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Prop Wash
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“The Golden Years Of Aviation”

We’ve all heard this term used quite frequently......
So when exactly did those “Golden Years of Aviation” actually occur? Many past comments on the board, over the years, would appear to indicate that some of our pilots are of the belief that we “missed out on the best part”.

The Golden Age Of Aviation was considered (by some experts) to have begun with Charles Lindberg’s Atlantic flight in June, 1927 and ended when Howard Hughes flew his Spruce Goose in November, 1947. Based on this, assuming a pilot hired on at age twenty and enjoyed those entire 20 (twenty of the airlines “Golden Years”) he would now be one hundred and seven years old. (Just how many years would any one of us give up for that pleasure?)

And, Yes, my career did include a couple of years on the tail-end of those “Golden” years, during which there were two furloughs.

I suspect some of those older fellas watched us in their later years with envy as we enjoyed what they (and I) would call “The Platinum Years Of Aviation”.

Thanks, TWA

Randy Kramer

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