Re: Help ID Piedmont Propeller Planes, Please

Date:         08 Dec 96 04:12:34 
From: (Brian Maddison)
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In article <589hun$> (John Witherspoon) writes:

>In the mid to late 1970s, Piedmont Airlines flew propeller planes into
>Myrtle Beach, South Carolina's airport, which was not at the time (and is
>not presently) equipped for commercial jets (jet traffic into MYB started
>soon thereafter, when all commercial flights were moved to the civilian
>terminal of the Myrtle Beach Air Force base).
>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 operated any four-engined airpliners.
Based on the timeframe, these were Japanese NAMC YS-11 twin turboprops
(RR Dart). Other possibilities are Martin 404 or Fairchild FH227, but
both types had been retired from PI service by the early/mid 1970s.

YS-11s are still operated by Airborne Express and Reeve Aleutian.