Here's a pamphlet that was used to help promote Braniff's End of the Plain Plane
campaign that marked the beginning of the "jellybean" era in 1965 - 66.
It's a six-panel layout that starts out at 9" x 3 3/4" and
unfolds to about 23" wide.
The new motif was applied to every
piece of equipment either flying or earthbound; not even the ladder
pictured below and to the right was able to escape.
The story of three
new-hire pilots at Braniff in January, 1967 -
our class Terry and I were at the bottom of the class seniority because
of our ages. Your seniority number within a new class is
determined by your birth date. Which airplane you train on is
determined by class seniority. The top third of the class went to 707
training, the middle third went to 727 training and the bottom third to
Electra training, all as Flight Engineers on the respective airplanes.
day while we were still in Flight Engineer basic
school someone came into the class to tell us that they needed
7 people to go to training on the DC-8 in Miami as we were just merging
with Pan American Grace Airways (Panagra) at this time. They
had a small operation in Miami. Panagra had 70 pilots working
and about 90 total pilots, the rest being on furlow. They didn't know
at the time how many of the furlowed pilots would return so they needed
us on the DC8-30 training. Someone asked if they did not get the seven
to volunteer, how would they pick them? They said that they would
assign from the bottom of the class. So three of us at the bottom held
up our hands and they picked three of us and we were sent to Miami for
three weeks of school.
It turned out that most all of the furlowed guys returned, so at the
completion of the school we were sent back to Dallas to take the final
FAA Flight Engineer written exams. Terry and I and one other guy, Jack
Kennedy, returned to Dallas and were told that we were not needed on
the DC8 and that we would be starting Electra School next
week. So we went to Electra school with the Feb. 1967 class
that was a month behind us. It took about four or five months before we were
done training and got on the line as Second Officers on the Electra.
E.Reiss, long-time Braniff pilot
Electra, B707, B727, DC-8