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
AAC31 Timothy Wahl N705GB KOPF MYNN 07/22/2019 Pending
PIE505 Derek Jager N369DL CYYZ KDAY 07/22/2019 Arrived
PIE504 Derek Jager N369DL KBNA CYYZ 07/22/2019 Arrived
MDW7735 S Graham N315ML KMIA KMDW 07/21/2019 Arrived
PIE10307 Don Burgess N782N KDCA KCRW 07/21/2019 Arrived

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Posted by David Reed on 07/13/2019

BOAC UPDATE

We just did a major update of our BOAC routes. Aircraft are now more accurate to the airline, including L049, DC7C, Britannia, B377 Stratocruiser, Comet IV, 707, 747, VC10 and Concorde. Routes have been added and schedule times are accurate to the period timetables. You can now fly around the world on BOAC on several types, you decide which one is best for you. As always, HAG strives to bring to you the best and most accurate classic airline schedules in the VA world!




NEW AIRLINES ADDED

HAG has just added two new airlines. Aerolineas Argentineas Comets now grace the skies of the VA world, and Egypt Air Comets roam the Middle East and Europe. These are just starters. Over time we will be expanding these two airlines to show their other aircraft as well. If you like Comets, nobody has more Comets than the Historic Airline Group!








BRISTOL BRITANNIA

At the end of World War II a British committee put forth a design contract for a medium to long range airliner. Bristol won the contract in 1947 and initially designed a 48 seat aircraft powered by Bristol Centaurus radial engines. BOAC had other ideas though, and eventually the design was stretched and wingspan increased to carry 74 passengers. Proteus 625 turboprops were fitted and the type was known as the 100 series. BOAC initially ordered 25, but changed that to ten when the larger, longer range 300-series was created. The prototype 100-series first flew in 1952. Testing moved forward, but the crash of three Comet's in 1953/1954 caused the government to require even more testing of the design. The engines also suffered inlet icing issues, further pushing back the launch date. During proving runs, numerous engine failures pushed back service entry even further. A newer Proteus 765 engine was fitted. Finally, in 1956 the first 100-series entered service for BOAC. By now, BOAC was wary of British designs, and instead embraced the new Boeing 707 jetliner. The Britannia did have good performance, equal to the Douglas DC-7, and the new engine proved quite reliable, especially compared to the Wright 3350's on the DC7. BOAC and Canadian Pacific Airlines were the biggest operators, and BOAC had influence with many smaller airlines around the world. As jets replaced the Britannia, many of these small airlines used the Britannia to good advantage. A total of 80 were built. California Classics has a good model of the Britannia for both FS9 and FSX. HAG has 34 flights for the Britannia with BOAC, and will be adding more flights for Canadian Pacific and others soon.


NEW COMET IV ROUTES ADDED

Captain Douglas has just finished doing a major upgrade of the BOAC Comet IV routes. Completely redone, they include typical European and North Africa routes, as well as routes to the Middle East and Far East. In the Middle East he continues the Comet IV routes on Kuwait Airways, and in the Far East the Comet IV continues with Malaya Airlines. We may now have the largest Comet fleet in the virtual airline world! The Comet IV was considered the definitive series, having a longer range, higher cruising speed and higher maximum takeoff weight. These improvements were possible largely because of Avon engines with twice the thrust of the Comet 1's Ghosts.



BONANZA JOINS THE RANKS
Bonanza Airlines began in 1945 between Las Vegas and Reno. A "Local Service" airline by the CAB definition, they grew into a sizeable airline in the southwestern United States, including flights to Mazatlan, La Paz and Puerto Vallarta. In 1962 they ordered three BAC 1-11's, but the CAB denied the request, so they ordered the DC9-10 instead, taking delivery in 1965. They were based in Las Vegas but later shifted to Phoenix in 1966. In 1968 Bonanza merged with West Coast and Pacific Airlines to form Airwest/Hughes Airwest Airlines. They later merged with Republic, who got bought by Northwest and merged with Delta. Clear?


MEXICANA JOINS HAG

In 1924 Mexicana was formed as the national airline of Mexico. In 1929 Juan Trippe of PanAm bought the majority stock and Mexicana began international flights using Ford Trimotors purchased from PanAm. Charles Lindbergh flew the first flight. In the 1940's and 1950's Mexicana purchased DC3's, DC4's and DC6's and expanded their operations. On July 4, 1960, Mexicana placed four DeHavilland Comet 4C aircraft into service, including Mexico City to Los Angeles. Eventually the Comet's were replaced by the larger Boeing 727, but it was the Comet 4C, thundering down the mile-high runway of Mexico City, that brought the jet age to Mexico. We have added 19 Comet flights, including flights to Los Angeles, Guadalajara, Mazatlan, Kingston, Montego Bay, San Antonio and Chicago. Look for more Mexicana flights in the future!


FEDERAL EXPRESS EXPANSION

We just finished a major expansion of Federal Express 727 flights in the US. Originally we had ten flights, but today we have over eighty flights in the midwestern and southeastern US. Most flights follow the typical practice of flying to a major city, then on to a smaller city to wait for the next evening departure. Also, flights arrive close to midnight in Memphis, and depart between 4AM and 5AM. All US 727's are -200 series, while the European flights from Frankfurt are now -100 series aircraft.



CAPITAL VISCOUNTS SCHEDULE UPDATED

In 1946 Pennsylvania Central Airlines was in dire straights. They were forced to cut one third of their employees, but they also added newer equipment and got a new name: Capital Airlines. In 1950 they acquired Lockheed Constellations and introduced the Viscount 700 to the US market in 1955. Passenger revenue almost doubled. The Viscounts were modern, fast and smooth. Passengers loved the roomy interiors and huge oval windows. Still, Captial just couldn't get it's financial act together. Their luck with the Viscounts wasn't good either. Four accidents with no survivors. Vickers foreclosed on Captial's Viscounts in 1960, but in 1961 United bought Capital and took the Viscounts in the deal. United flew the last Viscount trip in 1969.



KLM SCHEDULE UPDATED

Captain Douglas has just updated the KLM schedules, increasing the size by just over ten percent. The schedule includes early DC2, DC3 and CV340 flights, the DC4/DC6/DC7 series, L049/L749/L1049G series too. Turboprops are now represented by the Viscount and L188 Electra II. Jets are still the DC9/DC8/DC10/B737 types. With over 300 flights, redone for accurancy and better representation, KLM is now a top flight airline in Europe with HAG.




 

 

THE SUD CARAVELLE

In 1951 the French Civil Aviation Authority put forth a design request for a short to medium range airliner. Twenty manufacturers responded, but in 1953 SNCASE was awarded the contract. SNCASE worked with DeHavilland and the front of the aircraft was a copy of the Comet jetliner. The engines were Rolls Royce Avon Mk522 turbojets. First flight took place in 1956, while Air France and SAS placed the first firm orders. SNCASE merged with SNCASO about this time and became Sud Aviation, but the original SE-210 designation remained. In the first four years there were orders for 176 Caravelles. The Sud Caravelle first entered passenger revenue service with SAS and Air France in 1959, six years before the DC9 and BAC 1-11. There were six different variations, with the Caravelle III considered as the basic airliner type, and the VI-R was the US version (United). The model 10A/B Super Caravelle had numerous, significant improvements over the Caravelle III, and included P&W JT8D engines. The Caravelle could carry 80-89 passengers at a maximum of 435 kts for up to 1000 nm. 282 were built between 1958 and 1972. At HAG, we have 286 Caravelle flights over Europe, with more yet to be added.


PANAM 727 SCHEDULES UPDATED

We just updated the Pan American 727 schedules, adding 50 more flights in the process. In 1966 PanAm began using the 727 on their Berlin routes in Europe. In 1980 PanAm needed a domestic operation to feed their international routes, and the purchase of National Airlines was considered the perfect deal as National's 727's fed PanAm hubs perfectly. Accountant's though had another viewpoint, as the financially strapped PanAm could hardly afford the deal with National. However for the next ten years, PanAm 727's roamed the east coast, and even flew from Houston out to Las Vegas and LAX.




BEA SCHEDULES UPDATED

We just update British European Airways schedules. This includes numerous types, including Rapide, Viscounts, Ambassadors, Tridents and many more. The total schedule size has almost doubled as we better represent this classic British airline from 1946 to 1974. BEA was the largest domestic carrier in the UK and the largest airline outside the United States. BEA was always a big proponent of the turboprop airliner, and was the launch customer for the Vickers Viscount. Their routes covered just about every city in Europe and North Africa. In 1958 they ordered the Comet IV, followed by the Trident in 1959. By the mid-1960's most competitors were moving into more economical 727's, 737's and DC9's. BEA applied for permission to upgrade their fleet, but the government refused, insisting they buy British. In 1965 BEA ordered their first 15 BAC 1-11's. As the BAC 1-11's replaced the Viscounts, more orders were placed. When orders couldn't meet demands, additional Trident's were purchased. On April 1, 1974 BEA merged with BOAC to form British Airways.



TAP SCHEDULES UPDATED

TAP schedules have been updated significantly. TAP was formed as Portugal's flag carrier immediately after WW2 and began flying DC3's. In 1955 they purchased their first Lockheed Constellations and began service to more distant locations. In 1962 they acquired their first jet, the Sud Aviation Caravelle. HAG has been significantly increasing the number of Caravelle flights in Europe, and with TAP we are now one of the top Caravelle operators over the Continent.





BRITISH CALEDONIAN SCHEDULES UPDATED

Captain Henry Douglas has just finished his update of British Caledonian Airlines. Starting out as a private charter airline, Caledonian Airways merged with British United to become British Caledonian, one of the first non-government controlled airlines in the UK. BCC (or BCal) operated the BAC 1-11 with success. They also operated the B707, VC10 and DC10 during the 1970-1980 period on international routes. World economy changes and terrorist events caused significant losses on the international routes. Eventually, British Airways acquired BCal in 1988. Salute to Capt Douglas for all his hard work on our European routes.




AMERICAN DC10 SCHEDULES UPDATED


As part of our drive to improve the quality of flying at the Historic Airline Group, we've just updated the American Airlines DC10 schedules. American operated the DC10 to many destinations, and now the schedules better reflect that. Total AA DC10 flights more than doubled. For those of us who enjoy flying the heavies, you now have more options than ever at American!






EASTERN AIRLINES SCHEDULE UPDATED

REVISED
We just updated the Eastern Airline schedule. At first we looked at making corrections to a few errors, but the more we looked at it, the more we realized that such a historically significant air carrier like Eastern is just not represented well enough in our schedules. The result is a completely rewritten schedule, using timetables from 1950, 1958 and 1969. Today, the total number of Eastern Airlines flights has more than tripled! We even have L1011 flights into and out of LaGuardia. We like having so many classic airlines to choose from, but it doesn't mean a thing if you lack the historically correct routes to fly with them. At HAG, we believe in quantity and quality!


THE LEGENDARY BAC 1-11

In 1960 Hunting Aircraft, Vickers, Bristol and English Electric merged to form the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC). Hunting had been working on a design known as 107, while Vickers was looking at a scaled-down version of the VC10, the VC11. The designs were merged and the result was the BAC 1-11. Flight testing led to the development of the first stick shaker/stick pusher system, standard on all airliners today. She could carry 89 passengers at Mach .72 at 21,000'. The CAB blocked the sales in the US to Bonanza, Frontier and Ozark, but then American and Braniff made significant orders with better lawyers. This allowed Mohawk Airlines to enter the jet age. The BAC 1-11 first flew a year ahead of the DC9, and entered service in 1965. The -400 model was the US version with increased thrust, US instruments and larger fuel capacity. Two stretched versions were considered, but both relied on updated Rolls Royce engines that were quieter and more fuel efficient. However, Rolls Royce was in bankruptcy and the new version of the Spey never materialized. The BAC had a cost advantage over the DC9 and 737, but the lack of quieter, more fuel efficient engines proved to be the BAC 1-11's undoing. An excellent BAC 1-11 model is available at DM Flight Sim (click on the link on the right side of this page).


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Total Pilots: 98
Total Flights: 17,304
Total Flights Today: 3
Total Flight Hours: 40,163 hrs
Total Pax Carried: 94,242,658
Total Fuel Burned: 192,832,277 lbs
Total Flight Miles: 9,795,580 nm
Total Schedules: 15423

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