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United Airlines fleet through the years
Chicago Tribune ^

Posted on 02/01/2012 7:36:13 AM PST by ConservativeStatement

As United Airlines retires its last Boeing 737, the Tribune looks back at some of the aircraft the carrier has used from its start as the nation's first coast-to-coast mail and passenger service.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; History; Travel
KEYWORDS: airlines; airplanes; aviation; oldnews; ual; united
The photos are interesting in that they represent different times in culture.
1 posted on 02/01/2012 7:36:15 AM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

Though discussed here many times, it's always shocking to see the quality of flight attendants in the 60's and 70's.

2 posted on 02/01/2012 7:44:29 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: ConservativeStatement

In the early 1970’s I worked at Denver’s Stapleton airport on the fueling system for United and Continental. The workers on the tarmac referred to the 737’s as “pigs”, because they were short and fat.


3 posted on 02/01/2012 7:44:39 AM PST by the_Watchman
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To: ConservativeStatement

How far we've fallen.

4 posted on 02/01/2012 7:47:12 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Paladin2

“Though discussed here many times, it’s always shocking to see the quality of flight attendants in the 60’s and 70’s.”

Fly KLM.


5 posted on 02/01/2012 7:48:43 AM PST by trumandogz
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To: ConservativeStatement
Flew a United flight from Zurich to the U.S. (WDC-Dulles) on Jan. 24th. Very disappointing (10+ hour trans-Atlantic)flight. Older aircraft; older, lousy "entertainment" system. Food was subpar - steward staff was "cheery" though.

Flew Swiss Air going over and then on another long leg R/T part of my trip, and hands down, a super nice air travel experience; puts the United flight to shame.

6 posted on 02/01/2012 7:52:35 AM PST by nfldgirl
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To: ConservativeStatement

Executive flight
( United Airlines photo )

On board an Executive Flight in 1967. The flight, which was for men only, ran from 1953-1970.

My how times have changed!

7 posted on 02/01/2012 7:52:57 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Pretty Groovy!

The oldest one looks like “Ma and Pa Kettle Go Flying” ;-)


8 posted on 02/01/2012 7:55:13 AM PST by bigbob
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To: the_Watchman
New 737's still fly low through the mountains of the West:


9 posted on 02/01/2012 7:56:15 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: the_Watchman

Also known as “the guppy.”


10 posted on 02/01/2012 7:56:15 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Eh ?)
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To: ConservativeStatement

In pic 25 it shows the passengers sitting on patio furniture, that’s classic.


11 posted on 02/01/2012 7:58:43 AM PST by WhatNot
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To: Rummyfan

Oh hell yes.


12 posted on 02/01/2012 7:59:06 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Mean Maryjean

I fly United Rome - Dulles - Rome three or four times a year. Their service is good but the crews are very.... experienced shall we say?


13 posted on 02/01/2012 8:00:20 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: WhatNot

Calling Barranca. Calling Barranca. Over....

14 posted on 02/01/2012 8:04:11 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I like pic #9. Guy painting an L1011, using a roller!


15 posted on 02/01/2012 8:12:19 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: ConservativeStatement
My first flight was in early '67 and it was on United.
I was fresh out of Parris Island, in uniform and the stewardesses treated me like gold.
I never forgot that and flew United whenever possible for over four decades.
16 posted on 02/01/2012 8:16:26 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
That was a good shot.

PSA L-1011


17 posted on 02/01/2012 8:17:58 AM PST by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

United Airlines, one of the worst around with, bad service, rude staff and they always try to gouge you every way they can. They SUCK!


18 posted on 02/01/2012 8:18:42 AM PST by WellyP (REAL)
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To: Paladin2

Nice landing gear


19 posted on 02/01/2012 8:22:08 AM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Nope the 737 was and is not known as the guppy
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=guppy%20airplane&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CEIQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FGuppy_Aircraft&ei=C2QpT8qEC-XJiQKzj5C_Cg&usg=AFQjCNHUYXjJVq0-fzSafGCHGJpubAtb4A


20 posted on 02/01/2012 8:25:21 AM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Seems a roller would add a surface with a lot of drag.


21 posted on 02/01/2012 8:37:17 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Rummyfan

I rode on a Ford Tri-Motor in the early 30’s. Wicker seats and windows that you could open were features you don’t see today.


22 posted on 02/01/2012 8:37:28 AM PST by Ole Okie
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To: al baby

I remember calling the 737 either FLUF or Fat Albert.


23 posted on 02/01/2012 8:52:15 AM PST by newbolt
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To: Paladin2

I think many of those quality flight attendants are still working.


24 posted on 02/01/2012 8:55:25 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: the_Watchman
I used to fly between Dallas and Houston on Southwest in the 70s and 80s. 15 bucks oneway, no reservations needed, no invasive searches and the best looking flight attendants in hot pants. the only way I'll fly now is a have to case, instead I'd rather drive for 3 days.
25 posted on 02/01/2012 8:56:39 AM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: Paladin2

They were hot, and they weren’t ashamed to be called “Stewardess”.

The New Castrati gave us the term “Flight Attendant”.


26 posted on 02/01/2012 9:23:55 AM PST by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: WellyP

Unions.


27 posted on 02/01/2012 9:24:52 AM PST by libh8er
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To: ConservativeStatement

I don’t have much experience with United. I’m from Dallas, so I primarily flew American growing up, as I will be tomorrow.

Now that their Ch. 11, who knows?


28 posted on 02/01/2012 9:31:09 AM PST by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: libh8er

United is based in Chicago, so their union is the union of unions.


29 posted on 02/01/2012 9:31:45 AM PST by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: Rummyfan
Given the shape of the windows, they appear to be in a Sud Caravelle.
30 posted on 02/01/2012 9:50:09 AM PST by kerosene
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To: martin_fierro
When exactly did United start hiring Oompa Loompas?
31 posted on 02/01/2012 9:52:44 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Rummyfan

I wonder what benefits, breaks and support the Swiss government gives their flagship air carrier? versus what United gets from our government.


32 posted on 02/01/2012 10:52:40 AM PST by Wuli
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To: al baby
Hate to disagree, but back in the 80's when I worked for People Express and later, Continental the 747's were whales and the 737's were guppies.

The stylized stickers on the cases that the pilots carried their charts in even had those nicknames on them. It was a Boeing thing, whale vs. guppy, having nothing to do with the actual transport aircraft known as the guppy.

33 posted on 02/01/2012 12:52:40 PM PST by par4
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