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Blast from the past: Braniff's Cowboys 727

Discussion in 'History Zone' started by fgoodwin, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. fgoodwin

    fgoodwin Well-Known Member

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    Anybody remember this?

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    Did anyone ever actually SEE it?
  2. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    I never did see it in person. As an aircraft manufacturing person I do thank you for posting this pic. I hadn't thought about that bird in a long time. By chance does anyone know what year this could have possibly been?
  3. k19

    k19 Active Member

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    1981 and for only 2 away games.

    Heres a better picture

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    and a better one here
  4. bbgun

    bbgun Benched

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    cool pix. thanks.
  5. Hostile

    Hostile Jason Garrett's Loudest Supporter Zone Supporter

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    Yep, the Cardinals and the 49ers. We were undefeated (4-0) until those 2 losses and the plane was scratched from service. We finished 12-4. Lost in the NFC Championship on "The Catch."
  6. bbgun

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    Because of the defeats?
  7. Hostile

    Hostile Jason Garrett's Loudest Supporter Zone Supporter

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    That was the rumor. Braniff was hoping the Cowboys as a client and having a high profile plane would pull them out of a nosedive. If I remember right (I might not) Braniff closed their doors not long after that plane was introduced.

    BTW, Southwest Airlines out of Phoenix have a Suns, D-backs, and Cardinals plane. So other airlines did follow Braniff's lead. I believe they did it first.
  8. fgoodwin

    fgoodwin Well-Known Member

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    1981 was the year we switched from royal blue road jerseys to navy blue, hence the color of the plane, I assume?
  9. bbgun

    bbgun Benched

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    Tex eradicated two jinxes in one year. We actually used two different road unis that year.
  10. fgoodwin

    fgoodwin Well-Known Member

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    Tell me more?

    I recall Schramm tweaking with the trim around the numbers because the original white numbers with gray trim made them almost impossible to read on TV. He added a line of navy trim to make the numbers more legible for TV, but I don't remember a road jersey other than the navy blues.

    Can you describe the other jersey or better yet, have a picture of it?
  11. bbgun

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    That's exactly what happened. They started out looking like this in September:

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    Then ended up looking like this in December:

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    Very few teams have ever changed their design in-season.
  12. fgoodwin

    fgoodwin Well-Known Member

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    Great pix.

    And I see my memory was faulty -- the numbers were gray with white trim, not the other way-around as I had recalled.

    Thanx!
  13. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    Thanks for all the info/pics guys. :thumbup:

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