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      Post #42150, posted on 03-29-2012 GMT-5 hours    
      A couple of mementos from my trip to Hong Kong in March of 1997




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      Post #42165, posted on 03-30-2012 GMT-5 hours    
      I forget exactly what got me started on it, but a few weeks back I was musing with somebody about how much fun the airliner hobby was for me in the mid to late '90s. From the 1:1 end you still had a good bit of vintage equipment in wide service (TriStars, 727s, etc.) and some interesting newer aircraft (MD-11s, for example), and you also had an array of vintage airlines that have since disappeared, alongside newer carriers that also went away. On the hobby side you had the Internet starting to come along as a source of information, along with cool new decals coming along from a number of sources, and the first stirrings of Minicraft entering the 1:144 civil market. I still remember how excited I'd get when a new flyer would come from ATP/Airliners America, or when the new mailer for Flight Path would be in the morning's mail. Or that day in 1995 when I got a package that contained Liveries Unlimited's sheet A4-001, and wondered "where have decals like these been all our lives?"

      Apologies for the minor thread hijack...but, man, to me those were halcyon days.

      In 1924 Wien was Alaska's first airline. In 1980 it still is.

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      Post #42168, posted on 03-30-2012 GMT-5 hours    
      With all the information that is available today, airline photo sites, photo albums & histories, it really has been and still is an incredible era for airline enthusiasts! I marvel every day at how much material is at one's fingertips. Just in the last few years, have been able fulfill so many 30-40 yr searches for photos and stories. There was a 'Golden Era' and now we have the best materials to look back at it and enjoy it all over again!




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