I flew the Shorts 360, a 36-passenger twin-engine turboprop aircraft, as a Captain for StatesWest Airlines for a short time before leaving for America West Airlines.
The Shorts 360 had its first flight 34 years ago this month and was introduced into passenger service in late 1982. Less than 200 aircraft were manufactured by the Irish company. Today the 360 is used by cargo operators.
StatesWest Airlines initially started passenger service in the fall of 1986 with three Shorts 360 aircraft flying from Arizona into southern California.