From: email@example.com (Kevin Trinkle) Organization: The PSA History Page Date: 29 Dec 95 22:22:24 References: 1 2 3 4 5
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In article <airliners.1995.2035@ohare.Chicago.COM>, firstname.lastname@example.org (Chuck Forsberg WA7KGX) wrote: >>>I'm a bit too young to have any experience on larger prop planes, >>>were they comfortable? the antique "restoration" airliners >>>I've walked through seem rather luxurious, 4 abreast, big >>>windows, real aisles. The military still uses chartered Convair 580s for the flight from NAS North Island (NZY) to San Clemente Island (NUC). I've been on that flight twice in my life (an impressive feat, considering I'm not in the military), and don't recall the 580 being too loud. The operator (Renown aviation) still had the original Frontier seats in it, which were rather comfortable - and offered enough legroom for me to have a carryon under the seat in front of me and still stretch. Try that today! In 1992, when they used a Convair 440 operated by Air Resorts (and painted like a banana - I've got a picture of it somewhere), that was rather noisy - and scary. The 440 was scrapped earlier this year after they couldn't fix one of its engines. >I don't remember how noisy the Electras were, but nowadays it >seems jets are just barely quiet and smooth enough to listen to >a CD player but commuter turboprops are not. It depends...the 580 we took out there was quiet and smooth, but the Great American DC-9-15 we came back on was awful...I was in 15D (the engines are at row 17), and could barely talk to my friend in 15F. Still had the original Pratts...being in row 34 of an MD-80 is still quieter than these things were, 3 rows away.