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.
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.