An article in Airways News reminds me that this is an important day in aviation history too. On January 18, 1991, Eastern Air Lines operated its last flight. Eastern has a storied past, is responsible for many advancements in the airline industry, and is fondly remembered by many. Importantly in my own aviation career, Eastern is the airline that I took my first flight with aboard a DC-9-50, at the ripe old age of 10.
Caught in a quagmire of labor unrest, the competitive shakedown of post-deregulation era, and ultimately, the beginning of the first Gulf War, Eastern ceased operations. Today, I pause just briefly to remember a great airline.