About the Historic Airline Group
Founded in 2011, the Historic Airline Group was originally formed as Piedmont Virtual. Based on the classic Piedmont Airlines, we decided early on to not limit ourselves to only one airline. We added Pennsylvania Central Airlines and as interest grew so did our list of classic airlines. We bring the classics to the virtual airline community.
We fly many classic types of aircraft, from the DC-3 to early 747s and everything in between. Our advancement process allows you to advance through the fleet as you gain experience. Along the way you will complete checkrides that will give you the confidence you need to fly increasingly complex aircraft.
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.
HAG also has a unique charter division. Many typical 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!
Join us today and start enjoying the challenge of operating classic aircraft on historic airline routes!
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Posted by David Reed on 05/18/2015
Fine Air was founded by Frank Fine in 1976 using two 707's to provide a relable means of bringing his Latin America farm products to the US. in 1992 they received their FAA Operating Certificate and began operating scheduled international cargo flights, the largest scheduled cargo carrier in Miami with fifteen DC-8's. On August 6, 1997 an Initial Public Offering of stock (IPO) raised $123 million dollars. This was to be used to purchase new aircraft. However, the next day a Fine Air DC-8 crashed on takeoff from Miami. The company grounded their fleet and returned the money to the investors. In October the FAA permitted Fine Air to resume operations. In 1999 they acquired ArrowAir. One year later they had annual revenues of $200 million, 125 flights a week. However, the purchase of Arrow Air created more debt than they could handle and they filed for bankruptcy the same year. A private group bought the company and renamed it Arrow Air. In 2010 Arrow Air filed for bankruptcy and ceased operations. Historic Airline Group has 35 Fine Air flights to the Caribbean, Latin America and South America from its Miami hub. HJG has excellent DC-8's in Fine Air colors. Enjoy a Fine Air cargo flight today!
The Douglas DC-9
The 707 and DC-8 may have shrunk the world, but the DC-9 brought jet travel to local communities. HAG has over 400 DC-9 flights to choose from, from the smallest ten series to the longest MD80. Read about how the DC-9 came to be in our About Us tab.
Mohawk BAC 1-11
Mohawk started life in 1945 serving the mid-Atlantic region of the eastern United States. Based in Ithaca NY, Mohawk progresses from Fairchild F-24s to DC3s, CV240s, and Fairchild F-27s. In 1961 they pioneered the first computer reservation system, in 1965 they were the first airline to use simulators and the first regional to fly jets. Orders from American, Braniff and Mohawk were received even before the twin jet received certification. American and Braniff quickly replaced theirs as the B727 came into service, but Mohawk found what the BAC 1-11 was best at: Short routes with quick turns at a profit. In four years Mohawk was all turbine with the BAC and the F-227. At DM Flight Sim (http://www.dmflightsim.co.uk/bac_1-11.htm) they have excellent, free models of the BAC1-11. Learning proper procedures takes some time, but the reward is flying short routes quickly in an exciting airplane. HAG has numerous flights with Mohawk, as well as American, Aer Lingus, British Calendonian and Birtish Airways. Enjoy!
Pacific Western Airlines
In July 1945 four pilots got together with a prospector to form Central British Columbia Airlines, and one of their wives put up the cash for the legal fees. CBCA served the logging and mining business, providing aerial supply service and survey flights. The airline was reliable and therefore successful. Between 1946 and 1952, CBCA purchased many small flying services, providing the equipment and manpower to continue their growth. In 1953 they changed their name to Pacific Western Airlines.
In 1955 they purchased Queen Charlotte Airlines, giving them their first scheduled service routes. The airline grew rapidly, aquiring its first jets (707's) in 1967. In 1968 they bought the first Lockheed Hercules and began acquiring 737's. In the 1970's they consolidated their various aircraft types, concentrating on the 737. In 1987 they acquired Canadian Pacific Airlines and took a new name, Canadian Airlines International. In 2000 they were acquired by Air Canada, bringing to an end the legacy of Pacific Western. HAG operates 102 Pacific Western flights using the L100, DC3, DC6B, C46 and B737.
It was February 24, 1948, a bitter cold winter day even by Wisconsin standards. Wisconsin Central Airlines was the result of a small business flight department, the Four Wheel Drive Company of Clintonville, that saw the need for local air service in their home state. They tested the waters with two Cessna Bobcats on a few intrastate routes in 1946. Two years later the CAB awarded them an airline certificate, so they came up with three Lockheed L-10E Electras and on this freezing Tuesday morning the little airline began. It was so cold in fact, that only one flight was able to operate over their new 15-airport route system. But over time they built a loyal following with their safe and reliable airline. Two years later they bought three more Electras and even bought their own ground-based navigation beacons to allow safer operations at night and in bad weather. Back then, if you wanted a VOR, you went out and bought one. In 1951 the demand had grown enough that WCA bought six ex-TWA DC-3s. The next year the added four more, moved their headquarters to Minneapolis and changed the name to North Central Airlines.
Back when airlines were starting in Australia, there emerged two major players- ANA and TAA. On the sidelines, Ansett operated a small operation in southern Australia, flying from Adelaide and Melbourne. During WW2, Ansett flew for the armed forces, and after the war they slowly built a domestic network using surplus C-47s. TAA thrived while ANA struggled, and everytime ANA dropped a local destination, Ansett was there to grab it up. In 1957 ANA was facing bankruptcy, and wanting to avoid a monopoly by TAA, the government encouraged Ansett to buy ANA. Eventually the deal was done and Ansett-ANA was the result.
Here we have created local routes from Adelaide in the early years of Ansett. You can run one of three aircraft to destinations like Broken Hill, Kangaroo Island, Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Cleve, Minnipa, Ceduna, Wagga Wagga, Melbourne, Hobart & Sydney. We have also added a DC-6B route from Melbourne to Brisbane to Port Moresby to Lae, New Guinea and back. Today you can enjoy the roots of Ansett with these fun and interesting destinations. In addition, you can fly the ANA routes with the B727, DC9 & Electra II. Just look for the airline code ANA.
Back in the 1950's Boeing, Lockheed, Convair and Douglas were all considering a commercial jet airliner. Boeing got the jump on everyone when the USAF approved a new jet tanker design, and the commercial variation was the 707. Douglas went in to high gear with the DC-8 and Convair began work on the CV880. Lockheed went the turboprop route with the Electra II. However the DC-8 outlived all of them. Demand for jets was high, providing Boeing and Douglas with over a hundred orders each before their first flight. Delta and United took delivery of the first two DC-8's on Sept 19, 1959. At first, Douglas was determined to keep the aircraft unchanged, with -10 through -50 series differing only in weights, engines and fuel capacity. However by 1965 orders were dropping, because airlines wanted smaller jets for shorter routes and larger jets for more capacity on the longer routes. Douglas responded with the DC-9, which was an instant hit. They also breathed new life into the DC-8 with the introduction of the new Sixty Series. The -61 was longer with 50% more passengers using the same engines as the -55. The -62 was the same as the -55 but had more fuel efficient engines, and the -63 was a -61 with the new engines.
At HAG we have 64 United DC-8 flights, as well as many more for other airlines. For United, you can fly both short routes and long routes. With a wide selection of DC-8's available from Historic Jet Group, you can fly any model you like. Operations are challenging, for weight is critical. You must plan your fuel load carefully, so as to arrive with sufficent reserves yet to not be overweight on landing. Climbs must be watched closely or you can easily find yourself in a deep stall, and descents must be planned as well for use of spoilers in flight is prohibited. A successful flight in a United DC-8 is both challenging and very rewarding. Enjoy!
TWA Lockheed L049
The Lockheed 049 Constellation was the idea of Howard Hughes, who wanted an advanced airliner for his airline, TWA. It was Lockheed's first pressurized airliner, and had many unique, modern features including electric deice, hydraulically-assisted controls and reversable propellers. Hughes insisted on secrecy, for he wanted the first 35 aircraft to go to TWA before any of his competitors could jump on the order sheet. The plan would have worked except for one little problem: WWII. The Army grabbed up every aircraft planned for construction. The C-69 first flew in 1943 and immediately ran into engine problems. The new Wright R3350 was problematic. Then, while the issues were being delt with, the engine production went over entirely to the B-29, where the engine issues continued. Production was also stopped initially, as production plants were needed for P-38 fighters, Hudsons and Lodestars for the Navy and RAF. As the war came to a close, the C-69 orders were cancelled after only 15 were built. The remaining aircraft were all built under the L-049 designation. With engine trouble corrected, the first aircraft went to TWA as planned in November 1945, two months ahead of PanAm. United and American were kept out of the bidding process, so they went to Douglas for the DC-6. The L049 first flight was a TWA run from New York to Paris through Gander and Shannon. The interior could hold about 60 passengers in luxury accomodations. A year and a half later Lockheed built the L749, an improved version of the L049. The luxury interior was changed to a more standard airline layout, and the takeoff weight was increased by almost 20,000 lbs. This allowed an increase in fuel capacity and the L749 became the first airliner to fly non-stop across the Atlantic (except westbound flights which usually required a fuel stop due to winds). HAG has numerous TWA L049 & L749 flights, including the first trans-Atlantic flight from 1945. CalClassic has excllent models of the Constellation, but use care. It's complex and proper fuel management is essential to a successful flight. Have fun!
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