Welcome To Historic Airline Group

Founded in 2011, the Historic Airline Group was originally formed as Piedmont Virtual Airline. However, early on we decided not to limit ourselves to one airline. We love all the classics! We started by adding Pennsylvania Central Airlines, and as interest grew so did our list of classic airlines. Today we bring over 80 classic airlines from around the world to the virtual airline community.

We fly many classic types of aircraft, from the DC-3 to early 747s and everything in between. In addition to the classic passenger airlines, we also have a wide selection of historic cargo airlines. Early FedEx, UPS, Flying Tigers, Trans Air Link, Atlantic Air Cargo. We even have our own in-house cargo airline, Seven Seas Air Cargo. SSAC operates from hubs all over the world, flying everything from Beech 18's to early 747's. We even have some military flights, using classic military transport aircraft.

HAG also has a unique charter division. Many typical small charter aircraft are based at several locations in the US and Great Britian. The difference is that you get to decide where you fly to. The possibilities are endless! Just like real world charters, you never know where you may go next! Our management is a group of active aviation professionals, including pilots and engineers. We love accuracy and realism and incorporate that into our VA. As such, we expect our members to actually fly, so you need to fly at least once every 90 days or you will be dropped.

Our pilots fly for any airline they desire. Pilots are not limited to any specific hub or airline. The choice is yours every time you fly!  Join us today and start enjoying the challenge of operating classic aircraft on historic airline routes. Take your sim flying to a higher level!

Recent Arrivals

Flight Number Pilot Aircraft Departure Arrival Submit Date Status
BOA2362 Herman Kreimes G-ARVE EGLL HECA 04/22/2018 Pending
UAL11218 S Graham N9063U KORD KSEA 04/22/2018 Pending
TWA10508 Jerry Allen NC1944 KCMH KDAY 04/22/2018 Pending
USA11622 Vladislav Zabroda 12-0145 EDDI ETOU 04/22/2018 Pending
AAL57 Kurt Niedrauer N8433 KABQ KLAS 04/22/2018 Pending



Posted by David Reed on 03/14/2018


   In March 1952, SNCASE (SUD) put forth it's design called the X-210. Accepted by the French government a year later, the Caravelle borrowed several design features from the British DeHavilland Comet, including the forward fuselage, cockpit design and layout. A distinctive feature was the triangle-shaped windows, with rounded corners. These rounded corners helped prevent metal fatigue that the square Comet windows had such an issue with. In April 1955 the first aircraft made its maiden flight, followed by a second prototype a year later. In 1959 Air France purchased the first Caravelle I with seating for 80. Air France bought 12 Caravelle 1, 25 Caravelle IA and 17 Caravelle III. The Caravelle could carry 80-91 passengers depeding on layout. Air France only had two accidents involving the Caravelle, one attributed to a fire on board, and the other due to pilot error. Unfortunately, no one survived either accident. We have added 32 Caravelle flights in Europe. We also have Caravelle flights already for United, Finnair, Sabena, Swissair & SAS. HJG has a terrific set of Caravelle models to choose from.


   We have added over 50 flights for Seven Seas Cargo using the DC8F and the B727F. These flights originate from either Long Beach CA or RAF Mildenhal GB, and fly to various USAF bases around the western US and Europe. These are all active bases, so loads may be food, hazmat or anything the Air Force needs moved to these bases. Long Beach and RAF Mildenhal are both supply centers where cargo is sorted and loaded. These are sunset flights, leaving around 4pm. 


   We have just reviewed and updated the Seven Seas flights. We look for errors, correct them and arrange the flights by departure airports. We also added military passenger charters from two eras. The first set are from the late 1950's using the DC-6B in an all-coach configuration. The second is for the 1980's & 1990's when we use a passenger-configured 747-231. This is a combination of coach (enlisted) and Business Class (officers). These flights orginate from typical Army and Marine Corp bases and travel to Europe mostly, with some service to Bagram in Afghanistan, and one USAF flight from Elmendorf AFB AK to South Korea. Take care of our fine men and women heading out to defend democracy!



 We have just finished reviewing the United Airlines flights. In doing so, we added United DC-7 Red Carpet Service. These were special flights, serving first class pasengers only. In fact, one flight (LGA-MDW-LGA) was shown in brochures as for men only! Red Carpet flights offered the best of what United Airlines had to offer. From Chicago they flew non-stop to Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Same for Detroit, flying from Yipsilanti. Red Carpet service also flew from LAX/SFO to Honolulu. Three flights operated non-stop from the west coast to New York and back. Fares from Los Angeles to New York were a spectacular $166.30. That's $1510 in today's money (If you flew today, United would charge you $2394). I have listed the flights using fares from 1959. Beginning in April 1954, United began taking delivery of the new DC-7, purchasing 57 DC-7's in all, all but seven being the original type (They operated seven DC-7B's as freighters). They were faster than the DC-6, cruised higher and had longer range, especially when carrying a full load of 66 First Class passengers. Everyone dressed in suits and tie, the drinks were free and the food was outstanding. Or, you could save a few bucks, fly with the rabble in the DC-6 and make ten stops while crossing the continent. Yes, if you flew on United's DC-7 Red Carpet flights, you were something special! All 34 Red Carpet Service flights are available now a the Historic Airline Group.



  HAG has added 62 flights for the DC-6B with Northwest Airlines using the 1956 schedule. In 1954 Northwest bought their first DC-6B and used it initially on their long flights to Tokyo. However this quickly changed to the B377 and DC-7C, so the DC-6B was placed in service on domestic routes. Back in the day, flights were often all First Class or all Coach. NWA DC-6B's often flew the coach routes with a few exceptions, using the 88 seat configuration. While the DC-4 was an improvement over the DC3, and the B377 was a financial nightmare, the DC-6B was the perfect plane at the perfect time, proving itself with only a single, non-fatal incident while at Northwest. Fast, pressurized, reliable, it made Northwest a true player in the major airline domestic market. Our DC-6B is N577, delivered in May 1957 and flew with Northwest for seven years. Eventually it ended up flying for Trans Air Link out of Miami, then moved to Northern Air Cargo in Anchorage. In 2001 it was written off in an accident at a remote airstrip in Alaska. Look for Northwest DC-6B textures on Flightsim.com soon!


   We just reviewed and updated all of the TWA routes. Everything from the Tin Goose to the L1011 got looked at. We found and corrected over 30 duplications, rearranged flights in order of departure cities and verified other details. Enjoy!









   Pan American was the leading US airline in the international arena. For decades they dominated the industry, but in the 1970's things began to change. When the government deregulated the airlines in 1978, many carriers jumped at the opportunity to freely start international service. Pan American needed to develop a national network to feed it's international business.  There was talk of merging with American, United or TWA. National Airlines had a strong east coast and west coast network, but were facing bankruptcy in 1979. Pan American wanted National because their hubs were closely matched, giving PanAm an established national network overnight. The merger did boost PanAm's revenues, but other factors conspired to bring an eventual end to PanAm ten years later. Fly a PanAm 727 to Miami, JFK or LAX and then hop a jumbo overseas!



   Salisbury-Ocean City Airport has always been the airport to fly to when traveling to eastern Maryland. Today this airport is served by American Eagle/Piedmont with flights to Charlotte and Philadelphia. Thanks to one of our members, we have added classic airline service to Salisbury using Piedmont's Martin 404 and Nihon YS11. Flights from Charlotte continue on to Philadelphia and New York, returning the same way through Salisbury. At HAG, we listen to our members!






   Qantas fans can now fly their routes using the classic Lockheed Constellation. Qantas first added six L749 Constellations after WW2 to increase the airlines' capacity and range. These aircraft served faithfully, and as business grew Qantas turned to the L1049 for even more capacity and greater range still. Purchasing 16 of these in 1954, Qantas became a global player with service to the US, Canada and several destinations in Europe and Africa. The Boeing 707 started entering the fleet four years later, but the Constellations flew for Qantas until 1963. The Constellations were the key to opening up Australia to the world. At HAG we have Constellation routes (either L749 or L1049) from Melborne to Perth, Sydney, Auckland, Darwin, and connecting service to Djakarta, Signapore and Fiji.



   We just updated the classic first-generation 747 schedules for Trans World Airlines (TWA) and Northwest Orient Airlines (NWA). TWA now includes flights from New York and Boston to Paris and London. We've also added a classic route, St Louis to Paris and London. TWA operated 30 747-100/200 series, working heavily in the North America-Europe sector. For Northwest, we have added New York routes to Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle and Anchorage. Also flights between Anchorage and Seattle, Minneapolis and Chicago. We also added two new non-stops to Tokyo, from Seattle and from Minneapolis. At Northwest, 747's worked the Pacific Rim while the DC-10 was used primarily for Atlantic crossings, and both types were used to a limited extent domestically. Northwest operated 32 747100/200 series, and five 747-200 freighters.








   Qantas (QAN) is the third oldest airline in the world and the flag carrier of Australia. Based in Sydney, Qantas entered the jet age with one of the very first 707's in 1959. Seven years later they upgraded to the 707-338, and six years after that they purchased their first new 747-238B. They retired the 707 in 1979 and long range flights were exclusively 747s. Today we have updated the 747 routes and added twenty additional routes. Now you can fly from Sydney to London via Singapore, Bombay, Bahrain and Rome, and back again. We also added flights to San Francisco via Honolulu. We have added several domestic flights and a round trip to Auckland NZ. 


   The Lockheed Constellation started life in the late 1930's as the L-049. Unlike any other airliner of the day, it suffered from one handicap: Howard Hughes. He stipulated that Lockheed must first fill TWA's order, putting the rest of the airlines at a disadvantage. Then WW2 came along and the whole commerical project came to a halt. During the war Lockheed talked to the Army about stretching the L049/L749 model, but the Army was already talking with Douglas about doing the same thing to their C54. At the end of the war, Douglas unveiled it's DC-6 airliner. It was superior to the L049/749 in many ways and best of all, Douglas was taking orders for everyone. Lockheed got out from under the TWA exclusive deal and developed the L1049, designed to compete with the DC6B. Compared to the L749, the L1049 had larger fuel capacity, more seats, larger windows and improved pressurization. The L1049G had still more improvements, including more powerful engines, and was at last able to beat the DC6B in speed and load. No sooner had the L1049G come out than Douglas created the DC7, pulling ahead of the Connie again. During the 1950's, when four engine airliners ruled the airways, no one can dispute the L1049's graceful lines and unique design set it apart from all the others.  HAG has 505 flights for the Constellation with numerous airlines around the world.


  We have reviewed the American Airlines DC-6 schedules and did a complete remake using the American Airlines 1952 timetable as our guide. We now have flights flying to and from several American Airlines "hubs", including Dallas, New York, Boston and Chicago.  Some flights are short, some are long, and there are many in between, allowing you to pick a flight that best suits your sim availability. Enjoy flying the line in 1952 at American, home of the Flagship DC-6B!









Douglas DC6

  At the beginning of WW2 there were three new airliners in the works: The Boeing 307, Lockheed Constellation and Douglas DC4. Boeing built 11 B307's, Lockheed built 22 C-69/L049, but Douglas built over a thousand DC4/C54's for the Army, gaining valuable experience in producing large transport aircraft. As the war progressed, Douglas and the Army discussed a larger version of the C54. Douglas also talked with the airlines and what they would want after the war. They wanted pressurization, more seats and faster speeds. The first Constellations were slated for TWA, so the airlines turned to Douglas to create what they needed. One year after the war ended the first DC-6's were delivered to American Airlines and United Airlines for about $290,000 each. In today's dollars, that's less than the price of a new Beechcraft KingAir. A stretched version with higher gross weight and more powerful engines became the DC-6A and DC-6B, with the DC-6B being the passenger version. In 1947 PanAm used the DC-6B to fly non-stop to Europe eastbound while TWA used the L749. The DC-6B was faster than the L749 by 30 mph and could carry twenty more passengers with a lower operating cost. Accountants loved it! The DC-6B was fast, flew above the weather in pressurized comfort, was more economical to operate than a Constellation, was easy to maintain and as reliable as your Toyota Camry. To this day, the DC-6 is considered one of the best airliners ever built. HAG has 607 DC-6 flights. 


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