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Old 09-21-2006, 05:00 AM   #21  
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Some guy that was hired at Braniff way back in the late 60's or early 70's, he was hired into the right seat at 19 and because of the rapid expansion was Captain at 24 in a 707. He had a nickname Billy Blue Eyes

I made Captain at 28 on a 727 so I did some research back in the mid 80's and that was the earliest Captain I came up with.

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Old 09-21-2006, 05:16 AM   #22  
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Back in 1996, I was a hew hire with TWA. I ran a crashpad in Kew Gardens, NY (JFK-LGA Based). I had a guy in my crashpad for a short time that was a United Captain, 29 years old, MD-11 or DC-10 (6 of one half doz of another).
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yeah..well i knew a captain for Ozark who was a DC-10 captain at 7 years old!!!!!
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I flew with one of the senior guys at ATA that had been a check airman on the DC-10 & L1011 by 27 or so. ATA had 2 (I think) DC-10's in the early - mid 80's , then replaced them with the 1011's.
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Old 09-21-2006, 10:38 AM   #25  
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A friend of mine knows this guy who has a buddy whose cousin owns a house and one of his roommates is friends with this guy who is dating some supermodel in Miami and her father flew for this one airline that hired a guy at age 5 as an FE on the 727, and then later on the DC-10. At age 18 (with 13 years seniority with the company) this person obtained their commercial/multi-engine/instrument and was then able to upgrade to the right seat of the 727. Five years later he checked out as captain on his 23rd birthday. One year later the company filed chapter 11 and then subsequently liquidated. Last I heard he was flying right seat in a King Air.
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Old 09-21-2006, 12:50 PM   #26  
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Thanks again for your replies. I like some of humor here. It seems to me that everytime I fly, the pilots on my plane are kind of serious... Also I rarely see a non gray haired (no offense to anyone) captain for a major airline except at some Int'l airports (mostly Asian Airlines).

Why can not airlines get rid of seniority system like everyone else? Just a thought (maybe a naive one)
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Old 09-21-2006, 01:07 PM   #27  
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You mean get hired and promoted/upgraded based on merit or qualifications instead of seniority?

Say....!
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Old 09-21-2006, 02:59 PM   #28  
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My buddy flew for ATA for them about 9 years ago, I think he made Cpt. at 30 he is at Airtran now after being furlowed from ATA....
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Old 09-21-2006, 03:18 PM   #29  
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I remember hearing about a SWA pilot being hired on his 23rd birthday, and was a captian at 25/26. He flies aerobatics now with the red bull team--Kirby Chambliss.
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I made the left seat at AirTran at 29yrs 7months. Some have done it younger.
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