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on Feb 22, 2017

Excellent photos!!! who would have thought all those years ago they would become as big as they have. Hard to believe they are still flying DC-10....

on Feb 22, 2017

And many of those original Falcon 20s are still flying today training the RAF and Royal Navy, and may continue doing so for another 10 years!

An absolute pain to work on, but built like a tank.

on Feb 22, 2017

I flew some of those same DA-20s back in 2000-2002 and they are still carrying freight though mostly car parts these days. We went all over North America and the planes are a testimony to their design as they still perform well.

on Feb 22, 2017

There is an MD-10 at Logan this morning that according to FlightRadar24 is 43 years old. N559FE (46930). I worked for FedEx for 18 years. The company allowed us to "jumpseat" which was great fun. Right up front with the pilots on 727's, DC-10's, MD-11's. Really cool.

on Feb 22, 2017

I came into FedEx as a Boston ramp worker about that time. I remember flying what was possibly the most uncomfortable jumpseat ever invented in the falcon...a padded plank that sat across the wing spar in the cockpit doorway. As a private pilot, still a thrill to be up front in Falcons, 727's DC 10's. Can't do that today...

on Feb 22, 2017

When my Dad was flying corporate, I flew with him on many occasions in the jump seat. Only 15 year old who knew how to start a APU.

on Feb 22, 2017

When Eastern and United sold their B-727 QC to FedEx is when FedEx became a powerhouse. The Fanjet Falcons acquired from PAA were just the start.

on Feb 22, 2017

They were not fanjets when Fedex acquired them if I recall correctly. Higher bypass than the competitive RR Vipers and GE J85s but not true fans like the Garretts they eventually received.

on Feb 22, 2017

The GE CF700 is in fact a turbofan engine, albeit low bypass in comparison to modern designs. It was a development from the CJ610, with the fan added. Servicable parts from old 610 engines are likely still finding their way into CF700's powering the remaining Falcon 20 cargo haulers.

The FanJet Falcon (Falcon 20S) was light years ahead of its competition back in the early 60's. Higher Mach, full hydraulic flight controls, more cubes, and a structure strong enough to cut a huge door into the side and still be safe. Today, 50 years later many are still hauling trash, converting fuel into profit! Amazing aircraft and a great choice by Fred Smith.

on Feb 22, 2017

The Falcon 20 was derived from the Mystere French fighter and it should have performed much better than it did, but the CF700 held it back - normal cruise was limited to about .72 mach. The engine just couldn't move it through the air very quickly and it burned a lot of gas. Some models were later re-engined with with a real fan engine and cruise went up to .82 with 25 percent better fuel consumption. Fedex never flew them.

on Feb 22, 2017

Actually have a photo of Dad standing in front of the first EAL conversion.

on Feb 22, 2017

Thanks for the memories! But I seem to remember seeing a Falcon 20 or 2 at the Dayton, Ohio airport FedEx hangar on the weekends. It was right along the eastern border of the airport and easily visible driving on Old Dixie Highway (US Rte 25). But that was 37 years ago - my memory is no longer perfect! I remember being disappointed that Dayton was the winner to have a major facility built by Emery Express, thinking then that FedEx was going to be the winner of that rivalry. At that time I was in the beginning stages of my Supply Chain career and saw how much better FedEx was than Emery.

on Feb 22, 2017

Being a current FedEx employee it great to see how quickly the company has grown from the 80's to today. Thanks to the boom in eCommerce we are still growing by leaps and bounds.

About 10 years ago I was looking at one of the feeder Caravan's at an airshow with my daughter little did I know at the time that my company ID badge would be FedEx's. I plan on retiring from this company as it has become my new home and my daughter wants to join on as soon as she is old enough to do so.

on Feb 22, 2017

My Sister, Tracy Blasl has been with FedEx for 33 years. I worked in the HUB 73-74. Probably biggest mistake of my life leaving. Coming from CT to Memphis was not enjoyable for me, I left Memphis only to return recently.

on Feb 22, 2017

Remember the early commercials? How about the postal services trying to shut them down. It only could of happened in the 80's in that business, perfect timing.

on Feb 22, 2017

We were still living in CT, parents had a contract on a house in Little Rock, AR before Fred said they were going to Memphis. Dad was flying into LGA, he was living in Hotels at the time, he needed some clothes, I drove to LGA to take him what he needed. Looked in the back of the Falcon, maybe 10 bags of mail was all that was in there.

on Feb 22, 2017

Great reminiscing on the turbojets-fans. How about the Caravan?

on Feb 22, 2017

My Dad, Don Blasl was one of the original employees of FedEx. Employee Number #30. Chief Pilot and VP of Flight Operations. B727 Project Manager for acquisition and implementation. First B727's came from Chile. DC10 Captain and Flight Engineer. Check Airman. I need to scan all of the photos of the early days of FedEx in Memphis and post them, we have lots of them. Now living in the Memphis area and get to watch the afternoon sort leaving Memphis and then sit out at night and watch them coming and going. He would not believe what he would see now a days and how much of his time and dedication paid off. Ask my Mom about the personal AMEX card statement that came in monthly with thousands of dollars in fuel bills...

on Feb 22, 2017

Flew the Falcon into Toronto and Montreal the winter Federal Express started service to and from Canada. Not much name recognition there, evidently the name Federal Express implied something to do with the U. S. Government. Many times our suitcases and nav bags outweighed the freight and we had misgivings about how things were going to work out. Vision and leadership made FedEx what it is today.

on Feb 22, 2017

I was #32 pilot hired by FDX and was sent to Dayton, OH to fly the mail after initial training. My first flight as a first officer was from Dayton to Columbus- 60 miles. Our post office contract was designed so that we had to do everything at warp speed, including loading up to 6000 pounds of mail ourselves, doing the paper work, taxiing and balls to the wall in the air. We were penalized if we were off scheduled. On that first flight, I think the captain was starting engines while I was still trying to go through the before start check list and I was probably trying to get through the before take off list while we were half way to Columbus. I never did talk on the radio. But, he did let me fly the next leg to LGA. It was an adventurous time.

on Feb 23, 2017

Thanks for the memories Brian. I came to FedEx in 1979 and flew the Falcon for 3.5 years before moving into the "Big Iron" 727. I met your dad when he first started. When I came to FedEx we had the Falcons and 7 B-727's, no DC-10 yet but soon got the B-737's along with the DC-10. The Falcon was fun to fly except in the summer or winter! No APU and no reversers . . . but we did have a drag chute which I was fortunate enough to have only needed a couple times. I'm sure your dad has some tales too. Thanks for the posting.

on Feb 23, 2017

Worked for PanAm Business Jets as a mechanic. It was a first job after leaving the USAF for this newly minted A&P. Worked on these freighters when they came in for maintenance. Think they were modified by Ark Mod in Little Rock which eventually became the Dassault completion center for their business jets.
Oh, did you know that freighter N8FE is in the Smithsonian. Not too many business jets can make that claim.
Great pictures, great memories.

on Feb 24, 2017

I have to add a caveat to the other comments. Being I was with Flying Tigers for 27 years and FedEx bought us out in 1989 they wouldn't be a world Air Service if they hadn't. Fred said him self " They couldn't have done it any other way if they hadn't bought Tigers". I'm not being critical just honest about it. I retired off the 747 after flying with FedEx for another 7 years. They pay my retirement like clock work every month.

on Feb 28, 2017

Flew em all except the B-737s we had for a short while..

on Feb 28, 2017

I went through FedEx for a 20 type and my ATP leaving F4's at McDill. This was around October of 1974. We flew with designated Fed Ex pilot instructors. As I recall, each airplane was named after a pilots daughter. The package count averaged about 12000/ night. Got a job flying G2's and Falcon 10's out of HPN. Where Jerry Simone called and asked if I wanted to fly with them(spring of 75) I said no, I liked flying people better. Not my smartest move. Thanks for the memories.

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