Here is a great little story from a former Allegheny Airlines station manager in PKB. I remember the event well. As the DC-3 was taxing into the ramp, the brakes (or something) failed leaving the captain no control and the DC-3 wound up with its' nose inside the US operations office.
I just read your profile on the [groups.yahoo.com
] on the:
US Airways Retirees group site and noticed that you worked in PKB.
A little side story for you.................................
I title it "The merger of Piedmont and Allegheny Airlines, an OMEN of things to come."
About 50 years ago last Wednesday I was Station Manager in PKB when the night before Thanksgiving PI decided to put Allegheny out of business by ramming their DC3 through the wall of our operations office. (Actually the aircraft experienced a brake failure while taxing to the ramp)
Alas, we survived and assisted unloading your passengers into our office, rendered first aid, and assisted Virgil Flynn in making arrangements to get your passengers to their destinations.
Virgil Flynn was the only PI agent on duty at the time and it was PI's last flight of the day.
I had just dispatched a Martin 202 charter 5 minutes b4 your flight arrived other wise there would have been a terrible disaster that night.
As luck would have it, the good Lord smiled upon us, as there was no fire and the injuries to the passengers and crew were minimal.
I can't remember the crew names but they were very appreciative when I helped Virgil pry the instrument panel back so they could get their legs loose and eventually crawl out of the cockpit.
Jack Gwenap was the Station Manager and Coit Harris, and Virgil Flynn
were agents. I can't recall some of the other agent names.
The only damage to our office was the widening of our front office door as another AL agent and I went through it simultaneously trying to get the hell away from the spinning prop that was forcing itself through the back office wall.
PI/AL were a close knit group in PKB in those days and tipped more than a few glasses of white lightning there.
I believe I have a few pictures somewhere here and if I can find them I'll send copies to you.
You wrote "There was a culture at Piedmont that I don't think will ever be duplicated in any other company - ever." I agree and I experienced it with your employees in PKB and again in FLL.
It was a great company and in retrospect I'm happy that we ultimately joined forces even though there still is strong cultural differences.
With the experience and backgrounds of the combined companies I'm convinced there is life after death and we shall survive.
Pss: Take it easy on Pete. He is not a fighter but a lover and I bet he would prove it too if you were FEMALE.