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EASTERN_DC7_N836D_MIA_0611D_JP_small.jpgThis beautiful Eastern DC7 was the first to arrive on runway 9 and was followed by the American DC3 and then the Lufthansa A380- the first A380 arrival ever into Miami
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AMERICAN_DC3_NC17334_MIA_0611ZG_JP_small.jpgHistoric day at MIA. First flight of passenger A380 (Lufthansa) in addition to appearances by American DC3 and Eastern DC7
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EASTERN_DC7_N836D_MIA_061R_JP_small2.jpgEastern DC7 and American DC3 in front of concourse J for the inaugural Lufthansa A380 to Miami event
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9C_dc7joejan2011~0.jpgStanding proudly in front of this beautiful DC7 before the 45 minute flight up and down the Florida coast (Miami Beach to Palm Beach)
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AMERICAN_DC3_NC17334_MIA_0611ZD_JP_small.jpgAmerican DC3 taxiis out on this special day that saw the Lufthansa A380 come to Miami for the first time, joined by this lovely DC3 in addition to the beautiful Eastern DC7 parked behind it
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DC7C_N381AA_OPF_1009_JP_small.jpgThis beautiful DC7, painted in the vintage American Airlines lightning bolt scheme is now a restaurant somewhere in Central Florida
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IMG_2268_JP_small.jpgBeautiful view out the window of Eastern DC-7B N836D as we fly South down the coastline of Ford Lauderdale. This was an amazing flight that took us from Opa Locka Airport in Miami, up the coast to Palm Beach, then U-turn down to Biscayne Bay and then up again back t Opa Locka. Total flight time, about 45 minutes
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BIGDAMIAMAIN_2_for_joepriesavnet.jpgI created this collage as wallpaper for PC gift for my friends at MIA. Unfortunately, I had to clip off a bit of the top so that the size fits in with the rest of the photos on this web site

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IMG_3286.jpg#2 airplane to land within minutes of #1 American DC3 and #3 Lufthansa A380, this Eastern restored DC7 just touched down and is slowing down on runway 9

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IMG_3317.jpgAs the Lufthansa A380 taxis to gate J17, airline and airport employees watch it in amazement, many of them never having seen this huge airplane before
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IMG_3332.jpgThe day's three VIP's on display at Concourse J at MIA
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IMG_3356.jpgSuch a beautiful airplane... For those that don't know, this is the type of plane you would fly from say, New York to Rome back in the 50's!
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IMG_3407.jpgWhat a collection of beauties! The Eastern DC7 and Lufthansa A380 seen from the cockpit of the American DC3

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IMG_3434.jpgDC7 and A380- the only thing they both have in common is that they are both airplanes, that's about it!
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IMG_3442.jpgFather and son piloting this beautiful vintage DC7 and out of the captain's window we see the Lufthansa A380 being pushed back

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IMG_3453.jpgView from the DC7 of the Lufthansa A380 initial taxi and water canon salute. First ever departure of A380 from MIA!
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IMG_3471.jpgStarting up #3 on the DC7
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IMG_3473.jpgLucky catch! As we start engines in the DC7, the LH A380 flies by on departure to FRA!
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IMG_3480.jpgWater canon salute over, ready for taxi
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9B_dc7boarding.jpgPassengers boarding the DC7, including my good buddies Marc Hookerman (light blue shirt- former TWA data analyst), and Dave Hartman (to his right in dark jacket- he is a Delta mechanic in ATL)
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9A_dc7startup.jpgUnlike today's props and jets, back in the 50's and 60's, this is what a passenger sitting in my seat would see when the engine "fires up". The fire and some of the oil you see there are completely normal for this vintage airliner
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9_dc7startup2.jpgInitial startup of number 4 engine underway as some smoke billows out..
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8_dc7rwyentry9L.jpgTurning on to runway 9L for departure
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7_dc7FLLrwy.jpgFlying up the coast at 500 feet, it's a bit hard to see but if you look closely, you can see one of FLL's runways directly to the left of the airplane
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5_dc7insideduringflight.jpgView of the DC7's cabin in flight. As you can see, head room is not an issue. Note that the seats are not original (they were taken from a DC9), and when in service with Eastern, there were luggage racks (not bins, racks)
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4_dc7flightmap.jpgThis nice route map is installed in the bulkhead of the cabin, it denotes the original routes the DC7 flew back in the late 50's and through the 60's
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3a_dc7shadow.jpgLovely view from the DC7 as the flight heads south at 500 feet along the coastline. Note the DC7's shadow in the water below..
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3_dc7cockpitinflight.jpgI didn't really have a chance to take quality cockpit photos so I snapped off this quick one. Note that the captain and co-pilot are a father and son duo. I am told that the number of pilots that can captain a DC7 these days numbers in the single digits. Most of them have unfortunately perished
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1B_dc7southofsouthbeach.jpgThe turn south of Miami begins as the DC7's shadow is seen in the beautiful water below
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1_dc7michel_bernard.jpgMy European friends Michel Klein (Luxembourg) and Bernard Bianconi (France) enjoy themselves on this wonderful flight
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easterndc7b_OPF_JAN10.jpgBeautifully restored Eastern DC-7B rests at Opa Locka Airport in South Florida
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