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Monday, December 11, 2017

Episode 345

“Eastern and Air Force One”


Our program scheduled for the EAL Radio Show Episode 345 on Monday evening, December 11, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. EDT is “Eastern and Air Force One”.

Air Force One isn't a specific plane, it's the air traffic control designation given to any Air Force aircraft with the President of the United States on board. The designation was first used when an Eastern Airlines commercial flight 8610 entered the same airspace as a plane, Air Force 8610, was carrying President Dwight D. Eisenhower and both planes had the same call sign. The Air Force since then, established the unique air traffic control designation "Air Force One" for any aircraft carrying the President of the United States

There is a history though of a couple of U.S. Presidents that flew on Eastern planes…how many U. S. Presidents flew on an Eastern aircraft? Tune in to Episode 345 on December 11, 2017 to hear that answer. Maybe one of our Eastern members was aboard when a U.S. President flew with Eastern. We would love to have you call in to our live broadcast at 213-816-1611 at 7:00 P. M. EDT and join our conversation. Listen in by clicking the hyperlink to take you there at: or

EAL Radio Show Broadcast "From The Eastern Files"

Upcoming Episode 45, Thursday, December 14, 2017
Part II Story Written About
Captain Bill Malone, "The Compass and the Clock"


The EAL Radio Show Episode 45, Thursday, December 14, 2017, "From The Eastern Files" begins at 3:00 P.M. Neal will  give us more memories as the topic this week is the story of Captain Bill Malone, "The Compass and the Clock." An amazing story about "fate." Tune-in From the Eastern Files for this very interesting story. Episode 45 will air on Thursday, December 14, 2017, 2017. Listen in by going to our website,, or at the EAL Blog Talk Radio website at:

No EAL Radio Show "From The Eastern Files" on December 21, 2017

EAL Radio Show Broadcast

Open Mike “Let's Talk Eastern”

Episode 346,

December 18, 2017


The EAL Radio Show has set aside the original program scheduled. Instead we will have an Open Mike and the topic is “Let's Talk Eastern" scheduled for Episode 346, December 18, 2017  at 7:00 P.M. ET.


This topic will open up to our hosts and listeners to discuss the present changes that occurred recently with The Eastern Air Lines Group and the cancelling of their DOT AOC. We would like to hear your thoughts and views on seeing our beloved name that will once again, no longer be seen in the skies. Tune in to hear the views of our hosts and listeners on this topic.


We look forward to your joining us on this evening to share your thoughts. Please call in at 213-816-1611 at 7:00 P. M. ET as we depart the gate, or listen in by clicking the hyperlink to take you to:

EAL Radio Show Broadcast

 Episode 347, January 8, 2018

 Looking Back…“Through The EAL Radio Show Hourglass of 2017”


The EAL Radio Show is celebrating our 2018 season of our broadcast by looking back through the sands of time through The EAL Radio Show Hourglass of 2017. Take a walk with us down memory lane as we review the broadcasts and the variety of hosts that entertained us in 2017. We shared many memories during 2017 that gave us much joy and happiness. We also shared the sorrows when we were saddened by the loss of folks in our Eastern Family. Our shows have been many (50 Monday broadcasts, in fact) and our memories of each remain in our heart.


Our walk will take us as the sands of time drift from Episode to Episode as we began with: Our Love of Eastern, Nothing but Humor; Certifying an Airline; Eastern Authors and New Book Releases; Discussion on Airline Crashes and Investigations; Memories of our EAL Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson base; Eastern at Disney Orlando; Memorial Tributes; Silverliners Round Table; Pilot Shortage; Shows about Nothing; Veterans’ Day Tributes…


We continue falling with Episodes of Air Traffic Control Privatization; Fear of Flying; Soundbytes of ATC; Eastern Goes to the Smithsonian; Wrong Airport Landings; State of Nation’s Airlines; Eastern Brats; REPA Convention Broadcast …until we were at the last quarter of 2017. Then we held our Annual 9/11 Tribute; Eastern’s Wings of Man” Exhibit; Our 2nd Annual EAL Radio Show Hall of Fame Award; Ask the Airline Experts; Airline Makes and Models; D.B. Cooper 46th Anniv; EAL's Love of The Lockheed Airplanes; Remembering D-Day;  Air Force One;


Coming in for a landing to the last show of the year; Let’s Talk Eastern.


Join us as we travel through the “EAL Radio Show Hourglass of 2017.”  We look forward to having you call us and to sharing your thoughts. Our call-in number is 213-816-1611 at 7:00 P. M. ET as we depart the gate, or listen in by clicking the hyperlink to take you to:

Breaking News!

Delta Flight Takes Unplanned Potty Break In Billings By Billings Gazette Staff

 A direct Delta flight from New York City to Seattle on Saturday night made an unplanned stop in Billings for what several passengers considered an emergency — a potty break. While enroute, the Boeing 757’s toilets “ceased functioning, with passengers queuing up and indicating they needed to visit the toilet,” according to a Delta incident report. On a good day, the coast-to-coast flight can take about six hours. “All toilets were full and passengers needed to ‘go really bad,’ "the report states. So the flight, traveling near the Canadian border, diverted hundreds of miles south to Billings where it landed about 6 p.m. But, because a gate was not available, the airplane had to taxi to a cargo area where pilots were again told there were several “passengers that needed to find a lavatory very urgently.” Ground crews rolled a stairway to the airplane so passengers could “disembark to find relief of built-up pressures,” the Delta report said. See more in Newsletter Online Aug-Dec17.

Delta Crew Accused Of Mistaking Passenger For Trafficking Victim By Michael Bartiromo

An Atlanta-area woman says she’s upset with Delta Air Lines and U.S. Customs and Border Protection after she was mistaken for a human trafficking victim upon returning from an international vacation. Stephanie Ung, 26, told WXIA that she and a friend had just returned from a trip to Cancun, Mexico, when they were stopped by Customs and Border Protection at the Atlanta airport and questioned for over an hour — which was just long enough for Ung to miss Thanksgiving dinner with her family. “I just kept telling them that I wanted to go home for Thanksgiving dinner, with my family and that they were making me late, but they just didn’t care,” Ung told the station through tears. “They just laughed.” According to WXIA, Ung was never told why she was being questioned, though she believes that she and her friend were racially profiled and subsequently suspected of being the victims of a trafficking operation.  See more in Newsletter Online Aug-Dec17.

  JetBlue to Launch Daily New York-JFK Nonstop Flights From Worcester
by María Corina Roldan

MIAMI – JetBlue will launch a daily nonstop service between Worcester Regional Airport (ORH) and New York’s JFK starting on May 3, 2018.According to JetBlue, the airline will become the only commercial carrier to serve Worcester. The new route is expected to be operated by their Embraer 190 aircraft which features two-by-two seating. “This latest growth in Worcester is yet another example of JetBlue’s ongoing commitment to our Massachusetts customers and our leadership position in the region,” said Robin Hayes, president and chief executive officer, JetBlue. New York service is not the first route of the carrier to Massachusetts; JetBlue has existing nonstop flights between Worcester and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Orlando International Airport (MCO) that were launched in November 2013. See more of the article in Newsletter Online Aug-Dec17.

Air France Retrieves Stranded A380

From Canada

Flight Dashboard By David Kaminski-Morrow

Air France has retrieved the Airbus A380 stranded in Canada, flying it back to Paris, but the aircraft will not be returned to service for several weeks. The aircraft (F-HPJE) had been parked in Goose Bay since 30 September after it diverted following uncontained failure of one of its Engine Alliance GP7200 powerplants. Air France tells FlightGlobal that its own crew, rather than Airbus personnel, flew the aircraft back to Paris Charles de Gaulle on 6 December. It landed around 22:00. The aircraft has been taken to the H6 hangar at the airport, a facility which was specifically designed for A380 maintenance. Air France says the aircraft will undergo checks for "a few weeks" before it is returned to scheduled service. See more in Newsletter Online Aug-Dec17.

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