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American Airlines cities maps, 1995

The American Airlines network on 15 December 1995: North America (top), South America (centre) and Europe (bottom).

1995 was a year of retrenchment for American. It closed both its Nashville and Raleigh/Durham domestic hubs that year, with only the former still shown as a hub on the North America map, and focused on its core markets, including Chicago O’Hare and Dallas/Fort Worth.

American’s map designers appear a little behind the hub changes. Executives were quoted in news reports at the time saying the Nashville hub closed in the beginning of October, two months before this map.

American operated 644 aircraft, including 35 A300s, 87 757-200s, 19 MD-11s, 260 MD-80s and 75 F-100s, on 15 December 1995, the Flight Fleets Analyzer shows.

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Apparently, I never actually put this on tumblr.

My own little ‘unsettling’ story of sorts.
The first photo is one that a 12 years old me took on the 2nd of July, 1997.
I was sitting in the jumpseat of a Britannia Boeing 757-200, as it turned onto final approach at Newcastle Intl (EGNT) on the way back from a two week holiday in Rhodes, one of the Greek islands.

On the flight out, I’d visited the flight deck and got on well enough with the crew that I spent the majority of the flight there, even as other people and kids came and went, and was invited to stay up front for landing, even given my own headset to listen in to ATC.
Little did we know at the time that such things would soon be consigned to history.
The crew had passed on the word of my return flight, so on the way home I was again allowed to stay up front for landing, this time with my old fashioned film camera at the ready.

The aircrafts registration number can be seen on the little white plate, as well as with the signatures.
G-BYAG.

Just over two years later, on the 14th of September, 1999 just before midnight and in the middle of a thunderstorm with heavy rain, a Britannia 757 suffered a severe crash landing in Gerona, Spain.
Although there were no fatalities in the actual crash, it was still front page news in the UK.
Something didn’t quite sit right with me when I saw the photos though, and I dug out my own photo from two years earlier to compare the registration numbers.
G-BYAG. It was the same plane.

The last photo inparticualr is a bit disconcerting. That’s the same flightdeck, though obviously the window pillar in front of the Captain’s seat on the left wasn’t covered in blood when I had my experience.

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My arrival into SLC on Delta 1634.

Aircraft: N665DN, Boeing 757-232, 75V
Seat: 35F

For me, Delta’s 757 fleet is always a little sketchy on landing. The inboard flaps rattle around and you can always hear the brakes groaning. That doesn’t generally happen on their A320/737 fleet.

But then again, this aircraft is 23 years old!

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United Airlines routes, July 2000

United Airlines North American (top) and international (bottom) routes from July 2000. 

The North American map shows the Chicago-based carrier’s network from its five domestic hubs, as well as the United Shuttle (previously Shuttle by United) service along the west coast.

The international map has changed a lot more than the domestic one during the intervening years. Gone is the Miami focus city that United acquired from Pan Am, as well as the transpacific freighter operation.

United operated 602 mainline aircraft, including 90 A320 family, 75 727-200s, 182 737-200/300/500s, 51 747-200/400s, 98 757-200s, 53 767-200/300ERs, 42 777-200s and 11 DC-10s (including freighters), in July 2000, the Flight Fleets Analyzer shows.