This Convair 440 dates back to 1957, and continued
to serve Eastern's north-south local service routes until 1969 or
1970. This example, N9302, shot at Wilmington, Del., was doing
flight 705 on this hot summer day, Providence to Washington National
with stops at New
Haven, JFK, and Wilmington, with onward connecting southbound service
from DCA. Wilmington service was once daily. It's curious
that the northbound counterpart of 705 flew a similar pattern, but
stopped at Newark instead of JFK. The Wilmington operations were
taken over by DC-9s by the late '60s.
Eastern exploited their
Convairs to their fullest for short-haul local services, with many
flights showing as many as six enroute stops, some of which were as
short as 12 minutes.
Wilmington, Delaware, July, 1965