Swift Air is honored to be able to donate both the Eastern Airlines James Hartley Memorial Plaque and the Eastern Airlines Captain Edward Vernon Rickenbacker “Captain Eddie” Fountain Plaque to a museum in Miami, FL.
Bill Sablesak shared Swift Air's post.
First Officer Hartley! Reminds me of the attempted hijacking of a FedEx
DC-10. The perp was a black belt martial artist armed with clubs,
knives and a speargun. A desperate fight ensued after the attacker ball
penned the engineer and ripped the captain's
ear off. The F/O rolled the aircraft inverted and the fight continued
on the ceiling of the cockpit for awhile. When the captain recovered
sufficiently to fly the aircraft, the F/O started wrestling the
assailant despite having received grave wounds. The captain managed to
safely land, but the fight continued until they took to the escape
slides. The assailant is serving a life sentence and in a sense so are
all three crew members: They sustained career ending injuries.
Laurie T Christian Christian:
Hello everyone, I
was hired in July of 1979, based in MIA, then after 3yrs I transferred to
EWR... Until our demise in 1991.
I will forever love EAL, it was my home away from home.
Station Managers September 1989. Apparently I lined them out if they had transferred or retired. If anyone knows the location or FB contact please post.
Richard Eric Carlson
Larry Wendland 02-05-18
I'm a Navy brat and my dad put in 20 years in the Navy and retired in 1959 and then put in 20 years at Eastern. I put in 23 1/2 yrs ('66-'89) with Eastern. That made my kids Eastern brats and now my daughter is a Flight Attendant for United. The tradition goes on. It gets in your blood.
Bob Moore Hey Neil, I checked out the EAL Radio Website Just let me know have to upload the video.
Bob Moore 11:31am Dec 13
Hey Neal, More than happy to share the video on your website. Not much of a story. I had just purchased the camera as my son was being born later that month. Someone commented on the video and provided me the FO's name (Joe Pomponio). I reached out via Facebook to Joe but, no response as yet. Just thought it would be nice that the pilots could have a video of them working back in the day.
Russell Sykes 11:40am Dec 13
Bob & Neal. That is Joe Pompano but I''m not real sure if that is Clay Faulkner. Clay and I were new hire classmates in Dec 6, 1965. I don't recall Clay having a bald spot on the back of his head. The voice sounds like him though.
AWESOME!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!
Amanda Morgan 5:34pm Dec 13
I remember when I had a 30 hour layover in Daytona. I was commuting from St. Augustine, FL but based in Atlanta. The Captain would let me sit in the cockpit for takeoff (wow...no restrictions back in the day!) And I would point out my home on Anastasia Island as we flew over. Oh those were the days!!!
Kenneth Jensen 5:39pm Dec 13
Bob Moore 6:16 pm Dec. 10 Eastern Airlines A300 (N205EA) MIA take off. Back in the day as an F/A, I held a turn-around trip that was MIA-FLL-JFK-MIA (September 3rd 1986). We would ferry the flight from MIA to FLL to re-position the aircraft. I just purchased a new video camera (5lbs.) for my son’s birth and thought I would try it out and video the MIA to FLL ferry leg.The Captain allowed me to jump-seat however, I don’t remember the pilot’s names. (Maybe someone could identify the pilots and let them know) The video is about 20 minutes long and for some reason, I do not have the landing into FLL. Eastern Airlines A300 (N205EA) Mia take off.
I worked for almost 20 years. I started as Lead Agent and promoted to Assistant Manager. I worked for a total of 4 years...07-07-69 was my employment date. Then to MIA front end flight crews.
I again was Assistant Manager and I worked for 3+ years. Then my father got terminal lung cancer.
I applied to MIARR for training. I then transferred to TPARR. I WENT ON DISABILITY (POST-POLIO SYNDROME) I DID MY DAMDEST TO WORK HARD IN EVERY DEPT. TRYING TO KEEP EAL FLYING!
I can't remember the date, but it was 84-86ish, I worked for United at the time. I was in Gravely Park at DCA plane spotting when I saw the almost accident between and EA 727 and a Helicopter. The copter was in the wrong and crossed the path of a rolling take off an EAL flight which was just about rotating. The pilot aborted, and did an incredible job of getting the flight stopped off the runway and almost in the Potomac. He amazingly turned the aircraft right after leaving the runway to utilized more ground or he would have been in the water.
I'll never forget it, he really did a great job and I've always wanted to let people know that, but we didn't have Internet at the time. I believe David Hartman of Good Morning America was on-board I heard. So, whoever you are Captain, GREAT JOB !!!
I was an Eastern Airlines Reservations Agent till 1991 and then continued with Continental Airlines until both my wife and I got downsized. I have sent you a friend request. I am going to be very depressed if the New Eastern disappears.
To: [email protected]
Subject: New Eastern Group
Date: Sat 09-02-2017 06:17 PM
I understand someone bought the new Eastern. Will it retain it's name ?
E.A.L. # 33714 April 1 1968 in MIA thru the shut down. The best 21 years of my