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Last "Cactus" flight arrives at PHL

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Cactus has signed off. The call sign pilots use for US Airways flights when talking to air traffic controllers was retired this morning as American Airlines received its single operating certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (www.star-telegram.com) More...

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frankidee
Frank DeLeon 8
I worked many Cactus flights during my 35 year career as an ATC. Sorry to see them go.
MattCarden
Matt Carden 6
Go long "Cactus!" The callsign will be missed. At least it will not be forgotten. I am sure none of us (at least those of us who follow aviation) will never forget this transmission:

---"Cactus 15[49] turn right 280 you can land runway one at Teterboro."

---"we can't do it."

---"kay which runway would you like at Teterboro?"

---"I'm sorry say again Cactus?"

(Ok, ATC actually said Cactus 1529 at this point but I corrected it for this post).
bishops90
Brian Bishop 5
It was kinda funny last night listening to the ATC chatter from all the traffic in and out of CLT correcting themselves "Cact...er American 1234....".
byoungblood
Always liked the Cactus callsign.

Worst part about this is now we as controllers aren't going to know which AAL pilots are going to complain about every little bump they get and the ones that won't.
gloverrr1234
Farewell Cactus......another one for the history books....!
ADXbear
ADXbear 4
I was at LAS yesterday when an US air A320 was about to take the runway, the pilot announced it as Cactus flight ### and ATC corrected him.. pilot said yea whatever.. And that call sign goes back to American West Airlines which USAir bought years ago..
w5pda
Paul Ahkolik 4
Please don't be offended, but I believe you meant the former America West.
yr2012
matt jensen 2
It was AWA that saved USA
travelmaster
Mark Panitz 2
correction America west bought us air and cactus

was America west callsign
valkyriexb70
valkyriexb70 2
The Cactus call sign was used at America West to differentiate them from both American and Western on the radio.
Itsmy6
Matt Ingmire 2
Hate to see it go.
hulasista
Michelle King 1
What is the origination of "call sign"/"callsigns" ? I didn't know they existed!!
devsfan
ken young 1
After America West and US Airways merged, the "US" Callsign was changed to "Cactus'.
US Airways commuter flights have the moniker of "Piedmont".....
I would imagine callsigns were developed in order to separate similar sounding/pronounced company names...
wscott44
Wayne Scott 0
Sometimes autocorrect or predictive typing enters words in ways the writer did not intend. Oftentimes, (or is it often times?), it's difficult to spot before posting.
Wayne

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w5pda
Paul Ahkolik 0
My apologies...I should've realized that pointing-out a simple typo and listing my "credentials" and experience would've "earned" so many negative votes.

"Per experientiam scire." - C.L.L. O'Riordan

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