Post by Tom/CalClassic on Dec 29, 2012 11:54:30 GMT -5
Here in the US TWA wanted to fly the jets as first class only aircraft, with all tourist class seats on the propliners. That would have maximized their life. But when United and American decided all jets would have both first class and economy seats, that idea was abandoned.
I know that I am behind the times, but there is a certain not-sure-what to propliners, be they bang- or whoosh-powered. Many of my earliest flights were on piston airliners (Great Lakes Airways (ON) CV-440s and DC-3s), as well as later flights on Austin Airways' really distinctive HS748s. In fact, I may have been on Air Ontario's last-ever CV580 flight in 1988 from YYZ-YZR.
In the sim mode, flying propliners is just more fun, period. Modern jets are just too boring for my tastes. Input your flight in the FDE and that's it. Yawn. Propliners, on the other hand, are like living beasts -- even the British-engined turboprops require constant fiddling with the fuel trim.
So would I like to see an Ultimate DC-7D, an L-1449 and an Eland-engined CV540? You betcha. But I am patient. I just wish I had the skills to make such beasts from scratch.