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    andynap is offline
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    Waiting room at the 1970s airport

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    Andy

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    Re: Waiting room at the 1970s airport

    Great picture. Thanks for sharing Andy.

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    Re: Waiting room at the 1970s airport

    What were the airlines that served the island back then?

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    Re: Waiting room at the 1970s airport

    Quote Originally Posted by stbartshopper View Post
    What were the airlines that served the island back then?
    I remember Winair, of course, but Air Guadeloupe was around back then. Winair had a mix of Twin Otters and Islanders, and AG had Otters and later on a Dornier. There was also a charter operation based in St. Thomas called Virgin Air. They flew Piper Aztec twins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattdinzey View Post
    I remember Winair, of course, but Air Guadeloupe was around back then. Winair had a mix of Twin Otters and Islanders, and AG had Otters and later on a Dornier. There was also a charter operation based in St. Thomas called Virgin Air. They flew Piper Aztec twins.

    Metro Briefing | New York: Pilot Dies In Crash After Taking Off From Hamptons






    By The Associated Press



    • Oct. 15, 2003



    Authorities have identified a pilot who died on Monday when his small plane crashed near Charleston, S.C., apparently after taking off from the Hamptons. The pilot, Larry Gray, 55, died on impact about 8:30 p.m. after losing contact with air traffic controllers at Charleston International Airport during his landing approach, said the Berkeley County chief deputy coroner, Bill Salisbury, according to The Post and Courier of Charleston. Mr. Gray owned the plane, a Piper Aztec used in Charter Air Mango, based in St.-Barthélemy in the French West Indies. Paul Wikander, the owner of Air St. Thomas, at the same address as Air Mango, said Mr. Gray was originally from the New York area and had moved to St.-Barthélemy. The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane was thought to have departed from East Hampton, N.Y. Mr. Salisbury said the plane left New York about 4 p.m. on Monday.

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    Re: Waiting room at the 1970s airport

    Air Caraibes?


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    Re: Waiting room at the 1970s airport

    Quote Originally Posted by andynap View Post
    Air Caraibes?

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    Re: Waiting room at the 1970s airport

    LIAT...leaves island any time?
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    Re: Waiting room at the 1970s airport

    Quote Originally Posted by JEK View Post
    Metro Briefing | New York: Pilot Dies In Crash After Taking Off From Hamptons




    By The Associated Press



    • Oct. 15, 2003



    Authorities have identified a pilot who died on Monday when his small plane crashed near Charleston, S.C., apparently after taking off from the Hamptons. The pilot, Larry Gray, 55, died on impact about 8:30 p.m. after losing contact with air traffic controllers at Charleston International Airport during his landing approach, said the Berkeley County chief deputy coroner, Bill Salisbury, according to The Post and Courier of Charleston. Mr. Gray owned the plane, a Piper Aztec used in Charter Air Mango, based in St.-Barthélemy in the French West Indies. Paul Wikander, the owner of Air St. Thomas, at the same address as Air Mango, said Mr. Gray was originally from the New York area and had moved to St.-Barthélemy. The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane was thought to have departed from East Hampton, N.Y. Mr. Salisbury said the plane left New York about 4 p.m. on Monday.

    Larry "Groovy" Gray! I knew I recognized the name- He was Captain of Jimmy Buffett's boat the "Euphoria II."

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    Re: Waiting room at the 1970s airport

    Quote Originally Posted by mattdinzey View Post
    Larry "Groovy" Gray! I knew I recognized the name- He was Captain of Jimmy Buffett's boat the "Euphoria II."
    Apologies for taking this thread off-topic, but if you missed Jimmy Buffet's quarantine video project with his daughter Delaney, "Songs You Don't Know By Heart", this episode's worth a watch. "The Night I Painted the Sky" with memories of lighting fireworks in Gustavia with Groovy. Jimmy's pretty emotional throughout the song, understandably so. Those of us who've watched the hillside light afire can picture the night he's remembering. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnRMe5Z5oQQ

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    Re: Waiting room at the 1970s airport

    Quote Originally Posted by TJH View Post
    Apologies for taking this thread off-topic, but if you missed Jimmy Buffet's quarantine video project with his daughter Delaney, "Songs You Don't Know By Heart", this episode's worth a watch. "The Night I Painted the Sky" with memories of lighting fireworks in Gustavia with Groovy. Jimmy's pretty emotional throughout the song, understandably so. Those of us who've watched the hillside light afire can picture the night he's remembering. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnRMe5Z5oQQ
    I hardly knew Groovy, but met him a number of times in the 80s . . . at Le Select and the legendary Autour du Rocher. He was indescribably easy -- and fun! -- to talk to . . . gracious, contagiously cordial, and an unrestrained teller of colorful stories.

    The nearby hillside fires of Gustavia fireworks were legendarily part of local fetes . . . and the celebrations in those "coconut telegraph," pre-telephone days were vital in defining a St. Barths . . . albeit, if only in memories.

    I hardly knew Groovy, but met him a number of times in the 80s . . . at Le Select and the legendary Autour du Rocher. He was indescribably easy -- and fun! -- to talk to . . . gracious, contagiously cordial, and an unrestrained teller of colorful stories.

    The emotion in JB's musical recollection, of course, captures a sense of the period with heartfelt feeling.

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