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50 Years Ago Today BOAC flew its last Boeing Stratocruiser Flight

           Boeing image of a Stratocruiser berth. Jeffery Renshaw recalls sleeping between “crisp white sheets” in a berth on a BOAC Boeing Stratocruiser as a child.  Jeffery’s Dad was a BOAC manager stationed at LaGuardia and Idlewild (JFK) airports in the 1950’s and the family made many transatlantic crossings. He remembers […]

Wi-Fi at 30,000 feet in 2009? Heck, we had a public phone on a B-377 Stratocruiser in 1957!

Its always only a matter of time.  And technology! Yours truly at the console of NWA Ship 704 Amazement at recent accounts of the Wi-Fi race among airlines brings to mind the equally stunning feat (for its time) when Northwest Airlines installed the first air-ground telephone in regularly scheduled passenger service. NWA Boeing B-377 Stratocruiser […]

It’s May: from Ellen Church to . . . Pet Airways?

On May 15, 1930, registered nurse Ellen Church went on duty aboard an Oakland-to-Chicago flight operated by Boeing Air Transport (a forerunner of United Airlines) thus becoming the first airline stewardess.  (She beat me out by about two and a half decades!) On May 12, 2009, NPR’s Morning Edition did a story about “an airline going […]

Thats Billion with a “B” . . .

Ah well, remember back a year or so ago when United Airlines became the first U.S. carrier to charge $25 for a second piece of luggage? And most airlines followed? Then American started charging $15 for the FIRST piece of luggage.  The airlines claimed these fees were added to defray jet-fuel costs, which had surged […]

You wouldn’t, by any chance, have traveled to British Columbia last year, would you?

That would be the southwestern-most province of Canada.  More specifically, I am wondering if you could have been a boarding passenger at the Kelowna, B.C. airport in 2008? “Why do you ask?” you may be wondering. It seems that the Canadian Air Transportation Security Authority tested a new scanning machine at the Kelowna airport.  No, […]

And what did the Air Force One “Photo Op” cost?

I promise.  This is my last word on the subject.  Today we learn that the embarrassing incident over New York City that sent Louis Caldera packing from the White House cost taxpayers $328,835. I still say it is a great photo!

It sure is a great photo, but was it worth it?

The ill-conceived photo shoot of Air Force One swishing over our Lady Liberty in New York Harbor cost a White House staffer his job. Louis Caldera, Director of the White House Military Office responsible for ordering the photo shoot resigned today, less than two weeks after a “furious” President Obama ordered an investigation into the […]