late 1940's. My mom is Ann Chesney, she remembers making morning "wake up" calls for passengers. My father, Walt Chesney was involved in MIA cargo, training and other areas on the MIA field. I grew up loving Eastern - I remember taking a limo from the STL CTO to to the airport a perk provided by Eastern! Everyone always had some kind of story about being "bumped" in ATL, MEM or some God forsaken place. It's been fun reading everyone's memories about EAL, and sadly, the early workers, the ones who started in the late 40's are passing away. They are the one's with the best stories. The days before computers- remember taking a reservation on a card?and open overhead compartments?, and dressing up for a flight? and no "jet-aways"? Anyway, thanks for the memories.


name: earl thomas (tom) webber
Date: Saturday, October 12, 2002
Time: 06:11:12 PM

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first day feb 20, 1956: as I got off the van from the hangar to the line I heard a crunching sound. as I looked out at the runway I saw a Capital Airlines Viscount rolling down the runway with the gear up. I remember thinking to myself"wow! what an exciting job!" now after 46 years in aviation I'm a ramp rat(part time) at american at mia. it don't get any better than this............


name: Jean Wade
Date: Monday, October 14, 2002
Time: 05:45:07 PM

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In 1956 I came to Miami to train as a stewardess. The training took place at The beautiful Miami Springs Villas ( no long exists). I met my husband to be the first night I arrived. I completed the training, had two flights and got married! We purchased our first home in Miami Springs by the airport. We had our first child there and later moved to North Miami Beach, Fl. We now have 3 children and have been married 46 years this month. I have a great deal to to be thankful to Eastern airlines for--Eastern truly gave me my wings. I would love to hear from any of my classmates! Remember Art Bruns?


name: Kit Jaracy
Date: Saturday, October 19, 2002
Time: 09:15:00 AM

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I think, that one if, the best evenings, at work, was when, "The Dynamic Duo", was asked to work, "overtime", for a, private aircraft. This was in, 1975. We decided to stay and work, "the flight".

The "Plane", was the, "Lisa Marie". The "passenger, was, "THE KING", of, "Rock and Roll".

"Elvis Presley".

We parked, the plane and "hooked up", ground power. Set the stairs, then, watched. First came, the, "Memphis mafia", then, "Linda Thompson", (in, "Hot Pants", I'll never forget that) then, "THE KING", of, "ROCK and ROLL".

He walked down the stairs, looked around and "said". "Hope, "You Guys" take care of, "My Plane".

We assured hin, "we would".

As he was, walking to, his limo. He, stopped, turned and, "shook our hands".

I'll, never, forget, that, "moment"!

"ELVIS", wanted, "THE BEST", to, Work, ("His, Plane").

"EASTERN"!


name: Shirley Guerrero
Date: Sunday, October 20, 2002
Time: 08:26:02 PM

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EAL not only impacted its employee’s lives but EAL’s employee’s children’s lives as well. My Dad worked for EAL in JFK from 1974 to 1989. EAL every Christmas would have someone dress as Santa Claus for the employee kids. I was around 6 years old and will always remember one specific Christmas Time when all of EAL's employee's kids were in a hanger in JFK. We were awaiting for Santa Clause to arrive and when he finally did the hanger door slid open and all the kids faces were in awe to see outside a huge plane with Santa coming down the stairs of it! Another great memory was prior to the first, it was when MENUDO arrived at NYC and chose EAL as their airline carrier, my Dad decided to take his three little girls to meet them. At the last moment I was the only one to go because my father decided to punish both my eldest sister and second oldest because my eldest sister had scored a low grade on a test. My father’s motto was if one gets punished the other does as well. I was only 4 yrs old. I was of no state in understanding wrong so of course I was the lucky one to go, WOOOHOOOOO, ha, ha, ha HA! I remember it like it was yesterday…boy did they envy me and still do! Then there were those memories when I would go with my dad and older sisters to picket lines and yell out: HEY HEY HO HO Frank Lorenzo’s GOTTA GO! It’s sad how good things in life come to an end. So many great memories EAL brought to our family. Eastern Airlines how greatly you are missed! Thank you Alexa from the bottom of my heart for allowing my Dad, myself and all the other EAL employee’s and their family to have a website where they can recall such beautiful memories that were all due to EAL. No other airline could ever compete with EAL or its employees they had such pride and were extremely courteous and caring. It was not just an airline, Eastern Airlines was indeed a FAMILY!


name: Allan Findlay
Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2002
Time: 09:31:25 PM

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Great Site !

A rampserviceman in '84 --- then almost 5 years as a Flight Attendant. What a cool experience. How about powering back a B-757 in Atlanta ! --wow. How about the "gong section" on the B727-100. ---What in the world does that stand for?? Meals served between LGA-YUL, --what was that all about? Lobster tails in the galley of the L-1011 headed for Acapulco --I saw someone eat 20 one time.

What a great famiy at EAL ! Thanks to all the EAL Pilots ( and my F/A wife ),who encouraged me to persue flying. It took 10 years, but I made it. A-320 F/O. Thanks for your guidance. You guys are the best, wherever you are!

I have worked at alot of airlines since EAL and have never been treated as well as a non-rev as I was back in the 80's. We knew how to do it!

Best of luck! Cheers


name: Jim Albrecht
Date: Tuesday, November 05, 2002
Time: 07:36:01 PM

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I know this is a strange question, but I was wondering if anyone had any good pictures of the old 727/DC-9 bulkheads with the tan and brown cloud designs of the 70s/80s? I think they also had a little blue Eastern logo flying across them. If so, I would love to hear from you. Thanks!


name: jerome Henry,
Date: Monday, November 11, 2002
Time: 06:57:07 PM

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when I was 14,I was allowed to roam inside an Eastern DC-4,at newark airport. I was the only one in the aircraft. As i was sitting in the captains seat.a mechanic walked in and told me not to touch a certain handle, as it would collapse the landing gear. And he walked out,leaving me alone,apparently not concerned.


name: Donna Cusano
Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2002
Time: 10:09:19 AM

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I worked for your ad agency, Campbell-Ewald, for one year (1987-April 1988) mainly on the OnePass frequent flyer introduction and the Air-Shuttle. Many a time I was down for meetings in MIA at HQ. I remember on staff: George Brennan, Linda Collins, Bob Wolf, Jen Montague, Mike Ribero. I have a particularly poignant memory of the Rickenbacker fountain in the front of the building, dry and neglected. I also had family in EA operations--Stu Kelley in ATL control center, my former cousin-in-law. Does anyone remember him?

But the end was near and inevitable. Shortly before I left C-E for an ad manager position at Avis, we were working on the bankruptcy plan. And shortly before EA changed agencies some months later, the long-time EVP at C-E, a wonderful man named Joe Karle, died suddenly of a coronary. Not everyone who "gave all" got an EA paycheck.

It was nice to see this website and to be able to share these memories.


name: Cyndy (Mitchell) Nicholson
Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2002
Time: 01:00:44 PM

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Some of my fond memories are of all of us...Cyndy Rhodes, Micky Sax, Rose LaChance, Shelly Slaine, Maureen Fontana, flying endless years of New York turns. If you could fly those, you could fly anything..It was great times...Hello to all.


name: Bob Levy
Date: Saturday, November 16, 2002
Time: 08:58:48 PM

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I was an F/A for a number of small charter airline that no longer exsist.My first choice was Eastern to work for.To me Eastern was the highest standard of Safety,Comfort and Service,not sometimes but always.

When I was a kid I would stand on Rockaway Beach with a telescope and watch the DC-7B's and Super G connies making there approach to JFK.On the side was a Golden Falcon pointing the way and red spinners on the propellers was just the rite touch.

It has been said that once you experience flight you will always look up.Well I do almost eveyday and am pround to have served in a profession shared by what I call the Family Of The Golden Falcons.

I also remember how nice Eastern Flight Attendants were to us non-scheds when we would be dead heading home after 12 days on the road.If there was space in F/C they were happy to let us "up front".Not only the flightdeck crew but us too.

So thanks again Eastern for all you folks have done and dam I would love to see the Falcon rise up once again over the soft blue of the South Atlantic.

Always looking up Bob Levy


name: Bob Robar
Date: Thursday, November 21, 2002
Time: 01:26:15 AM

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Sure miss Eastern. I am now owner of a travel agency in Gainesville, Florida and everywhere I go to any and all travel related events, when people find out I worked for EAL, there is an instant comraderie and far-off, wistful look in their eye. Eastern is truly missed by the aviation industry. When I talk to airline personnel about EA, there is an instant connection.

I started on the ticket counter at MIA in 1965. We didn't have computers then and hand-wrote all tickets. I remember the day the "efficiency experts" came & timed us in writing a ticket (even down to how long it took to write "Miami" on the ticket). We didn't know how to type. We called MIA REZ and they told us all the flight info and we wrote it on tickets. Remember Sqires Tariffs? That was a series of books each ticket counter had that contained every airlines fares, individually, between every city. You had to look up each one and figure out the fares. We missed calling REZ (got VERY cozy with a few of those gals). Actually, we lobbied for a pay raise if computers were to be installed at the counters, because we felt we were doing the work of two people, REZ and ATO. Actually, we really wanted to keep talking to the rez agents.

I worked all the shifts, from 5am starts to midnight shifts, with Del Allen and Pete Parker, Mr. Sirmans, etc, etc. I also worked the employee standby counter, where we gave out standby numbers for employee pass riders. And who can't forget the "Nostril Inspection" position at the flight info counter, where passengers were standing in front of you looking up at the flight info board!

I started flying lessons on my days off at Flight Safety in Vero Beach and wanted to be a pilot for EAL. As I accumulated enough hours to start becoming competitive, Vietnam started winding down and guys were coming in with hundreds of hours of jet time, compared to my Cessna and Piper time. I eventually got my Commercial, Instrument and Multi-engine ratings, but never quite enough time for Eastern. United had a program at one time that accepted pilots with 60 hours and a private license, but I had a couple years with EA and couldn't see losing that! Seniority was everything! In fact, Mohawk Airlines offered me a job, but I sure didn't want to be flying around upstate NY during the winter! No, No! Stay with Eastern, stay with Eastern! In fact, one day a guy came and talked to every person on duty at the EA counter in MIA. He was working for a little airline at the other end of the terminal and they were going to build up their presence in MIA and needed experienced agents to come work for them. They offered to credit us with half our seniority with EA to work for them, but I enjoyed traveling too much, had 3 whole years with EAL at the time, and this little startup just flew mostly out of the New Orleans area. I wanted to stay with the big guys, not some little local-yokel pretender who was named after a geographic area of a river in southern Louisiana. I would only have 1.5 years seniority with this little airline called Delta. Eastern would always be there for me!

We had a lot of celebrities pass through MIA; Jackie Kennedy, who always drew a crowd (and knew it!), Connie Francis (who later sued EAL because a fellow passenger harrassed her on a flight), and on and on. Three celebrities I remember the most that I took care of; Bob Hope (who carried his own luggage & insisted that we not make a fuss over him),Cary Grant, who I had to tell that his flight was 90 minutes late (he was unbelieveably calm about it; JoAnn Cremmata came right out and ushered him into the VIP room) and Colonel Harlan Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame (he slapped his cane right on top of my counter when he came up to check in and it sounded just like a rifle shot that echoed throughout the terminal).

Worked the counter, gates, baggage svc until about 1970, when I got fed up with Miami and wanted a little simpler life. I had gone to high school in Roanoke, VA and had a soft spot for the Blue Ridge Mountains. EAL had two daily 727's through ROA, a MIA-GSO-ROA-PIT-CLE flight and a return flight the same way. I called on the WATTS line after a particularly crazy day and said "Heard you might have an opening up there". I hadn't, but thought it might be a chance to at least find out if there was any future openings coming up. Imagine my shock when the agent, after hearing this crazy question out of the blue, put me on the phone with the station manager! He was just as incredulous! He wanted to know how the word had gotten out so quick! EAL had wanted to contract out our two flights to Piedmiont to handle, but PI wanted too much money to handle our flights. EA had made the decision to make ROA pay for itself and put about 5-8 flights through ROA daily. The ROA station manager had just been told that morning about EA's decision and now here was this agent on the phone inquiring about the need for another agent! He asked if I could come up for an interview, I had the next day off, and the next morning, I was on my way to ROA! My head was swimming, it was happening so fast. My wife was pregnant with our first child and, back then, out apartment didn't allow children. I took the job, my wife stayed in MIA while I lived in a motel in ROA and I started looking for a house. Six weeks later, I finally signed the papers on a house, sent the papers registered mail to my wife to sign, and went to work.

To my surprise, the station manager had been trying to get hold of me for a very important meeting. Coming up from MIA that morning were some big-wigs from HQ and all agents were to attend a meeting with them. I figured they were going to make the big announcement about the plans for ROA's expansion. NOT! Piedmont had chopped their offer in half to handle our flights and EA had decided to accept their offer! We were given the choice of layoff or transfer to another station. I got on the phone with my wife and told her, under no circumstances, sign those papers on our new house. Actually, Eastern paid my real estate agent the commission she would have earned on the sale, which was extremely generous.

This was in February and I had to use a cigarette lighter to unfreeze the iced-up lock on my VW that morning. I said, send me back to Florida! I wanted to go to MLB because of the space industry there, but was advised against it because MLB was on the cusp of closing. I chose Sarasota, a "sleepy little town" with 3 flights to ATL and 2 to TPA (at that time). Eight years later (and two kids born there), SRQ was booming with 8 flts to ATL, 5 to TPA, 1 to JFK, 3 to MIA and even a nonstop to CVG for a short time!

SRQ memories include the beginning of security checkponts and magnetometers. They chain-link fenced an area and put metal chairs for people to sit on, outside, in the sun (and rain) because we didn't have jetways for people to use. I also remember all those young flight attendants who had never seen lovebugs before and couldn't believe the agents when we told them about their "eternal bliss" behavior. I also caught a man stealing a passengers briefcase from the baggage claim area (even got a reward and an article and picture in the Falcon, EA's employee newspaper).

We had several pinball machines and after the last flight came in and we went off duty, we would play (wager) for hours afterward with the other airline employees and skycaps, sometimes until 3am!

The main runway at SRQ was pretty short and on hot days, we (the agents) actually had to drive over to US301 and stop traffic so the 727's could go onto the overrun area next to the road to start their takeoff roll; if not the jetblast would have literally blown the cars off the road. 301 was later rerouted and I doubt airline people would be able to do that nowdays.

Our last flight was scheduled in just before midnight, and the FAA decided to close the tower at midnight. Again, we agents would go out on tugs to the intersection of the runways with portable radios and give the pilots traffic observations (where and if other aircraft were in the pattern). Again, I don't think they could do that nowdays, but....

It was a fun and exciting time, but again the mid-30's crisis came along and I wanted to do someting else. I went to Human Resources in MIA and tested out as having an aptitude for computer programming. The pay was about double what an agent was making at the time, so I gave up my agent job in SRQ and went to work for System One in building 5A on 36th St in MIA. I rented a room in Miami Springs and commuted on the weekends to SRQ and the family. This was a big mistake. SYS1 took about 8 of us, with absolutely no computer skills and tried to make programmers out of us by shoving a programmers manual in front of us and letting us try to figure out how to do this new job. We had very little help. We worked in a small cubicle with an experienced programmer who we could try to get help from, but we had to interrupt their own programming to answer our simple questions! Our interruptions were not appreciated and they let us know about it! I could not stand too much of this. It was like playing a game of chess all day long. I felt cut off from the world and needed the human contact again.

I went back to Human Resources and asked to go back as an agent. I had given up my position in SRQ as an agent and EA was in the cut-back mode. The only opening for me, an employee with 15 years of experience would be in MIA as a part-time cleaner on the midnight shift! NO WAY! I went to the terminal very dejected, for the commute back to SRQ after my meeting with HR. I had a few minutes to spare, so I stopped in at MIA Operations under C concourse, where an old buddy of mine from the ticket counter days, Tom Webber, was working. I told him about my situation, he got up and went to talk to his supervisor, Bob Edwards, who came out and told me that Kathy Schied, a weight & balance agent there, was getting ready to go on maternity leave the next week and he needed a replacement! I couldn't believe it!

We moved back to Miami I worked in MIA OPS for about 4 years, doing weight and balance for all of EAL aircraft, from our DC9-30's to our L-1011's and 747's. It was fun and exciting, but I saw the management/union problems close up and got very tired of the constant bickering and friction. "Quick hours" was just an incredible concept to me, along with the other childish things happening on the management and union sides, which affected us as non-union employees and tore us (and the company) apart.

I wanted out of that environment and I wanted out of Miami, deciding that the crime scene was getting too close for me to want to raise my family there. A murder & rape in our condo complex at Trafalgar was the final straw and I put in for a transfer to anywhere out of South Florida.

Gainesville was our last stop. I got on as an agent at GNV and have never looked back. GNV is a wonderful town and an ideal place to raise a family. I have become a Gator through & through. It is a lot of fun to live in a college town. I worked on the ticket counter, operations, baggage service, gates, ramp and as Chief Agent all the way to EAL's last day. Actually, beyond EAL's last day.

Because of the pay-cuts we endured, I had started moonlighting as a travel agent. One night, one of my customers called and asked me what I could do for her as she had just heard that her flight had been cancelled for the next morning. I groaned, knowing that I would be there to handle 150 cancelled people the next morning, but I at least would be able to reroute her now for the next flight. No, she said, all the flights are cancelled! What?? I called the counter and was told to report as scheduled the next day, but that, indeed, all the flights had been cancelled! I was shocked, needless to say! We always believed that, even if they broke the union or forced EAL out of business, we were under the umbrella of Texas Air and one day our paychecks would just say "Continental Airlines". We certainly didn't want that to happen, but figured that would be the worst case scenario.

I went to work the next day, and because of my 25 years seniority, was kept on the payroll for about 3-4 days. After that, I was unemployed, however I couldn't stop trying to help, so I continued to come out to the airport and volunteer, unpaid, to help people make other travel arrangements because EAL was not flying. I felt it was my duty, not so much as an employee, but because Eastern had ingrained the belief that helping people was so important. I only stopped coming to volunteer at the counter when people stopped showing up, with their luggage and Eastern tickets in hand, to fly away to their destinations.

I incorporated a travel agency five days after EAL stopped paying me and have been working ever since. The regular hours are nice and not having to wake up every morning to see what the weather was in ATL so we would know what kind of operation we might have that day is nice also. But I do miss the passes and the employees, not to mention the health plans and insurance, but we all found out that there is no security just because you work for a large company! The airlines themselves have become so "bottom-line" now that it does not even resemble the days when I worked there. I remember going over to Piedmont's counter to help out and they would come over to ours in ROA. I remember sharing Ground Power units in SRQ and MIA with other airlines and working American and PanAm charters in GNV. Those days are gone and travel agents are being pushed out of business by the internet, however there will always be customers who want the personal, human touch and contact to help them with their travel needs and I am doing my best to be that person. Eastern has shaped me in so many ways, and given me a good life and for that I am eternally thankful.

If you are ever in GNV, please stop by my agency, next to WalMart on Archer Road. I have an eight-foot EAL 757 hanging from the ceiling and the actual EAL logo from the GNV counter mounted on EAL wallpaper in an EAL travel poster frame. My employees call it my shrine, but we do have to keep those memories alive!


name: Tom Webber
Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2002
Time: 08:27:56 AM

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at mdw in the fifties we had 3 gates and as many as 6 planes on the ground at the same time. we'd park two at each gate and direct psgrs to proper plane at boarding time. one day i was working a two plane gate boarding a connie. i called ops and closed it out with a full ship of 88 psgrs. i went out to the plane to get senior f/a to sign for head count and panicked when there was nobody on board the a/c. 88 psgrs and crew got on the right a/c but i forgot which one i was working...............


name: David Harper
Date: Tuesday, November 26, 2002
Time: 12:37:47 PM

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My late grandparents flew Eastern to the Carribean and to Disney world in Orlando, Florida and they said it was a good airlines. DAVID RAY HARPER of Buffalo, New York


name: Ed 
Date: Thursday, November 28, 2002
Time: 12:32:47 PM

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Those were the heydays when people scrambled to take their flights to carribean on Eastern. I would fly them alot between Florida and JFK. Also between Orlando and San Juan. I dreaded those days when plane crashes were announced frequently during the 70's. The flight staff were pleasant to the passengers, pleasing them with an extra meal, playing cards, those blankets to keep us warm . I had a distant relative that worked for the airline for 25 years. The service from the flight staff was Great! I miss that airline only because it was my favorite for flying to the carribean. Those late night specials to Florida. Unfortunately those days are gone. Unfortunately, the airline was mismanaged.


name: Loudon Briggs
Date: Friday, November 29, 2002
Time: 01:22:25 PM

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Coming out of the service, I went to work for EAL in early 1946 as a reservationist. My phone bank happened to sit with our backs to the door so a couple of weeks after starting, I was not aware that someone had come in and approached me from the rear.

I felt this heavy hand come down on my shoulder and as I turned around this strong voice said, "my name's Rickenbacker, what's yours?" I may Have stuttered a little but did have the opportunity to talk about a variety of things with him in the next fifteen minutes or so. He wished me luck and left. Apparently, that was a common practise for him and a thrill for me.

Not the end of the story... about a year later, I was in charge of the three downtown Chicago ticket offices. I was located at 120 S. Michigan and through the front door comes Eddie Rickenbacker. We had redecorated the location and he just wanted to look at it, but seeing me, he walked over and spoke to me by name... a year after hearing it once and talking to me for 15 minutes. I was stunned and to this day, am totally impressed by his ability to retain information like that. Not many present day executives would be that involved with lower level employees. I must admit that I have often wondered if he asked someone who was in charge of the ticket counter... oh well, it makes a good story!


name: WANDA HEATHERLY
Date: Sunday, December 01, 2002
Time: 09:58:46 PM

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I FLEW FOR EASTERN BASED OUT OF JFK/ATL AND THEY WERE SOME OF THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES! YOU SEE THERE WERE 9 OF US THAT SHARED A BROWNSTONE IN QUEENS RIGHT OUT OF FLIGHT ATTENDANT TRAINING. FOUR OF US WERE THEN TRANSFERRED TO ATL AND WE CALLED OURSELVES THE 'QUEENS FROM QUEENS', WE HAVE STORIES TOO NUMEROUS TO TELL!!! THOSE WERE THE DAYS..........................................................


name: Stan Clay
Date: Friday, December 06, 2002
Time: 03:56:47 PM

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My first experience with Eastern came far before I could possibly remember it. On the day of my birth, my parents got a hand written letter from Capt. Eddie congratulating them on the birth of their first son (me). The first flight I can remember was a Lockheed Electra to Atlanta from Miami. It was at night and I remember how beautiful it was. My dad (Foster Clay) had 42 years with Eastern and when I graduated college, my first application went to Eastern as well. I was with Eastern as an aircraft mechanic and later a Technical Foreman in Miami until the end. I currently work for a major airline but can say with all honesty that niether this airline nor any other airline will evey approach the "family" feeling that Eastern had. Another fond memory is of the softball tournaments in Atlanta. What a blast. I played on the Eastern Mustangs. It was at one of those tournaments that my wife decided our lives should be spent together. A few years later my children were born into the Eastern family. They, like me, long for those days in Miami. I miss you Eastern... If you ever decide to come back, call and I'll come running.


name: ROMLEE
Date: Friday, December 06, 2002
Time: 07:31:42 PM

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Ahhh Yes! I remember my first trip on great ole' Eastern Airlines. I was a child flying from Dallas to Miami. From the moment I saw that Beautiful green airplane. I knew I was in for a grand experience! The hostesses were so kind to me and I remember being mesmorized by their uniforms with bright colored swirls of abstract designs (designed by pucci,I later found out) They always had class! Must have been the best airline to work for...


name: Rich
Date: Sunday, December 08, 2002
Time: 03:14:56 AM

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Hello. The first flight I ever took was probably around 1983, and it just happened to be on Eastern Airlines! It was the only airline my family of native Bostonians would fly. We flew from Boston to Orlando. I remember making this trip many more times aboard Eastern, and also using Eastern to go from Boston to Atlanta before we moved to Atlanta permanently. This website is amazing to find, and I love to read the history of the first airline I ever knew, and my all time favorite.

--Rich.


name: GINNY DIGIORNO
Date: Monday, December 09, 2002
Time: 09:36:59 AM

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I WAS A F/A BASED OUT OF JFK/ATL FROM 85 THRU 88. I WAS ONE OF THE "HOUSE OF NINE" IN QUEENS IN 1985. I LOVED WORKING FOR EASTERN AIRLINES. I WENT TO WORK AS AN F/A FOR USAIR AFTER EASTERN'S DEMISE, AND I CAN HONESTLY SAY THERE WAS NO COMPARISON. EASTERN WAS THE GREATEST AIRLINE IN THE INDUSTRY. GREAT TIMES, THE BEST PEOPLE TO WORK WITH AND A GREAT COMPANY. I STILL MISS IT ALL THESE YEARS LATER.


name: Mike Volpe
Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2002
Time: 07:24:14 AM

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I remebmer working in Baggage Service at LGA in the summer of 1976. I was working the afternoon shift from 4-12 with my new Red Jacket walking the Claim Area for the arrival of Flight 28 from MIA. The baggage delivery was going quickly enough but apparently not quick enough for one passenger who grabbed hard at my jacket and said to me in a loud voice that could be heard by nearly everyone. "Hey Buster, when are my bags coming out?" I turned to her and in a somewhat excited state and said "How did you know my name?". Thinking she had me she said "I guess good." Then I said to her "Now guess when your bags are coming out" and calmly walked away with most of the passengers laughing loudly and shaking my hand.


name: Betty J. Crowley
Date: Friday, December 13, 2002
Time: 03:06:07 PM

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was employed as a Flight Attendant with Eastern for 22 years and was devastated when they shut down. I no longer had a job or benefits. I had to struggle to get back on my feet again. The fear I felt that day when Eastern Airlines shut down will stay with me for the rest of my life. I loved working as a Flight Attendant, especially for Eastern, I felt I lost my family. I was hired by United Airlines but when you are employed by an Airline be it a Pilot, Agent, etc. your job position is based on seniority and if I had gone with another airline I would have had to start from the bottom and also pick-up and move to another location, and I couldn't do that, I had a family and responsibilities and by the grace of God was hired by the Bureau of the Census in DC. I have been here 11 years and make more money working for Uncle Sam than all the years I was a Flight Attendant but never will I have as much fun. I loved that job! In fact I didn't know how much I loved until it was gone. People ask me for Eastern Airlines souvenirs but I cannot give anything away that I acquired over my 22 years with them, it would be like giving away my wonderful memories I had with Eastern. Thank you for this website and wonderful memories. It shows how the people that were employed with Eastern Airlines at the time they went out of business survived from that devastation. God Bless all ex Eastern Airlines employees.


name: Christopher Morris
Date: Thursday, December 19, 2002
Time: 06:23:08 AM

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I never worked for, or even flew, EAL and was only 7 when Chapter XI was filed. However, I've been an aviation buff from an early age and, like many, I long to fly on some of the classic airlines and aircraft of a bygone era. Eastern, Pan Am, Braniff, and the trijets, DC-9s, and Connies you flew, there are a lot of us who miss you!

Something about flying United Express or Comair is disticntly lacking in the romance department. Call it nostalgia for a previous life.


name: Anne V. McConomy
Date: Friday, December 20, 2002
Time: 06:20:15 PM

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My most potent memories are of the kids flying to Walt Disney World, all excited about going there, and scared as heck being couped up at 30K. Lots of unscheduled meals, too much air sickness, frustrated mom's. Lots of trips up to the cockpit with kids wanting to "fly the plane." Hated it then, but love the memory. Anne


name: Kristina
Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2003
Time: 04:21:18 PM

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Hello,

I am wondering if any of the FA's posting here knew my step-cousin Mike Collodi. He was a flight attendant for Eastern. Would you please email me if you did. Thank you.

Kristina angelic1us@yahoo.com


name: MORRIS CROWDER, JR.
Date: Monday, January 27, 2003
Time: 04:02:39 PM

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ROBERT C. CARROLL, SR., 85 OF SANDSTON, VIRGINIA (EMPLOYEED BY EASTERN AIR LINES AT RICHARD E. BYRD AIRPORT - NOW KNOWN AS RIC INTERNATIONAL) PASSED AWAY ON FEBRUARY 15, 1998. HE WAS EMPLOYEED FOR OVER TWENTY YEARS ACCORDING TO THE OBITUARY. DOES NOT MENTION THE TIME FRAME IN WHICH HE WAS EMPLOYEED WITH EASTERN. SERVICE WAS IN LANDMARK BAPTIST CHURCH WITH THE INTERMENT IN WASHINGTON MEMORIAL PARK. THE CEMETERY IS NO DISTANCE FROM RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. MANY AIRCRAFT USUALLY MAKE APPROACHES INTO RIC GOING OVER WASHINGTON MEMORIAL PARK. WISH I HAD MORE INFORMATION IN REGARDS TO MR. CARROLL.


name: Michael P. Jungers
Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2003
Time: 10:38:19 AM

memories

At DCA, an EA gate agt told me of boarding an Electra after all Shuttle Pax had left and found a pretty young lady in a mink coat who refused to leave the aircraft.He and the crew finally persuaded her to deplane and then asked her for I.D.etc. She had apparently fled from her father in NYC with nothing on but her mink coat...further details fog my memory as this was in the late 60s or in the 70s. I'd be interested to find out who the gate agt was as he and I 'visited' whenever I flew EA.


name: tasha sanchez,
Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2003
Time: 06:32:50 PM

memories

it was a pleasant experience i went with fred rogers.


name: Alan Campbell
Date: Monday, February 03, 2003
Time: 06:27:06 PM

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My love affair with Eastern started as a child going to the Columbia, SC airport and seeing the beautiful DC-9-30 on the ramp without a Jetway. On June 4, 1979 at the age of 14 I boarded a DC-9 white top to Atlanta (Flt 311) from Columbia (CAE). The flight was awesome and it was my first flight since my family returned from Okinawa on a TWA 707 in 1971. Arrived in Atlanta and deplaned via the air stairs and sent to the Eastern "UM" waiting area. I was picked up by a person from Southern Airways and escorted to my flight to Memphis. Eastern had discontinued service to Memphis in March 1979 so I got to do a interline connection. The return flight to Columbia was on Saturday, June 16,1979. Arriving in Atlanta from Memphis on Delta, I was escorted to the Eastern gate area and waited to board flight 648 to Columbia (Another DC-9). The one memory from this day was that I really had to go to the bathroom when I arrived at Atlanta but I was left alone downstairs to wait for my Eastern station wagon to take me to the Eastern when I promptly peed my pants. I'm glad I had my large TWA travel tote bag to put in front of me! LONG LIVE EASTERN, THE WINGS OF MAN

TSgt Alan Campbell,USAF Charleston ,SC


name: Joe Griffin
Date: Tuesday, February 04, 2003
Time: 11:40:02 AM

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after the closure I came back to Europe.I was travelling down to London , and from the motorway looked into Luton Airport. It was 23.12.1991, and there was an Eastern Boeing 757 in full resplendent livery. I knew that by the N registration it was one that used to serve on the ATL-LAX route.

Now here in deep Winter in a unglamourous airport for cheap charter flights. A week later it was repainted in AIR2000 colours.

Joe Griffin (Industrial Engineer) former EA employee Customer Services LAX and MIA


name: RICHARD NYGAARD
Date: Tuesday, February 04, 2003
Time: 03:00:03 PM

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I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF MY 30 YEARS WITH EASTERN EVEN THE 2 YEARS I SPENT AS A RAMPSERVICE SUPERVISOR WHICH WAS THE WORST JOB I HAD WITH THE COMPANY. MY HAPPIEST TIMES WAS AS AN OPERATIONS AGENT, RAMP ANGENT, AND SUPERVISOR OF STATION ADMINISTRATION IN MIAMI. I RETIRED IN 1983 AND WENT TO WORK FOR THE LEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPAETMENT AS A CORRECTIONAL OFFICE AND RETIRED AGAIN AS A SERGEANT. MY CAR STILL HAS AN EASTERN AIRLINES PLATE ON THE FRONT RACK AND AN EASTERN STICKER IN THE REAR WINDOW. I GUESS I'LL ALWAYS BE AN EASTERN AIRLINES EMPLOYEE, LONG LIVE HER MEMORY.

DICK NYGAARD


name: John O'Quinn
Date: Sunday, February 09, 2003
Time: 03:29:30 PM

memories

Does anyone remember Stephanie Stanich who died in 1972? I would like to know about her life and where is is from. Please email me. Thanks.


name: Harry
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2003
Time: 08:08:35 PM

memories

AFAIK, all of my flights have been on Eastern:

1961-1963 PHL-Bermuda [at least two trips]

14OCT1972-PHL-MCO- went to Disney World :) 19OCT1972-MCO-PHL

...haven't had occasion to fly since...:(


name: Roy F Gonzalez 
Date: Sunday, February 16, 2003
Time: 12:31:18 AM

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HI LOVE THE WEB SITE, MY NAME IS ROY GONZALEZ LIVE IN TAMPA FLORIDA. IM A FIGHT ATTENDANT FOR SOUTHEAST AIRLINE, MY FIRST AIRLINE WAS KIWI INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE, AND I WORKED WITH LOTS OF GREAT POEPLE FROM EASTERN AIRLINE, MY CLASS WAS THE FIRST CLASS THAT HIRED NONE EASTERN X EMPLOYEES. I STARTED KIWI IN 1995, KNOWING THE HOSTORY OF EASTERN AN KIWI I FELT LOTS OF PRIDE KNOWING THAT MY COWORKER WERE EASTERN EMPLOYEE.LEARNING FROM THE BEST. I GROW UP TO BE WHAT I CONSIDER A GREAT FIGHT ATTENDANT THANKS TO THE TRANING I RECIEVED FROM X EASTERN. MY FIRST FIRST FLIGHT AS A CHILD WAS ON EASTERN AIRLINE TPA TO JFK ON A B-72 I TOLD MY GRANDMOTHER THAT I WANTED TO WORK FOR EASTERN WHEN I GREW UP. AFTER THE FOLD IN 1991 I FELT FOR YOU AND YOUR. SO I APPLED FOR THE NEXT BEST AIRLINE KIWI INTERNATIONAL.I WAS ABLE TO WORK WITH F/A MILLY PETERS, T.R ( TELMA RANDEL ) BOSTON BASE BONNIE FISHER ATL BASE. ANN GALAGER BOSTON BASE. DEBBY WALSH EWR BASE,AND LOTS MORE THAT IM NOT ABLE TO THINK OF AT THIS TIME. FOR A LONG TIME I FELT LIKE I ALSO WAS A PART OF EASTERN ONLY BECAUSE OF IT BEING MY FIRST FLIGHT AND CAREER DREAMS.... I NOW WORK WITH LOTS OF NEW AND VERY YOUNG SO CALLED FIGHT ATTENDANT THAT DON'T HAVE A CLUE OF WHAT A REAL AIRLINE IS OR WAS..... THE COMPANY NAMED EASTERN WILL ALWAY PUT A SMILE ON MY FACE AND WARMTH IN MY HEART,,, WOULD LOVE TO HERE MORE OF THE GREAT STORY STORE THAT YOU MUST HAVE. I'VE HEARD GREAT ONES FROM MY KIWI DAYS. I HAVE A FRIEND WHO STILL HAS A EASTERN ID FROM RESERVATIONS AND A FIRST CLASS SHAVING KID..... IF IT MATTERS AT ALL TO YOU @ THIS TIME, YES YOU ALL WERE DONE WRONG.... IF YOU WOULD LIKE A EMAIL BUDDY TO LISTEN TO YOUR AGAIN GREAT STORY PLEASE FEEL FREE TO USED MY E-MAIL I STILL KEEP IN TOUGHT WITH EASTERN/KIWI FRIEND I WILL ADV ABOUT YOUR GREAT WEB SITE.

REGARDS ROY GONZALEZ KIWI F/A 2560


name: ROY GONZALES
Date: Sunday, February 16, 2003
Time: 12:45:34 AM

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?.... DEBBY WALSH UNITED FLIGHT (SEP 11 ) DOWN IN PA ... DIDN'T SHE WORK FOR EASTERN AIR LINES. I WAS READING THE EMPLOYEES WHO PASSED ON AND I DIDN'T SEE HER NAME. NOT SURE IF I SHOULD ADD ON. I WORKED WITH HER @ KIWI INTERNATION 1995. AND HER LOST WAS HURTING TO ME. DEBBY WALSH WAS MY FIRST LEAD F/A AFTER GRAUATATING KIWI IN 1995. EWR/MCO. IF YOU KNOW MORE INFO ON HER LIFE PLEASE SHARE ON YOUR WEB SITE.

ROY F GONZALEZ#2560


name: debbie, 
Date: Friday, February 21, 2003
Time: 08:03:45 PM

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Does anyone remember the F/A 9 1/2 pins? How about the "Red Sweats"?


name: Cyndee
Date: Sunday, February 23, 2003
Time: 04:28:06 PM

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Eastern was a way of life for me... so much that I endured a second 6 weeks in F/A training{after foolishly resigning 3 years earlier} just to get back to the skies!! I miss my F/A friends, the layovers and variety of daily experiences that Eastern provided for 18 years of my life.


name: kathryn ward
Date: Friday, February 28, 2003
Time: 09:33:14 PM

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my first flight as an eastern airlines flight attendant was to montreal.canada. back then (1966) a full dinner service was provided on an 8pm flight .because i was so slow and because the new york flight to montreal was so fast,we did not have time to pick up all the trays and had to therefore instruct passengers to place their trays on the floor under the seat in front of them for landing.


David

Date: Thursday, March 06, 2003

Time: 02:29:51 AM

memories:

I have many fond memories of EAL. The two flights I remember most clearly involved the turboprop Lockheed Electra. Great plane flown by a great airline. The first flight was in 1959, my first flight ever. The second was on the Eastern Shuttle from Boston to New York. My place in line would have given me the last seat in the primary aircraft, a Boeing jet. The backup aircraft, for those still in line but not able to be seated on the Jet, was one of the last Lockheed Electras Eastern had flying. I turned to the businessman behind me in line, and offered him my seat on the jet. He took it, leaving me to the Electra. About a month after I flew the Electra, Eastern took them all out of service. A sad day!

Keep up the good work on this site.


Kay Sheppard

Date: Saturday, March 08, 2003

Time: 11:49:48 AM

memories:

I met one of the founders of Eastern Airlines in Washington DC. in the 1960s. I remember that he used to communicate with Eddie Rickenbacker. I can't remember his name although I think his first name was Jim (James). Does anyone recall his last name.


Bruce Toski

Date: Thursday, March 13, 2003

Time: 12:07:15 PM

memories:

Great job while it lasted. Worked there 10 years. Fired in 1986 as a shop steward.

Spent about 10 years in the worthless Federal Court system trying to obtain my little slice of justice. All I got was another BOHICA, this time by our lame judges of the US Supreme Court.

They must be friends of Bush, Lorenzo et. al.

Jerks. Hope they rot in hell. Most exasperating thing I ever did.

A big hello to all my former co-workers. Hope everyone is doing better.


David Clark

Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Time: 06:57:26 PM

memories:

My first airline flight was on EAL flight 363 from JAX to PIE (St. Petersburg FL) on a DC-7B. It was in 1963. What a wonderful intro to the airline industry. It was a night flight so flames were shooting out of the exhaust.

It so impressed me that I have now been in the airline industry for 25 years. First with National, bought by Pan Am, and acquired by Delta. I have worked for an Airline, an Airways, and an Air Line. I am a PANDA (Pan Am, National, Delta Air Lines).

I always loved Eastern Air Lines and to this day have a great amount of Eastern "stuff" in my collection of airline "stuff".


name: Chad Bordes,
Date: Thursday, April 03, 2003
Time: 07:27:16 PM

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My dad was a loyal fan of Eastern. I flew them to the Cayman islands in 87...what a blast. My father started in 57 with delta and died as a travel agent in 2000. I really want to work for an airline such as jetblue or frontier. I love the values my father taught me and i love driving by the San diego airport every chance i get.


name: Ken Stewart,
Date: Tuesday, April 08, 2003
Time: 09:24:55 AM

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Is there a history written about Eastern Airlines? If so, would someone send a link or instructions as to how to get it. I am interested in Eastern, particularly about the decline and eventual demise of the corporation.

thanks,

Ken


name: Mary A. Regier
Date: Tuesday, April 08, 2003
Time: 09:14:20 PM

memories

I am trying to verify an anecdote I've heard:

Back in 19?? women tried to become Eastern reservation clerks (then an all-male preserve). They were told women couldn't lift heavy bags. Women became reservationists. The cut in the counter through which bags are now pushed was a result.

Does this story ring a bell?

Thank you.

Mary A. Regier

P.S. I miss Eastern. It was a great airline ruined by a few egomaniacs.


name: Bob Willard,
Date: Thursday, April 17, 2003
Time: 06:20:20 PM

memories

I worked in the tower at MIA in the 1970s.A day before Thanksgiving I made up an announcement on our computer that Mariott Catering Services was inviting everyone to a free turkey day feast between the hours on 1000-1800 on Thanksgiving.I didn't transmit this masterpiece,just printed it! I gave a copy to our cleaning coordinator and he stapled it to the bulletin board,1st floor in the R/S break room.When I returned to work on Friday I found out from my supervisor that there were quite a few angry employees on turkey day looking for the feast.Del Allen advised me not to ever do it again!!!!


name: All Grown up
Remote User:
Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2003
Time: 10:35:22 AM

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Hi, my Dad use to work for Eastern In Atlanta, Ga, he was a mechanic their. Me and my sister loved to go visit my Dad at work when we were little because I remember going out to the hanger to visit him and there was a little sandwich shop that had Mickey Mouse Ice Creams and on those hot summer days it was just too much fun. That was a great memory for me as a kid. I grew up with Eastern and was sad to see it go.I just remember everyone was so nice to me and my sister always.


name: nancy mroczek phd
Date: Monday, April 28, 2003
Time: 06:35:41 AM

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flying, & flying eastern, was sublime in the day.... the logan terminal was 21st century well appointed ambiance & things worked smoothly as in theory the techno life should


name: Kenneth Ernst
Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2003
Time: 06:53:21 AM

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I will never forget when I was about 10 years old in a Miami hotel in th 50's with my father (mechanic EAL in EWR) and we went to get on a elevator and standing there was Captian Eddie Rickenbacker the legend of EAL. He gave me a smile and hello and shook my hand. Wow.


name: John,
Date: Saturday, May 03, 2003
Time: 09:34:31 AM

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To remember a special person, a page dedicated to Stephanie Stanich:

www.geocities.com/flyingmiami/stephaniestanich


name: andres restrepo
Remote User:
Date: Tuesday, May 06, 2003
Time: 12:35:19 AM

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i need ionformation about eastern operations in cali colombia clo/skcl,photos,etc,somebady help me pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


name: John Dittmer
Date: Sunday, May 11, 2003
Time: 05:52:28 AM

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I was a ramp worker in Toronto from 1976 untill the end. There are to many good memories, the one that stands out the most are the truly and real ghost stories aboard the 1011. On one morning when we, the ramp boys enterd the aircraft for cleaning there in the rear seat, in first class sat one of the front end crew. It was 4 a.m in the morning. The most unreal and true stoties is the chief mechanic signing of the logs to show that certain repairs to the aircraf were done, while no repairs were made so as to plane can go to Atlata or Miami for repair. We tried to report to different people even to Miami of this method, but it fell on deaf ears. People on board, lets save a few dollars and lets go This part of my job with Eastern will trouble me for the rest of my life. The chief mechanic was an American working in Toronto.He decided to stay in Toronto at the end when all the investigations started in the states.

John Dittmer.


name: Stephen Stano
Date: Thursday, May 15, 2003
Time: 06:53:02 AM

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Dear all Employees of the Greatest Airline,

My name is Stephen Stano and I was the nephew of a flight attendant with Eastern Airlines. Her name was Millie Stano and was based at JFK,LGA and EWR until EWR became a separate base and she relocted to New Jersey. She flew for Eastern from the 1950's until its demise. She loved the airline and loved to fly, maybe that's why I love the business I am in for I get to fly at least 3 times a month, but we all know the airline industry is not the same as it started or when my aunt flew.

I remember looking at her bid sheets to see what she was going to fly for the upcoming month. I loved to look at the sheets and hear the stories as she flew around our country.

She had passed away about two years ago and I miss her so much. I grew up with her telling me all the stories of the air and they are still with me.

I am writng for two reasons. One is if anyone out there knew her I would love to talk to you and hear more stories of flying with the airline. Also I am looking for old vintage photographs from the 40's,50's,60's and 70's.

If anyone out there has any information or where maybe I can find vintage pictures it would be great.

I will always remember the first time I flew was with her on a 727 stretch from EWR to MCO. Will always remember that, Eastern and of course her.

I hope all you out ther are doing well and have great memories as I do.

Any informtion anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated. I can be e mailed at stephen.stano@db.com.

Thank You

Stephen Stano


name: PAM STRYDER
Date: Thursday, May 15, 2003
Time: 01:02:43 PM

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STARTED WITH EAL BACK ON JUNE 16, 1979, INSURANCE DEPT., 1980 THRU 1987 INFLIGHT SERIVCES OFFICE IN ATL, 1987 BACK TO MIA, BAGGAGE TRACING, PERSONNEL AND MAINTENANCE TRAINING...1991 WENT WITH FAA. TOO MANY MEMORIES AND FUNNY STORES TO TELL OVER THE YEARS. THERE IS NOT A DAY THAT GOES BY, THAT WHEN I LOOK UP INTO THE SKY AND SEE AN AIRCRAFT, I THINK TO MYSLEF, MAN I WAS ONCE A PART OF THE INDUSTRY. I MISS EAL SO MUCH. MY OFFICE SPACE IS FILLED WITH EAL PICTURES, PINS, ETC. WHAT A WONDERFUL COMPANY AND FAMILY WE ONCE HAD. GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN....HELLO TO ALL


name: AL Azcano
Date: Saturday, May 17, 2003
Time: 01:44:09 AM

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I was an employee of EAL,the Great Silver Fleet.Started part-time in the Revenue Accounting Dept.Blg 6 MIA,in '79.When I realized that only women were getting promoted in Revenue Dept.,I got the hell out of there to a Union job with Ramp Service,Air Freight Dept.and Material Distribution and Control.

I was able to fly to Hawaii Islands twice,Rio De Janeiro,Brazil and many other foreign destinations that I will never,ever forget.I still remember the time when Reagan was president and the airtraffic controller's strike, that was in April '82 and EAL gave the option to all emplyees to take a leave of absence. I took 30 days,obtained a 90% airline employee discount from Varig Airlines, MIA-RIO and flew to Rio,Brazil for the best and most economical vacation I've ever had!Came back from vacation in Rio, had my job waiting for me,that was great!

The flying benefits made all the difference, and also the pride of the people that worked at EAL.What a great experience.It was the best job in MIA, period.

AL PalmBeach,FL.


name: Alejandro Rivero
Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2003
Time: 03:47:27 PM

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Flight 903 from MIA to CCS arrived at Simon Bolivar airport in Maiquetia. I was working in baggage service. There was this old lady waiting in the baggage belt for her suitcase and who knows "what else". That "what else" was told me few seconds after by radio from the belly of the airplane informing me that there was a dead cat apparently belonging to that pax. Imediatly I contacted the pax and asked her if she brought a cat with her, and she said yes. Well, guess what happen. We thought the cat has died in the cargo compartment, so we decided to go outside the aiport and look for a black cat, since that was the color on this particular cat. We were lucky to find one in the vicinity, so we took out of the cage the dead one and place the alive one inside. Imediatly the cage was placed on the baggage carruosel and when it came out and the old lady saw her cat alived, she fainted. After bringing her back to life, she told us that her cat has died while she was on vacation, and that she wanted to buried it in her back yard at home. Imagine how embarresed. Well, we had to let go the alived cat and put back the dead one. After that experience, we learned never to asume that some one or something could be brought alived or dead. Enjoy it.


name: buddy marchbanks
Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2003
Time: 07:51:21 PM

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hello and thanks to all who walked,i.a.m ,alpa twu,just retired from american,eastern was the best. LOVE YALL!


name: howard weislogel, 1
email: weislogel2001@yahoo.com
Date: Monday, May 26, 2003
Time: 11:43:46 AM

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I was always afraid to fly but in 1988 we started what turned out to be a non stop return to Disney World, Florida, and it is now 2003 and we have not stopped yet. We always flew out of Avoca, Pennsylvania, and our airline of choice was Eastern Airlines. It brings back alot of fond memories. Most memorable was our New Years eve flight back from Disney and the stewardesses gave a complimentary drink and a card thanking the people for flying Eastern and hoping it would be your airline of choice in the coming year. Shortly thereafter they were defunct. The plane sat on the tarmac at Avoca for a little while and people where flocking there to take photos of the jet before it dissapeared. And then it was gone forever!!!. Eastern made a flyer out of me and all the fond memories and all the flights up and down the coast and all the wonderful flight crews and stewardesses will never be forgotten. Most memorable of all would be a flight to Philadelphia where we picked up an L-1011 on our way to Orlando. Up to that point I would have to say it was the most magnificent airplane I was ever on.To this day I still remember the movie shown on that flight. The Blue and silver airplanes will always live on in my, my children, and my grandchildrens memories. My boarding passes and ticket copies will always remain as cherrished souveniers. Thankyou.


name: Greg, 1
email: gper;berg@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2003
Time: 07:09:58 PM

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Hello:

My wife was a flight attendent for many years with Eastern and has many fond memories. One of her favorite keep sakes was a bottle opener that was recently damaged. Does anyone know where I could find replacement?

Thanks

Greg


name: Fack, 1
Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2003
Time: 08:59:58 PM

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To the person who wrote about remembering the Miami Cougars winning all the Softball Tournaments.....I remember because I was on the EWR Team the beat the Miami Cougars in 77 to win the Tournament that year. Then the next year the Cougars send people over to all our games to heckle us.


name: Bryce Chambliss, 1
email: pylotguy1@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday, May 29, 2003
Time: 04:53:47 PM

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He's one of my recollections of Eastern. Way back in about 1972, I was in 5th grade and had saved enough money to buy a roundtrip ticket JAX-ATL-JAX. I remember my Dad taking me to the ticket counter in JAX where I handed the agent $52 in bills and was very particular about my seat assignment.

On the return, we walked up the forward airstair in the early evening and even to this day I can remember the song that was playing on the PA system as we boarded.... "Red Sails in the Sunset". It was fitting because as I looked out the window, the sky was a brilliant orange.

Yeah, a bit romanticized, but as a kid in love with flying, it is a memory of Eastern that has stuck with me ever since...and I'm 42 now! To all the employees, thanks!!


name: eric, 1
email: dohrmannew2@earthlink.net
Date: Saturday, May 31, 2003
Time: 11:04:56 AM

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Just an old Eastern flyer who misses you. Had some great flights and memories. Flew mostly out of Baltimore...first flight ever on a Boeing 720 to Miami in 1963. Had a great time on the unlimited mileage fare on our honeymoon 1980. Had the best airline food ever. Baked stuffed pork chops on the way to LA and then crab soup w/ sandwich back to Baltimore (stewardess on this flight was superb).

Ya'll come back.


name: rick, 1
Date: Thursday, June 12, 2003
Time: 03:44:28 PM

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hi i would like to get photos of eastern airlines logo for a project i am workong on also eastern catch phrases for advertising any help would be greatly appreciated thanks rick


name: Dennis Crowley, 1
Date: Sunday, June 15, 2003
Time: 05:19:31 PM

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I worked as a departure agent at DCA from 1974-to-1976. One day I walked on a DC-9 getting ready to go to Miami. I got involved in a conversation with a flight attendant about my deep unhappiness with the news coverage in Washington. She remarked; "Ok, hot shot, why don't you do something about it?". Two weeks later I was working as a news intern at the ABC radio station in Los Angeles, and three years and three months to the date of that conversation, I wound up in Washington DC, as a news anchor on a major radio station. Today I am a congressional correspondent for a radio news network, and do freelance television reports from Washington DC.


name: Jennifer Johnson,
Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2003
Time: 12:04:49 AM

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My name is Jennifer Johnson and my grandfather flew for Eastern Airlines for 34 years. His name was Captain L.D. Strietelmeier. Today, I buried my grandfather. When we went back to his house, somewhere that I had not been a while, I noticed many things that were related to Eastern Airlines. There were many trophies and beautiful pictures congratulating him on his last flight which occured on February 17, 1984. It was a direct flight from SFO to ATL. I want to know everything I can about my grandfather. Please, if anyone who reads this has any information on him, email me any stories. I loved him dearly and he dearly loved Eastern. Thank you, Jennifer Johnson


name: Bobby Harrison,  Date: Thursday, June 26, 2003
Time: 08:55:46 PM

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I had neever been to the Atlanta airport until I interviewed with Eastern. I was 19 years old and my first jet ride was to MIA for employee orientation. I didn't know that in first class, the drinks are free. Ten years later led to many stories and friends and a way of life. I was hired, in ATL, as an A/C cleaner, then to air frieght, and then as an apprentice mechanic in MIA. MIA was great, as my new wife and I started a family. I played allot of softball with Paul Conover's Cougars and learned how to fix jets. My best experience was when our daughter was born and our lease on our apartment was up and our new house closing was a month and a half away. Chris Lambert, MIA engine shop mechanic, and his family, put my family up in his house until we could get into our own house. What a guy, that showed my wife just the kind of people I worked with. My apprentice class was wonderful and when I transferred to IAH for the Moonlight Special, I felt like I had made it.Everyone knows what happened and I have continued to support my family through the experience and training I received from EAL mechanics. I have found no better place to work, nor no better class of people, than I found at EAL. Thanks for all the good times in ATL, in MIA and IAH. Sorry it had go so bad.


name: mike wargo, 1
Date: Sunday, June 29, 2003
Time: 04:27:38 PM

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I remember being 10 years old and taking an L-1011 from PHL to ORL. That was truly amazing being on something that big and get off of the ground with it. I remember Eastern being the Official Airline of Walt Disney World. I remember everyone was very courteous as my father had a video camera and was allowed to film during the whole flight as it was my first time on an airplane. It is sad that, like the L1011, Eastern is gone, now it is the smaller 757 or 737 that makes the flight, much less interesting. I can still pop in the 20 year old videotape of my flight with Eastern for the memories.


name: TERRY
Date: Monday, June 30, 2003
Time: 09:46:31 PM

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MY FONDEST MEMORIES OF EASTERN AIRLINES ARE ALL THE DEDICATED EMPLOYEES THAT EASTERN HAD WORKING FOR THEM


name: Lina, 1
Date: Monday, July 07, 2003
Time: 09:55:51 AM

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Dear All, I am not Eastern Airlines employee, but one of my Uncle was. He lives in Sydney now. He told me a ghost story about flight #318 back on the seventies.

I wonder if this is true. He said that was a very sad memories of his career there, but also eventful. I hope all the victims rest in peace and none such sad thing would ever happened to any other Airline.

If any of you know the family of flight attendants or pilots in that fateful flight. My Uncle would like to pass his condelences.

He resign from Eastern one year after that flight #401 crashed. Not because of the ghostly encounter, but he got married and his wife was based in Sydney. He moved to Australia and worked in a tour agency there and are fine. He just want to me to say hi to all his ex colleagues long time ago. He actually wasn't sure if I can find this website. I am doing him this favour, and maybe one of his last wishes. Love, Lina. (niece of George)


name: Sandy (Neal) Jackson, 1
Date: Tuesday, July 08, 2003
Time: 05:55:44 PM

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I was a F/A for Eastern in 1963 & 64 at ORD & MIA. I did a lot of PR and was on the first 727 flight and was in a brochure & TV commercial. It would be fun to see photos if there are any. Any other F/As out there on this same flight? Thanks


name: Tiffany Garabrant,
Date: Sunday, July 13, 2003
Time: 06:17:40 PM

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Just a quickie! Anyone remember LGA/CLT 90min. flight with a full dinner service on a 727 with a meal choice...steak or chicken --in coach! Shoving the trays into the tray carriers as the plane lands! Whoa! Lots more stories...later!


name: Muffet,
Date: Monday, July 14, 2003
Time: 10:11:40 PM

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I read the message by Saundria J. Simpson. I am wondering if Saundria is from Washington, D.C. If it is the same one, I may have attended the Eastern Flight Attendant interview with her. She was selected, I was not. Would like to know if she is the same person.


name: Tony Cirocco,
Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2003
Time: 07:19:40 PM

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While standing near the "big hangar",I remember being questioned by a secret service agent when the then president Reagon was flying in for a Miami visit. The agent asked me things about my job that only an airline employee would know, I suppose that was his way of checking me out. He didn't identify himself as an agent, but it was pretty obvious with his shades and earpiece. I guess he believed me, because he didn't clap me in irons...:)


name: Richard Pullen,
Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2003
Time: 08:59:22 AM

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I am 58 years old this year. My dad worked for 37 years for one of Eastern's competitors, American Airlines. One of my first memories (I must have been about four years old at the time), was coming down the passenger ramp stairs at Washington National and seeing the tripple tail of one of Eastern's famous "Silver Fleet" Constellations, an 049. Since our family lived in Fort Worth and used both the Fort Worth and Dallas airports, there just weren't any scheduled airlines in the 1950's that operated the Constellations in these parts. About every two years, dad would schedule a vacation to see his sister in Maryland and we would fly into Washington National. From a window seat on a DC-6 or DC-7 Flagship, as the pilot turned on to final approach you could usually see the USAF Jets at Bolling and some of the Navy planes at the naval Base near there. Some of the roughest landings I ever experienced occurred at Washington National. And then there was La Guardia in New York. I always told everyone who was interested (not very many people) that La Guardia was "Airplane Heaven". Virtually every type airliner operated could be seen at La Guardia. I was there and remember the airplanes in 1949, 1953, 1956, and 1961. Midway, in Chicago was another place that you could see the "Great Silver Fleet" in action as well as so many other airlines. At both Washington and at Chicago (and probably New York) you could see another big competitor of American, Eastern, TWA, and United: Capital Airlines. I really liked their white-and-burgundy color schemes. But in the early 1950's, they did not operate the "newer" equipment like "Super Connies" and DC-6Bs. I remember when the Capital Airlines Constellation crashed in West Virginia. A sister of a friend of my mom's was killed in that crash. Then, for just a while, Capital and Continental were in the "limelight" when they began Viscount service. I don't think that airplane was ever very cost-effective. From what I heard other say of it, the maintenance costs were always higher than promised by the manufacturer. Possibly, that was why Vickers could not sell many of their follw-on airliner, the impressive and beautiful "Vanguard". Back to Eastern Airlines. I always wanted to see one of their DC-4 freighters. I saw all the rest of their equipment. Questions: Did Eastern ever operate the lockheed 1649 Super-G or Super-H airliners? I just don't remember ever seeing one of them. Did Eastern operate their DC-7s as passenger airliners or as freighters? I hope this was helpful to someone or at least, not total waste of time. Take care/Richard Pullen


name: Jeff d'Hedouville
Date: Monday, July 28, 2003
Time: 11:29:21 PM

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I did not work for Eastern but one of my favorite flying memories happened on an Eastern airline 757 from Washington National to Atlanta. The year was 1990 I do believe. I got some good news when I got to the airport, I had been bumped up to first class because my mom was a travel agent. So already things are off to a great start. Then when I got on the airplane the captain announced that the skies were going to be perfectly clear the whole way down to Atlanta so there would be lots to see. Thirdly, I am a huge aviation enthusiast, and when I saw that the cockpit door was broken I realized I was going to be able to watch the take-off from the captain and the F/O's perspective. Finally, of course the staff on Eastern Airline's was first class all the way.

May God bless everyone through Jesus Christ with lots of love,

Jeff

p.s. I miss Eastern airlines


name: ADELBERT MATCHETT,
Date: Saturday, August 02, 2003
Time: 01:21:48 PM

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I STARTED WORKING FOR EASTERN 1942 AND RETIRED IN 1983. I WAS IN THE PLANE OVER-HAUL DIVISION BEFORE TRANSFERING TO THE MAINTANCE DEPT. i RETIRED A TECHNICAL SUPERVISOR. i'VE WORKED AT mia SINCE THE START OF MY CAREER. THE WORSE EXPERIENCE I HAD WAS A CO-WORKER SPITTING CHEWING TABACCO IN MY RAG THAT I USED TO WIPE MY HANDS. HE NEVER MENTIONED IT TO ME , SO YOU CAN SEE HOW MESSY THINGS BECAME.

I REALLY ENJOYED MY TIME AT EASTERN, AND WILL GOOD THOUGHTS ABOUT THE COMPANY


name: Christopher,
Date: Tuesday, August 05, 2003
Time: 01:02:07 PM

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My very first airplane trip was on an Eastern Airlines L-1011.The Whisperliner...I was 9 years old.Traveled from JFK-MCO in November'79. The L-1011 has always been my favorite aircraft.Sadly,most are gone now from commercial airlines.I'll always remember my first flight and how excited I was.The atmosphere was fantastic..


name: Richard Baker,
Date: Tuesday, August 05, 2003
Time: 08:14:15 PM

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Worked the MIA ramp from 79-83. Went to Mechanic apprentice school with 14 others in MIA. Then worked the MIA engine shop from 85-89. Walked a picket line for awhile, went back to school and learned Xray. Now doing MRI........Would be back at my old job tomorrow morning if I could in MIA......Memories, too many to speak of.


name: Peter " Nick" Nicolaides,
Date: Friday, August 15, 2003
Time: 02:16:54 PM

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Hey there, Geeze I have so many memoiries, good , bad , and UGLY. We were boarding in SJU en route to JFK, roach coach!!! A very nice family of 4 boarded & I helped put all there things away and put there stroller in the mid cabin on an L-1011 mechanical coat rack up! up! and away after the doors closed, while boarding I noticed that the man had a very large NOSE . I mean this was one big HONKER, anyway thay all sat down, rest of the flight was as normal as those flights could be, a few cabin discrepencies, one of them being at mid cabin service secton Carpet Was Coming Loose! from so much foot traffic. Oh! and of course thats where we deplane from in JFK. well as everyone was getting off the plane I was Saying WATCH YOUR STEP DON"T TRIP ON THE CARPET over and over ,Then The family of 4 came and I said CAREFUL DON'T TRIP ON YOUR NOSE!! I stammered and turned beeet Red. I was so embarresed, he just smiled and forgave my FauPaux


name: Dave Moore,
Date: Sunday, August 24, 2003
Time: 01:47:02 PM

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Braniff agent towing 4 carts (2 mail and 2 cargo) across the ramp at DCA. Agent came running into Braniff Int'l ops shouting "I'm fired, I'm fired." I asked what he was excited about. Was towing 4 carts up to the ramp, and the last one broke lose and smashed into Eastern's Boeing 727 (200) that was being pushed back, and punched a (very large) hole in the right side (tail). CANCELLED.... If i recall it was a DCA-FLL nonstop...


name: Dave Moore,
Date: Sunday, August 24, 2003
Time: 01:54:36 PM

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Worked gates for Eastern at DCA. Trained in MIA ticketing classes. Eastern was fun. In Seattle, used to go to "interline parties" and grab the C4 passes being thrown at the airline employees. Was married to UA stewardess (excuse me-flight attandent) at the time. Would jump on the SEA-STL run and connect into WV (HTS or CRW) to see our parents. Thems was the days....(69-73).Later worked for Eastern at DCA my self. Hated changing the liquour kits on through flights. At worst you might end up changing out 8 kites (Blue, blue greene, green). Had to use the straightback chair as a cart jsut to get it done on the short "turn". Oh well.


name: Barbara Levi Long,
Date: Monday, August 25, 2003
Time: 08:10:41 PM

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I am serching for a lost relative. She was a flight attendent during the 1940's. Her name then was Katherine Page Worrell. She was in D.C. area in 1945. If you have any information, I would be very appreciative. Sincerely, Barbara Levi Long


name: Bill Foulke,
Date: Wednesday, August 27, 2003
Time: 01:56:40 PM

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Hello all, my story starts in 1948. My parents met when they both worked for at EAL in Ric. My dad was in Dispatch in Ric and my mom worked in Air-Ground radio. These were the days of Captain Eddie. He tells the story of Captain Eddie coming into the dispatch office in Ric or Atl and knowing every single person there by first name. In the late 50`s they moved to Atl. I can remember many flights in the middle of the night from Atl-Ric-Atl. It seemed it was always in the middleof the night as that was the only time he could get all 6 of us on an a/c. It was mainly Electra`s but I would imagine there was a DC6 or-7 in there somewhere. I can still smell the interior of the a/c. Those early memories are the spark that lit the fire in me to make aviation a career. My dad left EAL in the early 60`s as strikes seemed to occur frequently. I joind EAL in 1978 in Atl and stayed until the end in March '89. (I don`t consider anything past 03/89 to be the real EAL)..As bad as it was in the mid-late 80`s I will always cherish the memories, experiences and friends I gained during my to short career with EAL. I have moved on to a career with another carier but it will never be the same. EAL remains in my heart and mind at all times.


name: Lucia Sprawka,
Date: Thursday, August 28, 2003
Time: 12:21:09 PM

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I was a f/a for EAL bassed at JFK. My memories of EAL were the best at LGA flying the shuttle. You never new who would be on the airplane. When the secret service came on you new it would be some vIP like a Kennedy or the current congressmen. I saw John Glenn, Teddy Kennedy, Al Pacino, and many more.


name: Paul Holstein,
Date: Thursday, August 28, 2003
Time: 01:15:07 PM

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I too, like others, was not an EAL employee. But I still have a memory I'd like to share.

My brother and I flew on the L1011 from South Korea to Hawaii enroute to Denver. We were adopted by the most gracious people. It was our first airplane trip and one that I haven't forgotten to this day.

I was 7 at the time, and my brother was 4. I recall the plane wasn't completely full, so we were allowed to roam around. Unfortunately for me, I was succeptible to motion sickness.

The leg from Seoul to Hawaii was the worst of it. I threw up most of the way. But I remember the Flight Attendants taking very good care of me, as if I was their own child. "Thank you, Flight Attendants."

During the leg from Hawaii to Denver, we were given a little satchel in EAL colors with the logo. And of course, the gold wings. :o)

By the way, I still have that satchel.

And even today, after EAL has vanished, for some reason, they are my favorite. And as a token of my appreciation, I have created my own Eastern Airlines fleet in my Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004.

Here's two of my favorites: L1011: http://www.usacomptel.com/images/eal1011.jpg B727: http://www.usacomptel.com/images/eal72.jpg

Again, "Thank you all for taking care of me and my brother on our trip to USA."

Paul Holstein


name: Susan Durney,
Date: Saturday, September 06, 2003
Time: 08:39:17 AM

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I was only 17 when I first applied to work in Eastern's res office in Miami. I was trying to appease my father, who no longer fancied supporting my college major in "partying." It never occurred to me that they might actually hire me. When the personnel director himself called one afternoon, I was sure it was a friend having fun at my expense. So when the caller asked me to come in for an interview, I said, "Yeah, sure. You wait right there for me," and hung up. He called back and I said, "Knock it off, Bobby. This ain't funny," and hung up again. Fortunately for me, this particular executive had a sense of humor and persisted. You will never know how embarrassed I was to walk into his office and attempt to explain myself. A few days later, I was touring the site of my first job. I worked in both the Miami and NYC res offices for five years until 1968. The adventures were almost non-stop!


name: Michael Thacker,

Date: Tuesday, September 09, 2003
Time: 02:39:14 PM

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I was a flight attendant with Eastern based in Atlanta for only a few of the last years, but to this day those were easily the happiest times of my life. I loved my job, loved the company I worked for and love the people I worked with. I remember flying many times with Scarlett, Suzy (I think her last name was Service), the couple that I did a month with in Melbourne, FL where we had 33 hour layovers.

I still remember that terrible day when I did a turn up north from Atlanta and on the way up thinking to myself what a great job I had being able to fly. After getting back the crew went on to Florida, but the rumor of our closing was on CNN. Instead of heading to the Marta at Hartsfield, I instead went from B concourse to C to go to inflight. Stood there in the doorway and looked at Jill my Spvr. and she knodded yes without me saying a word. I walked over and said "so its true, so we are closing?". She confirmed that she was afraid so as flights were cancelling all over the board. We all stood there for a few hours, the many of us, mostly those on the long-haul west coast flights, those who had been with Eastern the longest. All of a sudden the printer that I had rested my hand on activated on the top line it read that effective midnite of that day, Eastern would cease operations. What a terrible day that was!

To this day, I don't regret any of it. I grew up a lot during training and those years as a f/a. I had a great job, with great people and for great people! It was a blast!!

Drop me a line if we ever flew together out of Atlanta or elsewhere. Would love to hear from you.

Michael


name: becky,
Date: Tuesday, September 09, 2003
Time: 08:19:11 PM

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I was just 3 years old when Flight 401 crashed, but since then have read about it a lot. Anyway, there is a memorial site called Findagrave. It's www.findagrave.com It's a wonderful site for remembering loved ones, genealogy, etc. Anyway, I put a tribute to Stephanie Stanich there (if I had more info on Pat Ghyssels, I'd do one to her to.) Anyway, I have repeatedly asked the site master to list her under "famous people" in an area they have called "victims of crime and disaster." There are other memorials to plane crash victims there. But, they say she does not qualify. There is not a page there for flight 401, but for many other crashes. Anyway, if anyway thinks as I do that Stephanie's page should be listed in the "famous" people sections as a victim of a disaster, would you mind checking it out and contacting them? Also, if anyone sees any mistakes in there, let me know.

You just go to the website and type her name under "Non-famous persons"


name: JERRY BUTY,
Date: Friday, September 12, 2003
Time: 09:26:24 PM

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I worked for eastern from 1968 to until lorenzo pull us off all eastern's properties. 22 years as a rampserviceman in columbus, ohio. From the first day to the last, eastern and it's people were the greatest folks i have ever known. I still miss those wonderful times. Looking for a former customer service agent, name nikki petrick. she started with eastern in pittsburgh and finished with eastern in columbus, ohio.

thank you for this excellent site.


name: Zeno Henninger,
Date: Thursday, September 18, 2003
Time: 03:34:54 AM

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While a college student at VMI, Eastern sent me (a lowly third classman, /sophomore/) a ticket on credit for my Christmas trip home. Though only a short flight Roanoke to Pittsburgh, the fact that they sent me a ticket and said pay for it later was a positive note. I tried to book Eastern on many later flights


name: JONNY FLOREZ RAMIREZ,
Date: Sunday, September 28, 2003
Time: 11:32:07 AM

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I´d like some information about all the routes that this airline covered all round the world and I´d thank all the possible information that you can send me. thanks a lot.


name: Barbara Weimann,
Date: Friday, October 03, 2003
Time: 03:33:30 PM

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Hi my name is Barbara, I live in TX Dallas area. Could you please tell me what year it was when Eastern closed down. Thank You Barbara


name: Jim Smart,
Date: Monday, October 06, 2003
Time: 10:05:30 AM

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My sweetest memories of Eastern were centered around Washington National Airport. Used to ride Eastern's Air Shuttle DC-9-31s back and forth from Washington to New York's LaGuardia. Was there at DCA when Eastern flew its last L-188 Electra trip out of DCA in 1978. I would like to correspond with anyone at Eastern, pilots, mechanics, flight attendants, who were involved in the Air Shuttle between DCA, LGA and Logan. I have a lot of questions. Hopefully, you have answers. I will always miss Eastern. Jim Smart 661-267-6446


name: Will Beaumont, 1
Date: Monday, October 06, 2003
Time: 06:05:47 PM

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My first experience with airplanes was flying to Florida in an Eastern Airlines 'Electra' turboprop in the late 50s/very early 60s. The plane (as well as the experience) was elegant and dignified. That first flight was an evening flight to Tampa from Cleveland, Ohio, and, best of all, there was a full moon that night. Imagine, sitting there with my 'wings' given to me by a stewardess taking in the beauty of the night sky and the earth below me. It was an experience I will never forget. Eastern rules the skies!


name: Mary Crutchfield, 1
Date: Friday, October 10, 2003
Time: 07:49:44 AM

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Hi! I am one of 12 artists chosen to paint pictures for the "First Flight Celebration" being held in Kitty Hawk, NC this fall. We will be painting 100 pictures, for 100 years, and my area is the l950's. I really would like some reference pictures about the planes and the stewardesses, as one painting should be about the "glory days" of commercial flying, where we all dressed up to get on a flight, were welcomed as "guests" and considered it all a great adventure! The 50's were very "flight intensive", going from commercial flying to the jet era to Sputnik and space. But I don't want just airplanes, and would like to incorporate planes and people if posssible. Thanks for any help you could give. Mary Crutchfield


name: Inge Collins, 
Date: Friday, October 10, 2003
Time: 10:05:25 PM

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PLEASE HELP me find films of my father. My father, TED CONNOLLY, flew for EAL for 37 years. In July or August of 1958, he bellyflopped his EAL plane (a DC4 I think)without substantial damage to the plane or crew on board. EAL used the footage in their training for years. He was unable to get a copy before he retired in 1982. I am on a quest to get a copy of this for my father. By the way, he did a commercial for EAL before they folded. I do have a copy of that.


name: Anita Kelley Klan,
Date: Saturday, October 11, 2003
Time: 10:27:44 PM

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My Father,Captain Joe Kelley started working for Eastern the year before I was born...1935. He flew out of Newark airport, Laguardia had not yet been built. Later he was based in Idlewild now Kennedy Airport. One of the sadest days of his life was the last flight before he retired. Eastern had provided him with wonderful opportunities in flight and comraderie. He started his career in the Army Signal Corp which predated the Army Air Corp, training in open cockpit biwing planes in Texas. His last flight was in "stretch eight". When we had the opportunity to fly on a "pass" it was a thrill. In those days of innocence, we were allowed in the cockpit during flight. One memory that is etched in my mind was looking down at Manhattan and seeing the submarine nets stretched across the rivers to prevent enemy submarine attacks...the year 1943. I can remember the family being packed in the car ready to visit relatives in Philadelphia and the dreaded call came....Crew Schedule.. it was hard to understand why in one minute one trip was cancelled and Dad was headed for the Airport. It was one of the milestones in my Father's life to have flown with Eastern when it was just beginning and had the opportunity to grow with it.. He fortunately didn't live to see it come to an end.


name: Virginia Canady McCoy
Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Time: 01:10:12 PM

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One of my good friends who was also a stewardess with Eastern, around 1943, was on a plane that crashed at night into the side of a mountain. I was asked by the company to go with another stewardess to offer condolences in person to the family, on behalf of Eastern.


name: Lon Cerame,
Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2003
Time: 07:33:00 AM

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Eastern was a great airline to work for. I remember when I was in RES and received a call in the Woodbridge office back in 1968, a gentleman and his wife wanted to fly from EWR to BNA (Nashville) At the time, we were using new 2915 computers for our PNAs...(Personal Name Records) Being new to RES, I asked how many were traveling and he told me it would be he and his wife..So I put EWR/NAS thinking NAS was Nashville..Hey, it made sense at the time..NAS (Nashville) When the when flights appeared on the screen, I saw EWR, MIA, NAS...I couldn't figure why he was stopping MIA and then going to Nashville..I gave him his flights and the price and he never questioned it. He never asked why he was stopping in MIA. When my lead agent walked by I asked her about these flights and asked her what was wrong? I asked why he was stopping in MIA on his way to Nashville? (BNA) She looked at me and started laughing and said I had used the wrong code. We straightened everything out and called back the gentleman who had a good sense of humor about it, especially when I told him the price! Our team was great and the leads and supervisors had a lot of patience with the new employees which I was, at the time..


name: Linda (Gaskell) Brooks,
Date: Thursday, October 16, 2003
Time: 11:04:11 AM

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I remember the jokes we used to play on passengers. Like flying out of New York to Miami. One time a male passenger got on the plane and as I greeted him he said "This is going to be a terrible flight" and I said "Yes, now that you are here!". He looked at me stunned and starting laughing and said "I deserved that!". Or the time the senior flight attendant gave the announcements in a "fauz" English accent. One lady passenger said to me, "Where in England is that flight attendant from?". I answered, "No one on this crew has an English accent." She sat there the rest of the flight wondering what happened.


name: kathryn beall, 1

Date: Friday, October 31, 2003
Time: 08:43:38 AM

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my husband loved working there . his name was james h mckinney


name: Wilfredo Lebron,
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Date: Friday, October 31, 2003
Time: 08:01:47 PM

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Eastern was the best airline and my favorite.

The staff was attentive, and always eager to go to that extra mile.

Look how the airline industry has deteroriated in service after Eastern's demise.

I'll miss it forever.


name: Jose A. Gual,
Date: Wednesday, November 05, 2003
Time: 08:47:16 AM

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Hello,I always being a fan number one of Eastern Airlines.I think is one of the greatest Airlines ever.


name: Capt. Bill Cameron BOSFO
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Date: Monday, November 10, 2003
Time: 01:34:11 PM

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It was a wonderful Day in Feb '64 when I went to work for Eastern. That lasted for 7300 days, I would give anything to be able to do it over again. I had to turn in the flight manuel on Feb of '84 medically retired, that was the worst day in all those 20 years of flying with the greatest men in the industry (I never had the priviledge to have a lady in the cockpit) My Captains hat hangs at the same home my hart is Monhegan Maine. God bless you all and this web sight Bill


name: Elaine Buchanan Patsel,
Date: Monday, November 10, 2003
Time: 01:48:19 PM

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I am so thankful to have found this site.My father William E.Buchanan aka "Wild Bill" and my mother Shirley Burns Buchanan met while working for Easter Air lines. My dad a Pilot and she a flight attendant married on Dec.16 1948 in Miami springs.Dad flew for 35years. He is now retired in Pompano Beach Florida. My Mom passed away christmas day 2001. My Father was Bob Lofts pilot patner and I will never forget that day in December. Does any one remember my parents.They also lived in Alexandria.Va. for about 6 years as Dad was out of Dc airport. Eastern was the best!


name: Michelle Baskerville (FLUHR),
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Date: Saturday, November 15, 2003
Time: 10:11:12 AM

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Hello, For starters I was not fortunate enough to be employed with Eastern airlines due to the shut down, but my mother and father both were. My father is now deceased but spent 27 years with Eastern, mainly at ORD and the stories he would tell me were great. I grew up with Eastern and always considered it apart of my family, my first flight was on Eastern and boy was I proud. My father was pictured in the flyer for Eastern for an advertisment and I have it on my wall today. I am so very happy to have found this website and to know that there are people who kept Eastern in there heart as our family did.

Sincerely,

Michelle Baskerville (Fluhr)


name: Clyde Roach, 
Date: Saturday, November 22, 2003
Time: 06:21:26 AM

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From my book, “Confessions of an Airline Pilot” Clyde Roach

There were a large number of pilots to be trained. When the air traffic around Miami International Airport became too heavy the Eastern Airlines moved 727 flight training to Ft. Worth, Texas. American Airlines did our maintenance at Love Field in Dallas, and we flew out of the old Greater Southwest Airport, just a few miles away. The pilots stayed at the Great Western Motel nearby. I had been at Ft. Worth for a month or two acting as instructor and check captain. On Mothers Day 1966, Captain Bud Fisher was to get his rating ride. At the motel before daylight, I met Bud, John Stone -who was a flight engineer instructor - and Mr. Gene Breece, the FAA inspector. We had breakfast at a nearby restaurant and took the limo to Love Field to pick up the airplane. The airplane was number 102. American had been working on the landing gear all night. The night before, walking through the maintenance area, I witnessed a mechanic pounding the main landing gear with a heavy hammer, and made some snide remark like, “They are trying to destroy our airplane.” On a rating ride the FAA inspector is the judge of acceptable performance. The check captain, in the right seat, is the safety pilot and responsible for the flight. I gave Mr. Breece my standard briefing, the same to all inspectors: “Don’t pull any circuit breakers without first checking with me and don’t talk to the pilot while he is flying.” Then Mr. Breece gave Bud a briefing as what to expect. No one briefed me on what was going to happen. If they had, I wouldn’t have made the flight. It was still dark as we made our first takeoff. The first landing was to be at Greater Southwest Airport. On final approach, Bud called, “Gear down and final checklist.” I put the gear handle down and observed green lights on the mains, but the nose gear indicating system was all screwed up. I knew the nose wheel did not go down, because there was no sound of the doors opening. I told Bud, “Make a missed approach.” At a safe altitude, I recycled the gear twice with the same results. Then I told John, “Take a look at it,” A viewing port in the floor allows a visual check. He reported, “It’s up tight as a drum.” Flying from the right seat, I made a steep turn to increase the G-load and rapidly moved the gear handle from up to down without pausing at the off position. The landing gear went down -- all of them -- with a loud explosive-type sound and a moderate thump to the airframe. One hydraulic system had failed and the red lights appeared on the left main gear-indicating system. The nose wheel indication was still screwed up and one hydraulic system had failed. I asked Breece to go back and take a look. From the cabin windows some of the gear is visible. While he was gone Bud and I changed seats so there would be no question as to who was in command. Breeches returned and appeared frightened as he reported a large hole in the top of the left wing. I advised him that he was now part of the crew, and that I wanted any suggestions or comments he might have – and no hindsight. Then John had a look. His comments were to the effect, "It don’t look good.” Using the remaining hydraulic system, I raised the landing gear. The nose and right main retracted normally. Then I went back to have a look myself. The hole in the top of the wing was about the size of a jeep, with jagged pieces of skin sticking up. The gear actuating cylinder, about the size of a small telephone pole eight feet long, had failed at the outboard attach-point, and was askew. The landing gear side brace was broken and the wheels were not in line with the airframe. Worst of all, a steady stream of hydraulic fluid was trailing back off the wing. I immediately yelled up to John, “Cut off the other pump.” It was too late. The reservoir was empty. Now we were in manual reversion on the ailerons, which means restricted roll control. In such a situation the elevators are not affected, but the rudders are inoperative and there is no way to get them back. One rudder has a backup system, but requires fluid from one of the main systems, and I knew if I used it any remaining fluid would be pumped overboard. The next three hours were spent trying to get help from any source. Miami tech service, contacted by radio, suggested that I G-load the airplane and try to force the gear down. I replied, “You must not have been listening. I tried that. That’s when the SOB tore up.” Another training flight, flown by J.B. Marsh, pulled up alongside to view the damage. He reported only what we already knew. I asked him to look at the whole airplane for other damage. None was found. I had plenty of fuel, since we always started with almost full tanks. The company wanted the airplane in Miami for maintenance reasons. When I asked for a fuel burn-off to Miami, with the left gear down and a big hole in the wing, they replied, “Forget it.” Tulsa, Oklahoma was suggested for a landing because of Americans’ large maintenance base there. I had been circling Carswell Air Force Base, A SAC (Strategic Air Command) base, in case an immediate landing became necessary. Now, to please the company, I was on the way to Tulsa. The company didn't want the airplane on a SAC base because if anything blocks the active runway, a cable is attached to the airplane and if the runway is needed, it would be dragged or bulldozed off the runway. About half way to Tulsa, the airport manager sent me a message: "We don’t have enough foam for both the runway and the airplane,” and suggested use of the short crosswind runway so the impending crash would not close his airport. That sealed my decision to land at Carswell. I reversed course and told Bud to advise the company. I switched my radio to Carswell Tower and asked to speak with the officer of the day. My first question, “What’s this about bulldozing my airplane off the runway?” "Oh, we won’t do that unless we have a red alert.” When asked to define a red alert, he answered, “An actual war.” I told the crew, “If we have a war, I don’t care what they do with this airplane.” This was during the Cold War with Russia. When asked what length of the runway should be foamed, I replied, “All you can spare. If I have to land with no flaps, minimum speed is 180 knots and it will slide forever.” I learned later that Captain “Robby” Robins was asked by the crash crew what length of the runway should be foamed, and he told me he had absolutely no idea how much would be needed. When pressed for an answer, off the top of his head he answered, “3500 feet." That proved to be exactly right. After it was over, a crash crew member said, “That Captain Robins sure knows his foam.” One Eastern B-727 had landed with the gear up at Miami on a foamed runway. Using full reverse power, he still slid about 4500 feet. But it didn’t appear that we could make the slow approach that he made. In preparing for the landing, I told John to dump fuel until it stopped draining and mark the time. This way we would know exactly how much fuel remained. Using the fuel flow gages, I planned to land with as little fuel as possible. Also, I needed a landing card for no flaps and full flaps. The next order of business was to try and get some wing flaps. Using the electrical system, I called for two degrees. Two flight spoilers on the left wing were floating and five leading edge devices did not deploy. With manual ailerons, the roll to the left was uncontrollable, even with asymmetrically power. I yelled “Take em up!” That’s when I began to wish we had parachutes. In my briefing to the crew, I had already explained what could happen on landing. Essentially, with a touchdown on the broken left main gear, when and if the tires blew, the strut would dig in and we would cartwheel to the left. More probably, when I ran out of aileron control, the right wing would dig in and we would cartwheel to the right. I told John and Mr. Breece that only Bud and I would be in the cockpit for landing, adding, "You can sit anywhere you like. If we catch fire, it won’t amount to much as we are just about out of everything that will burn.” The last hydraulic reservoir quantity indicator registered empty and I knew if the pump was powered, any fluid left would start squirting again. I had to try. I notified the tower we were on a long final and just about out of fuel. The crash crew cleared the runway, though they were not finished with the foaming. With no rudder, ailerons were a prime concern. I told Bud to power the ailerons. They worked fine, so there had to be some hydraulic fluid left. Next I called for wing flaps two degrees, then five degrees, and then full flaps. We were about 500 feet now, and I never even thought of looking at the hydraulic quantity. All leading edge devices extended properly - that hydraulic system was working fine. The roll control problem, now caused by floating spoilers, was manageable, although almost full ailerons were required to maintain wings level. Had there not been enough fluid for the last minute of flight, the ailerons would have reverted to manual, and we would have rolled over and bought the farm. As I closed the throttles to decelerate, the landing warning horn sounded. With all the time and planing put into this, we had forgotten to deactivate the warning system. John came running up from the rear with a smile on his face and pulled the circuit breaker. I wondered what else I had forgotten. Now my concern was, did I wait too long to start the approach? Was there enough fuel to reach the runway? The swath of foam, visible down the center of the runway was only 60 feet wide. It looked more like a painted center line. I wasn’t even sure of putting the airplane in the foam, much less keeping it there. At about 100 feet I yanked the gear handle up. If that broken gear retracted, I felt we could make it. Over the threshold, with the throttles closed and our airspeed less than 100 knots, Bud pulled all the engine fire shutoff switches. Now we were committed to momentum. That hunk of iron was going where it was aimed and there was not much I could do to control destiny. Touchdown in the first 50 feet of foam on the broken left main landing gear was smooth. About 1500 feet down the runway, in spite of full ailerons, the right wing tip was about to touch the ground. I heard and felt a muffled bang (both tires on the broken gear had blown, even in the slippery foam) and what we had been hoping for happened. The gear folded and the aircraft settled on it’s belly. We slid straight down the center of foam and stopped with 100 feet of foam still ahead of us. Too much can’t be said for the efficiency of the SAC crash crews. Within seconds after we came to a stop, the cockpit was covered with foam squirted from a truck that had been waiting at the end of the foam. I opened the side window and signaled them to hold off. If we didn’t have a fire now, we would not have one. The whole episode lasted four hours, and one TV station filmed the landing for the national news that night. The chairman of the NTSC accident investigation team was sitting in his car off the end of the runway, watching the show. He was the first person I met after jumping from the front door. Stairs were not needed, since the plane was resting on its belly. We shook hands and he congratulated me for a job well done. Then he advised me that he would be in charge of the investigation. While sitting in a staff car near the runway with some Air Force officers, the car was surrounded with reporters trying to get an interview. Someone asked if I would like to make a phone call. “Yes,” I said, “I’d like to call Rick Rivenbark (vice president of flight operations), but on Mothers Day it may be hard to get through.” The SAC communication system is as good as their crash crews. Within seconds I was talking to Rick. I wanted to report the outcome and ask how to handle the media. He said, “I can’t tell you what to say but you have to talk to them.” During this fiasco Thad Royal, in charge of B-727 training in Miami, called my wife, Roxie, to let her know what was going on. I thought this was an astute thing to do. That afternoon Thad and Roxie, with some mechanics arrived in Dallas. My crew, minus Mr. Breece, met with the NTSB and gave a preliminary statement. I told Bud and John, “With the FAA looking over our shoulder, no use trying to cover up anything. Just tell it like it happened.” That night, after watching myself on national news, Roxie and I went to a nearby steak house for dinner. There were a lot of pilots there, and as we walked in, they gave us an ovation. I didn’t feel like a hero. I was just thankful to be alive. Someone asked Rorie, “Is he as cool in bed as he was on the flight?” ALPA policy is never to testify before the NTSB without legal representation. I asked various people for advice on the subject. Rick said, “You are management and if you are in trouble, so are we.” Thad said, “Don’t worry, if they ground you, we will pay your salary and you can sit at home.” I thought the only thing that might have been done wrong was dumping fuel at a low altitude (1500 feet). Later I learned there is no minimum altitude for dumping fuel. The flight data recorder revealed my airspeed to be much higher than it should have been when I was G-loading the airplane trying to extend the nose gear, but no one seemed to care. Maybe I should have been wearing my glasses. I started wearing glasses for near vision when flying the Constellation. On night flights I couldn’t read the radio frequency on the dial located on the overhead panel. Before the first takeoff I would set the frequency, and thereafter counted the clicks to change frequency. This worked fine until the copilot selected a new one - then I was lost. With some half eye glasses, I had to wear them upside down to see above. Within two days I received an official notice of the NTSB hearing to be held at Carswell Air Force Base, and I was allowed to bring only one person with me. I asked Thad to go. At the hearing, in a large impressive room, seated around a long polished mahogany table, were about 15 people. The only one I knew was the chairman, seated at the head of the table. Thad and I took the chairs waiting for us. The meeting opened with the FAA representative passing out copies of the electrical schematic of the nose landing gear warning system. His implication, since I had not made a fly by of the tower to confirm the position of the nose-gear, there was no way I could have known if the gear was up or down. So, I caused my own problem. I could see right away that they were out to get me and I began to regret not having a lawyer. While the airplane was still on the runway, after being jacked up in preparation for moving, someone pried open the nose gear doors. This precluded any possibility of determining why they didn’t open in flight. At this point in time, we had not much experience with this problem Years later, I learned there had been over 100 industry-wide incidents of this nature. Nose-gear door rigging was the culprit. I wrote a procedure to help pilots handle this type emergency and asked the company to insert it in the operations manual. Eastern refused, but some other airlines accepted. There is a way to land the B-727 with the nose-gear up and hold the nose off until the airplane almost comes to a stop. It encompasses the use of outboard spoilers only. I have demonstrated the maneuver many times. Not being an electrical engineer, I refused comment on the schematic. However, I did explain how, from the sound, extension of the nose-gear is positive. Never having heard of this, the Board wanted a demonstration. In training, students are required to manually crank down the landing gear, one at a time. I had observed and listened at least 100 times to the procedure. The next day an FAA representative accompanied me on a flight for proof. The flight engineer cranked down the nose gear first. The sound of the doors opening into the air stream was quite loud. Then you could hear the gear coming out and a thump when it locked. Next, a main gear was cranked down. Since it was so far aft, you had to listen intently to hear anything at all. The FAA said, “I’m convinced, let’s go home.” B-727’s are still being flown, and I wonder if the pilots are alerted to listen. I know the simulators are not programmed for the correct sound. The accident was caused by the failure of American Airline mechanics to install a bearing in the outboard attach-point of the left main landing gear actuator. The part was found on the ground where they had been working the night before. American Airlines paid a fine and two mechanics were disciplined. A Boeing representative told of the same failure occurring on an airplane on jacks in the hangar, because of the same part had been left out and the same type damage occurred. When the actuating cylinder broke and flipped upward, it missed the aileron cable by only an inch. Had the cylinder contacted the aileron cable, the airplane would have rolled over and crashed. I’m about to run out of borrowed time. Damage to the aircraft caused by the landing was minimal. The mechanics told me if it wasn’t for the damage that occurred in flight, with installation of new wing flaps, the airplane could have been flown out that day. This airplane makes a beautiful wheels-up landing. But I wonder about the new wide body airplanes with wing-mounted engines that extend below the fuselage. Sooner or later, a wide body will have to land with the gear up. It will not be a belly landing. It will be an engine landing. Eastern mechanics cut a section of the wing flaps that had been ground down as we slid along the runway and presented it to me as a memento. The TV station sent me a 16-mm copy of the landing and interview. I had an eight-mm copy made for home use and gave the original to the company for use in training. Years later, my son Steve, an FAA air traffic controller, had the FAA records in Oklahoma City searched for a copy of the accident report. Would you believe it? There is no record of this accident. Things are still as messed up as ever. Colonel Borman (the astronaut, now the CEO at Eastern) wrote me a letter of commendation which provoked a laugh. It was worded in a way that provided the company the right to discipline me if further investigation warranted. A week after the Carswell happening I purchased a 1945 Silvair Luscombe airplane. While landing at the old Tamiami airport, the left landing gear strut broke. There I sat, in the middle of the runway, another accident and the Carswell adventure hadn’t been resolved yet. The FAA considered this one an “incident” and not an “accident,” which averted an investigation - and a good thing too – I didn’t have a license to fly single-engine aircraft. Although I had flown single-engine in the Air Corps, I had neglected to have the rating added to my license. It was years before I discovered the omission. Again I proved; you don’t always have to do everything right to come out alive.


name: Sandra Fluhr (Boerst) EA F/A, 
Date: Saturday, November 22, 2003
Time: 11:04:32 PM

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does anyone remember the something else service out of jfk from jfk to mia? It truly was something else, as the meals were ordered to match the seating but our passengers had something else in mind by changing their seats without letting us know therefore the meal asigned to the seat was not correct,it was steak or lobster I believe. A whole plane of passengers who hated their meals, I actually had a plug in tray thrown at me who would have thought eastern trained their flight attendants on ESP as well. DOES ANYONE REMEMBER THE ROACH COACH VOMIT COMET SPECIAL LEAVING NEW YORK TO SAN JUAN AT MIDNITE....for 4 hours in san juan you watch mold grow on the spider webs and then board an aircraft of overly cheerful people going back home. San juan was my most memorable, go through once with the cart and hide, bags and bags on board, and on one particular flight I had people praying in the isles because they said the plane would crash. One flight attendant mentioned flying from New York to Montreal and having to put the meal trays under the seats for landing....I think I was on that flight. Training in Mia was great but you could not do the service the way you were trained when you had a full plane and had cocktail service and food service and don't forget the coffee and beverages.....all in sometimes less than 42 minutes. Thank you Eastern for the memories, Iv enjoyed them and enjoy passing them on to my children and grandchildren


name: Michelle Baskerville (Fluhr), 
Date: Saturday, November 22, 2003
Time: 11:16:49 PM

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Hello all you EAl Vets, Like waldo, has anyone seen Frank Lorenzo lately, any fist class service come his way. The second generation is just as upset as the first generation if not more. The second generation is all around at every airport, and we often discuss the falling of Eastern and what a shame it was, almost a crime. Sue...you keep up your wonderful service there in ewr, glad to here how wonderful he looks! Second generation of Eastern employee. Thanks for the great memories and the family, and friends.


name: Michelle Penrod-Clagett, 
Date: Tuesday, December 02, 2003
Time: 11:42:34 PM

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I just read you were looking for your aunt, Winnie Gilbert, were you ever able to locate her? My husband Ken Clagett used to work for her, and I have been trying to locate her myself. He thought the world of your aunt, and I wanted him to be able to get back in touch. Thank you in advance for any information you may have.

We were both EAL family, and WOW what great memories!! Reading each person's own dialogue takes me back through time. My Dad started with EAL in 1968 and I followed after college, and there is where I met my incredible husband!! It's intriguing to me to see how many of us met though our "family" company.

Thank you so much for the trip down memory lane.

P.s. Does anyone remember having to be dressed in your Sunday berst, just to be able to get on the plane, and now days to travel non-rev I think all you need to do is be breathing. :)

Now selling homes in Missouri!!!!!


name: Bob Till, 1
Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2003
Time: 08:48:33 PM

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I'm not an ex-Eastern Airlines employee nor do I work in the airline industry. But the first time I flew on a commercial airliner was in 1986 on Eastern.I was just out of college and flying out to Vegas for a short visit to see my sister.The first leg was from Cleveland to Kansas City on a DC-9.I can remember to this day being pushed back into my seat as the pilot throttled up from a standing start at the threshold of the runway.It is something you never forget.Changed planes in Kansas City and enjoyed a cross country trip to Vegas on a 727.I will never forget that trip or Eastern.


name: Eileen (Liz) Ashley Chittick, 
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Date: Thursday, December 11, 2003
Time: 07:12:19 AM

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Four of us just out of MIA Springs Villas were sent to ATL. This base soon became our love and joy. We lived in one of "Handsome Hasson's" brand new duplexes in Hapeville and could easily see the water tower. We knew that when the fog surrounded it at a certain point, Crew Sked would soon be calling to cancel our trip! (We practically knew before they did!) My first trip was on a Martin 404 ATL/MSY. It was supposed to have been a turn-around but because of wx, it took us four days to finally squeeze out when there was an opening. My roommates barely remembered me when I arrived home! I loved working those Martin 404's and often bid that wonderful trip 582 ATL/BOS with the eleven stops. Correct me if I'm mistaken but I really don't think think there were any fewer!


name: Kay Blackford, 
Date: Friday, December 12, 2003
Time: 04:27:40 PM

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All I ever wanted to do was be a flight attendant. My first experience was with Eastern, & I had an absolutely fabulous life for almost 3 years. I lived in Miami, San Juan, & Atlanta. I remember when the DFW Int'nl Airport opened. I helped in the celebration by taking Mickey Mouse & Goofey arm & arm through the airport. (I wish I could find that picture!!) After Eastern, I flew for Braniff...which also went bankrupt. Then I moved to Hawaii for 4 years. I'm back in Texas now teaching 7th - 10th graders from other countries how to speak English through a technology curriculum. I still look up to the skies when an airplane passes over & wonder why I'm grounded!!

Kay


name: Kermit Vetter,
Date: Saturday, December 20, 2003
Time: 06:05:02 PM

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During a hot summer day,I had just dispatched a 727 Whisperjet with a full load of passangers for a non-stop flight to JFK whem one of our mechanics came into Operations and said your flight just lost a tire on take-off. I thought he was kidding until the phone rang about that time and it was the Airport Tower telling me the same thing. After a few phone calls to EAL Dispatch in Mia it was decided to land the plane at Kelly AFB due to the long runway and services available there. The Flight made a normal and safe landing there with one main landing tire missing. Passengers were bused back to SAT and put on another 727 and all was back to normal after a few tense hours.


name: Chris-PHL,
Date: Tuesday, December 30, 2003
Time: 06:57:55 PM

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I worked for Eastern for only 3 years '86-'89. I only got to see and hear the sad parts of a great ailine. I was a stock clerk in PHL. I worked with a bunch of great people, some of the most skilled I have ever worked with.....I currently am a Mechanic at American in Tulsa and enjoy it just as much.


name: charlie Bessent,
Date: Saturday, January 10, 2004
Time: 02:20:22 PM

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I am in Libery Commons nursing home in Salisbury, N.C.


name: Larry Sobelman,
Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2004
Time: 08:49:10 PM

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I worked for Eastern Airlines as a flight simulator engineer on the b-727 AST. I was initially station in Binghamton N.Y. at Singer Link. Brought the sim down to miafl and spent a total of 2 years with EAL

Does anyone out there remember Reggie Rowe, BoB Holzborn or Ed Worster?

drop me an e-mail either at sobelman@bellsouth.net or larrysobelman@spherion.com


name: daniel r,
Date: Sunday, January 18, 2004
Time: 09:59:37 PM

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the 16 oct 1982 a c130 hercules from colombia air force get lost in atlantic ocean .the accident was located at the coast of virginia state .if you can give to me some information abaut and i very much appreciate your efforts on my behalf . the mayor fernando rodriguez who was a copilot. that was killed and also missing on accion .att daniel rodriguez


name: Ozzie Marino, 1
Date: Thursday, January 22, 2004
Time: 04:54:12 PM

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Hi Alexa Had some time to kill and came back to memory lane!! Great and nostalgic memories!! Do you still keep the graduation picture? I found it a few days ago and scanned it is there a place to upload it? God bless you for keeping this up. Oz


name: Ernest H. Schnaak,
Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2004
Time: 09:44:02 PM

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I started with EASTERN AIRLINES AUG.3 1943 in HOUSTON TEXAS at the ripe age of 14, yes at 14, before I started to high school. At first I worked the early morning part time to catch two trips that came through Houston at the same time both started in NY changed crews in ATL trip 21 the Mexico Flyer continied on to CRP and Brownsville and connected with Pan AM. Trip 1 the San Antonio Flyer. Both flights were on the ground at the same time with passengers making transfers to the other.The flights skiped over the cities that the other landed at.We always had transfers to each other, and to other airlines. There were only two other air lines serving Houston Braniff and C&S (Chicago& Southern) which was bought by Delta. We some times had transfers to C&S, and always had transfers to Braniff to Dallas, Amarillo, Pueblo. Colorado Springs, and Denver. Inthose days the airlines worked to gather for the passengers, if one changed schedule for some reason the other tried to change to meet the passengers needs, and there was competition and we worked together and all had fun. Trip 21 came back through Houston as 22 in the afternoon as well as trip 2 from San Antonio. In 1946 there was an explosion on a ship at the dock at Texas City that killed hunderds in fact the firemen and spectators that was on the dock watching the fire at first. The explosion blew steel plates weighing several tons 6-8 miles away. Capt Eddie cancelled trip 22 and told them the airplane was forwhat ever it was needed for. Capt Jim Talton was the captain. He was sent to Hattisburg,Mississippi to pick up a load of embalming fluid, and did that airplane smell, it burned ones eyes, I had to get out a couple of times to get fresh air. The smoke was so bad that one could see it from Houston. the shipwas loaded with ammonia nitrate, infaft there was another on that caught fire and blew up also. The air service picked up and Eastern was adding flights , we were the first to have DC-4 service into Houston. Then followed the Constallations the 649 749 1049 1049C 1049G the DC-7 and the M404. I went to fueling the airplanes and was working the evening that the first connie came in. The FAA was there to over see the operation and while I was on the Wing I droped My flash light and it hit at the feet of the FAA guy, and it was not a vapor proof flashlight. He just looked up and shook his head. In 1951 an uncle talked me into joining the USAF reserves. he kept telling me how much I would get for just one weekend a month. so I joinedwho am I to turn down extra money. well I made two meetings and was called into active duty, and my uncle didn't make the physical. They send me through a refresher training with all the others who were old combat vets. Wasn't nothing refreshing to me it was all new. In 1945 I started flying lessons and earned my private ticket in 1948, and had 260 hrs when called to active duty. I had been working under some of the mechanics learning the trade thinking I would become one, I really wanted to fly and to fly for Eastern but I saw no way of getting enough time to get on flying. I sarted to the Uof Houston in the A&P class during the day and working the evening shift at Eastern. Well the union said after a time that everyone had to rotate shifts.I had to work to afford to go to school and if I didn't work I couldnt got school (catch 22) The union looking after everyone they didn't care about the person so long as everybody worked different shifts. Any way I was assigned to base flight maintance @ Ellington AFB Texas working on C`-47s, B-25s & C-45s. After 14mos of active duty I had the chance to take the 2yr college equivlent for aviation cadets. after 3 days testing I left there thing no way had I passed. About two weeks later I received the results I PASSED and was onmy way to Malden AB MO. for flight training in T-6s This was april 1952 Where we went through primary and basic training. Left Malden in dec. And reported to Vance AFB Oklahoma. More T-6 training then to B-25s. Received my commission June 15 1953 Class 53D, Married June 20th Received my wings July15 1953 transferred to Randolf AFB Texas for B-29 training. After Randolf I was sent to Barksdale AFB La. and checked out as copilot in the KC-97 Went TDY to N.Africa Goose Bay, Labador, Thule Greenland, Went to survial school in Feb inthe serria Mts in CA. We lost only one engine in three yrs. while I was Copilot I checked out as Aircraft commander received a crew became combat ready and lost an engine on my first 6 missions. The &th we had them all running and the cerw was betting I couldn't make a good landing. I WON. I left the AF in april 1957 and had a class date for the end of June so I talked to personnel and went back to the ramp until my class date,Keeping my senority . I first flew the M-404 out of NY where I also checked out I the Connie and DC-7 . Imoved to New Orleans and then checked out in the CV440. Furlouged in 1960 and flew with TACA out of New Orleans to Mexico and Central America. Flew my first trip back with Eastern on Christmas Day 1960 out of NY did get back to New Orleans and then the engineer strike, I was off about 6wks and called back to train as a DC-7 Engineer,and flew it for only 3Mos and then to Engineer on the Electra L188, Iwas awarded 1st officer on the Electra in 65 checked out as as 1st officer on the DC-9and flew it for 6mos and then checked out as Capt in 66 on the CV-440, the Electra in late 67 and the B-727 in 69 Had my type ride the day Armstrong landed onthe moon. Stayed onthe 727 for 13yr and in 82 bid and was awarded the A-300 which I flew until 85 at which time I decided to take an early retirement. I just got tired of all that was going on. A lot of people blame Borman, He stepped into a mess. The problem started when Capt Eddie turned down the 1st DC-8s because they had water injection. Delta grabbed them up and started running us into the ground, People wanted to fly on a JET. Management after Capt Eddie went down hillas for as I'm concerned until Hall. Everyone was pulling up the boot straps and things got better. I enjoyed the raise Frank gave the pilots and I understand the IAM wanting more. Quite frankly I believe the mechanics should have received a raise because of their training, but the ramp men cleaners should not be what it was asking for. Every body lost when Frank Larinso took over. I MUST SAY FROM 1943 TIL NOW THE 42 yrs THAT I WAS WITH EASTERN WAS THE BEST TIME OF MY LIFE CAPT EDDIE MADE IT A POINT TO TALK TO AND SHAKE EVERYONS HAND AND HE REMEMBERED YOU WHEN YOU SAW HIM AGAIN. I HAD THE HONOR OF WORKING AND BEING WITH SOME OF THE BEST PEOPLE THERE ARE . I DIDN'T MENTION ANY ONES NAME BECAUSE THE LIST WOULD BE TO LONG. SO WHERE EVER ALLOF YOU ARE HI ERNIE (SONNY) TO SOME SCHNAAK


name: Tony Cirocco,
Date: Saturday, January 31, 2004
Time: 09:38:53 AM

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I remember posing for the big Eastern icon logo near the "1011" hangar, while the photographers were up on the roof.

"Jake" James stood next to me..Jake moved to NC, are you out there, somewhere Jake?

Tony Cirocco :)


name: Debbie Meik,
Date: Wednesday, February 04, 2004
Time: 09:47:55 PM

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I would have to say one of my favorite memories were of the wonderful friend I made working there at Eastern Airlines SFO. I did it all. I worked ticket counter, gates, baggage, and even Ionosphere Club. It is the memories I tell my kids about all the time. One day though I remember that we had flown in ATL ticket agents and Airline Mechanics to help us out. WE had a hard time getting people hired, as the drug tests and $$ in California, we just didn't pay much. But anyway, I was the agent that always brought in brownies, and such. But we had recently had our "ATL help" arrive so I offered to take them to a beach that was a great place to relax. It started off as being 6 people. But it only ended up with me and the mechanic Greg Hagerman. We had a blast! Locked my keys in my truck! oooops and then barely had enough time to get to work on time. But it never led to anything, and I have regretted that so many times in the past. I still remember the one time I got a stolen kiss in the ATL airport after he returned, and I happened to be passing through. I hope he is doing well, and happy. I am now happily married with 4 daughters. But have tried to keep this memory sacred. My unhappiest memory is the last and final day of work at SFO. The Chief agents, leads and supvrs were doing the final lock up of all the equipment. I had changed out of my uniform and put it in a garment bag. When I got home somehow my jacket and shirt were gone. I am truly not sure if someone took it or it slipped out. I have tried so many times on ebay to locate a replacement. To no avail! I still have my pants and scarf. But it would have been nice to have the full uniform. If anyone would like to contact me, I would love to correspond with some old friends/family. Debbie Meik-Robinson


name: Matt Bardwell,
Date: Friday, February 06, 2004
Time: 01:53:16 PM

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The day she left to be an Eastern Airline Fight Attendant. (Janice Darley)

I was Janice's boyfriend (Matt Bardwell,VA BCH,VA.) when she was hired with Eastern as a Flight Attendant I believe in 87. She was flying out of Norfolk, VA International for her training in Florida. On my way to say goodbye to her I was in a car accident. Missed saying good bye. I tried to locate her for years without success. Luckily I found this site, hopefully one of you Ex-Eastern employees can help me locate Janice? I always wondered how Janice's Eastern Airline days went considering how her first day started out?


name: Linda Weiland, 1
Date: Monday, February 09, 2004
Time: 07:55:05 PM

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My first flight on Eastern Airlines started about an hour before I was born in June of 1957 and led to my aviation career. My mother was flying to Fort Lauderdale from Detroit when she went into labor. The plane was able to make an emergency landing at Charlotte NC for my birth. My middle name is after the pilots wife. When I grew up I joined the Navy as an air traffic controller, then a maintenance officer. I am now an Engineer for an airline. Thanks to Eastern Airlines and the crew I loving flying.


name: Sheila, 1
Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2004
Time: 10:24:02 PM

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Hi Everyone,

I lost my job with TWA after 25 years after American airlines bought us in 2001. Now I join the ranks of great employees from the best Airlines ever....Eastern, Pan Am, TWA who lost their jobs due to bad management. Anyway, I enjoyed pass riding on Eastern many many times from Florida to home in KY or Florida to NYC to connect with international flights. Eastern was my favorite airline. They treated me great. I miss those days....the L1011s, the 747s, the champagne and lobster or filet mignon in first class, winging away to a new adventure in an exotic and far away land. Here's to the airlines that did things right. Eastern, Pan Am and TWA......

Sheila



Date: Saturday, February 28, 2004
Time: 08:26:50 AM

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My first experience of being on a plane was a flight from BOS to MCO in 1978. I was 16 yrs old. I can remember the excitement I felt the night before of being on a flight and not knowing what to expect, but looking so forward to it. I had many times been to the Eastern Terminal in BOS to pick up or drop off, but never had been passed the gate to the plane. It was almost the same feeling that as a kid I used to feel on Christmas Eve. I can remember sitting at my window seat totally glued to all of the views and happenings outside of the plane before takeoff. Once we were airborne,I remember being above the clouds and noticing how clear everything up that high was and how small everything looked down on the ground. That first experience still stays with me today. I am a frequent flyer with work today and fly almost every week (top FF status on 3 airlines). Every now and then as I am sitting in my seat(s) now, I think back at the 16 yr old on his first flight and smile. Thanks so much Eastern Airlines for that memory. You are missed!


name: Steven Buchwald,
Remote User:
Date: Sunday, October 03, 2004
Time: 01:01:51 AM

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Oh, how it was yesterday I was on EA # 756 from FLL to LGA. The fun days....I remember leaving from the C concourse...C6 or C8. THe L-1011, the great food....the glamour in travel.



Date: Monday, October 04, 2004
Time: 11:58:48 PM

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In 1956, while returning from Military Service in Germany, I saw a beautiful tail of an Eastern Constellation parked on the DCA ramp and I took a color slide of it. I still have it along with a lot of other Eastern memorabilia. Little did I know then that 9 years later I would begin the most wonderful 23 year career that anyone could hope for. My memories include ...3 different terminals at FLL..Hired by Romer Darnell..Worked in the Ivory Tower on 36th St for Charlie Buckland.. wrote memos over Bill Cambre's name..Handled Senator Muskie's campaign charter for a month..Supervisor at West End Bahamas and Freeport under the best Boss and friend -Joe Beaudoin..Then to FLL for the worst boss any one ever had..My time with Eastern allowed me to fly all over the US to interline parties..Vacations to Spain, UK, Germany, Yugoslavia, Colombia and Buenas Aires to name a few. Eastern was my life! To this day, Eastern had the most beautiful aircraft I've ever seen. It was wonderful to fly to other cities and meet other members of "our family" Now that I'm older and the wheels are starting to come off the wagon, I live alone on a hill back in WVa with my memories. Oh how I miss the crisp clean uniform and tie.I will take a question to my grave....What was the real story behind Eastern's demise? I remember it being said on Larry King once by a corporate executive that Eastern was never meant to make money. If any one knows the answer....I'd love to hear from anyone who remembers me..Either good or bad. Glenn Lough Club160@msn.com


name: cyndee bronson scholz, 1
Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Time: 06:31:54 PM

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EASTERN AIRLINES...........my first trip on an Electra in 1968 was a dream come true. It was to Orlando Flordia{before Disneyworld} and I worked first class which was in the BACK of the plane! I could not believe I was really LIVING the dream I had pictured in my mind for so many years before... My years with Eastern were magical,irreplaceable and will be a treasured memory for me always.


name: barbara beck , 1
email: bliberatore@hvc.rr.com
Date: Thursday, October 14, 2004
Time: 05:09:29 PM

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remember the dedication to our airline i need to find charley bryan need to know whatever happen to the 7 counts over the illegal acquisition of eal


name: Mary Flynn-nee Byers, 1
email: phaarmgrl@hotmail.com
Date: Friday, October 15, 2004
Time: 07:48:36 PM

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Dear Alexa Conway; I can't believe i've found this web site!

My first experience with the airline was in spring 1960. I was 5 years old and my Uncle Bill Byers was the pilot on a flight from Miami to Pittsburgh (my destination). Everyone was so solicitous--from baggage workers to stewardesses. I even sat on his lap during the flight while eating chocolate ice cream!

My uncle retired as Captain after many years of service and many years of memories of Eastern--before all the strange happenings that sounded the death-knell.

Pittsburgh was such a great hub with even the old airport being such a crossroad--I have many a great memory of the old observation platform.

What happened? What can you tell me about the death of Eastern? What can you tell me about the history of the company? I understand that one of the founders of Eastern was Charley Meyers--my uncle married his only child Marion (Aunt Muggs), his son, my cousin Bruce was being brought along (was pilot) and joined the picket line to protest the relaxing of safety standards. Eastern was always so proud of their safety record.

Alexa, how were you associated with Eastern? I'm assuming that you worked for Eastern during the Golden Years. Anything that you can tell me would be greatly appreciated. Please e-mail me @ above address.

Thank you, Mary


name: scot hobert, 1
email: scotphobert@msn.com
Date: Monday, October 18, 2004
Time: 11:37:17 AM

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I was a F/A based in JFK from 1977-1984. Does anyone remember:

1. Zones 1, 2 & 3 for attendance? 2. Red Sweat and the A300? 3. 9 1/2 Pins 4. Air Controllers Strike

Best days of my life, and best memories are from my EAL days. I may be better off today, but long for those fun days!!


name: LaWanda, 1
email: windella@sbcglobal.net
Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Time: 08:23:22 PM

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I was nerver an employee but I wanted to site a great experience with EAL in 1980 we flew on EAL from Los Angeles to South Carolina,and on to Nassau Bahamas.I remember it was a one price deal but can't remember the price.We had corn pudding for the first time it was great! and were're still talking about the orange cheesecake we had on the flight.It's too bad Eastern Airlines is gone,I remember the staff being very friendly and the good food.You don't get that today! all ex employees should be proud of that airline it was the best!


name: richard beck, 1
email: richardbeck98@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Time: 08:10:27 PM

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I was young when Eastern Airlines went out of business but had the best service, best fun and travels on Eastern Airlines. I was a kid growing up and when Eastern Airlines went out of business I cried. I enjoyed every service it provided not only in flight but what this airines did for Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Eastern Airlines sponsered every single event from Broward County Fair, Dade County Fair, and even Walt Disney World. I really have to say no other airlines in the world will ever replace Eastern Airlines or make memory not even Pam Am. Eastern Airlines was the best airlines in the world and I was glad to be part of the experience growing up. Thank you.


name: Tom, 1
email: tomandmelissa78@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday, October 28, 2004
Time: 08:27:57 AM

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Does anyone know what was the schedule for Eastern Airlines Shuttle, between Boston and New York, during the 1980's?

Some people have told me that the last flight on Saturday was at 8:30. Others have told me that the last flight was at 11pm. Which was it?

Thank you!


name: Charles Allbright, 1
email: amiyaayas@msn.com
Date: Friday, October 29, 2004
Time: 05:33:57 AM

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One of the greatest days of my life is when I put on an Eastern uniform and became a part of the greatest air line in the world.My father was a Eastern employee started in 1939 ,I think, and worked to the early 1950.,I was a Eastern baby. I have alot of Eastern memorabilia from the old days and some real old pictures. The worst day of my life is when I left Eastern in the 1980,s and knew in my heart that the people that ran Eastern had sold the employee's out for there own personal greed. When Eastern flew it's last aircraft out of Miami,Fl a part me flew with it.I loved Eastern Airlines and all the people I had made friends with, no matter if they were management or union or non-union it didn't matter to me they were all the "Eastern Family" to me. Sometimes I look up in the sky and hope above hope to see the great sliver bird fly again. Good luck to all of you who takes the time to read this and may God go with you on the Great silver wings of Eastern Ailines.

LOL Charles


name: Robin, 1
email: odom992@charter.netit
Remote User:
Date: Monday, November 01, 2004
Time: 10:48:51 AM

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I used to be F/A for Eastern Metro Express and looking for lost employees. Please feel free to email me!

Thanks


name: JAVIER CHALITA, 1
email: JCHALITA@CICC.COM.MX
Date: Sunday, November 07, 2004
Time: 03:06:22 PM

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ME GUSTARIA QUE ME MANDARAN UNA FOTO DE FLY- EASTERN AIR LINES DEL DC-3, YA QUE TENGO UN AEROMODELO DE ELLOS Y ME GUTARIA MUCHO QUE ME AYUDARAN.


name: James T Gilmore, 1
email: jgilmore23@sprintpcs.com
Date: Tuesday, November 09, 2004
Time: 02:06:54 PM

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I worked for EAL for close to twenty years.I worked as a A&P mechanic. I worked at DTW,then when they took maint out of DTW,I worked at ORD, then went to LAX for a year Then came back to DTW and took over what was known as satilite maint.I worked in that capasity until the end. If there are fellow employees out there,who remember the good and bad old days please don't hesitate to get in contact with me.I need to know somthing about the pension,ect.

Thanks Jim Gilmore


name: Jean (Gray) Devereux, 1
email: devereux@midmaine.com
Date: Sunday, November 14, 2004
Time: 07:43:25 PM

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Over forty years ago, at a real "down" time after a difficult few years, including major surgery, weight gain, sad divorce, etc., I'd been living in the country, cooking for summer businesses, baby-sitting, etc. for work, but I knew it was time for me to return to the "real" world. While talking with my sister on the telephone, I explained I was going to re-apply for a job I'd held in a city several miles away with the local 'phone company as a service representative. She reminded me that I'd always wanted to fly. In addition, she believed I needed to get away from my beloved small Maine town. When she encouraged me to try the airlines, I believed it was a waste of time. But, I decided to try it just to justify her unshakeable belief in me. It was August and terribly hot even with all the windows open. I drove to NYC in my old Ford, with my collie. I drove into the parking lot of the first airline personnel office I found at Idlewild Airport. Dressed in stockings, heels, blue suit, white blouse and gloves, I'd parked the car in the shade with windows left wide open, "Scotch" taped the dog's fur off my suit, and applied for a job. "We are not hiring right now, but we will let you know when we are" was the answer after a series of tests. I decided it was a nice let down, but I didn't have a chance there. Next airline was Northeast, where I was informed they were going out of business. Next, Eastern. When I was informed their personnel office was in the city, I suspected I'd never find it, but gave it a try. Drove directly to it, repeated the parking/shade/"Scotch" tape steps, and interviewed. Unbelievably, after tests here, I was told: "Please return tomorrow for your final interview." Finally found a motel which didn't object to the dog, and the next morning, returned to the city. This time, NO parking space except in a garage. And, no one in the parking garages would allow me to park my own car, nor would anyone drive it with "Lassie" in it. Finally, at least two miles away, I found a place in the shade again. With no extra money for cab fare, I walked. After the first mile in those heels, I stopped to purchase a pair of sneakers which I immediately tied on. Slipping the heels into the paper bag, and hurrying, I did make it for the interview on time. Switching shoes, I hid the bag containing the sneakers under a chair while I went in for my appoinment with the personnel officer. While we were talking, we were interrupted by a person from the outer office. Obviously disgusted, she held, in the very tips of her fingers, the offending paper bag while querying me: "is this yours?" Mortified, I assured her it was and apologized. By then positive I didn't have a chance for a job with EA, I was surprised to be asked to go over to Newark for a physical. Hired that day, I was told to start work the following Monday. Somehow, over the next two days, I took the dog to my folks' home in MA, gathered clothes, moved to the "Y" in the city, and, trembling, returned to the NYC office on time where I noticed I was at least ten years older than anyone else in sight. Two young men were waiting with me, and one asked why in the world I was so nervous. While attempting to explain the fiasco of the previous week (thereby rendering the two young men in tears of laughter over my "parking the car" pronounciation), I was horrified as one of the young men impulsively leapt up, held out his hand with index and little fingers pointing out, and rushed toward the woman who'd interrupted my interview!! Grateful she ignored us, I'd had my introduction to NYC and EA. Before the day was over, I had a telegram from my sister directing me to telephone a NYC number. When I did, I learned I'd been hired by the first airline after all, but I explained I was already working with EA, and all these years later I'm still glad. I became "Mom" to the young man who showed me "the NYC way." His name is Don Murphy. The other young man was Gus Palumbo. Maureen was our intructor. Trained as reservation's agents, we worked with Roderick. The telephones rang non-stop, the hours were long, the pay wasn't really great for living in the city, and the subways were scary. However, even though all this took place over forty years ago, I still remember my EA experiece with joy. I met wonderful people at EA who are still in my life. Eventually I brought friends/roommates to Maine to see my favorite places here, when we weren't traveling to MIA, or SJU, MEX, or even to the Swiss National Expo in Switzerland. My Dad had had a severe stroke at age 57, but he realized his dream when I took him and my Mom sailfishing in Acapulco. I fell in love with Mexico; my folks never forgot that trip. Eventually I surprised myself and married again, to a man named Russ. My parents moved back to ME, and we often spoke of the wonderful opportunities EA had made possible for us. My life since EA has taken me to other places to live, and I have made other friends. Serendipity perhaps even found some more EA friends for me, long after EA was closed. I met a wonderful person, and worker, Jan, while "temp.-ing" winters at Nova University in Ft. Lauderdale when Russ was so sick. She had spent many years for EA. There is even a retired EA pilot, Dick, living here in our Maine neighborhood. We have figured out that we were all with EA at the same time, and we agree Eastern was a wonderful airline and is still missed. Dick has passed along some of his EA newsletters (printed for folks who worked for EA five years or more) over the years, and I love to read them. Oh, yes, I eventually became "Grammie" when Don brought his family, including a daughter named "Jeannie," to Maine to visit us for Thanksgivings and many summer vacations. And, every once in a while I telephone Ellie, or Patty, or Lynn, to re-live our trips and just to remind them they are special to me. Thank you for this opportunity to remember. Sincerely, Jean (tel.: 207 326-4286)


name: Bill Walters, 1
email: bilwalt@aol.com
Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Time: 09:39:42 AM

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I was flying a trip from ATL to LGA with a stop in RDU. This was prior to jetways being installed and after goinbg back to the airplane from operations, I encoutered an elderly woman accompqnied by her daugherer standing at the bottoom the steps of the DC-9 that I was flying. The younger woman inquired "was I the Captain"? I replied yes and she told me of bringing her mother out to put her on the airplane, but her mother refused to get on as this was her first time flying and she was scared. I told her mother to get on the airplane and see what it was like on the inside and after seeing it, if she decided to continue, I would not start the engines until she said OK, consequently she could deplane if she wished and not continue on to New York with us. She agreed to "peek" inside and make up her mind then as to wheather or not she would continue with us at that time. She was seated in the first class section and the first class section had four or five salesmen who were returning to New York from a convention in Atlanta and were in a very jovial mood. Once they learned that their fellow passenger was on her first flight, the immediatly started assuring her of the good time she was going to have. I prepared to leave and prior to sarting engines, asked one of the flight attendants to go back and ask her if it was OK. She assured us that it was and we had one of the smoothest flights imaginable to LGA. I got complimentary letters from her daughter whp had put her on the airplane in RDU and from her son that she was visiting in New York. He wrote me that she continued talking about her pleasurable flight.


name: alan venzer, 1
email: avenzer @aol.com
Date: Sunday, November 21, 2004
Time: 08:33:58 AM

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once took a red eye from NY to Miami.First class in rear of cabin I think DC4.passenger had be preboarded and asleep under blanket. my friends had a portable bar with our liquer and had a party.the only 4 opf us in F.Man woke up and joined our party and drank almost all our booze and told cabin attendant to bring some of HIS back.You know who he was.Capt Eddie.


name: Steve Kelly, 1
email: kellysjj@earthlink.net
Date: Sunday, November 21, 2004
Time: 09:37:58 AM

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One of my favorite memories is when I was working at WDBRR and was made a full time employee from part time.I had been with EA about 6 months starting at LGA departures and then WDBRR. I was given a pass and one for my father. I had worked all day and drivn back from NJ to Eastern LI. I was young at the time & living at home. (What a commute!) We decided to try pass riding out. My father and I took the last flight out of LGA to MCO which continued to SJU (727)and then went to STT on a DC3 the next day, just for the weekend. We came back on a L1011 from SJU to JFK (my first time on a wide body). All in F/C,(except for the DC3!) also a first time for me. I worked for EA from 1977 to a few days past the bitter end in ATL and I have to say I loved (well, almost) every minute of it.


name: Linda Di Mare Welton, 1
Date: Sunday, November 21, 2004
Time: 09:48:08 AM

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I have just finished reading the article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Eastern which has led me to this site. It has brought back so many great memories! I was a flight attendant in Atlanta for 17 years starting in '74. I flew mostly the west coast and we all were family. Remember the Atlanta-St Lois-Omaha-Seattle-Portland red eye...the "Cosmo" hotel in Portland, skiing all day at Mt. Hood then working the red eye back again! Serving a full breakfast in one hour to all those bright eyed and bushy tailed businessmen that got on in St. Lois after we had been up all night!! Remember lugging Coors beer back on our "wheels" from Denver, Salmon from Seattle, champagne from Canada... Working the galley on the L1011 with those massive carts!! Full meal services on ANY flight over an hour...my how things have changed! We were lucky in that we were able to be part of air travel when people still dressed up, there was no threat of terrorists and it was more than a way to get from point A to point B. Thanks for this site and the chance to remember... Linda DiMare Welton 


name: Bill Peterson, 1
email: billvol@mindspring.com
Date: Sunday, November 21, 2004
Time: 12:03:35 PM

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Saw the article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution today about this site. http://www.ajc.com/news/content/business/1104/21eastern.html

We flew Eastern out of Chattanooga when I was a kid. My parents and grandparents swore by Eastern. When deregulation came, Eastern left. We were all very sad.

I remember the bev-napkins back then advertising Eastern as the Official Airline of Walt Disney World. That sure got the attention of an elementary school kid!

Just very warm memories of a great airline. Thank you for the great site.


Date: Sunday, November 21, 2004
Time: 06:38:06 PM

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While reading how "loyal" you all feel it is hard to feel sorry for any of you! The same folks you are referring to as "missing" the company, are the ones that literally KILLED off Eastern Airlines! You both allowed and condoned the union as they forced the company into bankruptcy!...Had you operated as a non-union company and had the kindred spirit you talk about, then Eastern would not only have survived but it would be the Southwest of the industry today!!!


name: David, 1
Date: Monday, November 22, 2004
Time: 06:49:38 AM

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I feel I must repond to the above post! You don't know WHAT you're talking about. Southwest treats their employees fairly and plays by the rules, unlike Eastern at the time of the forced strike! Lorenzo only wanted Eastern to take all of it's assets for his baby, already NON-UNION Continental! It mattered NOT what the employees at Eastern did or did not do..Eastern was going down! I left before it's demise, but I still miss the airline and it's wonderful employees!


name: Jerry Fleming, 1
email: gfleming130@charter.net
Date: Monday, November 22, 2004
Time: 02:32:28 PM

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After flunking out of school my first semester, I got my first full time job working the resaurant in A concourse at MCI. When EA expanded there in mid 1980's things got really hectic at lunch/dinner time for the ramp/ticket agents. I remember all of the really nice people that came for lunch/dinner everyday. A couple of years later I was working the ramp for DL at MCI. To my surprise one of the people I used to cook for was now working for Delta. One of the nicest guys I know, Neal Bohananon. Hey Neal, best of luck in these trying times. The Flemmer


name: Wayne DeWald, 1
email: wdewald@mannatech.com
Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Time: 08:59:58 AM

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My Eastern Airlines career highlight? Easy. The day I pasted a picture of Frank Lorenzo in a urinal and everyone gave him their best shot.

I grew up not far from MIA and went to school with many whose parents worked for Eastern. To me Eastern always represented the epitome in airlines—until I went to work in the SLC reservations center in August 1985. It was by far the worst experience I've ever had at any job (and I actually shoveled and bagged cow manure at one point, Eastern was worse hands down). I've been extraordinarily nice to every reservations agent of any airline I've ever dealt with since.

I worked with some really terrific, dedicated people in SLC reservations. But I also worked with petty, incompetent managers who did their best to kill any company loyalty. That of course created an intense "us against them" mentality that created a bond among the agents. It was quite simply hell.

When I left the company to take a job with an advertising agency I became a very frequent flier on Eastern. Invariably when I talked to agents at the gate I'd get moved up to first class when they found out that I had "escaped."

Eastern's destruction is truly a sad story.


name: Enid Grigg, 1
Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Time: 11:29:04 AM

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collecting photo memories. I was based in Atlanta and a flight attendant for 23 years. I am collecting photo memories that I want to publish on the web for all of us to see and in a book about our memories. Anyone interested in sharing their photos please email me at my email address.


name: D Dunham, 1
Date: Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Time: 09:21:34 AM

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I began my career with EAL working as a departure agent in the old ATL Airport (1966) and on Concourse A we had the walk up ramps in the departure lounges that led to the jetways. One night during my 0000-0400 shift a little old lady waked up the ramp, opened the door to the jetway and disappeared. Very shortly thereafter, she opened the door and exclaimed, "there's no airplane here!!" After explaining to her she had to walk to the END of the jetway and not just through the door, we continued our boarding process. Those were the days!!


name: Tom Webber, 1
Date: Thursday, November 25, 2004
Time: 01:05:53 PM

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good to see ealers are again using this site. i had lots of exciting days at eal in 34yrs. i guess the most exciting was the day in miaoo in the 80's when i was working next to jim freitas. we had a few spicy words between us and i went back to working weight & balance on my crt. next thing i know there's a pressure on my neck and i can't breathe. danny giaritelli broke his trance or whatever and got jim off of me. there were about 8 of us agents and maybe 20 pilots in the office to witness this attempted murder. if anyone knows where jim is tell him i forgive him and am sorry he got fired. we were travel buddies at one time.....................web


name: Tom Caldwell, 1
email: tomacaldwell@aol.com
Date: Thursday, November 25, 2004
Time: 08:52:32 PM

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Hello,

I was an ops agent in Lexington for several years. A friend of mine was the captain on a trip I was working. He called in for the numbers and we went over the fuel mins and max for his outbound flt. He landed,came into ops and we went down to see an old aircraft I had on the field. He had another pilot flying jumpseat with him, so all of us, including his co-pilot ran down to check out my Lodestar. We fired it up and had a big time talking old airplanes. It was very near dept time- we got back just in time for me to finish the 0-10 form,psgr record and grab so weather..Locked it up , cranked it up and they were off... About 10 mins later my old friend the capt calls and said he was returning for fuel- I HAD FAILED TO CALL THE FUELER. HE AND THE TWO OTHER PILOTS IN THE COCKPIT HAD BEEN SO BUSY TALKING OLD A/C THAT NO ONE BOTHERED WITH THE FUEL CHECK. No Big deal - he returned got his fuel and was off to DCA. He called it precau return - let me off the hook and him too. I don't think all of the 115 psgrs on board were completely fooled by our little deal. All in a days work.


name: Sharon Cromwell, 1
Date: Friday, November 26, 2004
Time: 10:25:53 AM

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One of my favorites, on the last leg of a 3 day trip from NY to San Antonio & back, the cabin was empty of passengers, so we were invited to sit in the cockpit. I don't remember how we did that-maybe we just stood (heaven knows I was standing on several trips as we landed, trying to get all those food trays back in the galley). Also, there was a pilot that was based in NY, who would come on the PA, before every take off, & announce, "Here we go, like a heard of turtles." HA! Does anyone recall his name.


name: betty crowley, 1
email: betty.jean.crowley@cens
Date: Friday, November 26, 2004
Time: 11:21:06 AM

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I also had to respond to the person who posted Sunday Nov. 21 at 6:38pm You DON'T know what you are talking about. See Eastern Airlines true ending below. The loyal employees of Eastern did not distroy the airline they tried to save it from the greed of two Franks.

Eastern did not fare well in the 1980s. Under Borman's shaky command, the company was in deep trouble because of major debt from purchases in the late 1970s. As Borman ineffectively tried to get pay cuts to compensate for debts, Eastern began to rack up year after year of losses until late 1985, when it had a debt of $3.5 billion. It was at this point that Frank Lorenzo, the infamous airline powerbroker who controlled Continental Airlines, stepped in. After Borman failed to get any significant concessions from his trade unions, Lorenzo bought the whole airline for only $615 million, adding Eastern to his existing prizes of People's Express, Frontier Airlines, Texas Air, and New York Air.

Lorenzo was ruthless in using Eastern's core assets for his other airlines, devising various ways to use them to make money for his other properties. He let Texas Air “purchase” Eastern's advanced reservation system but issued only an I.O.U. for it. Eastern then had to pay Texas Air a monthly fee of $10 million to use its own system. He “sold” six of Eastern's planes to Continental but paid nothing for them. The result was that, to survive, Eastern had to sell off aircraft and lay off workers in large numbers. As tensions mounted between the labor unions and Lorenzo's harsh tactics, Lorenzo slowly began to dismantle Eastern and sell off its parts. When the unions struck in March 1989, Lorenzo filed for bankruptcy. This gave him some breathing room and allowed him to use strikebreakers to continue operations. By this time, however, Eastern was collapsing under its debt, and finally in January 1991, the airline completely ran out of money to operate. In late 1991, the airline was liquidated. Thus ended the life of one of America's greatest domestic airlines.


name: Frances Santos de Dios, 1
Date: Friday, November 26, 2004
Time: 01:31:11 PM

memories

While my husband, Nick, was flying out of MIA we took our daughter, Anna, to Norway. She was one year and eight months old at that time. We were going via London to Bergen, Norway. We parked in the employee parking lot and waited for the EAL employee shuttle bus to the terminal. The bus came, the doors opened and this little kid looked up at the driver and said, "London, please." Just to let you know kids really do listen!


name: Jose R. llorens, 1
Date: Friday, November 26, 2004
Time: 08:05:08 PM

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I was reading today’s (Nov. 26, 2004) Houston Chronicle when I came across the article about “Eastern Alley” and it brought a lot of memories. Eastern was part of a lot of milestones in my life. It all started when I was 14 years old, on father’s day June 19th 1955 when I first went on a airplane, an Eastern Airlines “Lockheed Super C Constellation,” a flight from San Juan (PR) to Miami (FL).

My first ride on a Douglas DC-6B was on Eastern, as well as my first ride on a DC-7B, on the Lockheed Electra II, on a Douglas DC-8, on a Boeing 727, and on a Douglas DC-9 and a DC-10, and on the Lockheed L-1011. My son’s first flight was on an Eastern L-1011 between Santiago (Chile) and Buenos Aires (Argentina).

I carried my father’s ashes in 1984 on an Eastern L-1011 from Los Angeles (CA) to San Juan (PR) via Miami on the way to his final resting ground. Also carried my grandmother’s ashes from Miami (FL) to San Juan (PR) on an Eastern L-1011 in 1988.

I knew several of the flight attendants on the flight that unfortunately hit the mountain near La Paz (Bolivia) on New Year’s eve 1985. That was a very sad moment in my life.

When I was in college between 1958 and 1961 I flew Eastern several times a year, and while working as a “tech rep” for what was then known as Allied Signal and covering the Caribbean between 1986 and 1992 I flew at least twice a month (some times weekly) between Houston (where I live) and San Juan. Not to mention the trips to South America, in fact I was on one of the last flights of Eastern from Santiago before it was grounded forever. That was another sad news for me.

I loved airplanes and was involved in the field of aviation for 46 years until my retirement in March 2004. During that time Eastern was a part of my life, and there will always be a soft spot in my heart for it. That’s why I was overjoyed when I found out about the “Eastern Alley” website. Thank you, Alexa, for keeping Eastern’s memory and history alive and well documented!!!

Best regards,

Jose R. Llorens Spring, TX


name: Woody Woodruff, 1
Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Time: 09:58:42 AM

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OK maybe the cougars won all the stuff but Atl Infight and the Bos Nads drank the most BEER! I'm alive and well in Phx.Finally left AA this year and started a mail order business in the dental field. Ther is not a day that goes by that I don't have something that gives me a flash back from days at EAL. Love you all and miss ya'll woody woodruff


name: jerald, 1
Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Time: 07:28:16 PM

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does anyone know if the seating arrangement was ever 3 facing forward with a table and 3 seats facing backwards in the L-188 electra ?? I am trying to discover the type of airliner I first flew on .


name: Frank, 1
Date: Friday, December 10, 2004
Time: 10:12:14 AM

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Back some years ago, my son Frank,told us that his plane was coming into San Francisco at a certain time. My other son Ken, went with me. In telling this story later, I said " Ken and I stood at the windows, watching the plains taxey up and stop, and that Frank, my son slid open the window, and waved at us. In telling this story to a friend, he said " you can`t open a window on a plane" I said you can if you are the Pilot. He did not know Frank flew for Eastern Air Lines..then we both laughed. Frank Sharrow


name: Joel Pratt, 1
Date: Sunday, December 12, 2004
Time: 09:21:50 AM

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I boarded the Eastern shuttle at LaGuardia in the last weeks of Eastern's life. The plane was headed for Boston with only a few dozen passangers. The flight attendent began her welcoming speech by saying that she welcomed us on behalf of Eastern's 963 employees. In flight I asked her was the workforce really that small. She said it was, the schedule had been severely curtailed due to the strike and layoffs. I was a salesman (read "Road Warrior) and flew every week - many, many times on Eastern. This shuttle flight was the last one. Thanks for making my travel safe and for the memories.

Joel S. Pratt Roque Bluffs, Maine


name: Marie McClure McNally Fievet,
Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Time: 09:48:23 AM

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Alexa - I truly don't have a clue where my comments belong in your scheme of things so I decided to use this page.

I went to work for EAL in the HOU RES office in late 1965. I was in a training class of 12 (I think) that was taught by Ken Duda. After a couple of years there, I transferred to MSY as a Ticket Agent and later I became a Ground Hostess. After I married the Station Manager's son, I had to leave MSY so I moved to Dallas and again worked for EAL as a part-time ticket agent at Dal (Love Field). I would love to get in touch with co-workers from all these locations - 1965 to 1970.

Mr Robert "Bob" McNally was my father-in-law. He was the EAL Station Manager who opened the station in Dallas. Later on, he was Station Manager in MSY until he had a throat cancer and the "big boys" at EAL took his job away from him. Bob passed on, sometime in the 80's or 90's, I'm not certain.

My daughter, Samantha McNally, the third generation of McNally's to work at EAL, became a F/A in Atlanta from 1989 to 1990.

Other than a very great interest in connecting with my RES training class, I am very interested in trying to ascertain if there are EAL archives anywhere now. I am anxious to locate my Ground Hostess graduation photo.

Will gladly send you a donation when that becomes possible.

Many thanks, Marie Fievet


name: jan young, 1
Date: Wednesday, December 29, 2004
Time: 05:14:12 PM

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i started as a flight attendant in 1978 and was based in new york. i returned to atl in 1979 and became a supervisor in 1980. my favorite memories are just being with so many of the wonderful people day in and out that i worked along with. one summer, the in flight supervisors challenged the crew schedulers to a softball game after work. it was great fun and i remembered us winning!! i still believe we had the best employees who loved eastern but we just couldn't control the financial problems that plagued eastern for so long. i flew braves charters, flew to south america when we acquired the routes from braniff, london when we obtained those from continental and many other exciting routes. i'd love to hear from some co-workers.


name: Nadine Eichinger, 1
Date: Friday, December 31, 2004
Time: 11:25:57 PM

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Worked for Eastern at ORD, I was a Ground Hostess from 1968-69. I loved our 727 "Whisperjets" and the sound of their engines as they taxied up to the gate.


name: wayne, 1
Date: Sunday, January 02, 2005
Time: 01:58:37 PM

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I worked for EAL for only a couple of years, but I remember it being about the best job I ever could of wished for, started out doing c checks in the hanger and wound up covering for a couple of line mechanics in ALT, they never let me go back to the hanger which was great loved working the line, plus the free peanuts was always a treat, tryed working for a couple of other airlines after EAL finnally shutdown but never did love it as much as eastern, miss you all


name: Florence(flossie)morris, 1
Date: Wednesday, January 05, 2005
Time: 10:33:03 AM

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We were flying from OHare to Raleigh Durham in 1962 and a gentlemen came to the galley and we started talking. He asked me what size bra and slip I wore. I told him. The other flight attendent was on her first trip and heard me. She said "I couldn't believe you told him that." Well the next trip he got on with a beautiful wrapped box with a beautiful colored peach bra pants and slip and also a blue set. It turns out he was a sales rep for a lingerie company. I asked the flight attendent what she would do the next time if someone asked her and she said"Now I know why you told and I certainly will do the same."


name: jeff, 1
Date: Sunday, January 09, 2005
Time: 08:13:59 AM

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Eastern was and will always be my favorite of all airlines. I began using their service in the early 80s, and was actually at the airport in Miami, waiting to board a flight to New York in January 1991 when their stoppage of operations was announced.

I loved the hot fudge sundaes they served for dessert in First Class, and also loved their special "D" fares, which enabled you to fly First Class for only $75 more than a Coach class ticket.

I flew with Eastern straight through the strikes and labor unrest, and still have my "I (HEART) Eastern Airlines" button which a flight attendant gave to me after a flight.

I've flown many airlines through the years, but none have been as enjoyable as Eastern. I wish they would resume service again. Jeff


name: Larry DiBona, 1
Date: Friday, January 14, 2005
Time: 02:03:34 PM

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In 1958,just out of high school thanks to my uncle Eugene Barrett, I was fortunate to work for Eastern at LGA. I worked there very briefly but I do have one special memory. Mr. Eddie Rickinbacker had inspected the ramp/tickets area at LGA. He accidently dropped a coin which fell into a nearby drain. I was "volunteered" to recover the coin. (I couldn't get it) But as I looked up at him he smiled and thanked me anyway. Funny, how this memory is important to me now.


name: EDWIN PAULINO, 1
Date: Friday, January 14, 2005
Time: 05:24:22 PM

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DID YOU EVER HEARD EASTERN AIRLINES BOEING 757-200 IN ST THOMAS VIRGIN ISLANDS


name: Barbara, 1
Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2005
Time: 03:57:18 PM

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I'm not a former employee. My first flight ever was on an Eastern Airlines plane from BNA to ATL. A very short flight it was, but I loved it.


name: Gregory Cox, 1
Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Time: 04:52:10 PM

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I lived in and worked out of ATL 25 of the past 30 years. During the 80's, I converted and became a very loyal Eastern flyer. Why? Because the employees and flight attendants made me feel more appreciated. I had a choice every week in Atlanta - and the treatment received from EAL made that choice easy. Sure I hated to see the labor issues every three years. I flew the few routes available to me during/after the strike of 1989. As one frequent flyer, I couldn't change the ultimate fate of EAL - but I tried. To whomever may see this - thanks - I miss you. Losing EAL was indeed like losing a family member when you recount your experience. It's sad. Bless you all.


name: Bill Harris, 1
Date: Thursday, January 20, 2005
Time: 07:36:14 AM

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My favorite memory is EASTERN. Started working for EAL in 1966 in Miami. Moved to ATL in 77 and worked there until I resigned in 1989, the sad year for a great company. The people of Eastern were some of the greatest folks I ever had the pleasure of working with. During the good years you couldn't ask for a more people oriented airline. When we realized that the end was near we decided to leave before the whole place came apart. Ended up moving north and working for Northwest, where I eventually retired. There was no comparing EAL to NWA-- NWA was working on aircraft with equipment out of the stone age, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. At EAL, if equipment was needed, it was provided and it was some of the best in the industry. Many ex EAL folks migrated to many different airlines but I think their past experience at EAL remained with them always. We ran a good airline at EAL and would still be in there fighting had the leadership been in place to show the way instead of tearing the company apart and selling off it's assets. My years of aviation are over and I fear this once proud industry is destined to become a second rate occupation. Hopefully the people of Eastern will find some comfort in their later years and I know we will always be proud of what we did at the Wings of Man. Feel free to drop me a note if you can.


name: Chris Price, 1
Date: Thursday, January 20, 2005
Time: 06:17:22 PM

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I worked for Marriott In flight services in the 1970's and very early 1980's in the kitchen which catered Eastern Airlines at Ft. Lauderdale Airport (FLL), Florida. I really enjoyed that job and have a lot of great memories of days long ago. I really miss Eastern Airlines and Marriott Inflight. To this day I still think of the people I had the plesure of meeting at FLL and wonder if any of them are still around. I really loved catering the Eastern L-1011, remember Flight # 864 from FLL to PHL and Toronto, Canada. That flight was always full.


name: glenn harris, 1
Date: Saturday, January 22, 2005
Time: 02:59:33 PM

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I have to admit even while I'm pushing 60 I still get misty eyed any time I look at a picture of the "Connie". You see, the "Connie" was the first plane I ever flew in. I was seven, my family was migrating to Detroit, we were following my father to had moved a few weeks before us to set up his new job and a home for us. I still remember the butterflies in my stomach as we ascended the ramp stairs, the ground crewman with his giant fire extinguisher just aft of the wing, and the flight over the Smokies heading North from Charlotte. We travelled each Spring and Summer to Charlotte to visit my grandparents. Each time we flew on a "Connie". After I grew up I flew Eastern almost exclusively. It was the only time I enjoyed flying, and I flew on business long after Eastern was driven down. After the "Connie" gave way to jets, flying was like taking the bus. Now, even my desktop is a beautiful picture of a "Connie" flying over mountains in original Eastern livery...it was my "Grandma Plane". Everyone who worked for Eastern was special to me. The flight attendants were all beautiful, the pilots loved kids and took every opportunity to show them the flight deck, in flight, and I still can hear my voice buzzing over the sound of the engines, and still wonder where the poop went when we flushed the toilet. And, oh yes. You only lost my luggage once in twenty years of flying Eastern. Thanks to each and every one of you for making that part of my life so special.


name: David Harper, 1
Date: Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Time: 11:30:55 AM

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My favorite memories of Eastern was when Eastern purchased the heavy aircraft the L-1011, A300, and B757. My late grandmother flew on Eastern to Orlando on the L-1011 TriStar as she picked me up the safety procedure card.When I discovered Eastern Airlines on the net one day I discovered that there is a new Eastern called Eastern Virtual Airlines with a new Eastern aircraft livery and their site is www.evair.com to explore. Sincerely, David Harper at davidrayharper2001@yahoo.com


name: J Gould, 1
Date: Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Time: 06:27:42 PM

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My first memories of Eastern Airlines was flying a brand new 727-100 when I was about 5 or so I guess. Little did I know that I'd be working for them 16 years later. I worked as an aircraft mechanic from Sept 24, 1979 to March 4th 1989 in several different locations. The Wheel and Brake shop / RB211 Buildup at Kennedy, Line Maintenance in DCA, Contract Line in Miami, and the surface shop also in Miami after Lorenzo decided that contract maintenance could better be handled by Continental. I guess some of my best memories are from flying Jump Seat over the years ... a DC-9 going into Raliegh Durham, where the Pilot's looked at each other ... then peered out the windows for a minute ... then turned and looked at me and asked ..... "You seen an airport around here anywhere ? - About the point, the pilot looked out his side window and exclaimed "There it is ! " He then proceded to Push and Turn the yoke, and kick the rudder - about dropping the bottom out of the airplane. After landing, we opened the cockpit door, and I have to say there weren't too many people that weren't totally white from fright. The 9 was so much fun ! Another time Flying from Miami to DCA, with a stopover in ATL - As I remember, a couple of flights had been canceled going into DCA, and this was the last flight of the night. I think again it was a DC9 50, but was originally scheduled as a 727 200, but the worst part was that from Miami to Atlanta was an A300 that was full. needless to say, several announcements were made regarding the fact that there were way too many people for the number of seats. At that point, I asked a redcoat if I could go down and talk to the captain about flying jump seat. Down I went and poked my head around the corner and asked - The captain said it wasn't allowed. I told him I was jump seat qualified, but wasn't going to argue with him. I then proceded back up the jetway back to the gate. About the time I got into the middle of all the passengers, I hear someone behind me ... I look around and it's the captain - He interrogates me as to where I work and asked to see my license, then bellows out - Well hell .... Come on down .... Unfortunately ... everyone at the gate had seen this and a riot just about ensued. The gate agent told me to just get my butt out of his site, which I promptly did ,back down to the airplane with the captain, but I thought for sure I was going to lose my pass privleges that time. I came across my original Eastern Id and have relaminated it for posterity's sake, and must say that I really do miss those days, and the people I worked with.


name: Jimmy Eavey, 1
email: jimbolah@biketrials.com
Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Time: 01:52:44 AM

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Tell me if I am weird, probably not. I flew on Eastern my whole childhood, numerous times from Orlando to Seattle visiting the two sides of my family. I have Eastern in my blood somehow. The airline went out of business when I was ten years old. For some reason I had an obsession with the airline for a long time. While I was a teenager I began to collect memorabilia, ended up with a crazy diverse collection of Eastern things. I would sometimes get nostolgic choked up in libraries looking through airplane books and finding eastern literature and photos. I have read enough about the airline and its demise, its famous characters and stories. It's nuts. I'm in my mid twenties now and this passion has subsided some, though there's always a special spot inside me for the blue stripes. Ill have Eastern pop up in my dreams every few months - so I dont know what the deal is. Either it's a sentimental and symbolic part of my childhood or I am a old pilots reincarnate. Whatever, its silly. But its true. Take care brothers and sisters, I wish you happiness always.


name: bob worthy, 1
email: reworthy54@verizon.net
yes: ON
Date: Wednesday, February 02, 2005
Time: 12:09:49 PM

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i am 50 years old now. i have always wanted to work for eastern and i never got to work for eastern. my dad was a eastern airline mechanic and my uncle was pilot for eastern as he flew the dc 9 and my dad kept the planes flying. i used to ask my dad for a pass and he would let me go fly. i used to go from mimi to new york round trip in one day just for fun and sometime i go two round trip just for fun. i would get to fly in first class and get free meals. all the stewardess treated me like a king. it was my hobby and i loves to fly and loves eastern airline. i would get a pass once a month and take off from miami and i fly to new your and chicago for one day. i have a good friend that is retire and he was a friend of my dad his name is woody gaskin we sometime get together and go out to cracker barrel and talk about eastern and wishing we could bring back eastern airlines. bob worthy \loves eastern airline. i would get a pass once a month and take off from miami and i fly to new your and chicago for one day. i have a good friend that is retire and he was a friend of my dad his name is woody gaskin we sometime get together and go out to cracker barrel and talk about eastern and wishing we could bring back eastern airlines. bob worthy


name: Stephen Chase, 1
email: scchase61@hotmail.com
yes: ON
Date: Wednesday, February 09, 2005
Time: 02:11:34 AM

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I grew up in an Eastern family - my dad, Emmett Chase was a mechanic at the MIA maintenance base until retirement in 1989. I join with the many others that still lament the loss of a great airline. It's still a shock even today. Warm greetings to all of you in the Eastern Family!


name: Jim Miller, 1
email: azurealoft@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday, February 09, 2005
Time: 05:26:25 AM

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I was an EA Ramp Serviceman @ RDU c1965-1971. We had an EA Electra noonish flight, with several hours lay-over. Alone, I boarded to empty the trash and cigerette ash trays (remember the little four-cigerette packs on each food tray?). Passengers and flight crew had de-boarded. Still aboard were to young sailors in Summer whites. "What are you guys doing still on board", I querried? "Waiting on some Navy Chief to get us; is there a Chief out there (on the ramp)?" "Didn't see any before I boarded to clean". "Is this (some Northern airport with Navy base brig that I've forgotten)?" "Now what does that sign in three-foot letters say on the terminal?" "Raleigh-Durham; where's that?" "Halfway to where you are going". "Can we got off the aircraft?" "Who am I to stop you? You should be off while I clean anyway". "Sure there is no Navy Chief out there?" "I didn't see any". "How do we go North?" "Walk from the terminal to the roadway, turn right; go two-miles and you are on the main (now old) Durham to Raleigh highway". "Which way, left or right do we turn on that?" "Either way, one way will get you there as fast as the other". "Looking out the windows at the ramp first, the two young sailors got up, and stood at the Electra doorway,looking at the sign "Raleigh-Durham"; and then for some, not there, Navy Chief". "You don't mine?" "I don't mine. Straight through the terminal to the roadway". Elbowing each other over their stroke of luck, the two sailors went down the boarding stairs. Then on terra firms, they yelled "Yippeeeeee", danced and pranced, on through the terminal; on to their way to their destiny. I use to work in Base Security at Great Lakes circa 1962; they'd soon get in trouble and be turned back over to the Navy; or run out of money, and show up, hat-in-hands. But "Oh-Boy", the next few days; what "Funnnnnnnnnn.......".


name: MORRIS CROWDER, JR., 1
email: MORRIS.B.CROWDER@USA.DUPONT.COM
Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Time: 04:29:25 PM

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THOSE OF US, WHETHER AN EMPLOYEE OR THOSE WHO TREASURED TRAVELING ON EASTERN CONTINUE TO REMEMBER THE WONDERFUL EXPERIENCES THAT WE TRULY HOLD DEAR TO OUR "HEARTS". EASTERN WAS VERY VERY DEAR TO MY HEART. MY FIRST FLIGHT CONVINCED ME WHO I WOULD BE TRAVELING WITH THE MOST. I SINCERELY TREASURE ALL THOSE SINCERE AND CARING INDIVIDUALS I CAME INTO CONTACT WITH. ALWAYS A "SMILE" THAT WAS GENIUNE AND A FLIGHT CREW THAT TRULY MADE YOUR TRIP UNFORGETABLE!. MY GRAND BIRD WAS THE LOCKHEED ELECTRA PROP JET II. SOMETHING ABOUT THE POWER THOSE ALLISONS HAD. SUCH A BEAUTIFUL AIRCRAFT. I FEEL THERE WERE MANY OF US WHO LOVED HER AND HAVE MISSED HER. THE BOEING 727-125 "WHISPERJET" WAS ANOTHER LOVE AND OF COURSE, HER SISTER, THE 727-200. THANK GOD FOR THE MEMORIES. IT IS REALLY SAD WHEN ANY AIRLINE IS MISTREATED BY THE WORLD OF "GREED-LOVING" PEOPLE. (HAS ANYONE EVER SEEN A BRINKS TRUCK FOLLOWING A FUNERAL COACH INTO A CEMETERY? PLEASE E-MAIL ME AND LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE!!) OUR NATION HAS LOST SO VERY MUCH BY THE GREED THAT WAS CREATED BY THE DEREGULATION ACT. EACH CARRIER HAS THERE GOOD POINTS AS WELL AS THERE FAULTS. BUT IF YOU ENJOYED TRAVELING BY AIR AS I HAVE, YOU ALWAYS LOOKED FOR THE GOOD. OUR NATIONS' CARRIERS STILL FACE MORE DOWN THE ROAD. BUT I THANK GOD THAT I REALLY TRAVELED ON "AIRLINES" THAT WERE "AIRLINES". MAY I SAY TO ALL THOSE WONDERFUL AND LOYAL EASTERN EMPLOYEES, "THANK YOU" FOR MAKING MY AIR TRAVELS MEMORIES WORTHWHILE HOLDING ONTO. IT WOULD BE GREAT TO HEAR FROM SOME OF THE FLIGHT PERONNEL THAT FLEW THE ELECTRAS. WE WHO KNEW WHAT AN AIRLINE WAS, OUGHT TO HAVE A "WEEKEND GET-TOGETHER" MAYBE MIAMI INTER'L -ATLANTA-WASHINGTON OR NEW YORK CITY. WHAT WE COULD SHARE. IT WOULD BE TRULY AN EVENT. NEED FEEDBACK IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS AS I WOULD. BY THE WAY, CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHERE FRANK BORMAN IS LIVING, OR IS HE? PLEASE, LETS KEEP THE WONDERFUL MEMORIES FLOWING. GOD BLESS TO ALL. MORRIS CROWDER, JR.,606 JAMES AVENUE, COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VIRGINIA 23834


name: Kevin Corcoran, 1
email: kevin15@optonline.net
Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Time: 05:07:31 PM

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Working Weight & Balance on a B727QC in the middle of summer, with a full load of psgrs. LGA-MIA, taking off on runway 13... CT operations/Control 1969-1979 then found a new life in LGAFF 1979-1989


name: Ron Oleksiak, 1
email: rockinronnie@earthlink.net
Date: Friday, February 25, 2005
Time: 03:36:11 PM

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Although I never had the pleasure of working for Eastern Airlines, it was the only airline that I flew. The personnel were always friendly and in my opinion, Eastern had the best looking Flight Attendants. It is a shame that such a wonderful airline, met the fate of Frank Lorenzo. I hope one day to meet Frank Lorenzo (if he is still alive)and personally enact some revenge for some of my friends who lost their job and retirement.


name: Norm Schroeder, 1
email: itsour52f1@charter.net
Date: Sunday, February 27, 2005
Time: 04:00:31 PM

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My Father Norm Schroeder Sr. worked for Colonial and became part of Eastern on that merger...he was an AP Quality Assurance Inspector at JFK for many years and retired in'84 with 39 years of service. I started with Eastern in Oct.'78 and worked until the end...I was in the vehicle/gse shop at JFK...several of us afterwards ended up at Fed Ex where I am today in Asheville,NC...I see the same things happening there that ultimately led to our demise...big businesses lose sight of all the talents their employees hold and create work environments that are in neithers best interest.


name: kimbo r close, 1
email: kimborclose@yahoo.com
Remote User:
Date: Thursday, March 03, 2005
Time: 08:18:44 AM

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i flew eastern hundreds of times while living in miami, who would have ever thought this could happen. as i now fly into miami, i can still see the imprint of the old eastern logo on one of the buildings.for years i have collected business cards from all over the world, the one that i am still missing is an eastern airlines business card ! Does anyone out there still have any of ther old business cards they would be able to part with. i would really appreciate this. please let me know. i have PSA nad Hughes Airwest, can you imagine days gone by. if anyone can help me please let me know ?


name: Jim Hiss, 1
email: Hjhiss@cs.com
Date: Thursday, March 03, 2005
Time: 09:52:29 AM

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I figure the Statute of Limitations has kicked in by now, so I can tell the story. Coming back into Miami from Barbados on a 727, we were leading the pack and ATC was yelling at us to keep our speed up. Co-pilot was flying it, and came slowup time, reached out and squeezed the throttles shut. The next thing I know is "CRAASH", and "Oh,----!", out of the back seat, and I now have one quart of Mt. Gay Rum floating around all over the cockpit floor. The joint smells like O'Shaughnessy's Saloon on Saturday night. One of the flight attendants had put her bottle of duty free on top of the bags, and when we decelerated, it didn't. The Senior was on the jump seat just outside the cockpit door, heard the commotion, grabbed armfuls of paper towels and was trying mop it up, but it had soaked the floor, the P&P manual, and there was no way to get all of it. I told the co-pilot, " You put one scratch on this airplane and it's all over. They ain't even gonna give us the blood test." Which, with what we were breathing, we probably couldn't have passed anyway. We got to the gate and ordinarily I used to go back and say goodby to the passengers. Not that day, Charlie! That door stayed shut. Finally maintainance came on board, sniffed appreciatively, and said, "Have a good trip, did ya?"


name: MIKE KUIPERS, 1
email: KUIPERST1965@AOL.COM
Date: Thursday, March 10, 2005
Time: 08:42:11 AM

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TO THE FORMER EMPLOYEES OF EASTERN AIRLINES ALTHOUGH I WASN'T FORTUNATE TO HAVE WORKED FOR EASTERN, ONE OF MY MOST MEMORABLE FLYING EXPERIENCES INVOLVES AN EA 727-200. I WAS FLYING A CESSNA C-172 AND WAS ON FINAL FOR RW 14 IN SARASOTA FL WHEN AN EA 727 REACHED THE HOLD SHORT FOR 14. I WAS A LOW TIME PILOT JUST ABOUT TO GET MY PRIVATE CERT AND THOUGHT I'D "GREASE ONE IN" WITH A PRETTY GOOD X-WIND. WELL IT TURNED OUT TO BE THE ABSOLUTE WORST LANDING OF MY LIFE . MY CFI AND I EVEN OPENED THE DOORS AFTER ROLL OUT TO MAKE SURE THERE WAS NO DAMAGE TO MAIN GEAR. BUT MOSTLY I WAS EMBARASSED HAVING "CRUNCHED ONE IN" AND BEING SEEN BY YOUR PILOTS REMEMBER TO FLY LOW AND SLOW AND MAKE ALL FLAT TURNS


name: Jim  Hiss, 1
email: Hjhiss@cs.com
Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Time: 02:37:56 PM

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Now that the Statute of Limitations has hopefully kicked in, I can tell this story. We were coming back in to Mia from Barbados, leading the pack and ATC was yelling at us to keep the speed up. We got to the slowdown point, the copilot reached out and pulled the throttles shut, and the next thing I hear is "Craaash!", and "Oh, ----!" out of the back seat. I now have one quart of Mt. Gay Rum sloshing around all over the cockpit floor and the joint smells like O'Shaughnessy's Saloon on Saturday night. One of the flight attendants had put her duty-free booze on top of the bags and when we decelerated, it didn't. The Senior was on her jumpseat, figured out what had happened and was up there with armfuls of paper towels, but it was too late. That stuff had soaked into the floor, the manuals and anything else soakable. I told the copilot, "You put one scratch on this airplane and it's all over. They ain't even gonna give us the blood test." With what we were breathing. we probably couldn't have passed it anyway. We got to the gate and ordinarily I'd go back and say goodbye to the passengers. Not that day, Charlie! The door stayed closed. The mechanics finally came on, sniffed appreciatively, and said, "Have a good trip, did you?".


name: Robert Kent, 1
email: rjk13@cornell.edu
Date: Thursday, March 17, 2005
Time: 07:58:59 AM

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My father worked for Eastern. One time I was flying home from Florida to New York on Eastern, when the pilot told us to all look out a window on the right side of the plane. We were near Cape Canaveral. We watched a rocket go by on its way to space. Was very exciting!


name: Gene LaNier, 1
email: grl.962@lanierinc.com
Date: Monday, March 21, 2005
Time: 08:58:14 PM

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I first met Steve (Stephanie Stanich) when I started a new job at a Public Relations firm in Coral Gables. She was my secretary and was about as disorganized as I was.

She wanted t meet my wife, who, at the time, was a "Stewardess Recruiter." Yeah, that dates it. I told my wife about her and said she didn't have a chance because she was way over weight and had poor grooming.

My wife met with her at our home and I overheard her giving Steve encouragement.

Later, I said to her that she was wasting her time. She said that Steve had possibilities.

After three attempts, Steve was accepted and began school. I hated to see her leave the firm because we had become really good friends. She was like my kid sister.

One day, I had a call from Steve and she said she would be graduating in a couple of weeks and that she wanted ME to pin on her wings. I accepted.

On graduation day my wife and I went to the ceremony and I couldn't find Steve. Suddenly, this gorgeous blonde said, " Hi Gene." It was Steve. I couldn't believe the transition. I pinned her wings on that day with tears in my eyes.

Shortly befor the crash of Flight 401, steve came to the house to beat me in a game of pool. She was also checking out our bedroom carpet because she had just become engaged and wanted carpet like ours. these wree the shag days.

While she was there she told me not to get on one of the fat alberts that it was jinxed. I don't remember the number but it was not the one that crashed.

the last time I saw her she was smiling, and totally happy. the crash came a few days later. I told my wife, I believe that Steve was on the plane. she said I was imagining things. After the third day with no word, I called a friend of mine in the Eastern PR department and asked, "Bill, was Steve Stanich on Flight 401?" He responded: " They found her this morning.

I will never forget the funeral service and the way Eastern and its family responded. Eastern was more than a company; more than an airline. It was a family and Steve had been a part of it.


name: ron szczecinski, 1
email: mszczecinski@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Time: 08:29:55 PM

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To any one who is interested ,I have an old hydralic cylinder that has a folding mechanism on it and I was told it was to attach to a landing wheel of an old airplane .can anyone tell me for sure.


name: Lisa Arft, 1
email: lisa.johnson@westin.com
Date: Friday, April 15, 2005
Time: 11:50:17 AM

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Hello, I was a flight attendant and my saddest memory was when the pilots tipped the wings after takeoff to say "good bye" to all of us on that fateful day in January, 1991, as they flew the empty 757 on its final flight from DCA to ATL so it could be sold.


name: Gail Kostolansky, 1
Date: Friday, April 15, 2005
Time: 12:05:27 PM

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Footprints:

I began my Flight Attendant career with AA in 1964, became a KIWI and 22 years later Eastern hired me as a FA for the MIA base. Laura was not sure from the feedback she got from the training department that I would be an acceptable canidiate and interviewed me and 2 others as to where our hearts desire laid the day before graduation.

I did graduate and on every supervisor check ride I passed with flying coluors only because I loved what I was doing and was teriffic at safety and service with compassion and love for Eastern's passengers and peers.

I must say, I miss Eastern Airlines as did everyone that I have met in my aviation career to date. God Bless! Enjoy my favorite poem

Love, Gail Kostolansky

High Flight Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air. Up, up the long delirious, burning blue, I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace Where never lark, or even eagle flew - And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod The high untresspassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

Pilot Officer Gillespie Magee No 412 squadron, RCAF Killed 11 December 1941


name: Libby Maynard, 1
email: MsLibbyM@aol.com
Date: Friday, April 22, 2005
Time: 04:32:21 AM

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I still miss the WINGS of MAN display at Disney World. I still miss Eastern. I ALWAYS flew Eastern. My dad wasa Piper Dealer in Lakeland FL and encouraged me to fly Eastern. Once once did my 'wings get clipped' when a piece of luggage was lost, damaged and eventaully replace. Frank Borman whote me aletter of appology. I always had profesional staff onboard - always stopped by the cockit to say hello to the crew- look 'em in the eyes and tell them I had over 50 hours of flight time ( wahoo- Piper PA 160, 140 and seminole) Many staff had flown into Lakeland Flto Roberts Flying Servie and knew my dad or the FBOor the Sun and Fun (start in our t-hangars in 1974) Anyway - my memories are FOND and I hope you all are doing well. Beautiful memories are a good thing! My dad,Les Roberts, now 90 is bed ridden, but mentally alert and love to hangar fly! My Best to all visitors of this site! Libby Roberts Maynard

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name: Mia Hamm, 1
email: gafriend4everwv@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday, April 23, 2005
Time: 04:50:22 PM

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I i'm Mia Hamm and I wanted to Know what really happened on flight 401. E-mail me back bye


name: Mike Marino, 1
email: mmfmwe2@aol.com
Date: Monday, April 25, 2005
Time: 06:11:55 PM

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JUST GOT THIS SITE FROM A FRIEND OF MINE, AND I GOTTA TELL YOU IT IS GREAT. I WILL BE CONTRIBUTING STORIES AS I WORKED FOR EASTERN FOR 29 YEARS AT JFK.


name: James Kowalski, 1
Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Time: 11:38:57 PM

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Traveling in 1989, I was a U.S. Navy Midshipman going to my first at-sea training aboard a U.S. Navy Destroyer at the Charleston, South Carolina, Naval Station. After boarding my Eastern flight in my dress uniform, another passenger approached me telling me that I was in his seat. He was in his 40s or 50s dressed in a suite and tie, and I was only 19 - flying by myself for only the fourth or fifth time. I knew enough not to get up; instead I rang for a flight attendant. She took our boarding passes to the gate agent and returned with this news: Yes, Mr. Important Business Executive, this is your seat. Sorry, Mr. Young Naval Midshipman, you'll have to sit in another seat for our flight today - please bring all of your belongings and follow me to your new seat in FIRST CLASS!


name: Rodney Dalton, 1
email: roddydalton@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday, April 30, 2005
Time: 04:07:18 PM

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When I was three years old, my mother and my brother flew to Puerto Rico on a Connie 1049 to join my Dad who was stationed at Ramey Air Force Base, from Atlanta, Ga. He was a radio op. on a HU-16 Grumman Albatross. He was flying Air Sea Rescue for Strategic Air Command, Sgt. Shirley C. Dalton. I will never forget the markings on the Connie were by far the prettiest that have ever have been painted on any civilian transport.


name: paul houle, 1
email: houlpau@aol.com
Date: Sunday, May 01, 2005
Time: 02:55:03 PM

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I am looking for anyone associated with the crash of Eastern 212 in Charlotte, NC. Please e-mail if you know anyone who was on the plane. I would like to talk with you.

Paul Houle


name: xavier Paz-Narbona, 1
email: xavier@mrpdevelopment.com
Date: Monday, May 02, 2005
Time: 07:57:55 PM

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As an Eastern baby, one of my fondest memories of Estern Airlines was participating in one of the many 3 kings parades in miami. I remember wiving at the crowd as we rolled down the street, and embracing in the hardwork of all of the employees at Eastern Airlines. I'm looking for someone who might have known and worked with my father Robert Paz-Narbona. Also any other eastern babies who are still fascinated with history behind one of the greatest airlines.


name: An old fan,Date: Friday, May 06, 2005
Time: 12:30:25 PM

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I remember flying to Tampa from Detroit in 1976. I was 13 years old. My mom and dad were taking me, my brother, and both my grandmothers to Florida for a week in March. It was a wonderful flight. The stewardesses were pouring champagne or sparkling wine for everyone who wanted it - and of course - my grandmothers didn't drink - so they kept giving theirs to my brother and me. By the time we got to Tampa, my brother and I were flying high! First time for me. I'll never forget the two-tone blue bird!


name: Micheline (Michou) Greaux,
Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Time: 11:28:18 AM

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Wednesday 11th May 2005.

My ex Eastern Airlines colleague and myself misses Eastern so much, the worst day of our lifes was when our boss annouced that the SXM station would be closed on January 1991..and believe me some of us really cried a lot. We still get together on Fridays for Happy Hour and talk about the old Eastern days. From: Michou, Ingrid, Vera, Daisy, Mathew, Baly, Monica, Antonio, Eric Fleming.


name: Evan,
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Time: 08:25:06 AM

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"The Ontime Machine" The childrens box lunches. Remember the Hot food back then, even in coach.

Eastern was my first airline from 1976 to the end. I now fly more often but nothing compares to Eastern.. Pan AM came back why not Eastern?

I still can picture the Blue and Purple stripes. I remember when the planes changed from silver to white as they got newer.


name: John Geymann,
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Time: 11:02:27 AM

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Memories of an Eastern Family…

Eastern Air Lines was the second major carrier I worked for. The first was Northwest Orient. I hired on as an aircraft servicer in Detroit, late in the summer of 1978. I made the move to the ramp just after it started snowing, working 2000-0400.

While in Detroit I worked with some wonderful people. To remember and name but a few: Digger, Tom, Rastus, Jerry, Bing-Bing, Doc, Chuck, Captain Airport, Muggsy, Gloria, Jack, Slinger, Linda, J.C. and Gusto. There’s more, but age clouds some memories from long ago. Detroit was a seasonal station with lots of work for 8 or 9 months out of the year. The summer, well that’s another story. After 2 seasonal lay offs, 4 of us followed our jobs and bumped into Jacksonville. I was junior in the group and laid off in less than 3 months. In 1980 I bumped again, for the last time, to Atlanta.

Refueling on days with Red as a supervisor saw me working with Preacher, Tony, Jim (AKA: Al), Mitch and many more I can picture, but the names just won’t come. I grew tired or smelling like Jet-A and went back onto the ramp.

What halcyon days those VEP days were. Most of my ramp time was spent on afternoons, 1400-2200 or 1600-2400. Atlanta’s C Concourse snack shop acted as a break room. Working the gates was far preferable to slinging bags in the spurs. Then came the Red Birds. What times we had, Mike S, Jim, Mike M, Eric, Tony, Henry, John, Slobber-Jaws too. Playing Spades between flights, the views from the snack shop and the concourses, all good things seemingly come to an end with PATCO.

Time continues to roll bye as do stock options, threats of bankruptcy, bailouts, more concessions pitting the IAM against ALPA against the F/A’S and the non-union workforce and of course, power-backs, too many new B757’s and A300’s. Fuel and labor costs, concession after concession, employee involvement and “monkey’s running the zoo”, bruised pride and anger. Off to the freight shack sometime in 1985 or 86.

Jethro, Keith, Killer, Tom, Marshal and Uno between pushes. Even Flipper regrettably eventually followed from Detroit. Putting out for lunch with Jethro and Keith… Time continued and things turned from bad to worse. He said - she said – I read it somewhere, gloom and doom, talking heads, hotlines, coalitions and secret pacts eventuall all vs. Borman and Lorenzo. Aerial signs flown over Fulton County Stadium and, a bit closer to home, a certain VP named Harold. Cut backs in freight, the carriers bread and butter, and it’s back to the ramp on days in 1987.

The labor wars Eastern experienced were without doubt, some of the most gruesome and egregious any workforce ever faced. No re-test option drug testing, shuttle bus drivers paid to deliver their charges late, low-bid mail contracts, pencil whipped logs, lost time cards, revamped attendance rules, firings without merit, delayed and drawn out arbitrations. An honest fear or loosing ones job over nothing, because contracts were ignored and rules changed. Forced overtime, bad faith negotiations, law suits, Wall Street movers and shakers, firings, depression, busted marriages, subastance absue and suicides.

I left the best job I ever had in January of 1988. Returning to Detroit I found employment that paid the bills, put food on the table, a roof overhead and even allows for an anticipated retirement in 08, maybe sooner. I never replaced the sense of family, dysfunctional perhaps, but family none-the-less, which I enjoyed at Eastern. Those heady times are memories now, as are the 45,000 members of an extended family. Too bad mom and dad never married.


name: Bryan,
Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Time: 02:21:20 PM

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Hello - I have never worked for Eastern, or any airline for that matter :-( never even got to fly Eastern!! BUT - I can remember my first flight in 1989 on a Delta 727. My family and I got to the airport early that morning and I went to the observation deck @ ALB. I remember the beautiful Eatern Airlines 727 parked next to the Delta 727. I remember how gorgeous the livery was and the striking Eatern logo. Wish you were still flying today...


name: LIONEL DE BOISBLANC,
Date: Thursday, May 19, 2005
Time: 12:49:15 AM

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My father Lionel de Boisblanc, Sr. better known as "Frenchy" worked for Eastern Airlines in the early days of Captain Eddie Rickenbacker. He started in Atlanta and in 1938 moved to Chicago, Midway as the Chief Communications Engineer. In those days Midway was the main Chicago airport. I have fond memories of the DC-2 and DC-3 and was blown away when the bought some Super Constellations. My dad and I were on the first flight of the Super Constellation to New Orleans. In those days I could fly up front in the cockpit with the pilots, what a trip. If anyone remembers "Frenchy" please contact me.


name: Keith Hasperg,
Date: Thursday, May 19, 2005
Time: 03:58:23 AM

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Eastern will always be a wonderful memory, Im a corporate pilot and my first airplane ride was in 1960,EWR to DAB on a DC7, I told my mother (I was 5yrs.old)I think I want to be I pilot when I grow up. Well we rode back to EWR through JAX on a Connie and that marked the beggining of a love affair with aviation. 45 yrs later I can still remember that day in 1960 like it was yesterday. As a child, I rode up and down the East coast in the sixty's on Eastern many times. I think, not withstanding the Connie, the L1011 was my favorite airplane. I've known and flown with a number of Eastern pilots, all great guys, one or two became close friends. I never had a bad ride on Eastern, let the memories live on.


name: Boyd Cox,
Date: Friday, May 20, 2005
Time: 02:18:16 PM

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Although I was never employed by Eastern, I wanted to come to this site to remember my dear friend who, sadly, cannot visit herself. We met on a flight from DC to San Francisco in 1984. Adrianne was stationed in DC. You probably knew her as Adrianne Hamilton, but she returned to her maiden name of Stevens around 1990-91. She was flying senior FA on the first widebody to go down - in the everglades. She saw a good friend die and suffered back injuries that tormented her for her entire life. Her relationships with men were sadly unfortunate if they became lovers. I helped her move to New Hampshire so that she could fly out of Boston. The purpose of this move was so that she would be close to her latest boyfriend. The relationship was breaking up even before I got her there! After she was furloughed the first time, she came back to DC and lived in the basement apartment that I used for an office. I lived upstairs - we were close friends but not lovers. That would have destroyed the relationship. She worked for me until she was recalled and sent to Atlanta. I owned a home in Atlanta which was not occupied, so I told her she could move in for no rent. I moved back to Atlanta in Jan 1991 and we lived there until Eastern shut down for good. She stayed in Atlanta for a while before moving back to Texas. I visited her there once. Shortly after my visit she was disgnosed with breast cancer. She died in 1992 (I believe). Not a day goes by that I do not think fond memories of her. If anyone remembers Adrianne, I would love to hear from you.


name: bernard ruggiero,
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2005
Time: 05:09:46 PM

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my favorite moment was recieving my 10 year pin.don't remeber the first day. no funny expereinces


name: Clyde Roach,
Date: Monday, May 23, 2005
Time: 03:50:08 PM

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A MOST MEMORABLE STUDENT

Early in my instructing career, one of my students failed his rating ride. When ask if I could retrain him enough to pass a rating ride, I answered, "I could get a monkey to pass the test–if given enough time.

Many years later, Bill Byers, in charge of DC-8 training, called me into his office. Pertaining to the remark I had made years before, he asked, "Remember your statement about training a monkey to fly?" "Yes,” I answered. "Well, how would like a chance? We have a student from the Ivory Coast who needs a rating, and the other instructors have given up on him."

EAL had an open-end contract with the US State Department to provide training, both ground and flight, to Bakery (pronounced ‘Backery’) Soconoko, necessary to acquire a rating on the DC-8. Time or money was not a consideration. Bakery, a son of a high ranking official in the Ivory Coast government in Africa, was to return to that country, and head up a department equivalent to our FAA.

Bill gave me Bakery’s records and I could see I had another problem. He had 45 hours in the simulator and 45 hours in the airplane. A note exemplified his status; "Has yet to make an unassisted landing." This was unheard of. Most pilots check out with a maximum of ten hours in the simulator and ten hours in the airplane. Talking with his two previous instructors, I learned one of the reasons they quit flying with him was his bad body odor. The odor in the cockpit was unbearable. They were right, and I say this with no disrespect. I liked Bakery and we got along fine.

Bakery was the worst pilot I ever flew with. After the first flight, in the debriefing, I brought to his attention the fact of his bad body odor. Bakery’s understanding of English was not the best. Sometimes I had to resort to hand signals to ensure comprehension. The only time I was sure of his perception, was when he broke a big grin and said, "YAh! YAh!" Using hand motions while talking, I told him of his bad body odor. Holding my nose and pointing under my arm, then pointing at him and saying, "PHEW." He gave me the big grin and the "Yah!" No way did I berate him; however, I did suggest deodorant spray cans.

The next day as I entered the scheduling office, Jack Wright, the scheduler, asked, "Did you SMELL Bakery?" From then on the cockpit smelled like a two-bit house of ill repute.

For the next two weeks I flew with him almost every day. One of his problems, failure to control the airplane on landing, had to be corrected. On landing, if the airplane bounced or was headed off the runway, he just sat frozen, refusing to make the necessary corrections. After explaining his problem many times, I too was about to give up.

Before giving up, I decided to give it one last try. While flying from the right seat, I explained, "Bakery, this is your last chance. You are going to land this airplane this time, it kills me. What ever happens, I won’t help you. If you crash and we burn up--I’m dead." I removed my earphones, and slid the seat to the extreme aft position. Then I turned my back to Bakery. In that position, there was no way I could reach the controls, but I could see the engineer, and he was worried. Just before crossing the threshold on final approach, without Bakery’s awareness, I positioned my seat so I could reach the controls if necessary. Bakery, sweating like a pig, bounced the landing, added power, and maintained control straight down the runway. This was the beginning of what little improvement that I saw. My act must have been convincing because the engineer complained to my boss.

At TNT, giving him an engine our landing, we had simulated the failure of the #4 engine, and were on downwind leg. The number three start lever vibrated to the off position, shutting down that engine for real. This occurrence happened often on the early model DC-8s, but rarely on the later models. No one in the cockpit, other than I noticed the loss of number three. I watched intently as the airplane, with two starboard engines our, veered to the right, and slowly descended 500 feet. Bakery did nothing but turn the yoke to the left as far as it would go, which deflected the spoilers and almost stalled the airplane. I suppose he would have crashed in the swamp had I not taken the controls, and brought in the two engines.

On his rating ride every maneuver was borderline. I would have given him a pink slip. After the last landing, I told Bakery to turn off at the end and set the brakes. I knew that Frank Harrell, the FAA inspector sitting on the jump seat was on the fence as to passing or failing. I took the ‘bull by the horns’, slapped Bakery on the back, shook his hand, and congratulated him for passing the ride. Frank, surprised that I would try to influence his decision, threw up both hands and exclaimed, "Wait a minute!" The student fails or passes only at the desecration of the FAA, but I believe my actions swayed Frank, and Bakery got his license.

After Frank wrote out the temporary license and left, I advised Bakery; to never fly this airplane again, "You will kill yourself or someone else." Sometimes I was torn between my duty to get the student a license, and my feelings that this guy is in the wrong business. This time I was sure he was in the wrong business. But some of the FAA inspectors were also in the wrong business. Had he been an Eastern employee, he would have never been approved. I probably made another mistake.

If there is anything racist in this, you are putting it there. We parted friends, and he sent me Christmas cards from Africa for years.

A couple of months later, a call came from one of our Vice Presidents asking if I would consent to an interview with the CIA pertaining to Soconoko. For an hour in my living room a CIA agent questioned me about Bakery. From the type questions asked, I assumed they were building a physiological profile. One thing the agent was quite interested in--he had heard the story of the bad body odor, and wanted to know how Bakery took the criticism. And yes, Bakery was interested in gun sales.

Clyde Roach


name: Floyd W. Smith,
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2005
Time: 04:15:58 PM

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May 26, 2005 St. Petersburg, Fl

I started working for Eastern, as a A&P mechanic, at MIA overhaul shop. I remember the day well. It was Oct. 15, 1973 and I was in a B-727-200 oreintation class for mechanics. From the very first day there was talk of lay off's. I had moved my family to Miami from atlanta to take the job. One of my very long ambitions was to work as a mechanic for a major airline. Now I was making the most money In my life and I was really enjoying the work. Due to the oil embargo from Saudi government jet fuel was hard to come by, so we we told, Eastern had many planes setting on the ground. therefore, around the middle of Dec. 1973 there management told us there was to be a layoff off 900 mechanics. In the first week of Jan. 1974 I was layed off not subject to recall because I had not completed the 90 probation period. I was boiling mad. So I left Eastern and went to work in general aviation for several years and then worked as a CNC and turret lathe machinist until I retired. I never tried to get back on with Eastern. Turns out that was a wisw decision. I often wonder about my good friend Tom Thomas who had five years with Eastern and was layed off the same day I was. Back during the machinist stike in 1989? Eastern sent me an offer of employment in Miami. Fat chance I was not going to go against my brother machinist. Eastern went bust. But I will never forget my short time with the co. and the possibilities of a great future in the airline business defeated by circumstance.


name: George Giltrap
Date: Sunday, May 29, 2005
Time: 10:01:25 AM

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.Hi,........im tracing a RCAF wartime member,by the name of:GONZALEZ,NO:8161213 RCAF......do you have any info,please?


name: Karen Denham Downen, 1
email: k.denhamdownen@lycos.com
Date: Sunday, June 05, 2005
Time: 11:04:51 PM

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Dear EAL family and friends:

Fred Denham (MIA/Mechanic, Instructor & FAA examiner - 1946-1973[?], also So. Miami Lodge F&AM) was my dad, and I still miss his dear, non-conforming self. I'd like to correspond with anyone who might have known him, and who might have some stories to share with me, and with his grandchildren.

Flying standby as an EAL brat was a wonderful ritual. Rules for any trip: (1) NEVER fly through ATL, you'll always get bumped! [One year I spent 3 days in Hartsfield terminal trying to get home for spring break.] (2) If possible, take the red-eye, less likelihood of the above. (3)Eat the last ice cream in the freezer for supper, in case the power goes out while we're gone (we were stationed in MIA, remember?) (4) Employee family members must be appropriately attired. [So when I showed up in my best jeans in 1971, headed to Dallas for a wedding, the gate agent gently, but firmly informed me that a dress was necessary. I only had 2 with me - one for the wedding, and another long one, more "hippie like". So I changed into that one, with clogs, and presented my long-haired self once more. The agent did a fair chuckle, but allowed me to board!

My dad went to work for EAL after his release from the Navy in WWII. Since he hadn't been able to finish college, he hired on as a "grease monkey" (a proud term from my point of view). He told me that Capt. Eddie would show up on the line, in a jump suit, just like the mechanics, I assume, to see how things were going on the graveyard shift. That meant a lot to my dad; to have a CEO care that much. Talk about a different kind of executive, but I won't go there.

My dad was known as Fred at EAL, Charles elsewhere. During the 60's, he worked with a group of men based out of MIA who were all trainers, including Robbie Robbins, a Mr. Kidney, and a Mr. Bean, among others. These guys, as I understand it, went to various "schools" at Lockheed, etc. to learn about all the bells and whistles on new pieces of equipment - the jetway, the "tractor" needed to back the "dumbo" (aka 747) out of the gate, etc. Then they returned to base, and trained all the mechs on the new toys.

One more for the road, because it was so typical of my dad. There was this thing called the management council in the 60's, and they had command performance dinners, etc. Dad and some of his bad-boy friends were tea-totallers, so one evening, during the speeches by important persons, my dad became bored, and decided to play the water glasses, at which he was quite skilled. My mom took great pleasure in describing the scramble trying to fix the PA system, to no avail, until dad and his pals had had enough of a laugh, and decided to stop. As far as I know, no one but his compadres at that table ever knew the source of the mayhem.

So growing up in the Eastern family was an education: the good times and the bad. I miss it; it was indeed a family, with all the wackiness that goes along with it. I'd love to hear from other brats of my generation, or anyone who worked with Fred Denham, a broken column for sure.

Karen Denham Downen Tucker Georgia


name: Jeff Stenzel, 1
email: jeff.stenzel@waltonen.com
Date: Monday, June 13, 2005
Time: 12:08:58 PM

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I was on an Eastern Flight heading to Tallahassee Florida from Atlanta in 1990. A tire blew at take off shutting down an engine in mid flight. Long story short - we had to make an emergency landing in Atlanta and slide down the emergency shoots.....

Very bad experience!


name: Jeff, 1
email: Jeff.Stenzel@waltonen.com
Date: Monday, June 13, 2005
Time: 12:30:49 PM

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I was on board an Eastern Flight from Detroit to Tallahassee with a connector in Atlanta. On our take off from Atlanta to Tallahassee, a tire blew and shut down one of our engines. We had to make an emergency landing with one engine and no tires on one side of the landing gear. It was a very scary experience, several people were injured in the landing. We had to exit the aircraft via the inflatable slides. The pilot's did an incredible job getting that plane back on the ground relativly safely. Anyone out there that was aboard this flight???


name: Katrina Cleaver, 1
email: queenkat13@aol.com
Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Time: 06:42:35 PM

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YES, I have lots of Eastern Airlines memories... My father had 33 years with the company when it went down..... Eastern helped make me who I am and who my Dad is today..... I was so proud of him and what he did. It was a terrible thing that affected many, many of our friends and family.... welcome to corporate America. I surely hope most people went on with their lives and made the best of it.


name: Korczynski, E.J. "SKI", 1
email: captainske22@yahoo.com
Date: Monday, June 20, 2005
Time: 03:16:06 PM

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Would like information on the Lockheed L-188 Electra that exponded on ramp at Boston Logan Airport.

SKI


name: Korczynski, E. J. "SKI", 1
email: captainski22@yahoo.com
Date: Monday, June 20, 2005
Time: 07:46:43 PM

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Would like information on our EAL LOckheed L-188 aircraft explosin while on the ramp at Boston Logan, circa 76', 77', or 1978.

Also, any information on the CLT crash, specifically, the cockpit conversation.

Regards,

"SKI"

F/O ORD


name: Korczynski, E. J. "SKI", 1
email: captainski22@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Time: 10:36:35 PM

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Need help to confirm a story I read that said it was because of a mix up in flight numbers at LGA back Circa 40', 50's that Air Force One was so named because the "ground controller" or the President's Pilot misunderstood a call sign that was assigned to Eastern, i.e. Eastern flight One, which according to the story I read, was misunderstood and the President Plane taxi into position.

Sure could use the "real story."

Regards,

SKI F/O ORD

e-mail

captainski22@yahoo.com


name: brian furlong, 1
email: brianpower951@aol.com

Date: Thursday, June 23, 2005
Time: 07:06:00 AM

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One of my most pleasant memories was flying on eastern from atlanta to daytona beach.i flew out of atlanta, on a cold, windy march day, the temp. was 34 degrees, and i was glad to get away for a few days to sunny florida. the flight was perfect,as we reached cruising altitude, i started feeling much better,knowing that the temperature in florida was in the upper 60's that day! the flight attendants were excellent, they brought me a light snack, and i settled back in the seat, for the unbelievably short trip! we landed in daytona beach, and when the flight attendant opened the hatch, the stairwell was there, and that warm florida breeze hit me, and i was most appreciative of eastern airlines bringing me safely,and swiftly to a much better place! i always remember that day, and that airline! may god bless you ,the crew,and staff of eastern airlines! all of you brought smiles to many faces over the years! you certainly made me happy that day, just doing your jobs! there was a certain magic associated with eastern. it was my choice airline!- 5a784 y5mar118 seat11c-no smoking year-1988 i still have boarding pass, slightly faded.. ...thank you for flying eastern!


name: CAPTAIN BARRY, 1
Date: Thursday, June 23, 2005
Time: 05:32:40 PM

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I WONT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE CRASH OF 401 WHAT HAPPEND TO THE GHOST OF BOB LOFT / DON REPO


name: Harry Webber, 1
email: Harry@harryWebber.com
Date: Friday, June 24, 2005
Time: 01:35:20 PM

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I just thought some of you might enjoy this. It's from an ad campaign I worked on many years ago.

Come. We will be your wings. We will set you free. Free beyond the heights of man. Free to chase the sun. Free to hug a cloud. And though you were born on earth. To live on earth. You will be at home, here in the sky. the comfort and ease you own on earth, you will have up here. And Eastern will make it so. It shall be a most natural thing. For you. To fly.

EASTERN. The Wings of Man

writer: Bill Waites art director: Henry Holtzman creative director: Alex Kroll Voice Over: Orsen Wells agency: Young & Rubicam, NY


name: Bill Conroy, 1
email: wjcon1@bellsouth.net
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Date: Saturday, June 25, 2005
Time: 07:48:04 PM

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I would like to find any information about my uncle Captain James "Jim" Conroy.


name: Larry Chandler, 1
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Date: Sunday, June 26, 2005
Time: 01:37:10 PM

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To Jenifer Johnson, granddaughter of L D Strietelmeier. I just happened to be reminising through some old sites, and noted your article remembering LD. Janet and I dated for a year in High School, and I really enjoyed being around LD, building cars, etc. Email if you want to.


name: Donna Svoboda (Quinn), 1
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Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Time: 01:35:14 PM

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As an agent at Chicago Reservations from 1967 until 1988, I came across many humorous or just plain strange calls from passengers. This is one I'll never forget.

A passenger was traveling from ORD to FLL and had a few questions before booking. One of her questions was, "May I stopover in Ft. Lauderdale?" To make sure I understood the question I said, "You wanted to book a round trip reservation from ORD to FLL?" The psgr answered, "Yes."

"And what is your question again?"

"May I stopover in FLL?"

"Do you mean stopover some where along the way, such as MCO?" (Remember the $5 stopover our fares allowed in certain FLA cities?)

"No, I want to stopover in FLL."

I asked, "On a round trip ticket from ORD to FLL?"

She answered, "Yes?"

"I don't think I'm understanding you, Mam. You want to book a reservation to FLL and you want to know if you may stopover in FLL?"

"Yes."

"Yes, mam, you may."

To which she said, "Thank you. That's all I need to know for now."

I still wonder exactly what it was that I agreed to!


name: Cherisa Duncan, 1
email: Cherisad2000@comcast.net
Date: Sunday, July 03, 2005
Time: 09:48:44 AM

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Hello, My name is Cherisa Duncan and I am a daughter of an Eastern airlines mechanic from Atlanta Georgia. I grew up with Eastern airlines and my dad was proud to be in the Eastern Airlines family for 21 years. When Eastern went under, my dad had to make a great deal of life decision changes and he and many others took the closing hard. My dad's name is Marion H. Painton. He was also with lockheed before coming to Eastern Airlines. The reason I am sending this out, is because after several years of being out of the airline business, he went back in with airtran and found his second love. I am proud of my dad and I listen to the stories he tells about the years he was with Eastern and the years he has been with Airtran. He is getting ready to retire and I was hoping to find someone that might have remembered him or would like to send him a retirement message even if you didn't know him. He was in the Eastern Airlines family and in his heart he still is. You are more than welcome to contact me because he doesn't have a computer, which is something I would like to change for him. Thank you for your time and thank you for letting my dad be apart of something he was so proud of and that I could be proud of him for.


name: Jeanie Master, 1
email: jeanie_master@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Time: 06:28:19 PM

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I remember when I was a young girl(between 11 & 13 I'd have to say), my dad was the captain on an Eastern flight I was on when an engine caught fire. My dad had nerves of steel! The fire was at night and pretty spectacular out the window. It was quiet for so long, I began to wonder if he knew! Finally, in his drawl, he came over the squack box and said, "Good evening ladies and gentlemen, if you look out to your right....you can see the Big Dipper, and click....he was gone! I began to get scared! What seemed like forever later, he came back and quietly said, "Pay no attention to the fire to your left...it will be extinguished shortly and we have more engines just like that one." GEEEZZZEE! He was amazing. His name was Captain Rush Roberts based out of Miami, Florida. He died in 1969.


name: Ron McCarty,
email: Vembermember
Date: Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Time: 10:07:59 PM

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I have a lot of good momories of Eastern but the most impressive was PIT summer 1990, I was working a PIT To ATL flight and the aircraft assigned was the Boeing 757, just recently polished and looking very impressive, at the time, some Eastern employee's were looked down upon by the other airlines, especially in the Pittsburgh market, there was a slight delay and we (the flight crew) were waiting for the proper clearence to board the aircraft, a group of US-Air employee's (Flight-Attendants, Gate Agents) approched us and asked if they could see the inside of the 757 sitting at the end of the jet-way, not my call, but someone with the proper athority gave them perrmission to come on board and take look ,, they were very impressed, at the time it was a very sharp, new, and up to date airliner, asking a lot of question to the Flight-Attendants and the Pilots, The US-Air Employees were very impressed, not the usual 737's and DC-9's there used to working on, Eastern had the newest and best airliner in the airport that day, funny how things change, there still flying and there's no more Eastern, I worked for Eastern for a short time, but it was by far the best time of my life, I had a lot of pride in the company that I was hired to represent.


name: Monica King, 1
email: msk123@hotmail.com
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Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Time: 10:12:28 PM

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I fondly remember getting wings on Eastern as a kid in the late 70s. We flew Eastern to Florida every summer. We always took an early flight with breakfast service and I didn't eat eggs (still don't) so my dad would give me his bacon. We had some fun vacations and I always looked forward to flying. So nostalgic..


name: Ken, 1
email: charken@earthlink.net
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Date: Saturday, July 16, 2005
Time: 01:52:52 PM

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In April '45, came back to NYC from the North Atlantic to be transferred to another ship in Miami. Flew Eastern Airlines; started from the terminal on 42nd street, thence to Laguardia, and on. My first flight. A lot better than the North Atlantic.

I'm curious about that terminal in mid-town. Any info.????


name: John Hogan, 1
email: dmynke@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday, July 17, 2005
Time: 05:16:05 PM

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Does anyone remember Jack Hogan? I'm his oldest son John. He had initually worked GFL back in '59. Had worked Ramp in MIA, DAL and up until Eastern's demise, was Ramp Services Supervisor at TPA. Some of you might even have seen me wandering the ramp at TPA with camera in hand!! Once my dad even arranged for me to fly jump seat in a 727 from either LGA or JFK (age does wonderful things to memory!!) to TPA.

He had a lot of friends and was just interested in hearing from them. My dad passed away in April 1998 of Colon cancer in Naples, FL. Thanks in advance.

John J. Hogan


name: Julian Mathis,
Date: Thursday, July 21, 2005
Time: 11:16:03 AM

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I worked for Eastern as a part time res agent during college and later in life for System One. I remember one evening while traveling on business from MIA to ATL, sitting in first class, drinking martinis and eating steak and shrimp. It was truly a great experience and to this day I still think about Eastern and some of the great people I knew who worked there. EASTERN WE MISS YOU!


name: chris Giaritelli,
Date: Friday, July 29, 2005
Time: 09:00:45 PM

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As the son of long time eastern employee Dan "Danny" Giaritelli. We loved Eastern, but non loved The Wings of Man more then my dad Danny. He passed on June 26th 1996. My dad was a special man whom I loved dearly. Always remember walking through MIA with him and eveyone saying " hey Danny". My dad raised 6 wonderful children thanks to Eastern Airlines and it will always be dear to my mom and my families heart. Thanks to all who knew my dad... Danny Giaritelli, Flight Operations...


name: john
Date: Thursday, August 04, 2005
Time: 12:26:20 PM

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I had a close friend who worked for Eastern in Charlotte NC reservations center... Can someone please go into detail about the telephone equipment and how this interfaced with the reservation center.. ( i.e. did you know what city the call was coming from etc ) Thanks !


name: john stan davidson,
Date: Friday, August 05, 2005
Time: 12:23:20 PM

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i work at easter airlines. till it went belly up. i got old memberbilia with eastern airline name on it. will sell to some one if interested.


name: RICHARD, 1
email: RICART5223@HOTMAIL.COM
Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Time: 02:29:14 PM

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I HAVE SO MANNY MEMORIES OF THIS AIRLINE EVERY SUMMER I FLY TO MIAMI AND WINTER TO SANTO DOMINGO AND IF I HIT THE JACKPOT OF THE MEGA MILLIONS 200 MILLION DOLLARS I GET EASTERN AIRLINES FLY AGAIN THAT IS MY WISH.


name: William L. Hirsch, 1
email: EALB727@aol.com
Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Time: 08:02:42 PM

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If I was to start with memories I would be writing all night. So I will get to the point. I am on the Board of Directors of the newly formed and Chartered "EASTERN AIRLINES HISTORICAL FOUNDATION". At this time we are trying to locate former employee's or friends that might have in their possession any films, video tapes, or Photo's of Eastern Airlines aircraft, terminal ramp operations, or hanger ramp operations that we could have copied to be used for an Eastern Airlines History and Legacy presentation film that we are trying to put together.

William L. Hirsch Eastern Airlines Director: Eastern Airlines Historical Foundation Controller: Eastern Airlines A/C Inventory Records & Files Co-Chair: Eastern Airlines A/C Restoration Committee Sr. Manager: Legendary Airliners LLC


name: Georgia Smith Edwards, 1
email: GaMae@AOL.com
Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Time: 03:35:54 PM

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I miss the Eastern Family so much. I visited SJU on several occassions. I met all of them from Transporation by transporting them to their hotels while working for my parents at Hangar Cab Company in Atlanta, Georgia. I would love to hear from you all. GaMae@AOL.com


name: Hal East, 1
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Date: Thursday, August 18, 2005
Time: 09:49:53 AM

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Were you working and do you remember? 1985, 11:00 PM, ATL c concourse at the employee bus stop. The day was over and headed for the parking lot. I boarded the bus with a female agent (Dolly Clauso). She had brought a stake knife with her lunch. She had put it into the bream f/a bag. As we boarded the bus the bag came off her shoulder and slid to the seat as I was sitting down. OUCH!!!! Stuck in the left cheeck 6 and 1/2 inches deep. They carried me off the bus bleeding badly. There was a F/A who came running from crew scheduling. She ripped open my uniform pants and tried to close the wound untill parimedics arrived. Thanks again to those who saved my life that night.


name: Eaglephin,
Date: Saturday, August 20, 2005
Time: 10:54:02 PM

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I like many others was saddened by the death of a once great company. I know I may offend so people when I say this but, I never understood why the unionized employees were so stubborn. When a company is bleeding and in real danger of going out of business it seems that striking and failing to make concessions is like putting a gun to the patient's temple and pulling the trigger, I knew an Eastern mechanic (actually he eventually made it into management but he started out in the Union) and I always felt bad that he wasn't able to continue in his field because there weren't alot of jobs available in aviation in Miami at the time with the airlines folding. I'm sure some people blame de-regulation but I don't get that either. People today can fly anywhere in the country for reasonable prices and the market is opened to a lot more travelers because of competition.


name: Roberto Quiroz II, 1
email: Rob_Quiroz@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Time: 02:01:13 PM

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Thanks to Eastern for the great memories. I especially hold dear the memories of my childhood in three round trip flights to see my dad in the great and mighty "Whisperliner" L-1011 from San Juan to Los Angeles in 1982, 1984 and 1985. In Puerto Rico we knew Eastern as "Las Alas del Hombre" - "The Wings of Man", and the L-1011 as "El Grandote de Eastern". It is a sad shame that the airline was ruined by greed and the employees who devoted so much of their lives to make it fly were left on their own after a failed strike. To YOU, the Eastern Airlines employees who gave us great memories and cared for us passengers so well, THANKS for your service and for the memories.


name: Pete, 1
Date: Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Time: 07:51:07 AM

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Thanks for the smiles! I was 6 yrs old on an Eastern flight between TPA and YYZ in 1976. My family and I were at Disney. When boarding the flight home, a lady flight attendant (Stewardess back then) gave me a great big smile and sqeezed the stuffed toy bear that I clung to. I have never forgotten that nice feeling from that little extra welcome she provided. We continued flying with Eastern till the end. The last flight was years later, I suspect it was when the Eastern employees took ownership. The flight was the best in years and I told a flight attendant how pleased I was with the service. Years later I was given a smile. Unfortunately it must have been too late for a comeback. Thanks to the good people of Eastern Airlines.


name: Cathy Thames, 1
email: ccthames@aol.com
Date: Sunday, August 28, 2005
Time: 07:06:45 AM

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I was part of an early morning group of gate agents in Atlanta known as the "Loose Group". On many occasions, with a little advanced planning, we would commission certain people to remain in the breakroom with carefully smuggled in griddles, etc. to whip up sausage, bacon, pancakes, etc. while other agents simply spread themselves a little thinner and covered our flights. It was kind of like, everyone knew it and no one cared. It was a comraderie I've never experienced since. The saddest day, of course, was when we met in those first red eye flights from the west coast and had to tell them there was no more Eastern Airlines and they didn't have a connecting flight.


name: Eric Paddon, 1
email: epaddon@aol.com
Date: Monday, September 05, 2005
Time: 01:00:15 AM

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Eastern Airlines for me will always mean a fond recollection of their status as the official airline of Walt Disney World, and their role in sponsoring the most fondly remembered attraction of Disney World's early years "If You Had Wings." The ride took viewers through visual displays to the locations Eastern served (the Caribbean, Mexico and New Orleans) all accompanied by that infectious theme song, "If You Had Wings." And the end of the ride as we were brought to the end a voice of authority saying as an animated Eastern jetliner flew by us, "You DO have wings! You CAN do all these things! You can widen your world. Eastern. We'll be your wings." And before you exited the building, you passed an Eastern representative and a model Eastern jet, where you could book an Eastern vacation direct from the Magic Kingdom.

A wonderful tribute to "If You Had Wings" can be found at this website. Fans of Eastern Airlines history should pay it a visit!

http://home.cfl.rr.com/omniluxe/iyhw-main.htm


name: John Farr, 1
email: johnhfarr@comcast.net
Date: Thursday, September 15, 2005
Time: 07:33:13 PM

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I worked at JFK from 63-73 as gate agent, Inflight Representative (IER) and air freight supervisor at EWR. Some memories: * There was a lounge with a circular table by the front door of the older DC-8s. One day the escape chute on the forward entry door opened inflight. It looked like a giant snake. Fortunately, we had Ionosphere Service and I used the carving knife to puncture the chute. * A second officer was doing a pre-flight on a Boeing 720 going from JFK to Bermuda. He absent-mindedly pulled a string dangling from the aircraft ceiling. The tag inflated the life raft, a requirement for Bermuda trips. Unable to quickly get a replacement raft, the flight was cancelled. * Captian Eddie was maneuvered out of his company by Floyd Hall, a former pilot with TWA. The new management immediately added some glamor, which included ground hostesses. Capt' Soon after the takeover Capt. Eddie arrived at JFK and was met by two ground hostesses. He bruskly passed them by, not allowing them to take his briefcase. He then spotted a familiar face in skycap B.T. Tines, waiting discreetly nearby. Eddie's face lit up when he saw B.T., and he gladly handed his briefcase over. I know the ground hostesses did not take this personally. They were a symbol of the new management, which he obviously disapproved of. * Capt. Eddie was a very caring man. A skycap at JFK had terminal cancer while Capt. Eddie was still at the helm. Capt. Eddie made sure the skycap's family received full pay until his death. * my first day at JFK had me shadow gate agent Ed Kennedy. I was told that the manual reservation system had accidentally booked over 200 people on a B720 which held 129. No problem. Once those with seat stickers boarded, slam and lock the doors and dispatch the plane. The 100 oversales were told that another plane would take them, but in actuality, it would be many hours before they could leave. That was my first introduction to the "Ugly American." * IER Jennifer Larson asked me to switch so she could take the ill-fated flight 401. She survived - barely, and after recovery, she took a job with TWA. We learned of the crash while returing to JFK from SJU. After we landed I volunteered to go to a home in Brooklyn where parents of a young woman killed on 401 had dental records for me to bring to MIA. Very sad.

In hindsight I'm glad I left in 73. Fuel prices were high and Frank Borman kept asking for pay consessions. It only got worse after I left. As has been stated above, my 10 years with EAL were some of the best in my life. We worked together as a family and got the job done.

My current email is johnhfarr@comcast.net


name: Miguel Arroyo, 1
email: ma112767@aol.com

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Time: 06:56:46 PM

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My first flight on Eastern Airlines was quite by coincidence. I guess it was in 1970 or 1971. We went to Puerto Rico to bury my grandmother. At that time, we flew down on Trans Caribbean Airways, but that airline went under and the route was bought out by Eastern. I was only two at the time, so I didn't know any different.

I was 10 years old when I had my first memorable experience with Eastern Airlines was on New Year's Day in 1978, when my father, sister, and I flew back from Puerto Rico to JFK airport. We flew on flight 2922, a Boeing 727. It was my first flight on Eastern, but what I remembered most was the professionalism of the flight crew and the background music playing on the public address system while the flight crew prepared the aircraft for flight.

Later that summer, after taking vacation in Puerto Rico again, we flew back on Eastern, this time on "El Grandote", an L-1011. The Whisperliner, as the name on the number 2 engine intake duct proclaimed. At that time, as I remember, Eastern had white planes and the bare silver ones also. We flew on the "white" plane. What a smooth ride. The Lockheed seemed to scare away the turbulence, even as we flew into weather while approaching New York.

I kept the plastic wings that the flight attendant gave me for many years before I lost them.

I fondly remember the stark, pale green glass building which was the Eastern Airlines Terminal at JFK. It had it's own character, setting it apart from the TWA Terminal and the "old" Pan Am terminal. I even still look for it each time I go to the airport, although it is no longer there.

To see this webpage really keeps Eastern Airlines alive, if only in the memories of those of us fortunate enough to have experienced "The Wings of Man", "Las Alas del Hombre".

I will be so bold as to say, that for me and for many others, it truly was great being at "The Right Place at the Right Time".

Thank you, Alexa.


name: David Kilpatrick, 1
email: delta_bravo_1kilo@yahoo.ca
Date: Thursday, September 22, 2005
Time: 04:59:51 AM

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When I was a kid my dad bought me a small book on airplanes It had a picture on the front of it of a Eastern Airline aircraft (707) and on the back had 8 lines of angles from one point of the book (increments of 8 lines ) nad you cold hold it up to the window with a string and a small weight at the end of the string. While the plane was starting to take off you could determine the accelration of the plane with a refernece page in he book (for example 20 degrees you look in the book which would give you .34 then multiply by 32.17 = 10.93 ft/sec^2 )


name: Peter Stubbins, 1
email: duckydrake@msn.com
Date: Thursday, September 22, 2005
Time: 02:57:18 PM

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In the middle 1960's, a MIA-JFK 727 with 94 passengers on board could not retract the landing gear after take off. The a/c had just come out of MIA overhaul. The rod that is supposed to trip the gear door to a closed position was apparently a tad too long and jammed into one of the tires and the gears could retract or open fully.

The flight circled while the MIA runway way made ready for landing. I don't recall if fuel was dumped. (Was this doable on the 727's?).

I think Slim Cox was in the left hand seat (I could be wrong). In any event, the crew slid the a/c down the runway and the gears fully collapsed and came to a stop without major problems.

I believe one passenger bumped his head descending the rear stairs.

The a/c was back in service within weeks.

What always impressed me was that 92 of the 94 passengers caught another flight to JFK within two hours!

======================= My roomate, Kevin Gralton, was usually broke about a week before payday. So he would pass ride on a "Famous Restaurant" to JFK for lunch and then return to MIA on another "Famous Restaurant" flight back to MIA for dinner. Those were the days. ======================== Same era, my roommate in Coral Gables at 1600 SW LeJeune Rd was David Springs. He managed the apartments for the owner. As I recall, there were about 20 or so one and two bedroom units. When there was a vacancy, the "for rent" sign went out, we told anyone who was not a flight attendant, (any airline was acceptable), that the unit had already been rented. It was party time 24/7. ================ More to come if you want to hear the stories.


name: john rouse, 1
email: jrouse@bsu.edu
Date: Friday, September 23, 2005
Time: 06:59:50 AM

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What date, year did Eastern Airlines close? go out of business? end? What year did Pan Am do the same? Thanks for the feedback. -john rouse, muncie, in.


name: chad, 1
email: celdien@yahoo.com
Date: Monday, September 26, 2005
Time: 10:54:35 AM

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I am looking for a good picture of an EAL uniform circa 1980s--including approved overcoat, hat, etc. (complete).

Thanks in advance if you can help!


name: C Nelson, 1
email: mtcalcan@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday, October 02, 2005
Time: 11:32:19 PM

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Hi,

Lots of fond memories of Eastern Airlines. Wonderful first class service. As a pass rider once, I had a professional(then retired) football player trade seats with me, so I could sit with my husband. The class of the airline had captivated this man's character. When did Eastern shut down completely. I cannot remember the exact date.

Thanks for the information.


name: BEN, 1
email: benhenry1@webtv.net
Date: Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Time: 09:01:49 AM

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I ran into your sight surfing and enjoy it very much. I would like to be on your mailing list. Thank You very much......Ben Henry


name: Tom Johnson, 1
email: rajtaj@earthlink.net
Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Time: 10:41:27 AM

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I'm trying to reconstruct an Eastern Airline event that occured in 1970-73. (My memory is that it did involve EAL.) During that time frame an EAL flight was hijacked between two cities in the Eastern US and the hijacker, after a couple of stops for ransom moyey along the way, bailed out the back door of a 727 between what was then Belize, British Honduras and the Republic of Honduras. I was involved with the recovery of the hijacker and his return to the US for trial. If their is anyone out there in EAL land that can assist me in gathering the precise facts of this event, please let me know.


name: Eugenio Contreras, 1
email: eucontre@yahoo.com
Date: Friday, October 21, 2005
Time: 10:44:41 PM

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I love EAL yet!!!


name: Chuck Fulton, 1
email: chuckfulton13@cs.com
yes:
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Date: Sunday, October 30, 2005
Time: 09:29:15 AM

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Hi again, I guess you can't hit "enter" until you are finished or else it "sends". I was a happy 25 year pilot until we got "Franked again". Were any of you F/As on my trips (me as first officer) when we had a 4:30 hour layover in Titusville, FL and opened the overwing exit doors and having donned their bathing suits, took their beach towels out on the wing and spent the layover sunbathing. Those were the days! I sure miss that old airline. I got to finish my career at United, but it didn't come close to the good times we had at good ol' Eastern.


name: pam cauble, 1
email: pjcauble@bellsouth.net
Date: Monday, October 31, 2005
Time: 08:46:21 PM

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Very happily bumped into this website this evening. Had a wild hair and decided to google Frank Lorenzo just to see what kind of mischief he might still be up to. Fortunately, I found nothing but old news. He must have fled the country and/or changed his name. One can only hope.

EAL was very special to me and my family. My dad was a gate agent at SDF, began at Bowman Field. We kids, all seven of us, took full advantage of our pass privileges. I ended up addicted to trave. and ext thing I knew, was signed on as a f/a and headed to SJU where I wouldn't have to buy a coat or a car.

So, now I teach Spanish to 200 third, fourth and fifth graders in Asheville, NC...and there's not a seat belt in sight. (What ARE they thinking?!) I love my life now and wouldn't trade it for anything, but I really do miss the life, the work and the people I knew at EAL. I've never found anything else quite like it and feel so lucky to have been a part of EAL. We were great! What a shame so many of our managers had their heads where the sun doesn't shine.

About once a year I end up following up a school fire drill with a planned evacuation demonstration. A little Q-C action with the chairs and we have a nice slide going out the door into the hallway, which has always worked so well, until recently, when the returning classroom teacher barely missed being bowled over by a herd of nine year olds sliding to safety from the burning DC-9. What a shame she had no sense of humor...or adventure...or imagination, for that matter.


name: Michael Ray Harwell, 1
email: jmharwell@msn.com
Date: Thursday, November 03, 2005
Time: 10:27:54 PM

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My Dad Billy R. (Mickey) Harwell worked at National Airport in D.C. in the late 60's. He had left the Fire Department and I believe he started at the ticket counter but me and my brothers first visit to National was to "Crew Scheduling" where he worked.

I was 11 at the time and the airport was as magical as the firehouse was. Probably because Dad loved it there.

I went to work with him one night and the seemingly endless parade of beautiful girls coming in was something I never forgot!

This period in my life was special and holds a great deal of fond memories.I hope everyone that came in contact with my Dad has a fond memory....

Please feel free to email me if you knew my Dad..

If anyone knows Benny Childs or Mike Fazio please show them my entry.


name: roberto garcia ledo, 1
email: ledorg@wanadoo.es
Date: Friday, November 04, 2005
Time: 11:42:03 AM

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I want found more information about the crash of flight 401, in 1972


name: Patricia Hodge, 1
Date: Thursday, November 10, 2005
Time: 06:50:38 AM

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I'm not a former employee. My dad, John Balog, worked materials distribution in MIA. I was a teenager when he started, so of course, I never participated in the "Santa" parties or activities for younger kids. I have two fond memories of "pass riding". Once I was going to visit a boyfriend and I was dressed according to the rules (remember how we used to get "dressed up"?). Instead of a jacket, I was wearing a sweater type vest over slacks. Anyway, the gate agent told me that I wasn't properly dressed for 1st class, but he'd put me in coach. He then asked if I was the employee. I said no, but my Dad's standing right there. Do you want to talk to him? The gate agent took one look at my Dad and said "no". My Dad is a large man and can be quite imposing. Maybe the gate agent thought he was a VP or something.

One time I was flying home from FLL back to college and I had to change planes in ATL (the old airport). My flight from FLL left late so I had 5 minutes (I'm not kidding) to change planes! I was in first class and dressed up, so the gate agents must have thought I was a business passenger. I ran off the plane and asked where my connection was. They said gate 1. It's turns out that gate 1 was about 1/4 mile away and was a convoluted path. I was taken outside on a luggage cart, across the tarmac to gate 1. When I showed the gate agent at gate 1 my "pass", his face just fell. Moral of the story: "Don't ask don't tell". But, I made the plane, and so did my luggage. I miss Eastern! To this day, I won't fly Continental! May both Franks rot in h**l.


name: Brenda Hooker, 1
email: BJHall315@AOL.com
Date: Saturday, November 19, 2005
Time: 03:59:45 PM

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I was employed at DCA from Oct 1968 through its demise in Jan 1991; that last day, I was the inside sales Rep supporting the Regional Sales Manager Mike Lambert. Sales staff included Joan Hembrance, Wanda Jackson, Joanne Tarantino, Frieda Dahl and Bill Hauck; along with Frances Fink-Secretary.

After EAL’s demise, the Federal Government employed me. I only wished I went with ‘Uncle Sam’ in 1968--right out of high school. I WOULD be retired today, doing other things--like moving to Colorado to be with my (only) daughter and my NEW grandson.

BUT back to reality. I NEVER have regretted one day working for Eastern Air Lines--the 'Wings of Man'. Those were the days my friend I thought would never end. Kind Regards, Brenda Hooker (Hall)


name: Larry Sheets, 1
email: rivetkckr@aol.com
Date: Sunday, November 27, 2005
Time: 12:55:18 AM

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For a short period of time I belonged to Eastern Airlines American Legion Post 292. I remember working with other members refurbishing used toys that were given to children in the Miami area. The toys were left in baggage containers which were placed at the entrance gates to the eastern property along NW 36 Street, and at the gate on Lejeune Road.

Another fond memory is coming in early mornings and raising the American Flag on the Pole by the "Ivory Tower".


name: Larry Buschel, 1
email: Aeromech64@aol.com
Date: Saturday, December 03, 2005
Time: 08:14:54 PM

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Hello out there,Just a note to all who might give a danm about E A L and the people who made it the greatest airline in the world it was until the vultures conspired to destroy it.They may have destroyed it but the people that made it what it was,and are still out there,and are proud of their service.There might not be many of us left,but we have the honor of being the best,and the finest of the heritage that once was the greatest era of Aeronautcal history of our time,Plase excuse the ramblings of an old person who likes to think THIS WAS THEIR FINEST HOUR" Quote Winston Spencer Churchil"(cannot remember the year)If you would like to share remembrances and triumphs my E-Mail address is Aeromech64@AOL.COM


name: Mahmoudabadi, 1
email: mahmoud@dgttrading.com
Date: Sunday, December 04, 2005
Time: 07:22:43 AM

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i was working in thr field of flight simulator for 20 years and i enjoy my job it was great to fly with simulator it is like the real aircraft

Mahmoud


name: Brenda Copeland, 1
email: copelandpen@aol.com
Date: Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Time: 08:10:46 AM

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I remember the champagne and New York Style cheesecake on an Ionosphere flight to New York from Miami.

I love the STYLE that Eastern Airlines had, the simple blue logo with hockey stick, the horizontal bands of dark blue and light blue alternating on the seat covers, the Ken and Barbie doll flight attendants and pilots. I last flew on Eastern Airlines to Freeport Bahamas for the funeral of Wallace Groves, Freeport's founder. A saw a rainbow encircling the shadow of the plane on the ocean. I thought it was because Mr. Groves had died, but now I realized, that it may have been a sign that Eastern Airlines was leaving us. Brenda F. Copeland, daughter of Gloria Smith, Ticket Agent, Freeport, Bahamas.


name: Roan Webb, 1
email: roanwebb@earthlink.net
Date: Monday, December 12, 2005
Time: 04:41:07 PM

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My father flew for Eastern Airlines from 1946-1980. His name was Capt. Terry Webb; he just passed away Dec.7, 2005. If any of you all out there knew him, I would like to hear from you, please Thank you, Roan Webb


name: Tim Kotora, 1
email: timothy.kotora@ssa.gov
Date: Friday, December 16, 2005
Time: 12:35:04 PM

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My mother's aunt was Eastern's chief nurse during the late 50's/early 60's. When she would fly into Pittsburgh, she'd stay with us. She always gave my brother and me Eastern souveneirs, none of which, regretably, I kept. I loved the trips to the airport taking her to catch her flight. My favorite memory is seeing a beautifly Constellation on cold November day, actually being outside and close enough to feel the draft from the props.


name: Glen Arends, 1
email: glenandsusanabbe@att.net
Date: Saturday, December 17, 2005
Time: 12:55:50 PM

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My father Glen (Gus) Arends started with Eastern in 1939 at MDW as a mechanic, later when operations ceased at MDW he was transfered to ORD. In 1980 he retired with 41 years of service as a Maintence Supervisor. Eastern was the only employer he ever had and he loved his job. He passed away in July of 2005 at 85 years of age and when we got together he would still tell me stories about the the air line. He would mention the many people he knew. I wish I had run across the site sooner, because maybe we could have found some of those friends. Glen E. Arends Jr. glenandsusanabbe@att.net


name: Gary P. Spicer, 1
email: garypspicer@cox.net
Date: Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Time: 05:05:25 PM

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My favorite day was in 1984 when the IAM District 100 and Local 702 took a stand against Frank Borman's outsourcing of Cabin Ovens and having them shipped out to an outside vendor the night before-violating our contract. The next day 7000 members of Local 702 engaged in a work stoppage in violation of our contract. We were out for 2 hours.

Borman took us to Federal Court. The Judge issued a permanent restraining order forcing us back to work. The same judge also issued permanent injunction against Frank Borman and Eastern Airlines demanding the Cabin Ovens be brought back to Eastern and that no IAM work would be farmed out that was covered by IAM Contract.

I lost 2 hours pay-but helped get 300 jobs back-best money I evr spent! I'm afraid the days of fair judges and couragous unions are all in the past!


name: W. F. Wamsley, 1
email: aerocamera@cinci.rr.com
Date: Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Time: 07:34:45 PM

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My first commercial airline flight.....in January of 1957...was from Kanawha County Airport in Charleston, W.Va. to National Airport near Washington, D. C. when I went to work for the FBI as a clerical employee.

Flew with Eastern at least a dozen times or so from D.C. to Charleston and return. Had one very eventful flight when the aircraft, which, if I remember correctly was a Martin 404....ran into some very bad clear air turbulence about halfway between D.C. and Charleston. Only time in my life that I felt my number was up. The Captain explained that we had hit a "shear line" which I later found are not common in this country but are more common in Europe.

Can somebody help me with a memory?? I sure hope so because it is really important to me.

On a very rainy Sunday, sometime in 1958, I departed Charleston on Eastern and flew on a four engine aircraft that I seem to recall the Captain saying was a DC 4.......I remember the aircraft as a tail dragger with the wheel on the tail......and for years I mistakenly thought DC4's were tail draggers only to find out many years later that the DC4 had a tri cycle landing gear. Is my memory failing me at the age of 68?......I remember the airplane quite well because we sat on the ground a long time in the rain with the engines running waiting for clearance to enter the DC bound airspace. We eventually deplaned.....went back into the terminal in Charleston and left for DC much later. If anybody reads this who can tell me what type of aircraft this was......I sure would appreciate it.

Thanks/Bill Wamsley


name: Ted Luft, 1
email: tgluft@wmconnect.com
Date: Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Time: 07:49:55 PM

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I worked for EAL from 80-89,they were the best working years of my life.The people were just great, like family.I remember non reving and being stranded at Dulles airport with no place to stay,all the hotels were full.I ended up staying the night locked up in the bag room sleeping on a old couch,the agent told me someone would let me out in the morning so I could catch the first flight out.That was just the way it was back in the day.


name: Don Flynn, 1
email: Flynn1934@aol.com
Date: Thursday, January 05, 2006
Time: 01:13:08 PM

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Don Flynn, Ground Facilities, 10 Rockefeller Plaza (above ticket office) & Idlewild Airport; 1958-1965.

I recently found Kodachrome slides that I took (which are in excellent condition) of the cornerstone laying dedication ceremony of Eastern's new Idlewild terminal building in January of 1960. In the close-up photos are Chairman Eddie Rickenbacher, President Malcomb Macintyre, Mayor Robert Wagner, and others! What a great discovery and wonderful memory of those golden (Falcon)years. Sincerely, Don Flynn


name: Anne Hicks, 1
email: anne.hicks@tesco.net
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Time: 09:42:53 AM

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Hi - wondered if someone could help with some information on a gentleman called George (i think Cilo was his surname). He was a friend of my Uncle Donald and George was to my recollection in service with Eastern Airlines, but not sure in which capacity. He spent many, many summers with our family just outside London and lots of Eastern memoribilia which he would bring with him. One thing I can remember is a huge framed Anniversary Celebration with pictures of the President of Easter Airlines (and I am sure there was a picture of George on it too), the story in the family goes that he was once engaged to either the Company President's daughter or some other official's daughter of the company. Can anyone shed any light?

George unfortunately passed away in the early 1980's whilst staying with us.

Many thanks, Anne


name: becky widner, 1
email: plentymore1@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Time: 08:13:30 PM

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Hi everyone, as of 1/10/06 we are looking to rent, purchase or have on loan, a 1940's American Airlines Stewardess hat.This hat seems to have an upswing crest to one side. This is to be part of a display at the major museum in Washington DC for the spring. If you leave your email or phone number we will contact you immediately.The deadline for this project is two weeks. Thankyou Becky widner 443-226-7035 plentymore1@yahoo.com


name: Ruth McAninch, 1
email: Ruth@ifamilysafe.com
Date: Friday, January 13, 2006
Time: 10:03:46 PM

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My dad, Jerry Ryan, was a F/A, MIA from I think 1945 until 1959. He met my mother, Elizabeth Rees, F/A ATL, MIA on a "Connie" and in 1956 they were married and she ended 12? years of flying for Eastern. Dad went to work for the FAA at Miami ARTCC in 1959, and just retired 2 weeks ago at the age of 82 - 46 years in his "second" career. He had a Luscombe, and I remember used to fly with Capt Chuck Nuendorf (sp?). Growing up I also remember F/As Larry Wilkinson, Johnny Routh, John Brisendine, Dorothy Schroeder. Next time my Dad visits, I will have him share a few moemories on this site, as he does not have a computer at home. If anyone remembers him or my mom or if any of the other names I've shared "ring a bell" I would love to hear from you and will pass along the words to my dad. Mom is buried near the Opalocka airport; I've watched a few DC3s fly over while visiting her grave!


name: Bill Cahill, 1
email: w_cahill@bellsouth.net
Date: Monday, January 16, 2006
Time: 04:46:42 PM

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I just wanted to let you know of my address change.

I went through the apprentice program 68 thru 71.


name: Bruce Buren, 1
email: bruceburen@aol.com
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2006
Time: 12:28:02 AM

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I did not work for Eastern Airlines, nor did any of my relatives. But as a child, I spent a lot of time in airports, mostly in Louisville, KY & Evansville, IND. In the 50's & 60's, Eastern was the main airline at both these cities. My first flight at the age of 7 was aboard an Eastern DC-4, and it still rates as one of my great experiences. But the most beautiful airplane ever built was the Lockheed Constellation with the 50's era Eastern design. The Big Red Falcon on the 2 outside tails & the American flag on the middle tail. The same red falcon on the front of each side of the fuselage with a long blue line the length of the fuselage going through all the windows. I am hoping someone will restore a constellation with Eastern's colors someday as the group in Kansas City has restored a TWA connie. Anytime I see a postcard or picture at a flea market or otherwise with that era's Eastern Airliner on it, I buy it. Thanks for the memories, Eastern.


name: Jim DiBello, 1
email: jimdibello@aol.com
Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Time: 07:43:03 PM

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i only spent a year working for eastern in bos res, but really enjoyed my time there and the closeness of the people that WERE eastern. was there to the end and thou not as sad as the people that were there for years were, it made me sad still. went on to work for delta for a few years after, and it was not the same. worked in atlanta for delta and was involved in delta opening up the old eastern gates and was sad again to see all the old eastern stuff that had to be removed in the gates and ramp areas. hope most have found happiness since the end.


name: cynthia jennings, 1
email: cjennings777@msn.com
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Date: Sunday, February 05, 2006
Time: 05:39:16 AM

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I myself am an Eastern Airlines "child". My father was a pilot for Eastern for 30 years, and my mother had been a flight attendant.

My father Bruce Jennings was based in NY, then Miami and finally Atlanta. He flew mainly 727s and the A300s.

My most cherished memory was returning home to Ft. Lauderdale from NY, the plane was completely full, and I rode the jumpseat. What a thrill and a wonderful experience. That was about 35 years ago, and I remember it like yesterday.

My parents always said that Eastern was very good to its Employees and the familie. God do I miss it.


name: Jorge D. Esquilín, 1
email: flyealtwa@sbcglobal.net
Remote User:
Date: Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Time: 07:00:43 PM

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We had a wonderful fun EAL party last summer in Kansas City. Plan to do it again. About 60 EAL and family had a great time. Jorge D. Esquilin


name: Irv Devore, 1
email: ijaydee@earthlink.net
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Date: Friday, February 10, 2006
Time: 05:57:50 PM

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I was stationed at Barksdale '58-'59 KC97 Simulator. We were working the 301st and 376th ARS's. Anyone knowing other instructors/operators pls e-m me.


name: Dick S, 1
email: dsonier2@aol.com
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Date: Saturday, February 11, 2006
Time: 02:54:48 PM

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Back in the 70's I had a supervisor who lived in White Plains New York, who would come to Boston to work with me. I would drop him off at Logan. He would then hop the Easter Airlines shuttle to JFK. I would then drive to my home in Woonsocket, RI, about 50 miles. He would arrive at his home in White Plains, NY before I got to my house. The shuttle was very popular back then as they would pull out another plane if the fist one got full.


name: Trina Peduto Colford, 1
email: NorDes@aol.com
Date: Sunday, February 12, 2006
Time: 03:42:40 PM

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I worked in Woodbridge Res from 1971- through 1975..... I made a lot of great friends, traveled around the world and experienced things that not many 20 year olds could have ever done. I have many wonderful memories of Eastern, including my first "official" flight to San Juan as soon as we were allowed to fly on a pass. A bunch of us who had trained together in Miami Springs all went down to San Juan for the time of our life! My father, who is 95, recently found an Eastern blanket that I got on one of my frequent trips to FLL. I keep it in my closet, with the Eastern emblem visible and every time I look at it,, I have such fond memories of my airline experience. I went on to become a travel agent and stayed in the travel agency business for over 30 years! I would do it all over in a heartbeat and to this day, wish I could work for an airline again. It never leaves your blood! Would love to hear from anyone that would care to write - all emails welcome. Trina Peduto Colford, West Long Branch, NJ


name: mack waddell, 1
email: mgbmack@msn.com
Date: Sunday, February 12, 2006
Time: 11:43:23 PM

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when they closed rdu because of the union,i knew we were no longer a airline to continue to fly. i took early retirement and moved on. the employees of eal were some of the best in the airlines


name: Jim Miller, Southport, NC, 1
email: focusoninfinity@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Time: 10:37:31 AM

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Joined the Navy 1961, age 17, from Winston-Salem; was sent to RDU for EA Electra flight to ORD for Great Lakes boot camp. Aboard was a Navy reserve E-4, 3rd class petty officer, going on active duty for the first time. I ask him how he tied his black neckerchief? He said, he always got his dad to do his; but it was "simple"; he'd show me how. He had the half the flight left to do so; but couldn't. As we deplaned, he said he was headed for the ORD terminal men's room to "find a REAL sailor" to tie it for him. After boot camp I was a JO-3 at the Great Lakes ADCOM PIO office; I'd mail three neckerchiefs home at at time for dad (an ex-sea scout) to tie and mail back in paper towel tubes. One Friday at 5 PM, after I'd conducted a base tour for Chicago sea scouts; I asked if I could go back to Chicago with them on their ex-Navy sub chaser. Why they asked? I said I was an E-4 in the Navy and had never been on a ship. They thought that was funny. I refused to re-enlist, and for punishment, I was sent aboard the USS Hancock in drydock, SFO, untill discharge. One night in the X-Division personel office, a Jewish seaman was wrapping up his dirty uniforms and scivvies to mail to his mother in Chicago. I asked why? So she could wash them and mail them back! Why? Because only his mother could wash them like he liked them washed. I said she dumps them in the washing machine just like we do? He thought about it, and finally said; only his mother could fold his underwear like he liked them folded. I was a ramp serviceman with EA at RDU 1965-1971. Then got a BS in Aviation and FAA/FCC licences. Retired from US civil service (Cherry Point) and Piedmont Airlines (INT) and US Airways (CLT) to Southport, N.C. Wife Deb was a Midway II agent, ILM. At RDU YMCA got to shake hands with Capt'n Eddie". At speach there, he said any American male who refused to serve in the Viet Nam War should be shot in the back. I doubt Rickenbacker had read the book "The American Albetross" by Col. A. Patti; the only WWII OSS officer in Viet Nam. Had President Roosevelt lived, he would have never let France again become the colonial masters of Viet Nam after WWII. Jim, Southport, North Carolina


name: Sabrina Smith, 1
email: miz_smitty@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Time: 12:43:34 PM

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My earliest memory of EAL was driving along the airport access rd in NAS looking for a parking space to watch the airbus land. Later, my mother worked for Bahamasair and the family flew into MIA at least 03 times a year. At times when Bahamasair had scheduling/mechanical difficulties, they would arrange for passengers to travel on EAL. Years later, I worked in the travel industry and Pan Am became my airline of choice. It saddened me to see the EAL staffers on strike and then to see the hangar abandoned, it was just always a hub of activity when looking from the highway. Best wishes to all of the EAL family. Blessings!!!


name: F.Guerrera, 1
email: FGGee@msn.com
Remote User:
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2006
Time: 03:43:55 AM

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My first day with Eastern Airlines was one of the happiest days I had in years.I left Pittsburg,Pa where I worked with U,S.Steel as Preventive Maintenance Supervisor. Because of Japanese steel underpricing our steel here in the U.S. It caused U.S. Steel to lay off many that were in management.To make a long interesting story short,I decided to move to ST.Petersburg,Florida.Before I left for Florida I researched jobs that I was interested in.It took me 40 years to learn that if your going to pick a job,pick one you enjoy doing because then it isn't work anymore,it's fun.(at least most of te time). So I aquired an application from Eastern Airline while getting ready to leave Pittsburgh.When we got to Florida( making another story short) I rented a house in Shore Acres St.Petersburg.I sent my application in to Eastern and didn't really have much hope of getting with Eastern. I already was suffering a depression because I felt like a failure being terminated from a big position with U.S.Steel.I was assured by U.S.S. that I wasn't a failure, it was definitely Japanese steel that was causing so many men getting terminated and I'm talking about men in management that had many years with the corporation.I had to get work, so after signing up for unenployment here in Florida, I got a job with LYKES FOOD in Tampa as Maintenace Supervisor.The job was okay but at that time it looked a little shakey to me,like they wee ready to fold also.I hated getting up 3:ooAM to drive to Tampa.Now listen closely! One day while driving to work I was going over the Howard Franklin Bridge,I started praying.I asked the LORD to please give me a job that I can be happy with and retire from.I looked over toward the airport and thought,if only I could get a job with Eastern because I loved planes.I enlisted in the Air Force in 1947.I attended Aircraft Mechanics school [n Keesler Field Mississippi.From there I went to Germany but to Kaufbeuren in Bavaria. Didn't need mechanics they reclassified many of us. I prayed I won't have to work in a mess hall. the guy in front of me wanted to be an MP(military Policeman. Guess what he was assigned to Mess Hall. I became an MP.They sent me to EUCOM Intelligence school in Oberammegau Germany.I was in Operation Vittles (Berlin Airlift) Flew to Burtonwood England during the Air Lift. I'm sorry for getting off tract here but anyhow,about a month or so with LYKES FOOD I got a call from Eastern to come in for an interview. Imet with MR,Pino.I was sort of worried because of my age. I was was early 40's then.He said I have a job.I was so happy. I said to mr.Pino.I was worried about my age,he replied,"We can't get the younger men to come in to work". I tell you I was a happy guy.My children were still very small at that time.I enjoyed working for Eastern.I was sorry I didn't bother getting my papers when I got discharged from the service,Icould have been a mechanic but I enjoyed being a cleaner and pound for pound I don't think there was a better bunch to work with. That goes for the Flight Attendants and pilots.Really nice people.I think back and I will never understand what or why Eastern did what they did.In fact I do know but I will never give my opinion on that.So much for the good days. The last four years with Eastern were the worst of times. Due to an accident which disabled me, I was told I could not work any more. That broke me up in tears because I was getting near retirement age.they was suppose to retire me but kept me for 3 more years thereby taking away my life insurance.With 19 years I made more as a lowly cleanerin one week than I get for 19 years with Eastern. There are worse stories than mine I got stuck back to back job wise.God Bless all the others.I know I don't have to tell any reader that the world is going to hell in a hand basket.When the LORD said that many will be caught up in the clouds,I think I know how it's going to happen! We will be having Arab ships coming to American ports if it isn't stopped now. God Bless You All.PHIL


name: Jo Greco Shewbridge, 1
email: shewbric@bellsouth.net
Remote User:
Date: Sunday, February 26, 2006
Time: 02:39:20 PM

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In 1965 I began what was to be the greatest adventure of my young life. I became a EAL "stew". I trained in MIA in what once was the most elite training center of all airlines. It was called Miami Springs Circle and was so complete that even Pan Am "Stews" to be used our facilities, especially our amenities. Meals were sumptuous and plentiful so much so that it was hard keeping one's weight down! My memories (all good) included my suite mates who watched me closely at meal times (I was prone to eating two desserts). They quickly put the cabash on that! I turned twenty one during training and when asked what I would like for a birthday present I glibly said a Corvette. Sure enough at breakfast the next day (my birthday) there on my plate sat a tiny red Corvette. I also received nail polish, lipstick and all sorts of tiny grooming items. What great gals I trained with! On graduating day when my instructor, Miss Speaker pinned my wings on my jacket her comment was," I'm not sure about you. Quite frankly you might be better as a night club comedian." ( I was the class cutup). Two days later I was "on the line' flying and loving it. Too soon I met and married a flight instructor( who is now a North West Captain) and had to retire my wings (mandatory back then). I went on to fly other outfits including Philip Morris as a corporate flight attendant. All in all I put in 25 years on and off as a flight attendant. If asked to return to flying , I would in a heartbeat. It was exciting, educating and has led to so many wonderful opportunities in my lifetime. Eastern taught me that I was special, interesting and had a place in this world. God Bless Eastern. They made me who I am today.

Joanne(Jo) Greco Shewbridge


name: Ray Grafflin, 1
email: rgraf214@aol.com
Remote User:
Date: Thursday, March 02, 2006
Time: 06:41:28 AM

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My dad was Charley Grafflin, who I suspect a whole lot of you may remember him better as "Santa Claus" back in the 70's. Anyone in Jet Engine Overhaul would know him as the man in charge back when Eddie Rickenbaker was the big man. I remember EAL as being the airline with whom I made my very first flight, Miami to Columbia, SC back in the 40's after my first furlough as a young soldier. Never to be forgotten, 2 piston engines and a big seat! I made an awful lot of flights since that momemt, and apart from soloing on a twin engine, nothing quite compares! This is a great site, glad I found it, keep up the good work - keep the faith.


name: MOISES CRUZ JR, 1
email: Moises.X.Cruz@delta.com
Date: Saturday, March 25, 2006
Time: 08:32:25 AM

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HELLO EVERYONE ! IM 28 YEARS OLD AND CURRENTLY A DELTA AIRLINES EMPLOYEE. AS A KID, I REMEMBER ALWAYS WANTING TO BE LIKE MY FATHER AND WORK FOR THE GREATEST AIRLINE IN THE WORLD IN MY EYES WHICH IS EASTERN. MY GREATEST MEMORIES IS WHEN ON THE WEEKENDS I WOULD COME WITH MY FATHER TO JFK TO WATCH MY FATHER AND HIS FELLOW MAINTENANCE EMPLOYEES WORKING ON ALL THE AIRCRAFTS THAT WOULD BE IN THE HANGERS. I REMEMBER GOING ON BOARD AND JUST WATCHING HIM BE PROUD OF WHAT HE DOES. EVERY MORNING WAKING UP AND GETTING READY FOR WORK AND PUTTING ON THE UNIFORM AND THE EASTERN AIRLINE LOGO ACROSS THE BACK. HE NEVER HAD ANYTHING IN THE HOUSE THAT WAS THAT CLEAN EXPECT FOR HIS UNIFORM. EVEN THE MANS HATS WERE IN GREAT CONDITION AND ITS ALL BECAUSE FOR THE LOVE OF THE AIRLINE...EASTERN AIRLINE. THANK YOU FOR HEARING ME OUT.


name: "FLASH",,TxTOM", 1
Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Time: 01:45:06 PM

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[b]HELLO MY BROTHER & SISTERS[/b] just refound this site & thought I would post an update,(March 2006) to our SPECIAL FRIENDS/co workers that were @ JAX,IAH, since we haven't seen you since 1990/91,since WE ALL have gone our separate ways, 1st with 'watery eyes",of very fond memories & the warm friendships we developed with so many great people,I HOPE that you are well, & from the heart,I miss you & the warmth & happiness,l aughter you gave me, UPDATE, for that remember son, (was 4 yrs old multiple handicapped) he is now 32,and taller, heavier then his "Old man",and after many more "fights with everyone from the IRS, Congress,Senate,local gov.t,and MHMR and taller,he is still in his w/c not talking, but i get my hugs everytime we're together, & HE KNOWS, "daddie is always there". ME? now 57,still skinny,(as "DOC' says ALfie, your the only man i know can turn sideways & can't cast a shadow)& all those years of smoking caught up with me, when diag with emphysema, then other problems sat in, now I am also in aan electric w/c, & on O2-24/7, but "we're hloding our own, good friends check on me every day,calling or comming by,but even to this day when out & about you let a "bird" fly over head and I automatically look up at it. any way just wanted to say hello & to our sisters, wherever you are a gentle but friendly hug, to our brothers a firm handshake & and wish you all well


name: Bob Linenweber, 1
email: Linenweber@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday, April 06, 2006
Time: 06:15:50 PM

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We had been holding our breath waiting for our adopted son to get out of Viet Nam just ahead of the final collapse. Early Sunday morning, March 23, 1975, we waited at Lambert Field as an Eastern 727 pulled up to the gate. The passengers exited by coming down steps (as opposed to a jet way). The last one off the airplane was a woman carrying an infant. We were the only ones left waiting at the gate and she walked over to us and said "I guess you are expecting this young man". That was as formal as it got and she was off in a flash to catch a flight back to her home. She was a retired Eastern flight attendant and she volunteered to bring children to their new families. She had been awaken from her sleep and told that she had a baby coming in. She spent a day flying to meet him and bring him the rest of the way to us. She hadn't slept in a bed for a long time and was completely exhausted. We never even knew her name. All I can say is "thanks", whoever you are, thanks. Less than two weeks after his arrival a C5-A crashed killing the orphans aboard it in a last ditch evacuation effort from Viet Nam. Our son had missed being on that flight by getting out when he did. We have a picture of our son coming down the stairs in the flight attendants arms. When he was little we used to tell him that babies came from three engine jets and we had a picture to prove it.


name: Clark Goodwin, 1
email: clarkgoodwin@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday, April 09, 2006
Time: 09:25:56 AM

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I am enjoying this Website from a passenger's point of view. I was pleased to fly Eastern frequently from Atlanta on business trips for The Coca-Cola Company. I always enjoyed the experiences. I am still not over the shock of the airline's passing ... and today, April 9, 2006, we are figuratively "holding our breath" regarding the future of Delta. Difficult times -- past and present -- that impact real people. Best wishes to the people of Eastern. Clark Goodwin in Atlanta


name: KEN HABERSKI, 1
email: gimletguy@redoakinn.com
Date: Monday, April 10, 2006
Time: 09:22:45 PM

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I was with EAL for 19 years... While working at the shuttle in LGA.. I was a supervisor and my employees knew that I loved Bett Midler...One day she showed up and was taking the shuttle... I tried to hide from her but my employees knew that I loved her so they brought me to the gate and she was there eating a candy apple and she came to me and asked if I wanted a bite of her APPLES.......... I am now an owner of a Inn located in Vermont and I am looking to have an EAL reunion the first weekend in August.... If anyone is interested Please contact me at info@redoakinn.com. Thanks and miss the old days..............


name: joe gross, 1
email: josephgross_2000@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Time: 01:34:10 PM

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EAL was one of my greatest work exeperiences. I had just graduated Spartan School in Tulsa when EAL hired alot of new mechanics. Flying down to Miami for my interview was great. I was treated great by the gate agents and flight attentants. They made me feel welcome and part of the family. I felt very lucky to have been part of that.


name: RMK, 1
email: PEARLSNAP3@MSN.COM
Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Time: 08:31:44 PM

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After reading so many messages here, it seems many loved Eastern. I know it would be a tough start, but anyone considered starting an Eastern Airlines #2? I'd be interested in helping.


name: Fred Eberle, 1
email: Fredeberle44@aol.com
Date: Friday, April 21, 2006
Time: 02:13:20 PM

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Hi all, Sorry to butt in on your memories but am hoping you can help me. Am trying to locate someone who became a Northwest Orient stewardess in 1954. Is there a website, newsletter or anyplace you can think of where I might leave a message in the hope that she or someone who knows her will see it ? Any suggestions at all are really appreciated. Please email me if you can help. Thank you, Fred


name: Chris, 1
email: jachli@hmtel.com
Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Time: 06:15:18 AM

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My 2nd flight ever was on Eastern from ORD to HOU to MSP in the late 80's. Not long after my flight took off some of us passengers started to reminsce. Not caring for who we were sitting by we were able to go stand in the back, I think us group of strangers depleted the alcohol supply on that first segment. It was the greatest time ever and its a flight I will never forget. The crew was fabulous and very friendly, I havent experienced a flight like that since. I sure miss Eastern and as a Travel Agent I think about the airline frequently.


name: Ron Park, 1
email: chiefbigguy@msn.com
Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Time: 11:12:45 AM

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Joined Eastern Airlines in March 1964. Worked until Jan. 1991. It was the greastest job I ever had. Still miss the good times and the many friends I meet over the years. I started as a cleaner than went to ramp services than the ticket counter than to operations and last I worked in air freight my last 14 years with Eastern. The only concern I had working for Eastern was when I got married. My co-workers wanted to send my bags to San Juan when my Wife and I were going to Bermuda for our honeymoon. To their surprise I checked my bags with a skycap and took off all the ID on the outside of my bags. My bags made it to Bermuda. Eastern Airlines will also be in my heart until I die. It was a great company with the most pleasant co-workers I ever met. May Eastern's memory live on forever.


name: John Gheringhelli, 1
email: Johnnymotown@aol.com
Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Time: 12:45:12 PM

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My fondest memory of Eastern Airlines was when I finished Technical School at Kessler AFB,in Biloxi Mississippi during the summer of 1973... I remembered we were late leaving Biloxi Airport on my North Central Airliner to Atlanta.. I remember landing and rushing to my connection with Eastern up to Boston...the 727 was about to leave, doors closed etc..I was out of breathe when I reached the gate...the best ticket agent in the world felt bad for me..I was sweating and out of breathe from running from terminal to terminal..she radioed the cockpit..they re-opened the door for me and off I went to Boston..the ticket agent in my opinion was the bomb..I will never forget her..when I got on the plane the flight attendent put me in first class...I had my Air Force Uniform on..they were awesome..


name: Jorge Gonzalez, 1
email: jet1011@bellsouth.net
Date: Thursday, May 04, 2006
Time: 01:14:08 PM

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When our airline shut down on Jan 18, 91, we received many system messages... stations loging off, etc. One I kept for many years, it was from CLETA, it said: "Our last bird took off today never to return. Never again will the skies be graced by such beauty." I still miss it, even after 15 years.


name: Tom Davidson, 1
email: whisperliner@comcast.net
Date: Saturday, May 06, 2006
Time: 04:12:48 AM

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I have many fond memories of flying Eastern from Newark to visit grandparents in Sarasota, Bradenton back in the late 60's/early 70s. Sarasota was a sleepy airport back then, I think only served by Eastern and National, both with 727-200 service.(Those "Whisperjets" were pretty noisy as they raced down the runway on takeoff!) Baggage pick-up was outside and no carasols. No jetways back then with boarding many times done through the drop down exit under the tail. I also flew on their Electras before they were phased out. The L-1011 was my favorite. Flew it several times with Eastern's service from Newark to Bermuda. I was curious if any former flight attendants have any stories about serving on the L-1011? I've heard the food service carts were awkward and the lifts from the lower gallies would sometimes get stuck. Thanks for the memories Eastern....we miss you!


name: Alan W Rollins, 1
email: awrollins@fuse.net
Date: Sunday, May 07, 2006
Time: 10:44:12 PM

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My father worked all his life for this airline and I loved him for it. He and I flew everywhere EAL would let us. I miss him and the great wings of man.


name: elliot, 1
email: ek.wolf@sbcglobal.net
Date: Monday, May 08, 2006
Time: 10:58:14 PM

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I'm trying to find the name of the restaurant back in the early 70's located in the eastern building, I think it was called, and we used to eat dinner and watch the planes, from Eastern airlines, take off and land. Anybody remember?


name: EDWIN PAULINO,
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Time: 08:42:58 AM

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THE FIRST TIME I BORN IN FEBRUARY 3 1981 WHEN I WAS SMALL I COULD'T BERLY SEE IT IN THE FIRST TIME WHEN I FLOW ON EASTERN AIRLINES OR PAN AM FROM SAN JUAN TO NEW YORK JFK OR LA GUARDIA BECAUSE I WAS SLEEPING OR TAKING A NAP. IN THE SECOND TIME. WHEN WE HEAD FROM TICKETING TO THE TERMINAL AND I SEE EASTERN AIRLINES ON THE RIGHT ON THE TERMINAL AND I POINT MY FINGER TO EASTERN AIRLINES A300 LIKE I WANT TO FLY ON IT AND IT LOOKS LIKE I FOUND EASTERN AIRLINES. SO THEN WE FLY WITH MY PARENTS. HEADING FROM NEW YORK JFK OR LA GUARDIA TO SAN JUAN PUERTO RICO. AS WE ARRIVE AT SAN JUAN I ONLY SEE THE TURBINE ENGINES AND I DID'T SEE THE TOP. AND THE PEOPLES CALLED EL GRANDOTE DE EASTERN AIRLINES THE BIG EASTERN AIRLINES L-10-11 AND THEN WE LOOK FOR THE SECOND AIRLINES NAME COPA AIRLINES THE AIRLINES OF PANAMA AND THEN WE WITH MY PARENTS TO SANTO DOMINGO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TO VISIT MY GRANDFATHER AND MY GRANDMOTHER. THE THIRD TIME. WHEN I WAS IN SAN JUAN PUERTO RICO SHOPPING WITH MY MOTHER AND MY MOTHER BUY A PINK PANTHER T SHIRT AND THE TWEETY BIRD T SHIRT IS KINDA GOOD YOU KNOW. AND MY MOTHER WENT TO ANOTHER SHOPS TO BUY ANOTHER CUDDLY PINK PANTHER FOR THAT YOU CAN HUG. AND WE HEAD BACK TO THE AIRPORT AND THEN ME AND MY MOTHER WENT ON EASTERN AIRLINES FROM SAN JUAN TO ST THOMAS ON THE BOEING 727-200 OR BOEING 757-200. AND ALSO I DON'T HAVE AN E-mail OR internet. THANK YOU. EDWIN PAULINO


name: Chris, 1
email: whatacop95@yahoo.com
Date: Friday, May 19, 2006
Time: 02:05:57 AM

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This is really 2 stories in 1... When I was 7 years old, I went on my very first flight on board Eastern Airlines. I was flying to Orlando, where my father was on a business trip, to meet up with him and go to Disney. I immediately fell in love with flying! After the trip, I actually wrote a letter to the Airline, at the prompting of my parents, telling them how much I enjoyed the experience. Aside from being given plastic "Wings" like the pilot's wear, I was surprised to receive a packet from the airline, containing a thank you letter, along with several 8 x 10 glossy's of various planes in the Eastern fleet. Just a year later, my father was on business again, flying Eastern. He was scheduled to land in Washington DC. I remember the breaking news that an Eastern Airline jet had crashed into, I believe, the Potomac, just outside of D.C. This was well before cell phones, of course! It was a couple of hours of real stress, thinking that my father may have crashed and died short of the airport. Finally, the relief came when my father was able to call from a payphone. It wasn't his flight that went down, though the flight that did go down was within an hour of his touchdown. Through the years, aviation has remained a conversation topic between my father and I, as he often flew for business, and, as I got older and entered the career world, found myself flying quite a bit. Now 32, and in a career field apart from aviation, I find myself a student pilot, considering a career switch. Whenever I go up in the air, I find myself thinking about that first time I got to view the world from 32,000 feet, on Eastern Airlines, and the close call we had with Dad.


name: Mrs. Woodruff Mead, 1
email: meadcci@aol.com
Date: Monday, May 22, 2006
Time: 07:33:10 AM

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Woodruff Mead, Capt. EAL died recently in NY. He was known as a bit of a character and we had many years in the EAL family and I miss it a lot. I wish to thank those who remember Woody fondly. Patti Mead


name: Patty Anne Sweeney, 1
email: Trish_40@yahoo.com
Date: Monday, May 22, 2006
Time: 12:33:35 PM

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My funniest memory was serving a first class passenger with the biggest nose I'd ever seen in my life. I was so intent on "not" looking at his nose, that when I went to offer him coffee, I said, "Would you like cream and sugar in your nose?" I hid the rest of the flight and went into the cockpit for deplaying. Still makes me laugh to this day.


name: Alan Loper, 1
email: groundballouts@aol.com
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Time: 05:21:02 PM

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Does anyone remember the "olive races" on landing?" Those were the days, my friends!


name: Estelle Pino , 1
email: pinofaith@aol.com
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006
Time: 07:26:27 PM

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I worked for Eastern in Miami from 1982-1991 as a customer service agent. One night on the flight to Santiago Chile the flight attendant made a final announcement with a destination check and an oriental passenger stood up saying Sandiaaago and the flight attendant said yes we are going to Santiago please take your seat, the passenger once again said Sandiaaago and the flight attendant once again said please sit, the passenger then replied Sandiaaago California at which time we deplaned three pasengers that had flown down to Miami from the west coast and purchased expensive tickets to Santiago Chile, but they only wanted to fly to Sandiego California.


name: Kathy Blackmon, 1
email: rasinsand@charter.net
Date: Saturday, June 03, 2006
Time: 06:45:13 PM

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My grandfather worked for Eastern Airlines fueling airplanes. He would take us to work with him and let us ride out to fuel the plane. That was just too cool. There were six of us grandchildren, I was the only girl. He would take the boys everytime we went to visit in Atlanta but the one time he asked me I felt so special.


name: cheryl hirsch, 1
email: cherylh9@bellsouth.net
Date: Monday, June 05, 2006
Time: 09:23:24 AM

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my father was a l1011 eastern pilot.


name: Martin, 1
email: mlouden@cfl.rr.com
Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Time: 02:19:05 PM

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Is there anyone left to share memories of the MAC charters that Eal flew to and from Viet Nam... also has anyone put a book together of all the funny experiences that Eastern employees have been a part of over the years


name: Milt Branch, 1
email: miltbranch@comcast.net
yes:
no: ON
submit: Submit
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Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Time: 03:01:48 PM

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When I first started with Eastern in '67, I worked the Shuttle counter at DCA. You had to fill out a boarding pass with your name address and phone # because you payed for your ticket in-flight. There was a boarding pass machine in front of the counter with a small sign on the front that said "Press Button for Boarding Pass" People wouldn't read the sign and would walk around the machine several times and ask "How do I get the Boarding Pass out of the Machine?" We got so tired of answering that question, we started playing with people. When they would ask, we'd tell them that it was "Voice Activated" and all they had to do was ask "May I have a boarding pass, please" then push the button on the top. They were amazed by the new technology and usually took about two or three steps before they realized it was the button that made the pass come our. It always made them smile, and no one ever got mad. It really made the day go faster.


name: Brandon, 1
email: CntrlPhx24@msn.com
Date: Thursday, June 22, 2006
Time: 11:03:29 AM

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Hi all, I flew on Eastern Airlines on a flight from SEA-ATL then connecting to a flight from ATL-GSP it was on November 6th 1990, I then flew on a flight from GSP-ATL connecting to another Eastern Airlines Flight ATL-SEA on January 10th, 1991, just a week before Eastern shutdown. I was 8 years old when I first flew with Eastern. I am now working as a f/a for Continental based in Newark. I am trying to find out if any ex Eastern Employees can help with some flight schedules of the flights I was on. If anyone can send me an email on all the flights that operated between those cities on those dates, and what type of aircraft it would be greatly appreciated. Also do any ex-Eastern employees have seatmaps of the aircraft? I loved Eastern, their colors, I especially enjoyed my flight from ATL-SEA as the airline as shutting down the following week, the f/a's onboard my flight were so nice, to my and my brother, gave us wings, playing cards, and some other things. If Eastern were still around today, more than likely I would've become an f/a for Eastern. Also can anybody tell me what gates/councourses Eastern used in SEA, ATL & GSP? I would love you guys forever if you could help me. Thank you so much :) Brandon CntrlPhx24@msn.com


name: Haley A., 1
email: haleymo@aol.com
Date: Thursday, June 22, 2006
Time: 08:44:06 PM

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I will always remember the whacky crew at the JFK ticket counter in the 80's. I remember Pam S, one of my supervisors telling all of the girls to put on more makeup. Too funny. I remember Robert Redford asking for directions and I got tongue-tied. I remember all the great memories. I loved working for Eastern. We were all a big happy family. Haley


name: Micky Gonzales A., 1
email: mickygonzales1919@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday, June 29, 2006
Time: 03:07:15 PM

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When I was 10 y/o (1980) I flew from Chicago,O'hare to Mami in an EASTERN Tristar L-1011. I'm from Perù and it was my first domestic flight inside the USA. Thanks EASTERN...


name: johnny Janse, 1
email: john.janse@pandora.be
Date: Friday, July 07, 2006
Time: 03:07:44 PM

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How can I get in contact with Ernest H. Schnaak. Johnny JANSE BELGIUM


name: mitzie, 1
email: rct1220@bellsouth.net
Date: Friday, July 07, 2006
Time: 04:20:22 PM

memories

I remember Eastern as the best run airline in the world. The training was fantastic. The middle management excellent for the most part. Even upper management until Frank came aboard with the confirmed free seats to non-paying passengers. The company was run like a well oiled machine. I have since worked for the big D and it is a JOKE. It became very clear to me why they were not hiring former Eastern workers. The strain of doing things right and not according to the city's game plan could not be revealed. I miss Eastern because it represented what was right in America, bf ...before Frank. Eastern and PATCO were just the first on the agenda of our country's decline. I guess my relative in management was right, "Those monkeys out there on the ramp won't be making 5 dollars an hour." Egos really do not serve anyone well.


name: Ron David, 1
email: rondavid@gmail.com
Date: Thursday, July 13, 2006
Time: 04:50:26 PM

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This is a second hand story told me by the late, Great Captain Dick Anger who loved flying the shuttle from DCA to LGA just as much as he loved paying alimony. One rather ugly WX morning Dick was told his fully loaded shuttle was going to have to wait at least 45 minutes for clearance. After protesting to no avail, Anger idled down, and told his passenger they could unfasten their seatbelts and "smoke 'em if you've got 'em." Fresh coffee was poured and served, and the cabin began to fill with cigarettes smoke (which was okay in those days). Ten minutes later the Tower called Dick again and told him that if he could take the active immediately "from right where you are" he could be next. Anger accepted this new directive with relish, and, always the commedian, grabbed his cabin mic, put on his best German accent and announced, "Ladies und Gentlemen, zis is your Captain schpeaking, please to butt out your butts mach schnell und fasten your seat belts on ze count of three, und I vant to hear ONE BIG CLICK! One, Two, THREE!. Here we goooooooooo." Although this procedure would probably be considered almost criminal today, Anger was given a rousing cheer from his passengers as they roared into the sky. 33 minutes later a plane-load of happy EAL customers alighted at LGA ... "and a good time was had by all." Regulars on those shuttle flight used to love Dick Anger's antics. They, we and the Ghost of Eastern all miss him. May he rest in peace.


name: Judy Johannes, 1
email: judyjohan@aol.com
Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Time: 06:48:08 AM

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Hello, I was an Eastern Flight Attendant from Jan 1962 to May 1966 Stationed in Boston during the Boston Stranglers days and then in Atlanta for several years. I always took my ukulele with me on my flights and offered songs to passengers.. and many sang right along.. Night coach flights were always interesting.. I would give the required announcements and notice no one was paying any attention.. so I would always start with " gooood evening ladies and gentleman.. welcome aboard Eastern Airlines flight ###, if you do not pay attention, I will suck the blood from your neck, until you are dead from no blood".. this was in my best vampire voice.. it always made passengers listen and laugh. Cheers.. Judy Gundrum Johannes


name: Kit Jaracy, 1
email: ealbdlatl@webtv.net
Date: Thursday, July 20, 2006
Time: 03:10:36 AM

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When, "Alexa", "Ate Crow". This happned last year when "Our Friend" and fellow, "Eastern Trooper", "Alexa" and I developed an internet rivalry concerning the football season. I am a confirmed Pittsburgh "STEELERS" Fan and "She", "a denver bronco" fan. Well as the season progressed, the e-mails were going back and forth, (on game days) like to combatants "fencing". As it drew closer to the "STEELERS"/'broncos' game, the e-mailing sizzled. The "STEELERS", trampled the 'broncos' and I sat with "glee" in my living room, thanking the "Good Lord" that Alexa and I live on opposte sides of the Country, before sending my next e-mail, hee, hee, hee. Well needless to say, she took it like a champ and when the "STEELERS" won the Super Bowl, I sent her a "STEELERS" victory tee shirt. (I'm still waiting for a picture) as a token of my prediction that we would, "Go all the way". Thanks Alexa, for, "Eastern Alley" and I'll convert you to, "The Right Team yet". In the meantime, if you like, I'll send you the recipe for a "Grilled Roethless Burger". Still, "Earning My Wings" Your Friend, "Kitsburgh"


name: Frank Davis, 1
email: frankmdavis@gmail.com
Date: Friday, July 21, 2006
Time: 02:06:16 PM

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One afternoon Ron Olson and I were working side by side at BOSF. Up came to me for counter check-in, was an African-American woman, fully dress to the "T" - dress, gloves, pocketbook, and this outrageous hat. It was all Ron and I could do was not to laugh in the poor "girls" face. She handed me her ticket and sure enough to make things even more funny or worst, her name read on the ticket M. Toast. Needless to say, I showed this to Ron. First of all you have to know what a cut up Ron could be. He asked my passenager her first name. Well of course she replied with "Melba". That set us both off. The flight she was booked on was to MSY. Of all places, image that one. Ron just kept on the ole gal and before I knew it, she was wanting us to go with her an "Potty" in MSY, with her. After all these years, I remember this experience. I haven't heard anything about Ron Olson is many many years, and if anyone has any notion about him, please contact me. The last I knew Ron Olson lived in East Bridgewate, Mass. Best Regards!


name: Edward F. Luciano, 1
email: lucianoe@putnam.k12.ct.us
Date: Monday, July 24, 2006
Time: 12:10:36 PM

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My first airline flight was on Eastern Air Lines. Growing up near the airport in Warwick, RI (airline code PVD). I remember seeing all the planes landing and taking off and so wanting to be on one of them. Finally as a freshmen in high school I was going to fly from PVD to JFK to visit family. Back then flying was not as common as it is today. My parents drove me to the airport, walked down to gate with me to make sure I was onboard, and waited from my flight to depart. The flight was a bit over one hour and I remember we were served breakfast. Those were the good "ole" days. I also remember being terrified sitting in my seat, however, the well trained flight attendant sensed my terror and calmed this very nervous fifteen year old. That flight attendant is the reason I love to fly forty years after my first airplane trip. To that unnamed flight attendant I am most grateful--I have seen much of the world via assorted airlines. I always hold Eastern as #1. It gave this man wings. Back then everyone dressed up when flying. No jeans, sneakers or sweatshirt--shirt, tie, jacket! It was an elegant experience to fly during those days. No security, jet ways, or multiple forms of ID. A ticket in the airlines ticket jacket, and an Eastern Air Lines flight bag and you were ready for an adventure. I do miss not being able to fly the WINGS OF MAN. Probably somewhere I still have a faded ticket and napkin from that first flight one of these days I must look for them.


name: Fred Ascher, 1
email: fwa1942@adelphia.net
Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Time: 10:03:25 AM

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I started with EAL in September of 1966 at National Airport in DCA. I left Eastern in 1987 almost 2 years to the day before they went bankrupt. Some of my best working years came while I was with Eastern. We were all a big family and things were great until deregulation came in thanks to one of the Kennedys. From then on the industry went straight down hill. Eastern no longer exsists thanks to the 2 Franks, I will keep my opinion of those two guys to myself. The bottom line is that those were the best 20 and a half years of my life. I REALLY miss Eastern and would never work for another airline no matter what they paid. There will never be another Eastern Airlines as far as I am concerned.


name: JOEL, 1
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Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Time: 10:34:31 AM

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We are having a discussion and wondered what year Eastern ceased to operate their repair / welding center for engines at Miami International.


name: Joe Karle,
Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Time: 12:48:51 PM

memories

I just found this site when I did a search on my name. It brought up one of the stories here, about my dad, also with the same name. I am grateful for this moment for another fond memory of my father, over 16 hears after he passed away. He ran the EA account at Campbell-Ewald for several years. I remember as a young kid, going to Detroit Metro airport for a family trip to Florida, and being treated like royalty by the EA folks! I still have some of the pads of paper that say, "We're the One to the Sun!" Thanks to Donna who posted her story and the compliment to my dad. Peace Joe Karle


name: Lon Cerame,
Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Time: 05:42:24 PM

memories

Worked for EA back in the late 60s. Enjoyed the company because of the great benefits they offered their employees. I remember taking trips for a day from EWR to MIA just for the day on a C-3 stand-by pass..The trip, if I remember correctly was only $6.00 dollars round trip in coach, space permitting..I was dating a flight attendant out of MIA and this is how we kept our relationship going. It was great! I miss Woodbridge NJ where they had just put up a new reservation center. I remember the old 2915 computers where we would make our PNRs (personal name records) If I could only turn back the clock and relive those great times working for a great airline!


name: Bob Haas,
Date: Monday, July 31, 2006
Time: 07:40:21 PM

memories

I remember the beautiful sleek airplanes of the Easter Airlines in the 50s who flew away Iren Johnson from Pittsburgh to later serve in the JFK area and became a lost friend forever- but never forgotten


name: Mitch, 1
email: wonkavision03@yahoo.com
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Date: Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Time: 09:47:46 AM

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I remember going to Disney World almost every year as a kid. We would fly Eastern from Providence to Orlando. I used to love going on the "If You Had Wings" ride at Disney World, as it was sponsored by Eastern. "You do...have wings...you can...fly anywhere..." Here's a link to the ride: http://home.cfl.rr.com/omniluxe/iyhw-main.htm


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Date: Friday, August 11, 2006
Time: 07:41:57 PM

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Hope someone can help with a question. I need to know the years that Eastern Airlines was in existence. In advance, thanks for you help. Susan


name: Michael Morrell, 1
email: mgm@nmsu.edu
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Date: Saturday, August 12, 2006
Time: 03:02:17 PM

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My dad, Malcolm Morrell, worked for Eastern in Boston from around 1962 til just about the end. I worked for Eastern for about 3 years, from 1980 to then end of 1982. I was a radio mechanic. It was one of the funniest jobs I ever had. I have memories of raiding the galley for food, of watching movies on L1011's in the hanger, of sleeping down on the ocean, and of once in a great while fixing something on the line. I had a wonderful friend, Joe Picariello who I usually worked with. I miss that job. I spent countless hours reading, while waiting for something to go wrong, it usually did not. I taught myself all about programming computers back into those days. Usually the only thing wrong on a plane would be a microphone pulled out, or something. I would plug it back in and write in the log -- reinserted plug into flight attendant's rear hole. It is interesting our terminal was designed by the same man as the twin towers in New York. Our terminal at Logan was demolished by the government shortly after the Twin Towers were. Now I am a computer professor in New Mexico.


name: Dawn Douthit1
Date: Saturday, September 16, 2006
Time: 03:50:08 PM

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Hello, I am Dawn. My mother, Deborah Machado used to work at Eastern Airlines based in Miami,Fl, Atlanta, Ga and Ft. Lauderdale, FL. I had good memories of flying Eastern Airlines. I loved to accompany my mother at work and watched the travellers and employees. One thing I hated about this: I had to dress up nicely when we flied around the world. I mostly loved about flying Eastern Airlines: getting free tickets! I could afford the luxury of travelling anywhere and learn the cultures. When I found out that the airlines had to be shutted down for good, I was bummed because I could not travel free. That is allright. I am grateful that Eastern Airlines gave me wonderful opportunties to travel at young age and be exposed to different worlds and cultures. I'm very grateful that my mother worked hard at Eastern Airlines to get somewhere we are now. That is all I wanted to share with the rest of you. Have a good day!
warmly,
Dawn


name: Vonnie Clark
Date: Thursday, September 14, 2006
Time: 08:41:45 AM

memories:

Sept. 14, 2006

EAL came to OKC in 1980 and I hired on as a Ticket agent at the airport until they closed. Because they were so strict about our uniform the other airlines used to tease us that we probably wore uniform underwear. It was a fun place to work and we had some great times. We used to travel to NYC on our early direct flight, eat lunch and come back on the last flight back on a day off.

Does anyone have info. on pension plans for Eastern Airlines employees? I have moved and don't know who to contact.
 


name: GRACIELA PAZ
Date: Saturday, September 09, 2006
Time: 10:10:26 PM

memories:

EASTERN AIRLINES COME BACH NOW. I LOVE YOU!!!
 


name: Jim
Date: Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Time: 08:14:12 PM

memories:

I have many great memories of EAL from my brother who worked for EAL stationed out of Atlanta GA. Although he died in the crash at New Orleans Feb 1964 I can still see him waving good-bye as he boarded and prepared to fly the Mexico City to New York route. He loved every second of every flight and once as many folks have stated, "if I get killed or go down on a flight with EAL, just remember I was doing the job I loved more than anything I could think of in this world." He did die happy.....no remains were found. The lake is only about 15 feet deep at the deepest point so would be rather hard to find anything in all that muck. Thanks for the many great memories EAL and tis a shame you had to also leave us.
 


name: SkyVoice1
email: Im2Sharpe@netzero.com
Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Time: 07:01:41 PM

memories:

My very first flight was aboard Eastern Airlines, FLT 655, 13 August 1971, a-l-l the way from Lexington, KY (LEX) to Louisville, KY (SDF)! **HA!** It was a GREAT experience, though, for a fifteen-year-old aviation-crazy boy as his first flight on an airliner. The flight originated at Newark (EWR) and stopped at LEX before terminating at SDF. Then, the DC-9-32 turned around and retraced its steps as FLT 502.

The next year, 1972, I flew to Chicago to visit relatives. Eastern didn't have a convenient flight to Chicago for me, so my outbound flight took me from LEX to MDW with a stop at IND on another carrier. (I won't say which one, except that they did and still do hub in Atlanta.) However, my return trip was on Eastern FLT 263, nonstop from ORD to SDF. DARN THE LUCK, the flight arrived at Louisville 15 minutes early! I didn't want it to end.

I miss Eastern, and I am reminded of the "Whisperjets" often.
 


name: Guy Sherr1
email: gsherr@gmail.com
Date: Thursday, September 21, 2006
Time: 01:34:24 PM

memories:

I never worked for EAL, but I do have some memories to share. From an early age (for me), I flew the original Shuttles from LGA to DCA every summer. The first time I rode in the shuttle was the very first time I flew. At the time I was 9 years old, and it was 1970! I did not pay the fare of course, but I think it was something like $29 each way, and passengers could board without reservations, and pay the fare on board, just like on the trains of the day. Flights were in the 48 to 55 minute range, not to mention fun. The bulk of my trips were on B727, and some were DC-9. I remember the difference between them well. The A/C registry numbers were on the 727's #2 inlet, and on the DC-9 they were on the engine nacelles. Prior to the 1st bankruptcy, when Frank Borman was still in charge, I had to get down to MIA for a family funeral. All in the space of 72 minutes, I got a reservation on the next flight out from DCA, went from my residence about 25 minutes from the airport, up to the counter, paid a fare of $335, and boarded (with maybe 15 minutes to spare). Eastern was just about the best east coast service there was, and I still miss it.
 


name: Judy Adams1
email: jaadams60@bellsouth.net
Date: Sunday, October 01, 2006
Time: 10:59:16 AM

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I was a flight attendant for Eastern from 1965 to 1991...and I flew on the "haunted" L-1011..( N318EA)...many times.
I have a lot of memories of "odd" things that always happened on that plane...one happening was of a friend of mine who was working "galley"..and towards the end of the flight..she came racing up the "lift"...grabbed my arm..and took me to the back...she was shaking and white as a sheet...she said..."don't tell anybody...they will think I'm crazy...but I just saw Don Repo...and he said to me...IF there is a fire in #1 oven...get the hell out of here!...she said she could see thru him..and it was very cold all of a sudden...she was scared out of her wits...and shaking all over..She was known for being a very level headed person...and not the type to make up this kind of stuff...(she only told me)....we sent someone else down to the galley to get her suitcase....she wouldn't go back down there...and I sure wasn't going to go...haha....To my knowledge she wouldn't work galley on that plane any more...nor would I....and I used to love working galley...I am with American airlines now...and saw #318 taxiing out on the ramp in Miami about 12 years ago...with "Rich International Airlines" on the side....EAL took the plane quietly into a hangar in miami...after so many reports that they couldn't ignore it anymore since one passenger threatened to OWN Eastern after an incident in First class...where the Captain appeared.(real and solid)..and Poof...disapeared right in front of her...and the flight attendant...
the exorcism was performed...and to my knowledge..it all stopped...
Would love to know where the plane is now...take care..judy
 


Date: Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Time: 05:55:16 PM

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I used to fly Eastern between home (FL) and college (NY) several times a year. A year or two after graduation, I was on an Eastern flight to LaGuardia, going back to my college campus for the wedding of a classmate. Everything except my purse was in the cargo hold....and we got hijacked. This was in the '70s. The guy claimed to have explosives around his waist, under his shirt. The FAs were just heroic. We landed at LaGuardia after dark, they got us off the plane safely with carry-on luggage, and the flight took off for parts unknown, carrying the crew and the checked luggage. Once the authorities on the ground stopped asking us questions, I called home, and with typical youthful insouciance, I said, "Hey, Mom! Guess what!" Mom's response was, "You were hijacked. We saw it on the 6 o'clock news." She sounded dead calm! (Mom was probably frantic, but I sure couldn't tell it by her voice on the phone.) So I left my New York address with EAL and grabbed a limo to Westchester, went to the wedding, promised the bride her gift would get to her if I ever saw my suitcase again. Two days later, just before I was to leave NY to return home, my luggage (and the wedding gift) were delivered, safe and sound. I was always impressed by the very professional way the FAs and all the EAL crew handled that situation and kept everyone safe. I'm also VERY glad that it ended with the apprehension of the hijacker in the Bahamas. Anyone remember this flight?
 


name: Kay McCoy Flynn1
email: nkayflynn@aol.com
Date: Thursday, October 05, 2006
Time: 08:27:38 PM

memories:

There are so many stories that I can tell. I do have a diary and it is fun to read. For one flight, I was awakened by crew scheduling around 2:00 a.m. and told to report to the airport in New York asap to fly five men to DCA.....sure wish I knew who they were! My favorite experience was flying the White House Press Charter flight from DCA to New York along with Air Force One. John F. Kennedy was our president. This was May 18, 1962. The EAL crew waited at the bottom of the ramp for the President to depart and I will never forget the wink from JFK. The crew was invited to his party in NYC but I was not able to attend since I was secretly getting married at the same time. I did not know that I would be working on this special flight until I arrived to check in (for security reasons) I would give anything to have photos from that day. Don Perry was also a flight attendant on this flight and he took photos. I have never been able to locate him.
 


name: bruce repei1
email: brepei@hotmail.com
Date: Monday, October 09, 2006
Time: 08:38:08 PM

memories:

The first time I every flew was on Eastern. It was September, 1969. I was 18 at the time and was going to University. I grew up on a farm in the Niagara Penninsula in Canada. I flew on Eastern from Buffalo to Atlanta on a dinner hour flight. I had travelled extensively before, but always by car or train. I was not nervous at all but feeling adventurous heading out on my own.
I had on a new sport coat and slacks (how things have changed) and was sitting alone by a window. The stewardess brought me a gin and tonic and I looked out the window to a vista of gold and pink sunset on the clouds below me. I had never seen anything quite so beautiful I thought. It felt like a "rite of passage" to an 18 year old.
I flew many times on Eastern in the following years. I loved that airline and will always remember that first flight as a special one.
 


name: Mary Ann1
email: warnockm@toombs.k12.ga.us
Date: Friday, October 13, 2006
Time: 07:12:52 AM

memories:

Just ran across this site.
Found the man of my dreams. He was a Captain for Eastern Airlines.
Love him to death.
He is still flying for fun. I love to fly.


name: SkyVoice11
email: Im2Sharpe@netzero.com
Date: Monday, October 16, 2006
Time: 05:00:48 PM

memories:

We're going WAY back here, but . . .

Up until the 1960s, the airport at Bowling Green, Kentucky (BWG) had commercial air service, and Eastern provided twin-engine prop service to the field.

I'd like to hear from anyone who attended Western Kentucky University and flew in and out of Bowling Green using a Youth fare, Military fare, or any of the discount fares that were available back then.

For that matter, I'd like to hear from ANYONE who remembers flying into and out of BWG, whether you were a "Hilltopper" or not!

BWG was decertified for commercial air traffic by the FAA decades ago, but the three-letter IATA code harkens back to the days of point-to-point air service to smaller cities in simpler times.

Pleasant memories!
 


name: Peggy La VAke1
email: plavake@aol.com
Time: 02:00:56 PM

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I was thrilled to find this sight. It filled an empty space in me. My father was a captain on Eastern airlines from 1939-1976. In 1939,as a young man, he came to New York to fly banners for the world's fair. He and a buddy from Minnesota were sitting in a gin mill, and heard that Eastern and Northwest were hiring pilots. Thus began the journey. So I was raised in that slightly odd environment that aviation creates. The mystery of it. My memories are not of a Dad with a 9-5 job. My memories are of sitting at the kitchen table watching him eat his favorite fried egg sandwich at 4am in the morning. My brother and I were bleary eyed but awed by being in his company.Even today, the smell of fried eggs will bring back such a flood of memories, I feel light headed and giddy. As children our holidays were often delayed, or early but never quite the norm. I felt safe when late at night, I'd hear the garage door rise, as I knew he was home and safe and we could breath again for a few days. In the early years, at 3pm , we tiptoed carfully thru the house as his trips were almost always at night . Afternoon was for sleep ,and we were taught to tread quietly and respect the responsibilites his job entailed. My first flight was in a Connie..in the early 50s. We flew from New York to Miami, and my father was the captain. I remember the feel of the scratchy seats againt my legs. I was 5 and beside myself when I saw this handsome captain, my Dad, walking down the isle, greeting the passengers.I remember the smell of damp car upholstery on rainey nights when we would sometimes pick him up late at night out side the hanger at La Guardia airport. Imagine, being able to drive up to a hanger. His figure would appear thru the shadows of the empty building caring the ever present flight bag and the hat slightly tilted to the side, as if he were ready for some relaxation.I am glad in some way, that he is not here to see what has happened to the airline industry, not just the lack of elegance that once was, but the terrible safety issues we face today. In the 50s and 60s, highjackers just wanted a plane to get them home, not to destroy as much human life as possible. I cannot imagine how he would have felt had he been here to witness the events of September 11,2001.

I guess we did live with a kind of fear most kids didn't experience. It was always a question, right up until his retirement."Arent you afraid he'll crash" I never quite knew how to answer that question, I probably said "No" with a great deal of pride, but I was lying as even now at the age of 60, a cold rainey night will bring on an inward sense of anxiety, with no reason behind it.

Captain JIm La VAke died in Sept of 1991. My mother died in Jan of 1991, a few days before Eastern closed its doors. In his last words to me he told me of a wondeful dream. He was flying a DC-3 going to see my mother and his parents. He would ask for his latest check point, and someone would answer, Mr. La VAke you are in St Francis Hospital. he'd ask for another check point, and they would answer the same. He loved this dream and said to me" If this is death then I am ready" He passed in his sleep a few days later,flying his DC-3 .

Many thanks for giving me this opportunity, and my best to all the Eastern family.

Peggy La VAke
 


Alexa,
     I recently found your wonderful site and have left some memories.

     Many thanks, Peggy La VAke


name: Jose A. Juelle1
email: jajuelle@comcast.net
Date: Monday, October 23, 2006
Time: 08:46:33 AM

memories:

Hello, I worked for Eastern at mia in speedmail Bldg.5a have many good memories of old work companions and I wish I could get together with them again.


name: herman hamm1
email: garysmith1@etb.net.co
Date: Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Time: 01:56:58 PM

memories:

not an EAL employee. I flew EAL once in October 1969 between ATL and Dallas Love Field. This route had been a Delta monopoly and Eastern had sought the right to fly it for a long time. I had flown Delta to ATL. The return was for mid afternoon and it dawned on me that I could try Eastern. The service had just started. I went to the ticket counter with my Delta ticket and told the agent I would like to change. She immediately processed me and yelled out to another worker further down - We just got a passenger from Delta - and they all yelled. On the flight which was a stretched DC9, there was some kind of snack, and I remember apple strudel, which was hot. The camaraderie between the employees was very noticeable. To be so happy to take a fare from Delta on a new route showed me the enthusiasm and pride.


name: Juan J Moreno1
email: jjmorenog@cableonda.net
Date: Monday, November 06, 2006
Time: 10:45:56 PM

memories:

Good old days I worked with EAL in Panama,with memories that will never go away


name: terry guzman lima base
email: tmoon33014@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Time: 01:22:47 PM

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former braniff international LAD flight attendant, based in Lima Peru and then with eastern in buenos aires base. we kept the family tradition.....now i reside in miami lakes, florida.
miss all of you and hope to see you some day or feel free to email me at: tmoon33014@yahoo.com.


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Sent: Wednesday, November 08, 2006 6:48 PM
Subject: Almost an employee!!!

 
My name is Dennis Over ex British Airways ret'd, I enjoyed a close friendship with  the late Cap't Herbie Smith.
 
Herbie at one time contacted me to discuss the possibility of getting Dick Merrill to Austria  for an award presentation, the only problem being the fatiguing length of the transatlantic sectors.
 
Herbie already having flown the Concorde, I "Got the message"
 
I was able to arrange courtesy Concorde return trips for Dick & Toby and oncarriage to Munich 
 
Having previously met Dick socially, I was honoured to meet, greet & entertain him and his Good Lady in London.
 
The following day, having escorted them to their Munich flight, we were greeted by a bevy of Eastern Captains "standing by" at the gate, hoping to get on the flight to see Dick get his award, we squeezed them all in.
 
I was a frequent guest at Hangar 9 "QB's". Happy memories!!!.
 
Herbie had tried to get me a copy of the Repartee I think it was the Nov. 1981 issue.
I understand that there were a couple of photos' of myself with Dick and a good write up of his visit.
 
If any members have a spare copy of that issue or know from where I may obtain a copy, I would much appreciate & treasure it.
 
I send my warmest wishes to the retirees, especially those who made my visits to QB's & the retirees lunches so enjoyable.
 
Warmest Wishes,
 
Dennis Over.

name: Thomas K. Craig
email: tpanther775@aol.com
Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Time: 06:05:16 PM

memories:

My memory of Eastern was it was my very first time flying on a commercial airliner or airplane in my life. It was August of 1983, I was 8 years old and me, my mom and dad flew to New York City. I remember the excitement of it and how much better it was than riding in a car. Now i'm 31 years old and a historian of US Commercial Airliners and aviation crashes. I have flew numerous times and have travelled to 20 US States and South America. But I will always remember my first time on an airplane and I can always say it was Eastern Airlines. It was sad that Eastern went under in January 1991. Thanks for the great website.


name: Dan Delaney 1
email: djdorglabor@msn.com
Date: Sunday, November 26, 2006
Time: 12:30:09 AM

memories:

Hi,
I was not an employee, however, in 1964 when I was 10 yrs old,
My Dad and I flew to Boston on Eastern. This was from LaGuardia Airport in Queens N.Y. This was my first Plane ride ever. It was so great! 42 years later. I remember the Flight Attendants coming down the Aisle collecting the money! Can you Imagine that today?? There was a lady who lived across the street from us. Her kids and I used to hang out together, and she worked for Eastern. Her name was Pat Erickson. This was in Queens, where we grew up. Though I did not work for Eastern, I have been in Public Transit for 23 years.
Eastern and T.W.A. were my favorite. Why? Because of quality people like you!!! God Bless you all!
Sincerely,
Dan Delaney
Public Transit Bus Operator
and Union Organizer


name: Bob Werberig1
email: RWerberig @AOL.com
Date: Saturday, December 02, 2006
Time: 02:43:05 PM

memories:

I was hired off the street in NYC in Winter, 1946. Worked in mail-room at Rockefeller Plaza with supervisor, Mr.MacLellan, Don Best, later Harry Andrade. Then on to Accounting. John O'Connor and McGonegal, who still had shrapnel in his neck from Guadalcanal. Then Frank Polito, Christine Jackletts, Bosworth, Bohlen, Bob Early, Dorothy Bernesser, Ralph Reichert, and the thin, dapper head of Payroll.As MailBoy, Iknew the two or three secretariesinRickembacker's office, and ER himself. He signed a book heauthored while I was there that I still have. Was there, and saw the B-25 crash mid-town NYC on a Saturday A.M. Great pple, Great Comp.
Stat Building on a Saturday morning


name: DELORES CORZINE now HARDY1
email: MRSHARDY16@aol.com
Date: Sunday, December 03, 2006
Time: 05:13:58 PM

memories:

12/3/06
Too many wonderful stories, but mostly the I remember the great people I worked with and passengers that I met over the years. I think all of us who spent most of our lives working at EAL will mever forget all the friends we made and wish that we could all be together again. I started in CLT teletype (sending reservations to travel agents over a teletype maching..the to CLT reservations air airfreight../ ticket counter, baggage services. Then to CHS...ATL..FLL..FMY..I wish i could remember every name of every friend I made in the nearly 30yrs I was an EAL employee..even when I hated it I loved it. I am living in Palm Coast, Fl now and would love to hear from you, Barbara Larson FLL/MIA) will be up here soon to visit, and we will be meeting some EAL retired in St/AUGUSTINE...
DELORES CORZINE--HARDY.386-986-4638..


name: Chuck
email: chutur@msn.com
Date: Friday, December 15, 2006
Time: 09:12:01 PM

memories:

I don't know about Eastern, but I remember flying on a Braniff Electra which had its first class in the rear of the plane and the seats were configured in all sorts of positions. Some facing each other, some four-across and some two across. I loved it and since I was just a kid I must have sat in all of them.


 Joy Jenkins
email: Joy2market@yahoo.com
Date: Friday, December 29, 2006
Time: 02:54:27 AM

memories:

When Eastern closed its doors in 91 the Atlanta terminal had a employee sale of goods. I bought a dozen of High Ball glasses, Shot Glasses and Wine Fist Class Glasses. These are only valuable to EAL employees. I will be selling these to anyone who is interested, please email me.


 Kathy Perea
email: kperea@cox.net
Date: Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Time: 05:59:01 PM

memories:

Does anyone remember the pilot that used to put "student driver" stickers on the flight deck doors? He also used to have little cards that had a picture of a hand on it, and when people were deplaning, he would hand them to passengers and say, "Can I give you a hand?". Oh my god...he was SO funny!
I truly miss the job and the company.


name: Joe Benham1
email: joe.922@earthlink.net
Date: Monday, January 15, 2007
Time: 09:52:32 PM

memories:

In 1976 me and 3 other guys went to Florida for spring break and on the flight home we had to switch planes in the old Atlanta airport in the middle of the night,and we arrived at gate 4 and had to go to gate 73 so it felt like we were walking for hours,when we got to the gate we were supposed to get on a flight comeing in from Puerto Rico which was an Eastern L-1011 and what happend was that one of the doors opened up in flight so when the L-1011 got to the gate we had to take a differant plane that was parked in the hanger so they bussed all the people that were on that flight plus all of the people that were waiting for there connecting flight,as it turned out our high school planned a trip to Puerto Rico and they were returning on this flight,so when they loaded us up in the hanger on this huge plane i,ll never forget the srobe lights bounceing of the walls of the hanger as they tugged us out onto the ramp,and needless to say since we knew most of the kids from our school it was a party all the way back to Chicago and the drinks were free because of the (inconvenience)What a great ending to a great trip


name: nolan myrick1
email: nmyrick@valnet
Date: Friday, January 26, 2007
Time: 08:04:33 PM

memories:

i worked for eastern for five and one half years. it was the best job i ever had. i got cut back to part time and had to quit or transfer. i quit an went to farming. ive baled hay for 49 years now. we had a reunion last thursday i got to see some of my old friends again and i cant quit thinkin how happy i was thanks nolan myrick


name: Jeannie1
email: jmcmachan@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday, February 04, 2007
Time: 04:06:58 PM

memories:

My first flight as a pre-teen was on an Eastern Constellation STL-MIA and from that moment on I was driven to become an EAL Flight Attendant thanks to former EAL stewardess Delores Weatherford who worked that flight in 1959. May God bless her always. Once I became of age to apply and apply and apply for that position, EAL recruiter Evelyn Herd, when in STL, would turn me down. I went on to a memorable career with Ozark Air Lines and TWA, hence marrying a Captain. I still love collecting EAL memorabilia. How I loved that airline.


After age 26 in circa 1965, I would become and Eastern Air Lines ramp serviceman at RDU; and later a Piedmont Airlines, USAir, and US Airways, FAA/FCC licensed mechanic; and got a BS in Aviation.

Back to my 1961, age 17, Navy "minority enlistment", commonly called a "Kiddie Cruise"; my first flight was on a Eastern "Electra"; from summer hot RDU, to cold ORD. When the Eastern Electra first class cabin passenger electrical door rolled up, and that first cold wind hit me-whew!

On my excited flight to boot camp, sitting behind me in enlisted uniform with black kerchief around his neck, was a reservist sailor going on active duty. I asked him how to tie the kerchief?

Simple he told me, as he untied his kerchief from about his neck; and used the remaining half of the flight, attempting to tie it back.

As we disembarked down the Electra's external stairs to the ramp and headed towards the terminal; the reservist sailor said he was going to find a "real sailor" in the men's room, to tie it back. 

I never mastered the kerchief eather; I purchased five kerchiefs and mailed them back, each in their own taped-together now "mailing" paper towel tube. A week later, my ex-Sea Scout dad would have them mailed back; nicely, neatly, correctly tied.

Jim Miller, Southport, North Carolina

P.S. I only went to sea one day in almost three years in the Navy. Never did feel like a "real" sailor.


name: Raquel 1
Date: Thursday, February 08, 2007
Time: 08:24:22 AM

memories:

My father worked many years for Eastern Airlines and it was some of the happiest times of our lives. We flew all over the place and our family got to make alot of beautiful memories. I agree with the comment before mine saying it was on of the GREAT airlines!! I have family photos of of my sitting next to my father and my little brother in my moms lap on the plane. It is truly sad what happened and to this day my dad gets teary eyed talking about it but I am thankful for thos memories.


name: Alex Holzborn1
email: alx30@bellsouth.net
Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Time: 08:12:28 PM

memories:

I ran into this site by accident. When my father's name came up in a search and it lead me here.

My dad is Bob Holzborn who worked in the simulator department in Miami for over 30 years. Programming and developing simulators was his passion. Even after he retired he continued consulting for PanAm training center then aeroservices. Eastern was a second family to us. There are so many special people that he worked with. Reggie, Carl, Jack, Jane, and many more. He loved his job and made the most out of his career. We also have so many special traveling memories and met some great people along the way. Eastern was a special place to work and I know my father never regretted a day he spent there.

I came across the Eastern "E" photo not too long ago. A photo where many MIA employees went out and formed the "E". It is a great photo.

Dad has been gone now for 5 years. He loved his job and loved the people he worked with. He had so many wonderful memories and so do I. I hope this website continues.

Best wishes to all of you....Alex Mestres (Holzborn)


name: Jean Hassett1
email: jhenry1155@wi.rr.com
Date: Thursday, March 01, 2007
Time: 12:03:12 PM

memories:

Dear E.a.l. survivors,
I was working the shuttle in Bos/LGA one lovely fall day, called out on ready reserve. I was instructed by "Erica", the shuttle-queen , to greet the pax. If Erica told you to do something, you did it or she would probably call you a "stupid little fluff". In walks John-John Kennedy, and his cousin Peter Lawford's son, Chris Lawford. I believe it was an A-300 and we were not allowing pax up-front because it was a differently configured plane and NO ONE was supposed to have a first class seat. John was a perfect gentleman and as I took his ticket, our fingertips breifly touched, I could hardly tell him his seat assignment, I thought my knees might buckle. Hubba-Hubba was what went throught my mind. John took back the ticket stub and headed towards 17A. His cousin said "hey, don't you know who we are?" Erica, bless her with that scary German accent, was within earshot, and she said "Don't you know who YOU are? VHut's wronngk, are you confused? Ovv course Ve know who you are... NOW GO SIT DOWN UND TAKE YOUR SEAT IN COACH! VEE VILL NOT TAKE A DELAY BECAUSE YOU DON'T KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!! Don't mess mit da Shuttle Queens........


name: Whit
Date: Friday, March 02, 2007
Time: 08:19:50 AM

memories:

The first memory I had of Eastern was in my childhood, and I though that it was a neat airline. My last memory was 1989 when our 8th grade class went on a learning field trip to Florida. We were supposed to take Eastern on 5/Mar/89, but the strike took place and made us change our plans. One good thing is that we spent two days longer in Florida on the field trip: one extra day due to the strike and one extra day due to an ice storm in our home airport (RDU). I never flew on Eastern and wish I did. I've no hard feelings toward Eastern Airlines itself for the strike and necessary change in plans. However, that last memory has given me additional reason to oppose certain labor unions because they have outlived their usefulness and affect more than just their company when they strike.


name: Bret 1
email: CAL757flyguy@aol.com
Date: Saturday, March 03, 2007
Time: 02:18:30 PM

memories:

Hi this is a great site. I never worked for Eastern but have many fond memories flying on them as a kid. My first experience ever flying was in 1976 when I was 6 years old, from IND-ATL-MCO. A dc9 and L1011 on Eastern, and many more times when my grandparents retired and moved from IND to Fort Myers. I still remeber flying through the old terminal in ATL and Paige Field in Fort Myers. I loved flying so much I became a flight attendant after finishing college and went to work at Valujet as a flight attendant, probably not the wisest choice but I wasnt exactly mature for my age. I would not have traded that experience for anything. Most everyone was in their 20's and it was just fun to go to work. After they got shut down I got a pretty high paying job parked behind a desk, not a nonairline. In 1999 the bug hit me again and just really wanted to go back to flying. I have been a flight attendant at Continental since then and wouldnt give it up for ANYTHING!!!! In fact my evac partner while in training atCAL was from EA, she was 62 and had true class. Lorenzo destroyed many lives and yes he still has lifetime passes on CAL which makes me ill, he almost destroyed CAL as well. I have not seen in lately its been about a year. It is true that he will not eat or drink on the aircraft, Believe me he is hated at CAL as much as he was at EA. However, I usually dont buy into all the jumpseat rumors, but about him playing on both sides of the aisle. If you saw him like I did about a year ago he looked very very sick. I suppose its true what goes around comes around. On a lighter note there is a great website that has a great deal of pictures and old maps of the old ATL terminal, oldterminals.topcities.com its a pretty cool site. Long live the memories of Eastern, and long live the proud bird with golden tail. peace.


name: Joe Martinelli1
email: joeinchino2000@yahoo.com
Date: Friday, March 02, 2007
Time: 08:09:21 AM

memories:

This is question for you all. I have heard of the "Eighty Minute Men" club and have seen itmes offered on ebay with that name. What was the club? I would appreciate any help I can get on this issue. Thanks


name: robin sharpe1
email: robins0478@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday, March 11, 2007
Time: 09:13:12 AM

memories:

My father worked for Eastern Airlines for 20 Years. He was a ramp service man in Newark, New Jersey, Atlanta, Georgia and Tampa Florida. Some people used to call him "Jitterbug". Sad to say My father died November 1985 and at his funeral Eastern Airlines sent a flower arrangement shaped like the Eastern Airlines Logo.. My dad was a hereo and i have so many pictures of rewards he had recieved for just helping people at work...There was one time he saved some people from a burning car wreck on his way to work. I can't help but to remember Eastern Airlines.I was so proud of Eastern Airlines the company helped make my father a very noble and respected individual...I now tell my kids of the flights we took and the peanuts we ate...I miss the Airline...My father's names was Dale W. Neff


name: Rich Rock1
email: hyakrider@yahoo.com
Date: Friday, March 16, 2007
Time: 08:15:52 PM

memories:

I was not an Eastern employee, and in fact, I have to say I never actually flew Eastern. However . . . I've spent 15 years as a travel agent and the very first ticket I ever sold was on Eastern. It was a Pittsburgh / Dothan, AL ticket on my *gasp* second day on the job! I remember being so proud of myself back then for selling it! Eastern was an extraordinarily easy airline to work with! Definitely the favorite of the airlines I never flew, we loved selling Eastern and did our part to keep them going as long as possible.

Rich Rock
Bob Loft, Don Repo, Bert Stockstill, Steph Stanich, Pat Ghysells.
WE WILL NEVER FORGET! In memory, Eastern 401.


ame: Emily Aleman Soto1
email: esoto2421@aol.com
Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Time: 11:39:40 AM

memories:

I started working at EAL when I was 17, from 1973 - 1989. Eastern saw me graduate high school, College, get married and have my sons. I worked with wonderful people who taught me the tools I use today in my everyday life. We were a family in the Payroll department. I will always have loving feelings for my first love EAL.


name: Janet Mills Merten1
email: janetmerten@sbcglobal.net
Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Time: 04:43:38 PM

memories:

I was 19 years old and living in San Diego, CA when I received the news that I had been accepted to attend Eastern Airlines Flight Attendant Training in Miami, FL. I literally was going from one coast to the other. My dream had always been to travel and this was it's fullfillment! I graduated with a wonderful bunch of girls and only went on to fly on the "Wings of Man" for two years but all the places I flew and all the people I met will always be some of the most treasured memories in my life. As I turn 60 this summer and look back on those free and frivolous days, I remember it all with a smile. Thank you Eastern Airlines for the time of my life!!!


name: ronald balboni1
email: ronnieofswamp@verizon.net
Date: Friday, March 30, 2007
Time: 07:20:53 AM

memories:

eastern airlines was a great airline. took my first flight to florida on an eastern "whisperjet" at around 11 years old. i remember the flight attendent giving me and my brother wings. we thought we had it made then... i also have vivid memories of my older brothers friend annete,who was an eastern "stewardess" giving my twin brother and i a tour of the great lockheed electra . she worked the boston-new york shuttle at the time eastern used the electras. these planes were big,powerful and beautiful.... i guess this peaked my curiosity in aviation,as i have always loved airliners and worked at the airport ... i worked for several years for business express "the delta connection." i can still see the old eastern hanger at logan airport with the giant "fly eastern" sign.fun and exciting days in aviation... eastern was a great airline with great people.. may it live forever in peoples memories.


name: Jim Hartman1
email: jameshartman8483@peoplepc.com
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Date: Saturday, March 31, 2007
Time: 06:52:52 AM

memories:

Hi Alexa, My name is Jim Hartman and I live in Atlanta,Georgia. I ran across your webpage asking if anyone knew your cousin, Mike Collodi. I met Mike in 1977 while I was a F/A for Eastern. I later bought Mikes first house on Easy Circle in Marietta. I considered Mike one of my very best friends. We were roomates for awhile in 1977 and I'll never forget Mikes energy and love of life. I was devestated when I heard Mike passed away in 1990.....I had no idea he was sick. There is hardly a day that goes by that I dont think about Mike. My wife has heard many "Collodi stories" that Ive told her about when we used to hang out together and I regret that I dont even have a picture of Mike back in the "good old days". I am now a Captain with Continental airlines and a couple of years ago I had a layover in San Jose and I tried to look Mikes mom up in the phone book but had no luck. So to answer your question, did I know Mike Collodi, the answer is yes and I'll never forget him.


name: Lisa Rice1
Date: Saturday, March 31, 2007
Time: 08:57:16 PM

memories:

I am an EAL brat. My dad worked for Eastern for twenty some odd years. His name is Don Rice. I think he began working for them in the very late 60's until the airline's demise. He worked in Houston, New Orleans, St. Louis, San Antonio, Houston (again) and finally, Kansas City. I remember having to walk up the moving stairs (that's what I called them) to get on the airplane, and yes, I remember being told that you have to wear a 'fancy dress' when you fly on Eastern. The flight attendants were always kind (especially to the employees' kids). I remember being in the cockpit several times as a child. One pilot even said I was a sweet peach--I blushed!! (My dad told him I was shy). The sophistication of the airline always made me feel like i was very special. I have wonderful memories associated with Eastern that I shall never forget.


name: Lisa Rice1
Date: Saturday, March 31, 2007
Time: 08:57:16 PM

memories:

I am an EAL brat. My dad worked for Eastern for twenty some odd years. His name is Don Rice. I think he began working for them in the very late 60's until the airline's demise. He worked in Houston, New Orleans, St. Louis, San Antonio, Houston (again) and finally, Kansas City. I remember having to walk up the moving stairs (that's what I called them) to get on the airplane, and yes, I remember being told that you have to wear a 'fancy dress' when you fly on Eastern. The flight attendants were always kind (especially to the employees' kids). I remember being in the cockpit several times as a child. One pilot even said I was a sweet peach--I blushed!! (My dad told him I was shy). The sophistication of the airline always made me feel like i was very special. I have wonderful memories associated with Eastern that I shall never forget.


name: Deryl Lill1
email: rodeaway@aol.com
Date: Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Time: 07:47:41 PM

memories:

I guess I am an airline brat. About 1940 my Parents met in the hanger at Chicago Midway. She was one of the first female radio operators and he was a mechanic. Dad transferred to STL when that station opened and mom stayed home with me and my sister. When Mom went into labor with my brother she called the field. Dad was over St. Louis on a mechanical test flight. Someone in operations radioed the plane and they landed immediately to put Dad off. They made it to the hospital on time and I got a brother. Dad retired after 40 years at Eastern and is now gone as well. I still believe in Rickenbacker and the Great Silver Fleet. My only regret is that I never did get to ride on a DC-8.


name: Donald T. Little1
email: lazoras0518@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Time: 10:52:14 PM

memories:

I love those Streached BOEING 757 EQP FROM 1987-1989 TO AND FROM MIA AND SEA EASTERN SOARED. THE ORIG 757 200S ARE SHRIKING TODAY FOR DECOMISSIONS. BUILT YEAR 82 THRU 98 ORIG 200'S


name: Nancy Kaya1
email: nkaya1@verizon.net
Date: Sunday, April 08, 2007
Time: 08:27:52 PM

memories:

Alexa,
My best friend, Stephanie Stanich, (an Eastern flight attendant) lost her life on December 29 when Eastern flight 401 crashed in the Everglades. She was my best friend in life and I have always believed that she became my guardian angel that day she died and has been guiding me ever since. My mother, Arlene Webster, has written and published a book entitled "Two Angel Wings" in memory of Stephanie and our friendship. If anyone is interested in reading more, the book is available on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com Nancy Kaya
4/8/2007


name: Merton Meade1
email: Glenrait@aol.co
Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Time: 01:22:34 PM

memories:

I never actually 'worked' for Eastern, but when Eastern's 50th Anniversary was approaching in 1978, I was flying for the Shannon Air Museum in Fredericksburg, VA. The name 'Shannon' might ring bells with some of the old-timers; Sidney l. Shannon, Sr. was vice president of operations when Captain Rickenbacker was head of the line. I worked for Sid Jr. at his museum. Since at the time, the Shannon Air Museum had one of the very few Pitcairn Mailwing aeroplanes in airworthy condition and regularly flying, and since we had some rather close ties with the airline, we were contacted to see if we would be interested in retracing the original route from New York to Miami. We were....and I did. The Mailwing I flew, NC 3835, s/n 9, was a PA-5 of the type originally flown by Pitcairn Aviation. In fact, the EAL Anniversary flight was the last time the ship was flown. Returning from Miami, I was just south of Savannah, following Interstate 95, when the Whirlwind J-5 swallowed #8 inlet valve and I ended up on the highway, thankfully with no damage to me or the machine. Also, during the time I was with Shannon, I shared an office with the late...and very great...Captain Henry T. 'Dick' Merrill who began his employment with Pitcairn in 1928 flying Mailwings from Richmond to Atlanta and retired in '61 flying L-1011s.
Interesting days....


name: Robert C. Moore1
email: rustym88@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday, March 22, 2007
Time: 05:17:14 PM

memories:

My father was a longtime senior Captain with EA. His name was Robert Church Moore. Has anyone worked with him or knew him from EA? Hope to hear from anyone. Thanks... Robert C. Moore :)


Date: Sunday, April 29, 2007
Time: 06:32:17 AM

memories:

I used to buy tickets twice a year at the satellite ticket office in cocoa beach in the 80's while stationed at Patrick. MCO to CLE, round. The ladies always took care of me!

Over the years of flying Eastern and pilfering eating utensils, I managed to amass service for four, that I still use from time to time. (My 8-year-old likes to use them; they're just his size).

Eastern was MY airline.


name: Christine (Chris) Craig1
Media Center PC 4.0)
Date: Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Time: 02:37:39 PM

memories:

Your stories inspired me to add mine. Probably the best of all times in my career were spent as a crew scheduler in Miami with the likes of Tony Batista, Lail Rose, Mike Gaines, Una Caughlin, Phil Leslie, Dick Donofrio and more. And did I mention..the greatest bunch of flight attendants that ever flew! Too many stories to tell but what wonderful memories.
Hope you are all doing well and that you enjoyed seeing those names as much as I enjoyed writing them again.


name: Jim Miller, Southport, N.C.1
email: focusoninfinity@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Time: 09:18:28 PM

memories:

An EA F/A on a noon-time "turn-around" flight at RDU circa the late 1960's, told we EA ramp serviceman this, her "true" story.

Remember "Electra" A/C had First Class passenger seating aft. Aft of that, was the First Class only, "Ionosphere Lounge"; only to be occupied whilst aloft; never on take-offs or landings.

As the Electra aircraft departed the RDU gate for the taxiway, the female flight attendant began her passenger cabin "All Seatbelts Fastened Check" in Tourist Class, just aft of the cockpit. Walking on aft, she checked the First Class cabin, then espied in the lounge, a male passenger with seatbelt ends over his lap, obviously not buckled.

"Sir, you will have to buckle your seatbelt!"

"Don't hav'tuh!", he defied.

"Sir, FAA rules: if you don't: I WILL GET THE FLIGHT ENGINEER."

She left for her "stew-seat", as the aircraft began it's RDU take-off roll. Aloft, she checked: HE was still seated un-buckled. She headed for the cockpit; the engineer fiddled as long as he could with his instruments; human interactions, that was what flight attendants were for. Finally..., the male engineer followed the flight attendant aft.

"He" was now on the lounge floor; very much not-buckled, face-up. The flight attendant commanded: "Sir, get off the floor, sit in the seat, fasten your seatbelt. FAA REGULATIONS!"

"Don't hav'tuh!"

"Sir, if you don't (ultimate threat); I'LL HAVE THE FLIGHT ENGINEER TALK TO YOU".

"Don't hav'tuh!"

From the protection behind the small female flight attendant, the tall flight engineer leaned over the flight attendant's shoulder: "Sir, get off the floor, sit in the seat, fasten your seatbelt. FAA regulations."

"Don't hav'tuh!"

The flight attendant was indignant: "Sir, how come you don't have to obey the FAA, and FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT,like everbody else?"

"Because...(the passenger on the lounge floor placed a thumb in each ear, fanning his other fingers outward)...I escaped from Dix Hill (Raleigh, North Carolina, mental institution)...and I can do anything I want to". His fingers, now "Wings of (a crazy) Man", fanned the cabin air; his tongue stuck out; ...and out with it: "Uhhhhh, uhhhhh, uhhhhh". "I can do anything I want because, I'M CRAZY".


HELLO, I’M ROBERTO CANALE, FROM ROME ITALY. TODAY I WAS READING A BOOK ABOUT FIRTS 60 YEARS OF ALITALIA AIRWAYS, I WORK FOR IT. SEING ALL OLD PICTURES OF OUR AIRCRAFT I WAS REMINDING SOME BIGGEST AIRLINES THAT NOWADYAS ARE OUT OF WORK, SUCH AS TWA, PAN AM, AND EASTERN AIRLINES. I HAVE A NICE REMIND ABOUT YOUR AIRLINES. I THINK I DID ONE OF THE LAST FLYES, FROM GUATEMALA CITY TO MIAMI IN 1989.

ALL CREW MEMBERS HOLDED A PIN ON JACKET….”WIL WILL SURVIVE” BUT UNFOTUNATLY IT WAS NOT.

IT IS SO STRANGE THAT I LINK MIAMI TO THIS REMIND ANYTIME I GO THERE. IT IMPLYES THAT ONE FLIGT WAS ENOUGH TO PRINT AIRLINE KINDNESS AND PROFESSIONALITY.UNFORTUNATLY DEREGULATIONS BRING THIS THINGS AND WHAT HAPPENED IN USA NOWADAYS IS HAPPENING IN EUROPE. ALITALIA IS ON CRISIS AND WE HAD A LOT OF ROUTING SERVED. BUT DEREGULATION NOW IS SO STRONG AND WE HAVE SERIOUS PROBLEMS. AS YOU KNOW WE ARE AWITING THAT SOMEONE WILL BUY . SO I CAN IMAGINE YOUR FEELING ABOUT YOUR AIRLINE,YOUR PROUDNES TO BE ONE OF A PART OF IT.

YOUR WEB PAGE  WELL REPRESENT YOUR GLOURIOSUS AIRLINES.

SINCERELY ROBERTO CANALE ALITALIA S GROUND STAFF.


name: Erin Roesener1
email: erin_roesener@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Time: 05:19:01 AM

memories:

I am writing this on behalf of my father, Richard Kerley. He was a pilot with Eastern for many years. He was about to make Captain when Eastern folded on my thirteenth birthday, March 9, 1989. I know that he loved working for Eastern. When Frank Lorenzo came into the picture, he knew, as did many others, that it was over. As a child, I loved flying. I still have a pair of "wings" from a flight to Florida. I think that it is wonderful that you have created a web page in celebration of a wonderful company. If it wasn't for Eastern, the flight industry as we know it today would not exist. Thanks for the memories!!


name: ronald scovill jr1
Date: Friday, June 01, 2007
Time: 12:22:54 AM

memories:

hello
my name is ronald scovill jr. im pretty sure some of the visitors of this web site knew my dad,Ronald scovill sr.some of you know who i am as a kid. my dad use to bring me to the airport from time to time. he worked at stl,orlando fl,and kci.he was with eastern from 67 to 87 in 87 he passed away. my dad was a great man as some of you know. if anyone wants to say hi or share some memories of my dad with me feel free. thankyou
Ron Scovill jr scovill31@sbcglobal.net


 

name: liz1
email: liz0931@yahoo.com
Date: Monday, June 04, 2007
Time: 03:34:47 PM

memories:

I was 5 or 6 yrs. old and I was flying from ewr to pbia. I remember how scared I was as we walked into the airport. I never got to see an aircraft this large up close before let alone get into one. As we walked down the concorse to our gate I saw the huge plane. A stewardess saw me and she gave me my first pair of wings and told me that when I got on the palne she would show me where the cockpit was. I was forever locked in the facination of flight. The people who ran the flight that day made it a very special one. I reached my grandparents and didn't really want to get off the plane because of all the fun I had. To this very day in 2007, I still own my very first pair of wings (they were metal too) . thank you all.


48 years ago, my picture at age 10 was taken on board a Constellation flight with stewardess Delores Weatherford.  I posted a note in February and she was found.  We are now corresponding and I'm sharing with her about my life with the airlines.  I have truly come full circle.  Thank you again.name: Jeannie McMachan1
email: jmcmachan@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Time: 09:26:32 PM

memories:

On Dec. 29, 1959 as a 10 yr. old I flew my first trip STL-MIA on a Constellation and had my picture taken with a stewardess - the most beautiful person I had ever met - Delores Weatherford. Thanks to your 'Lost' page, she was found and we've Emailed and I am sharing stories with her about my life as a flight attendant! She was my inspiration then, I still have that picture, and I took her with me in spirit on each and every one of my flights. My life truly came full circle.

 


name: Brittany1
email: toddlowe@bellsouth.net
Date: Sunday, June 10, 2007
Time: 11:53:47 PM

memories:

My grandparents and mother worked for Eastern in Miami. If anyone remembers Wayner Farmer, Ruth Farmer, or Esther (Farmer) Hanner, please e-mail me. I'm trying to collect Eastern memories for them as part of a gift. I think Wayne Farmer was a mechanic, Ruth was a secretary, and Esther worked there a short time as a secretary. Employment dates would have been from fifties to eighties. Eastern Airlines holds a very special place in their hearts. Please contact me if you can help!!
THANKS!


name: TCHALIKIAN1
email: jean-marc.tchalikian@laposte.net
Date: Friday, June 15, 2007
Time: 11:29:07 AM

memories:

j'ai voyagé avec votre compagnie (eastern airlines) de new-york a daytona le 4 mars 1980 vol EA 153 Ainsi que de daytona - new york le 10 mars 1980 vol EA 872 je voudrais savoir quel type d'avion a effectué ces liaisons et l'imatriculation je vous remercie

TANK YOU


 

name: Robert Doell1
email: skylark55@comcast.net
Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Time: 02:07:19 PM

memories:

It seems many people's memories are related to Eastern as mine are from my father Jim Doell. He was a steward from,I believe, 1946 to 1950. He died in 1958 but as with the other people when I think of Eastern I always think of him. He flew from EWR to MIA (did I get the codes right). I remeber my first flight when I was six to Miami Beach with my grandmother. No passageways just those movable stairs. I wish I heard from someone who knew him. I couldn't believe he would take a job flying after being a tailgunner for four years in WWII.


name: Norbert Gonzalez1
email: itlrun2@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday, June 28, 2007
Time: 06:33:02 PM

memories:

There will never be another airline Like "EASTERN" none that are flying today can measure up to the EXPERIENCE,DEDICATION,LOYALTY AND CUSTOMER SERVICE. There isn't one day I don't think about the Front End Crews F/A's Ramp, Ticket, Gate and Special Service personnel I worked with. After all passengers were on board I still remember grabbing that microphone by the aircraft door entrance and the famous words "LADIES AND GENTLEMEN ON BEHALF OF MY MYSELF AND "ALL" EASTERN EMPLOYEES THANK YOUR FOR FLYING WITH US AND HAVE GOOD DAY" Then I would close that aircraft door watch the aircraft push back....."It just didn't get any better than that" Norbert Gonzalez/Mia/FLL Special Service itlrun2@yahoo.com


name: Onasiss
email: onasissv@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Time: 09:57:36 AM

memories:

Eastern was the first airline I took when I came to America 24yrs ago, the staff was so friendly and the food was great sweet and sour chicken yes I remember my first flight dinner. I miss eastern and Pan Am. AA reminds me of Eastern


name: william contreras1
email: contrerasw@bellsouth.net
Date: Monday, July 09, 2007
Time: 07:58:44 AM

memories:

I Bill Contreras, Chief Mechanic for Colonial/Eastern airlines in Syracuse N.Y. on fine morning in February with temps. of 26 deg minus trying to deice a DC-3 with six inches of ice on the wings due to a busted water pipe in the hanger. It was quite job. We got it done.


name: Colleen Buss1
email: colleenbuss@yahoo.com
Date: Friday, July 20, 2007
Time: 09:28:44 AM

memories:

I was a F/A with Eastern from l961-1963, then when I married in 1963 I was the secretary for the Base Manager at DCA until 1966 - what wonderful and happy years. Once on my working flight on a Martin 404 coming back from Syracuse I had as my passenger Sen. Barry Goldwater. It was a puddle jumper back to DCA only we were in the middle of a snow storm and not being able to land in DCA we turned around and went all the way back to Syracuse. I had lots of time to sit with Sen. Goldwater and talk. This was just before he announced he was going to run for President but everyone knew he would do that. I asked him for a business card, which he didn't have, but fished in his wallet and gave me his Instrument Certificate Rating Card which I have to this day. He was a very handsome and interesting man and I was smitten on him from that day on. I would have voted for him no matter what. This is but one of many happy memories that I have about famous people and not so famous people I enjoyed visiting with on my flights...


name: Chris Bonaventura1
Date: Monday, July 23, 2007
Time: 11:06:22 PM

memories:

My father, Ronald Bonaventura worked for Eastern from 68-92 (BOS). As a kid my Dad would take me to work with him. I remember how much fun it was hanging out with every one and how freindly they all where.It was one big happy family. "I can't forget to mention how good the Eastern bacon burgers where"
My Dad still enjoy's talking about Eastern and telling stories about the people he worked with and how much he loved that job.

Thank you all for the great memories my Dad has of Eastern.

And thank you Dad, for the fun times and memories you gave me!


name: Richard1
email: richard.a.williams@att.net
Date: Friday, July 27, 2007
Time: 11:22:30 PM

memories:

It was 1974, I was 9 years old. I went to the SAT airport with my parents to see my brother and his wife off on their trip back home (I cannot remember where they lived at that time) We went down a walkway to a beautiful Dark blue and Light Blue decorated lounge. It was on ground level with windows all around. A gate agent opened what could best be described as a sliding patio door (remember, this was the 70's) and for the first time I saw the most incredible sight of my life: a sliver Eastern Airlines L-1011 with the beautiful dual-blue lines running down the fuselage. For some reason this one image has been burned into my memory and that memory is what caused me to dedicate my working life to the travel industry (I'm 42 now). I wish Eastern was still around.
 


name: david shank1
email: dvshank1@yahoo.com
Date: Monday, August 06, 2007
Time: 05:05:42 PM

memories:

dear friend the first time i flew eastern was from evansville in to greenville spartenburg sc year1973.i had white pants on and spilt milk on then.i loved eastern ever since. iloved the color of eastern i thought.it was the prettiest plane out there.the next i flew was1982.i lost mt retainer down the sink when i went to the bathroom.my dentist was mad at me when i got back home to vincennes in.im 39now lets start eastern back please


name: norma torres1
email: artfest21@aol.com
Date: Thursday, August 16, 2007
Time: 05:13:29 PM

memories:

My career with EAL began August 1979 in Woodbridge,NJ. I was only 19 yrs. old and this was my first real job. I traveled extensively with my family and the memories of places visited and friends made will forever live in my heart. In 1991, I went back to college earned a degree in Science. I currently work as a Registered Nurse in Miami,Fl.


name: David Blanding1
email: david.e.blanding@boeing.com
Date: Friday, August 17, 2007
Time: 06:54:13 PM

memories:

I am conducting research on Eastern Airlines. I am trying to identify what Eastern Airlines flew into Anderson,s South Carolina in the late 1960's and early 1970's. Specifically the flights that landed in Anderson between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM. I am mapping flight numbers. Can someone provide that information?


name: Daryl Spindler, Sr.1
email: daryl_spindlersr@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday, August 19, 2007
Time: 12:38:46 PM

memories:

I was born in 1940, and remember flying on a Super Constellation from Evansville, IN to Philadelphia in the early 1950's. My father had a convention to attend, and took my brother and I along. It was a wondrous machine, and during that flight I determined that one day I would become a pilot (ASEL). I remember that during the meal service we hit an "air pocket" and my arm flew up and then back down to my tray. Unfortunately, the soda that was in my glass stayed up in the air, and I could see the droplets hovering there for a second - then it rained Coca-Cola. This flight, and the return home are one of the memories that stay with me. If one didn't have the experience of a flight in the Super Connie, it is much like never having seen a steam locomotive.


name: Robert Szabo1
email: szaboaerospace@hawaii.rr.com
Date: Thursday, June 28, 2007
Time: 03:38:40 PM

memories:

Aloha,

My Grandfather flew for Eastern a long time ago. I was wondering if anyone happens to remember flying with him. His Name is Capt Robert Pegram. I would love to chat with anyone who may have known him.

Mahalo,

Rob Szabo
 


I was an Eastern Air Lines ramp serviceman/fueler at Raleigh-Durham (now retired Piedmont Airlines/USAir/US Airways FAA/FCC licensed mechanic) circa 1965-1971. At RDU then, we had Flight 738, an old, all First Class, recip Convair that flew RDU (from where?), to Greensboro, Pittsburg, Cleveland, Detroit.
 
It almost never had any revenue or non-revs passengers. I was told it was illegal to carry a passenger from RDU to GSO only, because that "belonged" to Piedmont Airlines. Any RDU boarded passengers had to be ticketed to points beyond Greensboro. When we had too many light weight, bulky, flower boxs as freight; we sometimes loaded them into the passenger cabin's walkway. Why did Eastern fly this usually empty flight?
 
I was told it was to "preserve "use it, or loose it routes"; for possible future possible use; and to denie the routes to other airlines". This was in CAB days. I was told that RDU & GSO was the farthest north that Eastern could originate flights to DTW, PIT, CLE.  Is that really why Eastern operated Flight 738? Was it all First Class with ancient equipment to discourage revenue passengers?
 
The pilots were usually old. One told me he was affraid to transition to jet equipment; "Hell I love to fly this. I'm near retirement; why worry!" We ramp servicemen had special effection for Convair F/A's. They were older; it was "their" cabin with neither superiors nor subordinates to worry with.
 
I remember overwing refueling one with AVGAS; the second Officer was doing his walk-around. As he passed below my ladder; I shouted that at the next maintenence station he really should replace the fuel cap. It was made like a plug in a coffee thermos insulated jug; except the old, now hardened rubber would long time, no longer grip the fuel tank's filler neck sides. The old pilot came up the ladder as I showed him how easilly the plug slid in and out. "With only one latch (the other broken), I'm afraid this sheet metal door would let her go?"  Good god, said the Second Officer; do you know what over-wing fuel scavageing is?
I didn't; I was just a fueler. He said aloft, with that plug gone; it would suck out the fuel. I found some wire, and we wired the defective latch such. Next time in; it had a new cap. Jim, Southport, N.C.


name: John K. Jauch1
Date: Thursday, August 30, 2007
Time: 07:44:52 AM

memories:

The Wings of Man Eastern was the greatest thanks guys and girls!


name: Richard Aime1
email: fernaime@juno.com
Date: Saturday, September 08, 2007
Time: 08:13:38 AM

memories:

I worked for Eastern from 1947 to early 1951, in New York City at the Eastern Airlines building at 10 Rockefeller Plaza. One Saturday morning I came to work on my own (being an eager beaver, I guess.)It was the day that an EAL DC-3 flight was run into in the air over New Jersey and crashed, with all on board lost. Eastern's 'emergency crew' was not very well organized and it was a Saturday in the summer so many of the designated persons were away from the city. I, being in the office, was asked to take part in the job of trying to help out with all the details involved. One of my lest pleasant jobs was to go through the passenger list and call each one's home to ask: What dress was she wearing today? Who was her dentist? (These were to help identify people who had been terribly burned.) Anyway it took all day Saturday and much of the day on Sunday to finish up the various jobs, and I was shanghaied to continue to help out until we pretty much had finished all we could do.
It was an exciting weekend for someone like me who was involved with paper in my job ordinarily, not people. Late Sunday afternoon, my parents took me out to dinner and I told them all about my adventure.
 


name: Lori1
email: davesnurse33@aol.com
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Date: Friday, September 28, 2007
Time: 07:51:13 PM

memories:

I Miss Eastern Ailines -even though I never was employed by Eastern or any other ailine -My first Flight experience was on eastern. I was 6yrs. old that was 1977 -me and my brother who was 9yrs. old was flying from Florida to Ohio. I think we had a change over of planes but Eastern was by far the best -the Stewardess gave us the little plastic Eastern Airlines wings. They were very accomidating and checked on us often -they even gave us a deck of Eastern Airlines cards to keep us busy -i suppose. ANyway, we also enjoyed the Eastern ailine ride at Walt Disney World -which I was deeply upset when they changed it to delta in 1989! If I recall right the ride was "If you had wings" sponsored by Eastern Airlines.

Eastern Ailines will definatley always be remembered and missed in my book :)


name: Phil Knudsen1
email: pknudsen4@comcast.net
Date: Saturday, September 29, 2007
Time: 10:20:03 AM

memories:

My father Phil Knudsen flew 35 years for EAL. He was based mostly in MIA. He flew just about everything they had and finished his career on the L-1011. He was an FE on the flight that was hijacked to Cuba in 1961 and he was also best friends with Don Repo "The ghost of flight 401". He loved EAL and was heatbroken when the company went under. He passed away in 1998 and left me with nothing but great memories of a great carrier.


name: Marilyn Pliego1
email: mmp6843@verizon.net
Date: Friday, October 05, 2007
Time: 07:17:15 PM

memories:

My last trip as an Eastern employee is when I was moving from New York to Mexico and was 7 months pregnant. As I used to commute from NYC to MEX, I was a familiar sight to most of the crews on this route. The captain came to my eat to wish me luck on the move as did most of the flight crew. The passengers surrounding me thought I was in danger of giving birth on the flight as they could not hear my conversations! I finally got up and announced I was re-locating and was in very good health!


Hello to all the remaining Silverliners and other former EAL folks,
 
The number must be thinning now as time marches onward... sadly...
 
I am Larry Beveridge, a son of Captain Boyd R. "Speedy" Beveridge
 
and Ann McDougle Beveridge, former "stewardess" (when they actually called them that) from 1955-57 when she married my father and then had to quit flying to have me in 1961.
 
My father was an Eastern pilot, and later a captain, back in the 1950s, 60s, and early 70s when he had to retire due to health reasons.  I still remember when he made Captain when I was a very little boy, and his shirt being cut out the back scared me to death the night he came home from Atlanta where he was based. 
 
I have a few stories of my own perceptions as a child.
 
He told lots of stories over the years about the War and leading into the days he went into Eastern in the 50s and then later. 
 
Flight School,l and all those huge manuals, Miami, "Screw Schedule", teletype machines, type 2 bids, layovers, New York, feeling like a glorified bus driver...
 
I am just writing a note here for possible contact with anyone who may have memories of the days when he was flying.  He died back in 2000, and it would be nice to hear from some folks who actually knew him.  I think he and I had a lot of uncovered ground as a father and son.  I don't even care if the memories might be negative; just a word is enough for me.
 
He was a surly character at best, and I know that, so I would expect to hear some colorful stories; I am 46 now, so I can handle it.  :-)  It would just be nice to get in contact with someone,even for a little while; stewardesses, pilots, co-pilots, "ramp rats", whatever, who actually knew him during those old days. 
 
Please forward this to anyone you feel might have something to share.
 
Thank you for your time,
 
Larry Beveridge, Son of Two Duck Hawks
Rutherfordton, North Carolina
formerly of Bedford County, Tennessee
 
 

or TV commercials, radio commercials and print ads. I even had the privilege of working with the Disney organization on the"If you had wings" theme ride. Even more memorable today, however, are all the wonderful people at Eastern that I met and worked with along the way. I, too, grieve for the loss of this great airline that was man's "Wings." Thanks for staying with this lengthy trip into history.


name: Dave Chambers1
email: sdchambersiii@aol.com
Date: Thursday, October 11, 2007
Time: 10:22:49 PM

memories:

My Aunt and Uncle, Dotty and Henry Gram, both worked for Eastern Airlines for years. They lived in Miami, and no doubt, my fondest memories of my visits with them were our trips to the Eastern Airline hangers at Miami airport. Unk, started as a mechanic and ended in charge of the maintenance. I have had a love of airplanes all my life and I attribute it to the special times, mostly in the mid 50's and early 60's, when I was blessed with the opportunity to sit in the cockpit of connies and DC-7B's and with that beautiuful, unrivaled to this day, Eastern livery. I cherish Unk's Eastern lighter and the personally signed autobiography of Eddie Richenbacker. Someone should revive this wonderful airline. Respectfully, Dave Chambers


name: Brunello Biasini1
email: brunellobiasini@libero.it
Date: Saturday, October 20, 2007
Time: 10:59:50 AM

memories:

I am a former Pan Am employee in Florence, Italy and my father did the same since 1954 to the end of the airline, the same year of yours.
I only flew once on Eastern, very long time ago, in septmber 1977, from JFK to MIA, where we went to Key Biscayne for the annual Pan Am tennis tournament for employees, but I remember very well the round trip of that time, because, also if we flew on Y class, but with interline tkt, we had to wear the tie, and I was only 18th trs old. But the plane was sharp, and service was outstanding, so tie was well requested. I miss that epoque, when Eastern and Pan American were the best domestic and the best inetrnational american carriers. Real lyons in the sky.

Ciao from Florence

Brunello Biasini


name: RAYMOND HART1
Date: Sunday, October 21, 2007
Time: 01:38:27 PM

memories:

I FLEW ON EASTERN, SARASOTA TO ATLANTA THE DAY PRESIDENT NIXON RESIGNED. AUGUST 9,1974. HAD A GREAT FLIGHT AND LASTING MEMORY OF THAT DAY. I WENT INTO SOME PAPERS I HAD AND FOUND OUT IT WAS EASTERN FLIGHT 582. THAT I WAS ON THANK YOU


name: John Acone1
email: johnacone@gmail.com
Date: Friday, October 26, 2007
Time: 12:44:29 AM

memories:

hi there
i was a ewr based flight attendant in 1988. i graduated in the class march 1988. i just came upon this sight and wondered if there was anyone out there fron this class. i flew quite a bit of the 5 day santo domingo trips, i dont think any one of them ever went smooth, we always had a/c problems or somethign delaying the trip. i do remember a few of us once climbed into the engine of a L-1011 and took a picture in santo domingo. if anyone has a copy of this picture it would be nice to see.
thanks great sight you have here.
john


name: Maxine1
email: Skyglider9@msn.com
Date: Sunday, October 28, 2007
Time: 08:21:57 PM

memories:

Memories, memories, so many memories. I started working for the airlines (Delta)in 1973. Thought I had died and gone to heaven. I always loved Eastern: "The Wings Of Man", what a cool slogan. In 1991, I remember seeing the deserted counters at O'Hare where Eastern once operated, the sight made me want to cry. What a great airline. I still miss it and I miss the golden age when working for the airlines was so glamorous. How times have changed. Dust in the wind. But I'll tell you what: It was a great time while it lasted!


Hi, Alexa:

It is nice to hear from you. I hope you recover promptly and completely from your accident.

I have fond memories of my days working on the Eastern account. Yes, I remember Floyd Hall, although he was a bit above my pay grade <g>.

I have no problem with you sharing this information. That is why I posted it.

BTW, have you looked at Eastern Airlines listing in Wikipedia?

I went there and found some errors in the portion about the WOM so I edited . I hope the edits stayed. But with Wikipedia, you never know.

PS: As it turns out, my next door neighbor is an ex-Easterner - John "Jack" Hurst is the name. One day he showed up at my front door with Russ Ray. We exchanged memories.

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Sincerely,
William Ernest Waites, Eyewriter
Freelance writer, Web and marketing consultant "Words that make pictures" (c) eyewriter@comcast.net



-------------- Original message ----------------------
From: "alexa conway" <alexaconway@earthlink.net>
> hello.
> I run the website for eastern alley, silverliners and eara. I just
> found your note. I had a bad accident and have been out of pocket so I
> apologize for being so late to respond.
> you sent wonderful memories and info about the 'wings of man'
> campaign. I loved learning a bit more. I am in touch with floyd hall
> here and there and he worked pretty closely in the ad genesis as I recall.
> with your latest info I feel much more knowledgeable and hope you
> won't mind that I share it with other employees and include it in the
> memories section of my site.
> thank you so much.
> alexa conway
> spiderwww.com/memories.htm
> spiderwww.com/eastern.htm


name: Douglas Snow1
Date: Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Time: 03:43:44 AM

memories:

My first memory of EAL was EAL693/25MAR78 IND-ATL; that was my very first flight, on (I think) ship 908, I was an unaccompanied minor - all of 10 years old.

I absolutely loved the flight, loved Eastern. As I was growing up, I wanted to work for EAL.

I now hold my aircraft dispatcher's certificate, and miss Eastern Air Lines.

We all miss you Eastern...


name: John P. Moriarty1
email: mo.ster@insightbb.com
Date: Thursday, November 08, 2007
Time: 01:44:32 PM

memories:

My family worked for Eastern. My grandfather (Forrest Roberts) his brother (Charles Roberts) his son, Forrest Roberts Jr. and my dad, Tom Moriarty.
Does anyone remember Jack Orms at MIA (late 60's) his daugther Brenda?
contact me....
John Moriarty


 
email: safittipaldi@bellsouth.net
Date: Thursday, January 25, 2007

Time: 11:44:19 PM

memories:

Hi! I'm writing a book on the history of MIA, which will be published later this year as part of Arcadia Publishing's "Images of Aviation" series. The book will cover the airport's history from its origins as Pan American Field in 1929 to the present. Since most of the history will be told through images (photos, maps, drawings, etc.), I was wondering if you could tell me how I might be able to contact some of your members who could share some of these with me, specifically as they pertain to MIA. Their personal recollections of MIA through the years would also be appreciated and valuable. Any images used in the book will be properly credited to the collection owner, photographer, etc. This is a great opportunity to keep Eastern's legacy alive and to help tell the history of an airport which the airline helped build. I can be reached via email at safittipaldi@bellsouth.net. I thank you for any assistance that you might be able to give me, as I am working with a tight deadline.

Regards,

Santiago Fittipaldi

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email: prilu09@juno.com

Time: 12:37:32 PM

memories:

I am not a former employee of Eastern....just an enthusiast. I can vividly remember those 727 whisper jets (nothing quiet about them from what I can recall) flying low over our house in New Haven, CT in the mid 70's. Thinking about the white body and blue stripe paint scheme makes me cringe.....I kinda liked the silver better.

Anyhow....my first flying experience was in a Boeing 727 at the age of 11. My parents put my brother and I on the old Eastern Airlines Shuttle between LaGuardia and Washington National. Even though the flight was only 55 minutes....I was dumbfounded as a child....because this same trip from New Haven used to take us 7 hours by car.

What a rush that was!! Flying low past the Pentagon on final approach.

I had inquired to Alexa about the routes from Tweed New Haven Airport. Does anyone know where you used to be able to fly to from New Haven on Eastern? Tweed wasn't classified as a "restricted" airport until the mid 90's. They only have a 5600' runway....just over a mile long. Can't even allow a fully-loaded 737 now (they used to only sell half the seats when United was there because of the weight restrictions).

Any info would be appreciated...thank you in advance.

-Primo

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email: nbjfl@yahoo.com

Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Time: 09:34:41 AM

memories:

In going through some old pictures I found memorabilia that my husband Bill Jones had collected over the years. Do you know who or a place that may be interested? We were both employees until 1989, the year of our demise. It is just a small packet. Thank you for your assistance.

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name: David Copeland1

email: cope310@bellsouth.com

Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Time: 07:34:00 AM

memories:

I can't believe that I'll tell this tale but I can't get fired. I was working steerage and ran out of OJ since I was on the up end of the cart I went to first class to see if they could spare some. They were in the middle of their meal service(anybody remember that)and a lady traveling with a gentelman told my senior that her chicken was bad. He was not having a good day, he picked up the chicken off her tray, spanked it and said"bad chicken, bad chicken" and replaced it. There was white sauce everywhere, the lady and fellow next to her looked at me and all I could say was "I don't work up here". Went to the back without the OJ and told my partner on the cart that they had some bad chicken problems in first class. That story followed me through Atlanta like you would not belive. They called me the chicken man but I swear it was not me and I never flew with that senior again. But what a great story.

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Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Time: 04:42:36 PM

memories:

I was never an employee of Eastern Airlines. However my favorite flight of all time happened on Eastern Airlines. In 1990 or 1991 I was flying from Washington National to Atlanta on a 757. I was lucky enough to be bumped up to first class. I remember the meal of the day was roast beef, and I mean real roast beef. Not like what you get today on many airlines. Plus, there was not a single cloud in the sky, so we got to see a lot that day. Also, the door to the cockpit would not shut all the way before take off, so I got to watch the Captain take the plane off. Last but not least I got wonderful service that day from the crew. Thank you Eastern Airlines. I sure do miss you.

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email: NorlindaPhilbeck@aol.com

Date: Saturday, November 24, 2007

Time: 10:59:02 PM

memories:

Hi, I was an Eastern flight attendant for 18 years - 1973 to 1991. I'd love to hear from any of you folks out there, not just necessarily f/a's, to talk about old times. Norlinda Philbeck

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Just wanted to touch base and let you know that we have a display of Eastern Airlines  items and if anyone would like to donate Eastern items we would love to have them. anything from  photos to  old uniforms it all fits into our  Museum.
thank you
Steve Dulaney
Volunteer
1940 Air Terminal Museum
at Hobby Airport (HOU)
Houston Texas
www.1940AirTerminal.org
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name: Beth Edrington McEver1

email: bethmcever@cox.net

Date: Thursday, December 20, 2007

Time: 02:00:35 PM

memories:

I was a F/A for EAL 83-86 JFK/ATL. My wings had my legal name Mary on them but I go by the name Beth. I went into the cockpit to introduce myself and the Capt. said I don't have a Beth on my crew list. I told him that I was Sister Mary Elizabeth the "Flying Nun" and I was there to save pilots souls. He thought it was pretty funny and when he introduced us to the passengers he named the cabin crew and then he said and we have Sister Mary Elixabeth the flying nun working in the cabin today. It got a good laugh. I loved working for Eastern and all the people I worked with. It was the best job I ever had and I tell stories to my three sons and husband all the time and they never get tired of them. I miss Eastern and will never forget all the great times. I would love to hear from anyone that I flew with during those years.

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name: Brian Vaughn

email: briancvaughn@yahoo.com

Date: Friday, December 28, 2007

Time: 03:04:13 PM

memories:

I worked for Eastern Metro Express here in ATL. We had a nutty mechanic who would sometimes take a black box with a long antenna sticking out of it to the roadway next to the taxiway at the end of C-Concourse. (Then box seemed to appear as a unit that was used for radio controlled airplanes). Anyway, as a plane rolled down the runway or landed, the mechanic would follow the plane with the antenna as if he were controllong the aircraft. Since we loaded the passengers on the plane right from the ramp, we got some hilarious looks from passengers! Good times!!!!

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name: Helene Fournier1

email: hfournier@eastlink.ca

Date: Monday, December 31, 2007

Time: 10:04:28 AM

memories:

Hi everyone! My name is Helene Fournier. I am reaching out for the first time since November 30, 1962 when Flight 512 crashed and burned at Idlewild killing 26 of the 51 passengers on board. The crew was killed except for Pat Richards and myself. Captain Bechtold, Bob Voorhees and Julius Wagner. Even now, I cannot read the newspaper articles or the FAA or CAB's final analysis because they are wrong. There was no visibility. When we came through the fog, we hit the ground. I guess I tried to put it all behind. And it has been difficult. Now that I am a senior, remembering and treasuring my short life as a Flight Attendant, I long and need the friendship, understanding and compassion that only a fellow flyer can give. I live in Nova Scotia in a little cottage up on the hill. Is there anyone out there that remembers? My life was seriously affected by that and back then there was no knowledge of post stress syndrome and its affects. I think that rather than become cautious I became reckless with my life. It would be interesting for you to know that my dinner partner at the Presidential Citation Awards was Eddie Rickenbacker. How absolutely incredible was that? I wish that I hadn't been so traumatized. I did not speak to him. We were not ready to be put on display. I would love to hear from you. God bless.

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It appears that the establishing of Flight 401 memorial is well on its way.  I sincerely hope that those who want it to happen step up to the plate and make it a reality.  An associate and I are currently working on a project that could generate a substantial contribution toward the effort.  After 35 years, Flight 401 may finally get its memorial.
Robert
 
 
CBS4 is launching a community effort  to remember the victims of flight 401 by establishing a permanent memorial marker in the Everglades.

Donate to:

Eastern Airlines Historical Foundation Inc.
C/o Roland Moore, President
1221 Brickell Avenue  #2660
Miami, Florida  33131
 
Dec 27, 2007 

Spared Death: Eastern 401 Crash Survivors Remember

L-1011 Jumbo Jet Smashed Iner Everglades in 1972

MIAMI (CBS4) ― 1972 was a year for the record books. It was the year Don Shula and the Dolphins won the Super Bowl with a perfect 17-0 record.

It was also the year that two Miami realtors were among five people busted in the infamous Watergate burglary, triggering the scandal that forced President Richard Nixon to resign.

And as the Vietnam War raged on in the jungles of Southeast Asia, here in the swamps of South Florida a fireball in the night changed our community forever.

It was on December 29th, 1972 that Eastern Airlines Flight 401, an l-1011 jumbo jet with 176 passengers and crew aboard, made its final approach into Miami international airport.

"I had my wings on," said Sharon Transue.

Transue was a stewardess on Flight 401, as were Pat Ghyssels and Stephanie Stanich, only they didn't survive the deadly flight from New York's Kennedy airport.

At 11:32 p.m., Co-Pilot Al Stockstill noticed the landing gear light was not coming on. Captain Robert Loft leveled off the plane and ordered flight engineer Donald Repo to go down beneath the flight deck and visually check that the landing gear was locked in place.

Investigators believe as the captain turned to give his instructions, he bumped the steering column and disengaged the auto pilot. For the next eight minutes, Flight 401 descended so slowly that no one noticed the plane was going down.

"I heard the left engine wind and then a screeching sound," said Ronald Loft.

The left wing hit the Everglades swamp at 227 miles per hour. The fuselage ripped apart and disintegrated through the saw grass.

"There was this surge of the engines, everything in slow motion like a movie," said Transue.

"Everything broke loose, violent over heads, luggage coming out, lights flashing on and off in the cabin," recalled crash survivor Ronald Infantino.

The crash resulted in 101 people dead or mortally wounded and left shivering in the cold, dark, alligator-infested swamp were 75 survivors.

"I remember distinctly waking up on my hands and knees in about 6 inches of water totally focused on the smell of fuel," survivor Joe Popson said. "The first thing I heard was a lot of voices, people screaming for help, moaning. I too joined that chorus of screaming for help."

One two month old baby was thrown from her parents' arms during impact, and floated helplessly in the water as her mother frantically searched for her.

"After walking and walking, she found me, I was cradled by cables and debris," young survivor Christina Casado said.

The first rescue helicopters couldn't pinpoint the crash site because it was pitch black that winter night. But out of the heart of darkness came a beacon of light. A pair of air boaters, hunting for frogs, saw the fireball from flight 401 and sped over to help.

"The sound of that air boat was a sign of hope," said stewardess Beverly Raposa. "Bullfrog Bud Marquis arrived in his airboat about 15 minutes after the crash."

"I shut the engine off, I could hear the screaming and yelling," Marquis said.

Bud could see that the rescue helicopters were way off to the south, so he put out a visual distress call.

"I signaled them with my head light, until they turned and headed in my direction, then I got out and started helping people, doing what I could do," said Marquis.

Thanks to Bud Marquis, rescuers were able to find the crash site about 18 miles due west of the airport runway. They shuttled the victims to a levee, where helicopters picked them up and flew them to area hospitals.

In early Decmeber, 35 years after the tragedy, the survivors of Flight 401 reunited in Doral for the first time and refelected on 101 souls that were lost.

"For as long as I live, they will not be forgotten," said Beverly.

It was also a time to be thankful to hero Bud Marquis, who had his old air boat restored.

"For 35 years we held them in our hearts," said Mary Ruiz. "We will continue until we meet again in heaven."

We can't end this story without mentioning Raburn Dickinson, the passenger in Bud's airboat who helped in the rescue.

He died a few years back.

As for the cause of the crash, investigators believe it was the failure of the flight crew to monitor the flight instruments during the final minutes of flight.

CBS4 is launching a community effort  to remember the victims of flight 401 by establishing a permanent memorial marker in the Everglades.

Donate to:

Eastern Airlines Historical Foundation Inc.
C/o Roland Moore, President
1221 Brickell Avenue  #2660
Miami, Florida  33131

 

name: Jeff
email: jeffdhedouville@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Time: 04:42:36 PM

memories:

I was never an employee of Eastern Airlines. However my favorite flight of all time happened on Eastern Airlines. In 1990 or 1991 I was flying from Washington National to Atlanta on a 757. I was lucky enough to be bumped up to first class. I remember the meal of the day was roast beef, and I mean real roast beef. Not like what you get today on many airlines. Plus, there was not a single cloud in the sky, so we got to see a lot that day. Also, the door to the cockpit would not shut all the way before take off, so I got to watch the Captain take the plane off. Last but not least I got wonderful service that day from the crew. Thank you Eastern Airlines. I sure do miss you.


 

name: Mike Lanford1
email: spartanmike@charter.net
Date: Monday, November 19, 2007
Time: 08:53:52 AM

memories:

Hello,

My name is Mike Lanford and I would like to share my memories with you.

I have very fond memories of Eastern Airlines. As a child I would rush to SPA (Spartanburg, South Carolina) Downtown Airport to watch as the planes came and went. My house was so close to the airport the beacon light would shine in my bedroom window at night. The pilots of that era were my hero’s. They were so good to us children, the pilots would let us go on board and show us around. As soon as I was old enough and could afford lessons. I went to the FBO (Orr Aviation) and got my solo licenses. I was not able to complete my private licenses due to fact I went to college and could not afford both.

I was so sorry to see Eastern Airlines fade away. I feel the Union killed your wonderful company. As I flew on other airlines in and out of GSP I saw my hero’s on the sidewalks of the airports.

I hope each of you were able to recover from the union’s poor judgment.

Regards and best wishes from your young admirer,

Mike

name: Rosendo Dorrego1
email: rosendodorrego2007@comcast.net
Date: Monday, December 03, 2007
Time: 07:40:57 PM

memories:

i miss eastern very much great airline great to work for
 


name: Rich Rock1
email: hyakrider@yahoo.com
Date: Friday, December 07, 2007
Time: 06:03:35 PM

memories:

To anyone who might be interested, there will be a Catholic Mass said in the memory of Eastern Flight Attendant Stephanie Stanich, who was lost aboard EA Flight 401. If anyone wishes to attend this Mass, it will be held at The Cathedral of the Madeleine, 27 C Street, Salt Lake City, UT. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact me at hyakrider@yahoo.com.


name: Richard B. B1
email: spacemountain98@aol.com
Date: Friday, December 14, 2007
Time: 05:56:52 PM

memories:

Greetings: My name is Richard and I am currently working where this attraction actually is in my e mail. I just came across this web site and like to add on since Eastern Airlines was the best airlines in the entire world. I flew them everywhere and enjoyed the best service, best equipments, and always peace of mind getting best price and best on time performance then any other airlines. I just flew back on United and I always think of Eastern Airlines every time I fly someplace. United needs a lot of attention. I love Continental and American Airlines but will fly Southwest as well. I rather fly American Airlines since they have always been easy to call in the past, very easy once we were all online, and they flew every where. I have family in California and NY/NJ Area but in my childhood days, I always love sharing stories on the Locheed L-10-11, the 757-200 that Continental and American Flies, and also the MD80's that American Airlines still has. Make a long story short, I Always relax with Eastern Airlines. Now I guess all we can say now is the following: Frank Lorenzo was a thief / Frank Lorenzo has no teeth. Take care and god bless.
 


name: gary clark1
email: gary_c069@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Time: 12:05:12 PM

memories:

my dad (Douglas E Clark) was a pilot for EAL for 35 yrs, I had the privelage to fly on Eastern many times. We as a family traveled many places otherwise i would've never seen. I miss the airline as well as my father does. Due to certain people drove the airline into non existance which really sucks, alot of employees lost their pensions, retirement, and the love they had for the airline. My first plane ride was when I was 2 months old in Martin 404, and since i've been the air for almost 50 years now. When i was in school, i was proud to say my dad worked for EAL. My dad even arraiged a field trip to the airport in D.C. to tour EAL and got on a plane, I got to sit in the pilots (captains) seat. I even remember when stewardess would give out the EAL wings to pin on your shirt. I thought that was cool. If by chance anyone having one of these wings i would love to have one for my own personal collection i would be ever grateful.


name: Deborah Poitier1
email: debrapoiter@bellsouth.net
Date: Saturday, January 05, 2008
Time: 08:11:05 PM

memories:

I miss all you guys that I worked with at mia airport. i was a gate agent there.i miss it all. people watching, police chases, overbooking. the newyork elderly in wchrs fighting with each other to see who should board first. and the employee pass riding i would now die for.eight dollars for y class not much more for f class.damn i miss those good ole days. the salaries then. damn we had it good. what happened. we cant blame it all on deregulation. we just didnt know how good we had it til it was gone.contract and non contract. if we could only go back.what would you have done differently


name: Pablo Spasari1
email: aires6114@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday, January 19, 2008
Time: 02:30:42 PM

memories:

Dear People,

I love this pages!
I have just checked www.airliners.net and I found that today was a very sad day in 1991.
I worked for EASTERN AIRLINES reservations in BUENOS AIRES in 1989 and then I was offered to work for PAN AM at EZE Airport. Regrettably, I was very sad when PAN AM went out of business; later I felt very bad when EASTERN ceased operations, since it had been my first job in the airline industry.
I know many people from EASTERN here in BUE. Many have retired because they came from Braniff, and many others are still working with American which has 70 percent of the business to the U.S.
It's unexplainable how time flies... how fast the world of aviation goes.... and everytime I tell some of my experiences to my co-workers today they are really surprised at how better aviation was in the seventies and the eighties.

Well, Thanks for reading and I send you my love and blessings to all the wonderful people I worked with during those years.

Pablo Spasari


name: Dee Schauer1
email: spinner1@flash.net
Date: Saturday, January 26, 2008
Time: 10:43:21 PM

memories:

My father was an EAL pilot from 1945-1965, coming in after flying for the Navy during WWII. I grew up in EAL back when it was proud, and I'm proud to say it. I'm 57 now and married into another airline. I do have a few stories tucked away that were told to me, but he never would write his history down, which I regret. We had friends in EAL from other pilots to mechanics. It was a good life. He used to take me to the airport with him, and I had airplanes as toys instead of dolls. I still have a Constellation friction-toy!! With EASTERN AIR LINES on it, of course. One of the props needs a bit of work. My father was Capt. Lew Drill.


name:            DALIA

Date:            Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Time:            09:15:52 PM

memories:

I flew out of MIA and SJU, and loved every minute of it. I would love to find those flight attendants and pilots, my old friends from training days in MIA, and at that base and later in SJU. Those were the greatest days.


name:            Biagio Ambrosino1Date:            Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Time:            05:26:06 PM

 memories:

 Hello to all my Eastern family,

Though it's been many years since the closure of our company, I still miss it.  It was OUR company, with or without things like WIP. Our people made the difference.  We were a family.  That feeling doesn't exist in the airline business today.  We took it with us.

 Like many that we worked with, I started with Eastern during my last years of college.  I worked in Miami, in Building 5A, working Central files as a ticket investigator.  I then went to cleaning, stores, and finally became an agent/Special Services, and Chief Agent in Departure Services.

 I only planned to work until "something better" came along.  I studied to be a Music Therapist.  Then the airline bug bit, and I stayed with this industry that I grew to love more and more each day.  

 I still work in the industry now, though not with an airline.  I have transitioned to a travel agency which is where many of us went that didn't want to leave the business, but didn't want to work with another airline.  To this day I run into people who used to work for Eastern, and to this day we still consider ourselves family. I have always said, and many agree with me that the best training I ever received in this industry was with Eastern Airlines.  Everyone cared about our airline and doing a good job for our passengers. 

 Even when the other Frank took over, and we were refused the opportunity to buy our airline, we all still cared. 

Eastern was the best!!!! I'll never forget the great times I had working with best people in the industry, working the best job on earth.

There are articles in the newspapers and on websites that say someone has bought the Eastern name and logo, and plans to bring Eastern back again.  I say good luck to him, but he has big shoes to fill.  We'll all be watching that airline very closely. 

 To all of you, I say, thanks for the best working years anyone could imagine.  Though I don't know most of you, you are all still my family.  That's the Eastern way.


name:            Charlie Greene1

email:           charliegre@aol.com

yes:             ON

no:             

submit:          Submit

Date:            Thursday, July 24, 2008

Time:            08:03:08 AM

memories

My first day at Eastern was in the MIA instrument shop on April 1st 1968. My shop foreman, John Starkey took me on a tour of the entire 36th St. facilities. That was the start of the 21 best years of my life. I never left the Instrument shop in all that time, in fact, I never even left the lead group I started in.

I made friendships with some of the best people I ever met, friendships that last until this day with which I am constantly in touch with.

 Best memories? that's an easy one. The pass riding, flying to PVD to have lunch with my kids then returning the same day. Flying to St. Thomas on my birthday holidays to stroll the beach, lunch on the waterfront and great dinner flight back home. Remember the first class dinners??? with make your own sundae dessets and the after dinner liquers.

I am so glad I worked for an airline, THE AIRLINE, back then and not now.

Forever grateful to Eastern,

Charlie Greene employee # 33714. 1968 - 1989


name:            philip helfer1

Date:            Friday, July 25, 2008

Time:            10:11:38 PM

memories:

I was on a lockheed l-1011 on a sunday night once upon a time, flying from san juan puerto rico to new york, in the last week of november of 1985. i still believe that it was day 26, 6 days after my 26th birthday. my friend pete was on the same plane and it was his 1st flight on a commercial jet. when i heard the decompression "pop" the masks dropped, and pete did a Marty Feldman!The movie on was called lily in love, or something like that. What brought it to mind was the Qantas story today. I thank the pilot who flew us back to San Juan in that creaky old rust-bucket!

Phil Helfer


name:            Lisa Weiner1

Date:            Sunday, July 27, 2008

Time:            09:53:18 AM

 

memories:

 

I remember taking eastern airlines back in 1976 and I thought it was a great experience. I wish that Eastern airlines was still in business. Miss you Eastern airlines. Lisa Weiner.


name:            Maxie J. Canfield1

Date:            Saturday, August 02, 2008

Time:            03:47:18 PM

 

memories:

 

During the early 70's I was employeed with Dobbs House Catering in New Orleans (MSY). I enjoyed working around the Eastern employees very much they made me feel like I was a co worker. I do miss the airport job and most of all I miss the F/A that flew from Baltimore to Mexico City I believe it was flight 906 and 907. Thoes were the good old days. God Bless all of the Eastern Airlines Employees where ever you are.


Date:            Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Time:            07:56:03 PM

memories:

My most memorable flight was when Muhammad Ali and his brother Rahman were on my flight. I was a stew and after the flight we partied in the champs room.


name:            LaVerne Dooley Stinson1

Date:            Sunday, August 03, 2008

Time:            02:52:07 PM

 

memories:

 

The day I went for an interview Mr. Chabot who was Vice President of Engineering and Maintenance did the interviewing and we had a good time laughing because my dad a a couple name that he had.   I was hired. It was a great company to work for.  This was way back whem. LaVerne Dooley Stinson


name:            art calloway1

Date:            Saturday, August 09, 2008

Time:            03:48:50 PM

 

memories:

Just wanted to say hey ya'll to all of the CLT ramp guys back at the old Charlotte airport. Thanks for the great memories.If any one remembers Calloway's boy " Art ", I would love to hear from ya. My e mail is fantumfixer@yahoo.com. I still live in the Charlotte area. Im sad to say Jerry is no longer with us. He passed in 2000. Hope to hear from any of his(my) friends.


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name:            Libby

Date:            Saturday, August 09, 2008

Time:            10:45:17 PM

memories:

 

OMG. I do so miss Eastern...an all girl ramp in the 70's working a 727-100 in PDX. We were so it! Remember the movie cartridges on the 1011's? Omg they were so cool, at the time... remember always having to ask, "movie, or no movie...then "smoking or no smoking"... If I could ever go back in my life it would be to Summers in PDX working for Eastern.


name:            Libby1

Date:            Saturday, August 09, 2008

Time:            10:50:35 PM

 

memories:

 

One more memory...757 touch and go's in PDX. Came down from Boeing Field and did touch and go's in PDX with the EA colors...even before put in service!!! What a memory...too cool. I will NEVER forget! Way before horrible parking garage at PDX. Used to be able to look right at Mt. Hood....dating myself.


name:            Phil Markowitz1

Date:            Thursday, August 14, 2008

Time:            09:33:38 PM

 memories:

I worked at Continental during the "good ole" Texas Air Days.  Eastern was our sister company.  They were good times, but then came the Eastern strike and Texas Air president (I forget his name) ______________ (Insert explative here!) broke the union for sake of the company.  Eastern was bankrupt and that was the end.  As an Avionics Technician for Continental, I went to MIA to tear down 2 Aerospatial ATEC 5000 ATEs.  It was a very somber time.  The entire maintenance facility was vacant.  It was like a ghost town.

 Air travel will never again be like it was in those "good ole" days.  The fun of a trip was summed up by the experience of the air travel itself.

 My hats off to all of those that worked so hard to make this airline what it was and to all of those who still pursue the art of aircraft maintenance.

 Godspeed to all!


name:            Mark1

Date:            Thursday, October 02, 2008

Time:            02:41:25 PM

 

memories:

Eastern has always been my favorite airline.  As a child, I enjoyed trips on a DC-7 and 727 to Miami.  I will always remember my first sight of the Boeing 727-100 as it landed at Baltimore. What a great thrill to see and then have the opportunity to fly on that same plane!

I also remember my last flight on a TriStar, just several months prior to the collapse of the airline.  I was travelling from ATL to SFO;  I sat in the second to the last row in coach.  The movie screen was crooked and the film clarity was poor.  The flight attendant said, "Now this is how we are going to do it - I will do a beverage service, then the meal service;  after that, I will do another beverage service.  After that, I am going downstairs, because it is my birthday and the crew is going to celebrate it.  Any questions?"  

To this day, my home is filled with EAL memorabilia.  I search e-Bay on a regular basis to search for memorabilia, and I always attend airline collectible shows in SFO and try to attend the international shows held in the summer time.

I miss EAL, a lot.  My only regret is that I never got to work for the airline -  although I tried a number of times.


name:            Elias Casanas Jr

Date:            Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Time:            03:06:14 PM

 

memories:

The year was 1972. I was based at San Juan. I also remember Mike Kasten, Bubba, Pat Patterson and a bunch of crazy beautiful funny people. Later I went into "screw scheduling" SJUFK. Maybe someone can send me an e-mail and let me know how their life turned out.


name:            peter ness1

Date:            Saturday, October 18, 2008

Time:            11:47:10 AM

 

memories:

My name i s peter ness and i worked ramp in bos for 21 yrs.My memory of the day the 757 was ferried in for all to admire and all vps and union officials were standing in jetway as i came out,so i asked why we didnt get any thanks for our pay cuts to buy all these new aircraft,while delta puts out an ad thanking its empl.for buying 1 new ac.A few weeks later in the boston globe was an ad showing a full page of new 757s that its empl.bought.A coinsident,or did they hear me?


name:            Mary Snorton1

Date:            Monday, October 20, 2008

Time:            11:25:41 AM

memories:

I have a passion for Eastern Airlines. The very first flight was just so thrilling. I worked on a B727 I liked this aircraft so much.

Being friendly comes natural for me so I never missed saying hello nor goodbye to passenger. I couldn't do enough for the people that flew Eastern. The employees were the the best family a young girl could ever have away from home for the first time. I miss Eastern and would love to fly again if Eastern were to come back today.


name:            emmalee lacy dyling

Date:            Friday, October 24, 2008

Time:            11:37:39 AM

memories:

i remember to flight attendant boutique at JFK...And buying a T-shirt the said "marry me, fly free" and it worked !!!!!!!!!!


name:            Joe Komjathy

Date:            Monday, October 27, 2008

Time:            05:00:58 PM

memories:

I worked for Page Airways at DTW back in the mid-1970's and we used to borrow a lot of EAL equipment such as air starts and baggage carts as we worked charters at the Berry terminal. We had a good working relationship with Eastern.

One evening I was driving the flight crew of a Trans International stretch 8 from our FBO base to the aircraft. Along the way we were talking about Eastern when one of the crew, an ex-Eastern flight attendant, said that she would see the ghost of the flight engineer from flight 402. She said that others would also see the ghost in other EAL L1011's that used some parts from flight 402. At the time, I just brushed it off. But then I heard from others. I was also quite surprised to see that also mentioned in the movie about EA 402.

Since then I never heard any more about it.


name:            GARY JOHNSON

Date:            Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Time:            01:09:59 PM

memories:

 This is a poem that I wrote for Art Reik's last day at EASTERN.

I belive it was 1985.   (Engine Service Center MIA)

                YOUR LAST DAY

I belive it's been four score years or even more,

  Since you first became to be, the E.O. man on this floor E.O.'s by hundredswill come and by hundreds will go,

  But there's only one man like "ART REIK" that we know.

Since you saved all your money, an have this great wealth,

  Now you can enjoy it, while you still have your health.

Your hair has stopped growing,I think it's starting to gray,

  But remember to be thankful, for this is your last day.

Now that it's all over, all of your work has been done,

  You can spend your time fishing and just having fun.

All of us here at "EASTERN" want to pas on this WISH,

  Congratulations on retirement and "GOD" save the fish.


name:            John Ritcher

Date:            Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Time:            10:35:56 AM

memories:

 I am too young to remember FLT 401 but I do remember always hearing from people how great Eastern was. I did not embark on my first flt until 1991 after the company folded. I was 15 yrs old and remember a flt attendent on a United Flt telling me she used to work for them and wish she was still there. She said the customer service was much better and they always had alot of pride in the work they did. My most recent flt was with RyanAir and perhaps they could open a school of manners and service run by former Eastern Employees. I was born in 1975 and my regret is that I never did get the chance to fly with Eastern and see for myself. I hope one day someone will attempt to bring the brand back with the same kind of excellence that I experienced from the flt attendent who knew it was my first time in the air and went the extra mile to reassure me that I was in good hands. I am really sorry to learn about Flt 401 and hope all who died are resting peacefully with Jesus. Best Regards John Ritcher


name:            Tricia Fitch

Date:            Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Time:            01:17:49 PM

 memories:

I miss EAL - the employees and the passengers...

My flights to interview and then to training were incredible and highlighted the experience - fantastic.  Let's all do it again.

And by the way I am looking for a job.  Experience: Flight Attendant Business Adm and marketing degree...more.

   Thanks so much.


name:            new yorker

Date:            Saturday, November 15, 2008

Time:            12:02:55 PM

memories:

I'm not an ex-employee. The first airplane flight I ever took was on an EAL 727 from LaGuardia to Daytona Beach,FL way back in 1975. A different world. I was 18 at the time and got "dressed up" for the flight. We took off in the morning and I remember looking out the window as we flew down the East River passing to the west of Brooklyn.

I think flight attendants were still called "stewardesses" in 1975 and seemed to be all these gorgeous young southern blonde girls! A quick stop in Jacksonville and then a short hop to Daytona Beach where the pilot greeted us as we left his plane. They had to roll a set of stairs up to the plane as the Daytona airport didn't have a large terminal.


name:            Carmen R. Pietri

Date:            Friday, December 26, 2008

Time:            08:24:03 AM

memories:

 I remenber flying to Mexico City and working F/C and a passenger calling me over to tell me we had lost an engine. Because it was Dc-8, I asked how did he know. He said to me look outside the window which I did, and sure enough there was a big hole where the engine had been.  Right away I felt abig jolt and we were going down and we made it in a Texas military airport. Thank God everyone was fine when we landed. Just a little nervous as you can imagine!