Earlier this week, the final turboprop operating on behalf of American Airlines landed in Maryland. It marked the final propeller-powered flight for a “big three” legacy carrier in the USA.
The de Havilland Canada Dash 8-300 flew from Charlotte (CLT) to Salisbury, Maryland (SBY) on July 4th. Operated by Piedmont Airlines for American Eagle (AA’s regional airlines), the flight arrived at 8:35 p.m. to a number of waiting av-geeks.
— Charles Wight (@charleswight) July 5, 2018
The final flight of the @piedmontair #AmericanEagle de Havilland Canada Dash 8-300. N330EN getting ready to fly as @AmericanAir 4927 from @CLTAirport to Salisbury, Md. (Photos via @kbcody13) pic.twitter.com/IV8CoIwfBk
— Ross Feinstein (@RossFeinstein) July 4, 2018
— Jason Rabinowitz (@AirlineFlyer) July 4, 2018
Tomorrow is #TheLastDash as @PiedmontAir operates its final Dash 8 aircraft. Flight 4927 leaves #CLT for @FlySBYAirport at 6:33 p.m. Seven liveries, one incredible legacy. #TravelTuesday pic.twitter.com/k46VfhxmnV
— CLT Airport (@CLTAirport) July 3, 2018
In commemoration of this retirement, Piedmont put together a 32-minute documentary on the Dash 8:
Think about the historical moment this actually is. American (1938), Delta (1928), and United (1928) all used propeller planes to operate their first flights and have used propellers, to some degree, ever since.
United ended its prop service in late May from its Guam hub. It had already eliminated prop service in the Continental USA earlier this year. Delta ended prop service in 2013. This moment marks the end of a glorious era in aviation.
> Read More: Final United Airlines Turboprop Flight
The final AA turboprop was under the command of Captain Malcom Ferrand, a third-generation pilot. His grandfather was a World War I pilot while his father flew for United.
My Dash-8 Flights
The choice to end Dash-8 services in Salisbury, Maryland is an interesting one to me…I used to fly into that airport during my Air Force flight training in 2005…on a turboprop.
In 2008, I flew a US Airways Dash 8 from Philadelphia to New York LGA and snapped this picture:
The turboprop era in the USA is not over yet. It may never be. Alaska Airlines’ Horizon Air subsidiary still flies the Bombardier Q-400. Porter Airlines still exclusively uses propeller-powered aircraft. Yet with the final prop flight in AA livery, an era now comes to an end.
image: Charlotte Douglas International Airport