Date: 17 Oct 99 23:29:40 From: "Phillip Byrd" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Organization: MindSpring Enterprises References: 1 2 3
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In 1963 I flew a United Viscount from Memphis to Philadelphia, with stops in Nashville, Knoxville, and Washington National. It was my first ever flight on an airplane with four engines. As a 14 year-old, I thought it was pretty neat, especially with all the stops along the way. I was in college in Denver in the late 1960's and remember seeing two white DC-6's parked at Stapleton and operating which were used by United for pilot training. And I remember seeing those DC-6's in United livery making the Elko and Ely runs. There were no scheduled flights into Stapleton using the Caravelle, as the plane wasn't suitable for high altitude fields. But once in a while there would be a Caravelle on the ground for training, and occasionally an equipment change in Chicago or Detroit would put a flight into Denver on a Caravelle. Once my girlfriend was returning to Denver from Detroit, and lucked into a flight on a Caravelle. I was very dissappointed that she was completely unimpressed with her good fortune. I just got to see it on the ground. She got to fly in that marvelous machine and she didn't even notice! I often wonder where those Viscounts and Caravelles are today.