Shea Oakley Request:

If you are a currently flying or retired airline pilot, the museum wants you! Our Open Cockpit Weekend program will be starting up again in April, with five additional events scheduled through November. These Saturday and Sunday programs involve opening the cockpits of some of our static display aircraft (including two airliners) to the public. We get many, many children at these events and we would love to have some uniformed commercial pilots present to act as cockpit guides/docents and get these kids excited about a future in aviation!

If you have any interest in volunteering to be a part of Open Cockpit Weekends in this capacity please contact the museum at [email protected] or call us at (201)-288-6344.


Great Testimonial Received
From A Friend of Eastern!

Dear Dorothy,

Keep up the good work of preserving Eastern's history. Your show adds a new dimension to the preservation of transportation history. So much of what is preserved about airlines is dry corporate history. You're keeping the stories of the people of Eastern alive, and in their own words, no less. That’s pretty great.

Jackson McQuigg
Stone Mountain, GA

Episode 349
EAL Radio Show Broadcast

January 22, 2018
“The History of Airline Regulation: USPO, CAA, FAA, CAB, and DOT”

Our next EAL Radio Show on January 22, 2018 will be all about “The History of Airline Regulation: USPO, CAA, FAA, CAB, DOT” Join us to find out the interesting story of how aviation during the 1920s was unreliable, dangerous actually because of pilots’ charismatic attitude and little knowledge of flying or the planes they flew, that it became necessary to establish rules and regulations mandatory.  The government felt that by establishing some quality and safety requirements, it could ensure an organized structure and came together in the form of the 1926 Air Commerce Act. It was apparent that an increasing need for more and more infrastructure to support it so several agencies began such as: 

  • USPO: Reliability of the US mail system was being put at risk by delays, cancellations, and crashes. The passing of airmail carrying from the USPS' Air Mail Service to private enterprise caused the government to realize the need of structure in the aviation industry.
  • The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is responsible for the regulation of aviation safety in the UK, determining policy for the use of airspace, the economic regulation of Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports, the licensing and financial fitness of airlines and the management of the ATOL financial protection scheme for holidaymakers.
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the U. S. is a national authority with powers to regulate all aspects of civil aviation.
  • The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) is a federal Cabinet of the U.S. government established by an act of Congress on October 15, 1966, and began operation on April 1, 1967.
  • The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) was an agency of the federal government of the United States that regulated aviation services, including scheduled passenger airline service, and provided air accident investigation.
  • The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Airport Security Rules is an agency of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for screening people and property and control airport security. They also are responsible for air safety and hire Federal Air Marshals who monitor security on board planes.


Tune in to the EAL Radio Show and join the conversation on January 22, 2018. Find out how these agencies work for aviation and if all of them are necessary. We look forward to having you call us and to having you share your thoughts and ask your questions. Our call-in number is 213-816-1611 at 7:00 P. M. ET as we depart the gate, or listen in by clicking the hyperlink to take you to:


Episode 350
EAL Radio Show Broadcast, January 29, 2018

  “Aviation World Records for Speed and Time”


Another exciting topic is scheduled for our next EAL Radio Show on February 5, 2018 and Neal has chosen a fun program to present; “Aviation World Records for Speed and Time.” This program will keep our thinking caps sharp, and is geared to all of you flying buffs” out there that love “aerodynamic racing” in both speed and time world records. Aircraft engineers may have used all kinds of materials…aluminum, magnesium etc. long ago looking for the fastest performance and time out of an aircraft. Today, of course, it’s all about the latest products that aeronautical engineers devise i.e., special materials to make steel magnesium alloys or perhaps the use of composite materials of some kind.

Engine equipment today is being constructed for the best technology methods to obtain increasing power out of an aircraft. Consideration is given to install the maximum speed an aircraft will tolerate using jet engines that are being constructed to get a special “boost” or otherwise known as an “afterburner.” Electronics play a large part in the world today with all types of computerized equipment that are progressing rapidly for speed while reducing time dramatically. This focus is specifically in the areas needed to produce World records.

Some questions we ask are:

  1. Are there many types of classes of aircraft, i.e., landplanes, seaplanes, helicopters, and amphibians?
  2. What about the engine power such as, piston-engines, turbojets, turboprops, and rocket-engine aircraft.
  3. What is the highest airspeed and time attained by an aircraft of a particular class?
  4. Who makes the rules for all official aviation records? Are they defined by Federation Aéronautique Internationale (FAI)

Join in the fun by calling 213-816-1611 at 7:00 P. M. ET to participate with the hosts as we depart the gate. Hear the answers to these questions and more, and feel free to jump in with your question(s) on February 5, 2018. We look forward to having you call us or listen in by clicking the hyperlink to take you to:


EAL Radio Show Broadcast,

February 05, 2018, Episode 351
“Fifteen Most Admired

Eastern Airlines Employees”


Our next EAL Radio Show on February 12, 2018, Episode 351 has a very interesting topic that Neal and our Hosts will present; “Fifteen Most Admired Eastern Airlines Employees”.  Neal provides us with insights on those “admired noteworthy people.”

Plan to spend an enjoyable evening with us to find out who we have placed on our list. Hear their awesome stories that tells us why we feel they are thought so well of by all. You may wonder what makes a person admired, elevated to a higher step on the success ladder, outstanding, awesome and so much more. Some unique characteristics that play a large part of admiration could be an individual’s achievement:

  1. Technology contributed to Eastern’s legacy of aviation
  2. Ingenuity
  3. True lifetime achievement
  4. Individual acts of great vision
  5. Persistence, Skill, Courage and so on.

We know too well that EAL had many remarkable employees that never made the Hall of Fame or labeled a hero, but yet are so admired. In saying that though, there are many admired and extraordinary EAL employees on the list that did have a measurable background, some even in the Hall of Fame, while others were just plainly loved by many.

Listen to the EAL Radio Show and join the conversation on February 12, 2018. Bring along some of your own thoughts to add to our program. We look forward to having you call us on our call-in number: 213-816-1611 at 7:00 P. M. EDT as we depart the gate, or listen in by clicking this hyperlink:

Breaking News!

Make Or Break Search For MH370

By Myron Nelson, AVweb

The government of Malaysia has announced that it has signed a unique agreement with a U.S. oceanic research company to resume the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, which mysteriously disappeared in March of 2014. The private company, Ocean Infinity, based in Texas, has signed a speculative “no-find, no-fee” contract for 90 days that has the potential to reward the research company up to $70 million on a graduated fee scale based upon search results and the amount of area covered within the allotted time. The search will focus on an area in the Southern Indian Ocean approximately the size of Vermont that experts have narrowed down as having the best chances for success.

First BelugaXL Rolls Out

By Mary Grady

The BelugaXL, the extra-large and unique cargo aircraft built by Airbus to transport huge aircraft sections among its various production sites in Europe, has rolled out from its assembly hangar in Toulouse, France, for the first time, this month, Airbus announced on Tuesday. The airframe is now structurally complete, the company said. It’s the first of five aircraft now under construction, and is expected to fly for the first time by this summer. The new airplanes will be bigger than the BelugaST transporters they are replacing. The ST can carry only one wing at a time for the A350 XWB jet, but the XL can transport both wings at once. See more…Newsletters-Jan-June-2018

Aeromexico 737 Nearly Lands On Wrong San Francisco Runway

By Jon Hemmerdinger,


Pilots of an Aeromexico Boeing 737-800 lined up to land on the wrong runway at San Francisco International airport on 9 January before executing a go-around procedure, the third safety-related landing incident at San Francisco in about six months. A Virgin America A320 family aircraft was on Runway 28L awaiting takeoff at the time of the incident, the Federal Aviation Administration confirms. The incident happened at about 11:45, says the FAA. See more…Newsletters-Jan-June-2018

First U.S. Flight Demo For Volocopter

By Mary Grady

Volocopter, the German company that has long been working to develop a semi-autonomous VTOL, flew its aircraft for the first time in the U.S., on Monday. The aircraft flew briefly, unmanned and tethered, on a stage during the keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Volocopter also announced it had flown with a passenger for the first time last month, taking Intel CEO Brian Krzanich for a short flight inside a hangar in Germany. The aircraft was remotely piloted while Krzanich went along for the ride. “That was the best flight I’ve ever had,” Krzanich said after landing. “Everybody will fly like this someday.” See more…Newsletters-Jan-June-2018.

Engine Start For That's All Brother

By Russ Niles

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A piece of aviation history roared to life for the first time in a decade last week in an important milestone toward first flight. Crews at Basler Turbo Conversions in Oshkosh started the No. 1 engine in That’s All Brother, the C-47 that led 800 other aircraft in the invasion of Normandy on D-Day. The plan is to fly the thoroughly restored warhorse to France for a flyby on the 75th anniversary of the epic battle in 2019. “That’s kind of why the rush is on and why we’re doing all of this in the dead of winter in Wisconsin,” Keegan Chetwynd, curator of the Commemorative Air Force, told The Associated Press. The engine start revealed a hydraulic leak that will be fixed before another prop is turned. See more of the article...

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