Re: Help ID Piedmont Propeller Planes, Please

From:         michael.f.lechnar@boeing.com
Date:         11 Dec 1996 18:05:18 GMT
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In article <58hqqo$a5p@kragar.kei.com> Stefano Pagiola
<spagiola@worldbank.org> writes:

>John Witherspoon wrote:
>> In the mid to late 1970s, Piedmont Airlines flew propeller planes into
>> Myrtle Beach, South Carolina's airport ...
>> Can anyone shed any light on what type of planes these prop transports
>> might have been?  If memory serves, they were large, four engine planes,
>> i.e. bigger than, say, Convair 580s.

>Piedmont never flew any 4-engined prop aircraft.  What you remember were
>probably YS-11s, a twin-engine turboprop built in Japan.  Piedmont has a 
>fleet of these (which it later sold to PBA).  They also had Martin 404s, but
>I believe they'd have been gone by the dates you mention (the 404s look a lot
>like a Convair 440) and Fairchild FH-227s.  If the planes you remember had a 
>high wing, they were probably YS-11s, if a low wing, FH-227s.

Stefano,

You got it backward.  The low wing a/c was the YS-11 and the high wing was
the F-27.  My very first commercial airplane ride was on the F-27 from
Charleston WV to Asheville NC when I was 16.  I've always had a soft spot
for Piedmont.  You never forget your first time.

Mike Lechnar