The day the name changed.
Jack M. Taylor
Date: January 08, 2005 01:49AM
I retired from PAI on the last day of June, 1989 along with two or three others. There were refreshments in the cafeteria for us and our families that day, provided by the company. Mr. Howard Cartwright, the previously retired Vice President of Maintenance and Engineering came in that day and was with us in the cafeteria. He and I were looking out the cafeteria window that over looks the hangar maintenance bay as the first aircraft with a US Airways paint scheme was being towed into the hangar. We watched for a few moments in silence then he turned to face me and with a very sad, pained and solemn look, born out of deep deep hurt, he said,
"I never thought that I would ever see it come to this", and there was a tear making its way down his cheek. I always had a great deal of respect for Mr. Cartwright, but his sharing of this personal moment of sorrow and sadness with with me made an impression on me that I shall never forget. I was very sad at his passing, but I am also glad that he didn't have to witness what has happened to "His Piedmont Airlines" in the years since his death. I have had many memorable moments during my career at Piedmont, but this one seems to stand out above them all!!!