Re: UAL Viscounts?

Date:         05 Oct 99 03:14:45 
From:         "Philip J. Kuhl" <pjkuhl@erols.com>
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United Air Lines' system timetable taking effect December 1, 1968 still
shows a lot of Viscount service -- not to mention the DC-6 operating into
and out of Ely and Elko, Nevada.  I would assume the final service date for
the Viscount would have been in 1969 because the system timetable of August
1, 1969 shows no Viscount service.

At that time I was living on the outskirts of Rochester, New York and recall
reading a newspaper article about the last United propeller service into the
city -- a Viscount.

In the late 1960s United made much of the introduction of the Boeing 737 as
allowing it to retire its propeller fleet (ignoring that DC-6 which
soldiered on for years).  Interestingly enough, they couldn't do that with
the Caravelle which United was also operating at the time.  The Caravelle
was equipped with all first class seating (no coach) and thus was employed
more on routes carrying a high percentage of business travellers.  United in
those days even offered "men only" executive flights -- times have certainly
changed!

Philip J. Kuhl
Arlington, Virginia
PJKuhl@erols.com