Hello Piedmont Personnel:
I wonder if anyone could help me with some Piedmont fleet trivia? I've been searching the Internet for a picture of a PI aircraft that I thought I saw from the Dulles Airport observation deck around 1968-9 (I was 8 years old).
We lived in Reston (only a few miles from IAD) and my favorite leisure activity was standing out on that observation deck at the base of the control tower. Piedmont, Ozark and Southern had "normal" gates right in front of the deck, while all the other carriers were accessed mid-field by the mobile lounges.
I wish I had owned a camera at that age -- but I have many up-close memories of PI Martin 404s, YS-11s, FH-227s and of course 737s. One day a PI gate agent let us tour a 737 - including the cockpit - before loading passengers (ah those were the days).
I could be wrong, but I could swear I saw a Piedmont 737-100 sitting in front of that deck during one of my visits. By that time I new the 737 well, and I remember thinking how short it looked and how there appeared to be fewer windows along the port side of the fuselage. It also looked a bit ridiculous with the elaborate integrated airstairs extending from the rear door in addition to the stairs at the forward door.
Is this a false memory? I can find no record anywhere on the Internet that Piedmont ever flew the 737-100. The only fleet info I can find on this type is that there were a total of 30 manufactured, with 10 going to Lufthansa (so where did the other 20 go?). I suppose it is possible PI leased this aircraft, but never actually owned it. It had full "Piedmont Airlines" red titles which stretched almost from door to door, and the classic navy blue cheatline.
Any help is appreciated!
For what it's worth, I was never a Piedmont employee, but I miss PI too (in addition to inflight meals, airports without metal detectors, etc.. )
Thank you, Scott