"Red-Eye Special"

David A. Daniel dad at POKERWIZ.COM
Wed Jan 15 18:21:31 UTC 2014

There used to be a PSA flight San Francisco - L.A. (and L.A. - San
Francisco) that was called the red eye. Was at about midnight and cost 10
bucks. This was 1967-69. Also, my girlfriend at that time was a junior
stewardess for Continental and she used red eye regularly to refer to the
midnight or wee-hours flights.

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I first heard this in 1972 or '73.

Since then it's become so common as to be routinely shortened to "the

1963 _Plain Dealer_ (Cleveland) (June 12) 24: Some 15 or 20 of the Centaur
scientists  and engineers board what they have nicknamed the "Red-Eye
Special," which flies them all night and lands them at Cleveland-Hopkins in
time to go to work in the morning.


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