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Old 11-12-2020, 04:13 AM   #421
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Great idea posting pics with years 60's and 70's airplanes.
Wonderful my friend.
Thank-you! This ties in with your 'Golden Age' tribute//great to display all of our collections, past and present!
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Exotic Beauties at Dromedarius

The mid-North Atlantic location of Dromedarious Island puts it in proximity to a number of other exotic island locations; air connections have been critical to their development and are indeed the lifeblood of modern business and trading activities. Whilst other installments in this thread have focused on the longer-distance services between DRX and Europe and North America, today’s will instead touch upon some of the air services, past and present, that have linked local destinations.


In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, Bahamasair flew to Dromedarious International Airport with its trusty BAC1-11 airplanes. This first view showcases the arrival of UP 977 from Nassau:




The Nassau flight arrives at gate E-10 to join its brother, a Bahamasair service departing for Freeport via North Eleuthera:




‘Sir Turtle’ could not help but get in on the action; he is seen gracing the tail of this Cayman Airways 737-400, landing on runway 27:




The refreshed livery of Cayman Airways includes a graphic of the coat of arms from the British Overseas Territory's flag; carrying these beautiful colors is this 737 Max 8, seen here turning onto runway 27 for a west-bound departure:




Whooshing down the runway, back to Grand Cayman she goes!




Air Jamaica maintained a presence at Dromedarious over the years; this view exemplifies the curved approach to DRX Runway 27 as flown by a JM A321:




A few days later, another flight inbound from Kingston via Montego Bay applies full power to execute a go-around during extraordinarily windy conditions:




A lovely departure shot of an Air Jamaica 737-800, heading back to Mo’Bay:




Air Jamaica was folded into Caribbean Airways; this view showcases one of their 737-800 airplanes about to depart Dromedarious on runway 9, bound for Port of Spain via Antigua. The DRX-ANU-POS route has become an important trading link between the islands and is now a daily service:




Although not an ‘island service,’ the Cartagena route via Avianca has been a moneymaker for the carrier over the years. Here is shown an AV 707 waiting for takeoff, behind a Delta L-1011:




The striking red Avianca livery is shown off on this closeup shot of their 707; a feature photo essay devoted to the operations of this historic carrier is forthcoming but for now, I sign off and also wish to thank the loyal followers of my thread!




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Great tribute to Continental Airlines Pete! The livery change from the black, red and gold 'Contrails' or as some call it, the 'Meatball' logo, to the 1991 blue globe was certainly a drastic one! None of the original logo's, fonts, or colour shades were carried over it seems. It's hard to believe the blue globe livery will have been in service for over 30 years next year (albeit with United now). Anyway, the highlights of this update for me are the classic B737, the B757 on finals, the DC-10 (too bad this bird required maintenance this time!), and of course, the B777!

Thanks for continuing to share your updates!

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Thank-you for your comments! I never stopped to add it up until you mentioned it, but the Blue Globe has been around for a REALLY LONG TIME now--probably more so than the beloved Tulip! The Globe is beautiful and classy and certainly an emblem worthy of a worldwide airline operation. I appreciate your following my thread and there continues to be more to come!

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The Caribbeans...great pics as usual and great story behind the action.
Thanks for sharing my friend.
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Neat stuff as always Pete, having the lights on your diorama turned on make those Carribean visitors stand out even more!
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Neat stuff as always Pete, having the lights on your diorama turned on make those Carribean visitors stand out even more!
Thank-you! I just realized I have a few more tropical birds that were not represented; they will be showcased very shortly!
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The Caribbeans...great pics as usual and great story behind the action.
Thanks for sharing my friend.

My aviation "life" started with a trip to Jamaica in 1977, so the region is near and dear to my heart. I've got another tropical segment coming up/ thanks for following and stay tuned!
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More Lovelies!

The Caribbean basin was for many years, a very underserved region in terms of air transportation. Although services from the U.S. are plentiful nowadays with copious numbers of flights by all of the majors, it was a different story back in the 1960’s-1970’s. Be that as it may, Dromedarious has always maintained a robust flight program to the numerous islands to its south. Exemplary of this situation is the first view, dating from the busy Christmas, 1969 season, where two Transcaribbean DC-8 Stretch airplanes wait for takeoff from DRX runway 27:




BWIA was always well positioned at DRX. Representative of the "jetset" phenomenon of the day, these two 707’s are being prepared for their respective departures (DRX-ANU-POS and DRX-BDA) while a CU IL-18 taxis behind them:




What a difference a couple of years can make to a carrier’s fleet! British West Indian actually expanded its flight offerings to Dromedarious by offering a third daily flight (to POS via St. Lucia, Barbados, and Tobago) after acquiring more efficient DC-9-50 aircraft:




The new BWIA livery retained the steel drum motif of the previous colors, but the beautiful turquoise blue paint job more accurately reflected the region’s amazing seas and skies. Showing off the scheme are these two crowd-pleasing L1011-500 Bee Wee planes:




In an effort to consolidate operations, BWIA reduced its schedule to one flight per day during the slow season of 2003, flown by a big, clunky A340:




Not to be outdone in the chunky department is this Cu IL-96, landing on runway 27:




Yet another beautiful and rare sight was this Air Jamaica A340, seen here soaring on takeoff in May 2005, bound for Montego Bay and onwards to Kingston:




A rare visitor to Dromedaious was this A340 of Conviasa, making numerous charter flights to Isla Margarita back in 2013:




Finally, the parting shot of today’s ‘exotic’ installment is this stunning Air Tahiti Nui A340, arriving at DRX for maintenance:





Thanks everyone for following!
No matter where you are or what you are doing, take a moment to travel vicariously through our wonderful world of models...and have an exotic weekend!!
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AVIANCA-Colombia is up there with KLM and Qantas as one of the world’s oldest airlines. Today’s anthology explores some of Avianca’s operations on the island of Dromedarious.


During the early 1970’s, Dromedarious was graced by two daily Avianca flights to Colombia.
This first view shows an AV 707-300 backing away from gate D-2-A for its flight to Cartagena, while the stately 747 parked at gate D-1-B prepares for its journey back to Bogota:






‘Ready to Rumble!’ Later in the evening, the Avianca 747 begins its takeoff roll down runway 27, as a United DC-10 looks on:






Fast-forward to the 1980’s, and a more efficient equipment strategy was in place for the airline. The routes previously flown by the 707 and 747 a decade earlier, were subsequently operated by a pair of Boeing 767-200s. The Cartagena flight gets ready to depart from gate E-8, while the Bogota flight has just arrived and is seen turning off runway 27:






Closeup view of this lovely Avianca 762, as its septic tank is being serviced at the gate:






Celebrating the carrier’s old (non-red) livery is this Avianca 757-200. It turns onto runway 09 for departure on a service to Bogota via Medellin, while the lovely skyline of Dromedarious’ West Bay twinkles in the background:






Time marches onwards, and the airline currently serves DRX with 10 weekly A330 flights. Seen here is an Avianca flight that has just landed from Cali:






Finally, this view depicts a spectacular AV A330 waiting to depart Dromedarious, flying a ‘milk run’ of sorts to Medellin, with stops in Santa Marta and Cartagena:






Wishing everyone Happy Holidays, and enjoy your week!
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Another great update, Pete ! Love to see the classics on your airport, so many gorgeous planes and liveries long gone. Seems, that back in the heydays of the Jumbo nearly every small airline needed to have at least one...

Can imagine how you were cheering when announcment for the Mexicana 727 golgen livery cam out. Will be wonderful on your airport, especially when also an Aeromexico and Mexicana DC10 will be around.

Have a great sunday and keep the classics coming.
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I love all those colourful A340s from the previous update Pete, the Air Tahiti Nui, BWIA, Air Jamaica and Conviasa are all exotic and colourful planes!
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Another great update, Pete ! Love to see the classics on your airport, so many gorgeous planes and liveries long gone. Seems, that back in the heydays of the Jumbo nearly every small airline needed to have at least one...

Can imagine how you were cheering when announcment for the Mexicana 727 golgen livery cam out. Will be wonderful on your airport, especially when also an Aeromexico and Mexicana DC10 will be around.

Have a great sunday and keep the classics coming.

Thank-you for the compliments and the inspiration! Many more anthologies to come in this series, and actual airport terminal work will get done as well as the Christmas holidays approach (I would normally travel, but this year we can't go anywhere!). Also, the announcement of the golden Mexicana 727 was a dream come true. Alongside the anticipated Ecuatoriana DC-10 and many other great announcements by Herpa in 1:500, the hobby is still very much alive and there are good collecting times ahead!
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I love all those colourful A340s from the previous update Pete, the Air Tahiti Nui, BWIA, Air Jamaica and Conviasa are all exotic and colourful planes!

I agree 100%! Just the sight of exotic airlines and airplanes makes me happy. These gorgeous, tropical birds serve as metaphorical transports to far-flung locations. If only for a moment, we can travel in our minds to either past memories, engage in future planning, or create fantasies. This is absolutely part of the joy (and mental benefit!) of collecting miniature replicas of these amazing machines, and sharing the hobby with others.
Happy holidays to everyone, stay safe and warm, and as always, take a minute to love and appreciate everyone and everything around you, and all of life's blessings!
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You could entitle the last two posts "When herpa was cool and StarJets was ruling the 1:500 world".
Here there are some impressive models, some of the best and most beautiful of our 1:500 fleets.
Air Tahiti Nui A340-300 by StarJets is a masterpiece and a monster of beauty, the same for the BWIA A340-300 and L-1011, Cubana Il-96, Conviasa A340-200...amazing models.
Very sad there aren't Avianca Group and LATAM Group narrowbodies.
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You could entitle the last two posts "When herpa was cool and StarJets was ruling the 1:500 world".
Here there are some impressive models, some of the best and most beautiful of our 1:500 fleets.
Air Tahiti Nui A340-300 by StarJets is a masterpiece and a monster of beauty, the same for the BWIA A340-300 and L-1011, Cubana Il-96, Conviasa A340-200...amazing models.
Very sad there aren't Avianca Group and LATAM Group narrowbodies.
Thanks for sharing these wonderful beauties.

I agree with all of your sentiments! These models in particular embody some of the best that our 1:500 scale has to offer. Coming up, Herpa has some more beauties on the way which will continue to invigorate the hobby. Thank-you for being a loyal follower and contributor to the thread, and wishing you Happy Holidays!
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