Skip to comments.United Airlines fleet through the years
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.
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Though discussed here many times, it's always shocking to see the quality of flight attendants in the 60's and 70's.
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.
How far we've fallen.
“Though discussed here many times, it’s always shocking to see the quality of flight attendants in the 60’s and 70’s.”
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.
( 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!
The oldest one looks like “Ma and Pa Kettle Go Flying” ;-)
Also known as “the guppy.”
In pic 25 it shows the passengers sitting on patio furniture, that’s classic.
Oh hell yes.
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?
Calling Barranca. Calling Barranca. Over....
I like pic #9. Guy painting an L1011, using a roller!
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!
Nice landing gear
Nope the 737 was and is not known as the guppy
Seems a roller would add a surface with a lot of drag.
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.
I remember calling the 737 either FLUF or Fat Albert.
I think many of those quality flight attendants are still working.
They were hot, and they weren’t ashamed to be called “Stewardess”.
The New Castrati gave us the term “Flight Attendant”.
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?
United is based in Chicago, so their union is the union of unions.
I wonder what benefits, breaks and support the Swiss government gives their flagship air carrier? versus what United gets from our government.
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.
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