A few airplane corrections
September 21, 2003
I need to make several corrections to the story by Allyn Harvey on Sept. 18.
When Rocky Mountain Airways first began service to Aspen, on March 6, 1969, The company was flying the Rockwell Aero Commander 500 series. The Rockwell was replaced with the Twin Otter, designated the DHC-6 and configured to hold 19 passengers.
How many people remember sucking on the oxygen hose between Denver and Aspen on board the Twin Otter? While we’re on the subject, it’s the Twin Otter not the Dash 8 that is loved by sky-diving clubs worldwide.
Soon after the crash of Rocky Mountain Airways flight #217 on Dec. 4, 1978, near Steamboat Springs, the Twin Otter was reassigned to flights along the Front Range. The Mountain routes were then flown by the new De Havilland Dash 7. The Dash 8 was never operated by Rocky Mountain Airways.
In 1992, the De Havilland Aircraft company was purchased by Bombardier. So, the Dash 8 is actually made by Bombardier, which is the same company that makes the Lear Jet, and Ski Doo, to name a few.
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