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 01/24/2015
Founded in 1976 by investor Irving Tague, the airline started operations in 1979, the first after the Airline Deregulation act of 1978. Mr Tague selected Midway for it's convenience to downtown Chicago, and the cooperation the airport was more than willing to provide after all the airlines had flocked to the new O'Hare International airport. Midway Airport was on property owned by the Chicago Board of Education, and when everyone moved to O'Hare the city of Chicago bought Midway for a mere $16 million. Mayor Daley launched an ambitious program to improve the terminal, including adding a rail line to downtown Chicago. Simple, convenient, quick turns and cheap fares, Midway was the blueprint for all low-cost airlines that followed. They focused on business travelers, the bread and butter of the airline industry. Later they began catering to vacation travelers, especially after purchasing Air Florida in 1984, giving them destinations in the Caribbean. In 1986 they established Midway Connection, providing regional feeder service throughout the upper midwest. The idea of operating a code-sharing regional partner with seamless ticketing service was ground breaking as well. By 1988 Midway Airlines was operating 120 flights every day. A new hub in Philadelphia was tried in 1989 but proved unsuccessful and the gates were sold a year later. Successful they were, but the margins were thin. In 1991, as fuel costs skyrocketed and the recession drove down ticket sales, Midway was forced into bankruptcy on November 13, 1991. After Midway Airlines left, several other start-ups came and went, but it wasn't until 2009 when Southwest Airlines began a major expansion program at Midway that Midway Airport found itself a busy hub again.
Midway's fleet had consisted of 64 DC-9's, mostly -10 & -30 series. They also operated 16 MD-80's and 16 B737-200's. HAG has 28 popular Midway flights. Though listed as B737 trips, feel free to substitute a DC-9 or MD80.
History of a Classic DC-3
Just south of Atlanta GA is a small airport where you will find an old DC-3, N28AA. This classic bird, maintained in an airworthy condition and flown regularly, has a well documented history.
In December 1939 Braniff Airways ordered it's first four DC-3s. The following March they ordered four more, one of which was SN 2239, registered NC25666.
Braniff operated NC25666 until April 1953 when it was sold to Trans Texas Airlines. Trans Texas flew it for the next fifteen years. After that it was sold several times and finally put back in service with Air New England in 1971. In 1977 it flew briefly in Michigan with Century Airlines, then was sold to Provincetown-Boston Airline in June 1978. PBA changed the registration to N139PB and flew it on regularly scheduled airline routes for the next ten years.
In 1988 PBA was purchased by Bar Harbor Airlines and the DC-3 fleet was retired. N139PB sat outside in Naples FL for the next three years. Alexander Airplane Co bought N139PB and flew it up to Griffon GA where it spent a year undergoing a complete refurbishment. Today it flies regularly, promoting the company and attending air shows throughout the country. Click on the image to view a video of this DC3.
Anchorage International Airport
Anchorage has a long history of aviation, dating back to 1926. Read more about PANC in the About Us tab!
American Airlines CV990
In the early 60's Convair had a reputation for fast airplanes and revolutionary airliners. The twin engine Convair 340/440 were best sellers, and the Air Force was setting distance and speed records with it's Convair-built B-36, B-58 and F-106. Convair joined the jet age last in the commerical jet market with their CV880. Their main marketing tool: Speed. It was a little bit (30 kts) faster than the 707 but it carried too few passengers to be profitable. So American challenged them to do better. With the 990 they stretched the cabin to add seats, added more powerful engines (commerical version of the GE J79) and shock pylons on top of the wing to reduce Mach drag. However problems plagued the 990 and 990A. The pylons caused engine occilations and so the outboard bodies were shortened, which then increased drag. Additional drag issues were never overcome and the airplane still couldn't fly from NY to LA against the wind non-stop. In service, flight times were shown to be identical to the 707s. Those GE engines were thirsty too. At FL350 they would burn 13,750 pounds of fuel per hour at M.84, compare to a 757 that burned 7000 pph. Entering service in 1962, the CV990/990A flew for only five years on average. Some charter companies picked a few up later, but the fuel consumption and smaller cabin made it undesirable as a freighter. Most were simply broken up. In flight simulation, the CV990 is a challenge. You must watch your fuel consumption carefully and have a very good understanding of commerical jet operations. At HAG we have CV990 flights for American, Swissair and SAS. But one thing no one can dispute: The CV990 was one very sexy looking airplane!
Air France Lockheed 749
Air France started in 1933, but it wasn’t until after World War II that the airline became nationalized and real growth began. Initial service was with the DC-3 on local service, while DC-4’s flew international routes. Traveling to New York took two enroute stops and twenty hours. In 1947 the first Constellations were added.
The L749 was an improvement over the original L049 design, with strengthened landing gear, higher gross weight and increased fuel capacity. Certified in March 1947, Air France took delivery of the first L749 the following month. L749s flew many routes for Air France, replacing the unpressurized DC-4.Later the longer-range L1049G took over long routes, but the reliable L749 continued to serve Air France for over twenty years. At HAG we have several routes for the Air France 749. Paris-Shannon-Gander-New York is the classic trans-Atlantic service. We also have non-stops from Paris to Lisbon, Tel Aviv, Casablanca and Dakar with one-stop service to Cairo. Enjoy the history of one of the world’s most prestigious airlines by embarking on an early Air France Constellation flight.
Christmas time means family fun, but in corporate flying its all business. Here is a picture of the KingAir your website President flies in real life, a 1981 KA200. A sweet machine, it's owned by Peoples National Bank in Illinois. When you fly corporate, you go where your boss wants to go. So fire up your sim and fly to a city off the beaten path. It might be to Chicago O'Hare to pick up an international client, or to Eagle Creek (KEYE) to view an investment. And nothing, but nothing beats the KingAir 200 for comfort and reliability. Simply select a charter flight, for example a KA200 flight from Chester CT. Then start wherever you like, fly to wherever you like, and bring them home at the end of the day. Submit the total time in the Pirep, that's how we do business trips at HAG. No limits, let your imagination go! You gotta love corporate flying!
Finnair: Northern Europe's Hometown Airline
Finnair started life in 1923 as a floatplane airline, back before Finland had airports with runways on land. Over the years they have pioneered many aircraft types and routes, writing the book on cold weather flying while establishing a safety record that is the envy of Europe. Read more about Finnair in our "About Us" tab. Fly a Finnair flight for some real northern Europe winter excitement!
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|Total Flight Hours:||26,450 hrs|
|Total Pax Carried:||48,906,401|
|Total Fuel Burned:||103,357,153 lbs|
|Total Flight Miles:||6,105,428 nm|