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  • EAL TriStar, L-1011 Reg# N317EA
    by Neal Holland on August 15, 2019 at 4:20 PM
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    Sent in by Bill Hirsch 08-15-19, VIdeo: Baxter Cat! Published on Jul 7, 2019

    Rare footage from an Eastern Airlines Flight Engineer, recorded on a VHS tape in 1986. Shows an Eastern Airlines L-1011 TriStar, registration N317EA, on the ground in New York City. The full tour includes exterior shots, a cabin walkthrough, the galley on the lower deck, and cockpit shots. Exterior tour begins: 0:11 Cabin tour begins: 3:16 Galley tour begins: 7:11 More of cabin: 8:53 Cockpit tour begins: 9:28 The plane, N317EA, was delivered to Eastern Airlines in 1973.

    After the unfortunate closure of Eastern, it was delivered to Air Algerie for a few months, and then American Trans Air. In 1991, the plane was delivered to Delta Airlines under the registration N784DA, and was broken up in 2003 at Marana Boneyard. More information, as well as photos, is available online. The Lockheed L-1011 TriStar, is an American medium-to-long-range, wide-body Trijet airliner by Lockheed Corporation.

    It was the third wide-body airliner to enter commercial operations, after the Boeing 747 and the McDonnell Douglas DC-10. The airliner has a seating capacity of up to 400 passengers and a range of over 4,000 nautical miles (7,410 km). Its Trijet configuration has three Rolls-Royce RB211 engines with one engine under each wing, along with a third center-mounted engine. The aircraft has an auto land capability, an automated descent control system, and available lower deck galley and lounge facilities. The aircraft also has a dedicated smoking section, 7 lavatories, giant movie screens, large ceilings, and multiple elevators that take crew to the lower deck galleys. Be sure to share your Eastern Airlines memories in the comments section, and like for more rare aviation videos!

  • "The Phantom Freighter", Eastern Airlin...
    by Neal Holland on August 31, 2018 at 10:26 AM
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    This film promoting Eastern Airlines' cargo service opens with an Eastern 727 plane landing on an air strip (:55) and the doors open to reveal eight freight packs holding cargo (1:43). These shipments are brought to a lauder lifter and then to a skid (2:38). Rollers built into the floor of the plane enabled rapid movement of cargo (3:20). Large bags reading domestic air mail are shown and these are also transported in addition to cargo (3:48). Seats are being loaded into the plane as it will soon become a passenger plane (4:56). The crew is seen unloading crates of live lobster, tropical fish (5:15), and an artificial kidney machine which had been manufactured by DWS INC. (5:42). In the air freight office, paperwork must be completed to direct the freight to it?s final destination (6:27). On the plane, the remaining seats are set into place (7:04), and cargo flight 477 is now passenger flight 90 (7:41). Communication between the passenger control center and the Phantom freighter are constant and preparations for passengers to being boarding are conducted (8:38). The crew boards the plane about 45 minutes prior to take-off to ensure the planes readiness (9:28) and the aircraft is fueled (9:34). The flight engineer is seen making visual checks (9:55) and caterers load items such as soda cans, glasses and meals (10:37). The film draws to it?s end as the passengers board and it enters the run-way for take off (13:52). This has been an Education through Motivation (14:57) production. PeriscopeFilm, Published on June 13, 2018

  • Eastern Airlines A300 (N205EA) Mia take ...
    by Neal Holland on January 3, 2018 at 4:26 PM
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    Someone commented on the video and provided me the FO's name which is Joe Pomponio. I reached out via Facebook to Joe but haven't heard back yet. Also no response as yet to who the Captain and the SO is ?????? Just thought it would be nice that the pilots could have a video of them working back in the day.

    I (Bob Moore) worked as an F/A from 1980 to 1989. When starting my new job with Eastern I was newly married...(now in my late 50's), I'm enjoying the memory of those early days.

    Video details: Back in the day as an F/A, I held a turnaround 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 flight 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.

  • Planes and Service
    by Neal Holland on November 26, 2010 at 6:35 PM
    1696 Views - 2 Comments

    Great pics of EAL planes, service and destinations


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