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 06/01/2015
London's Heathrow Airport has a long and colorful history. The busiest airport in the world today, Heathrow started life as a small grass strip for Fairley Aircraft in 1930. Read about the history of this popular, historical destination in the About Us tab above.
Reno Air was founded in June 1990 by Frontier Airlines alumnus Joseph Lorenzo and Midway Airlines executive Jeff Erickson. The airline's first flight was on July 1, 1992 with nonstop jet service from Reno to Seattle, Washington. By April 1993, Reno Air was serving the following destinations from its Reno hub with nonstop jet flights: Los Angeles, Kansas City, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Ontario, CA, Portland, OR, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle. Following the development of its Reno hub, the airline established a second hub at San Jose International Airport in late 1993 by leasing gate space from American Airlines. Reno Air was operating nonstop flights from San Jose to Burbank, CA, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Ontario, CA, Phoenix, Portland, OR, Reno and Seattle. Meantime, American Airlines had earlier expanded its presence in the San Jose market but was experiencing stiff competition from Southwest Airlines concerning air fares and desired to outsource the SJC operation to a lower cost operator. Thus started a long cooperative relationship between American and Reno Air. Reno Air subsequently posted its first annual profit in 1995. While the airline flew most of its routes on the U.S. West Coast from their three hubs, Reno Air also operated a separate stand alone route system based in Gulfport, Mississippi. The Mississippi airport, which serves the local gambling casino industry, was linked with nonstop flights to St. Petersburg and Orlando via Sanford International Airport in Florida, and also to Atlanta, Georgia. None of these four airports were linked to the rest of the Reno Air route system. In 1996, Reno Air adopted a new strategy to focus on the Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Seattle markets. In February 1999, Reno Air was purchased by American Airlines, and flew its last flight on August 30 of that year. At the time, the purchase was seen as a way to feed American's east-west route network with Reno Air's north-south flights, primarily through San Jose. American initially retained the former Reno Air aircraft and repainted them into a modified version of the American Airlines color scheme (with a white fuselage instead of an unpainted one), but disposed of the entire Reno Air fleet in 2001 as part of capacity reduction efforts following 9/11.
Beechcraft Model 18
After the success of the Beechcraft Staggerwing, Walter Beech decided that the corporate world was ready for a modern, multiengine transport. His team came up with a design that was conventional for the time, including twin radial engines, all-metal semimonocoque construction with fabric-covered control surfaces and tailwheel undercarriage. Less conventional was the twin-tailfin configuration. The only competition when the Model 18 went on sale in 1937 was Lockheed's Model 12, but the Twin Beech outsold it 2-1, so Lockheed stopped production in favor of military contracts on their larger types. Walter Beech saw opportunity in the military too, and obtained contracts for hundreds of trainer variants. After the war, corporate sales flourished. Improved models raised takeoff weight from 6700 lbs to 9900 lbs, though the P&W R985 engine (450 hp) was standard for most of the life of the aircraft. When production finally ended in 1970, Beechcraft had set a record for longest production run of a piston aircraft (33 years) with over 8000 having been built. HAG has many flights for the Beech 18, including passenger flights in England, cargo flights in Canada and the Caribbean, and charter flights with Chester Charter, where you can select any route you desire. There are great examples of the D18S available for free for MSFS, so start enjoying the airplane that so many pilots flew!
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!
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