AAL Putting Down The Mad Dogs

Mention the name “Mad Dog” around a person who presently has, or who has ever had, any type of involvement in the aviation industry and that person’s reaction can cover any part of the scale, all the way from “A wonderful old aircraft” down to “Airborne junk!” Not being a pilot or an aircraft mechanic, my feelings about…

Propeller Echoes: Mohawk Airlines

It was seventy years ago, yes, way back in 1945, when C.S. Robinson founded Robinson Airlines.  Over the next 27 years, Robinson Airlines and the airline it later evolved into, Mohawk, flew the skies over the northeastern United States.  Then, in April of 1972, forty-three years ago this month, Mohawk Airlines was absorbed by Allegheny…

A Look Back: Boeing’s 727

Today’s passenger airliners sure are impressive, aren’t they?  As a dedicated aircraft photo spotter, I am tremendously excited whenever I get an opportunity to focus one of the newer paxbirds, like a 380 or a Dreamliner, in my viewfinder.  But I have to be totally honest with you; as pumped up as I get when I am able to…

Braniff 727 boston logan 1985

1980s Airlines at Boston Logan

For many years there was an observation deck on the 16th floor of the Logan airport control tower. It was rigged with an ATC audio feed from the controllers just above and was a great place to observe the airport action. The 1980s were still days of film and on one roll I forgot to…