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      Post #76382, posted on 07-29-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Have you guys seen the picture on the cover of the July/August 2020 Airways Magazine?
      Awesome picture of a Delta MD-88 from above. The little details you can notice like the antennas not centered in the middle of the fuselage, the horizontal stabs weathering, etc.
      Incredible reference.
      Check it out!

      Walter
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      Post #76383, posted on 07-29-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi Walter,

      How is the magazine these days? I took it from the first issue but stopped some years ago when they moved to cheaper, thinner paper with matt photos. Content seemed to be getting repetitive, too. I heard that they evetually bowed to pressure and went back to better quality paper and glossy photos, but I never got back into it again.

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      Post #76387, posted on 07-29-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Hello Roy
      I subscribe mostly for support to the cause. Once Jon Proctor passed it on to Enrique, the focus of the magazine changed completely.
      No longer the picture capture tells you about engine types etc but they cover a lot of air traveling and airport articles.
      I don't care for that kind of stuff. Overall, hit a and miss, one moth excellent articles next one I skip must of it. Airliners and Airways I used to read from front to back. Now, nahh!! Plus they are trying to go all internet based magazine. I love my paper books and magazines. I cant read stuff on phones or I-pads.
      But the pictures on the article about the the Delta MD-88/MD-90 retirement is excellent!

      Walter

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      Post #76389, posted on 07-30-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Walter,

      I could be wrong, but I believe Enrique took over from the late John Wegg. Jon Proctor
      was listed as Senior Editor in Volume 1, Number 1 / Mar./Apr. 1994. That issue also
      contained the first Flightlines by Rick Drury. I really miss Rick's input.

      I agree that the content focus took a turn with the handover. If they do decide to go
      all digital, I'll be gone.

      Alan Aronoff
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      Post #76394, posted on 07-30-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Great comment Walter about the Delta MD88 photo on the cover. I had the exact same WOW reaction on seeing it. Almost looks like a weathered model. I'm an "old time" subscriber and find the the issues sometimes hit or miss. Over the years quality has varied. Recently the magazine is high quality just that sometimes the content isn't super interesting. But that cover photo.... WOW!!!

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      Post #76395, posted on 07-30-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Alan you are right.
      John Wegg. Nonetheless both guys Proctor and Wegg amazing people.
      The entire article about the Md-88/MD-90 has some incredible reference pictures.
      Like I mention above the mag went on a different way, used to be somehow modeler oriented with aircraft type and engine type to more like some dude traveling around the world reporting his experience. Sure don't care about that!
      But this one issue is worth the money just for the cover shot.
      Agreed Ken, WOW!!

      Walter

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      Post #76402, posted on 08-01-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Airways have been into Ups & Downs, but some articles had been outstanding. I have all issues except for a few ones from the beginning. In the long term I'm planning to sell or trade the whole collection and buy or trade for several issues of the Air Transport World Magazine from the 70's (about 50 issues as I have about 40 from the decade). Just waiting till I get a portable scanner to keep some of the most relevant articles. Have many people interested, so will let you when... and for sure open for offers...!

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      Post #76412, posted on 08-02-2020 GMT-5 hours    
      Greetings!

      You are all quite right on your observations concerning Airways and the content changes not always to my liking. Like all of you though, I love the cover shot of the MD-88. It is a fairly rare angle type of shot, but it shows some valuable detail. When comparing the planform in that photo, you can see how the Minicraft MD-80 kit has the scribing on top of the wing vis-a-vis the flaps and spoilers wrong, something that I noticed was wrong on the kit right away when it came out. I wish we could get more photos like that one!

      Contentwise, I liked the magazine much more when Proctor and Wegg ran things. When Wegg left Airliners, it went extinct very quickly with quality going downhill, but he managed to get Rick Drury to come over with him to Airways, so I started buying Airways, and like all of you, I was very much disappointed when John retired. He really loved the same kind of things that we all go for and enjoy in an enthusiast magazine.

      I am not a fan of things going digital, and like Walter, I love my books and magazines printed on paper. I have never warmed up to Kindle or Nook books (but do like nooky!), and I visit B&N 2-3 times a month. Oddly, B&N here in Louisville dropped carrying Airways about a year ago or more, so I had to subscribe.

      To me, the MD-88 cover gets my vote as a favorite!

      Best regards,
      Jeff Jarvis

      God's "Curse" to aviation!