Precision Airlines (RP)
Becomes Affiliated with Eastern Express 1 May 1986

by Tom Hildreth

Headquartered at Hartness State Airport in North Springfield, Vermont, Precision Airlines took its name from the Machine Tool industry that had developed in the Black River Valley a hundred years earlier. The airline's early operation was largely devoted to Beech D.18 freight runs in support of the industry. By the late 1970s the decline of the machine tool industry found Precision Airlines operating the Beech 99 and De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter as a passenger feeder line for the large airports at Boston and New York.

Twenty-five years ago, 1 May 1986, Precision became affiliated with Eastern Express, a move that was essentially the beginning of the end for the small carrier. Three years later, after the fall of Eastern Airlines, Precision became part of Northwest Airlink and the Precision identity dissapeared from the aircraft.

Supported by the Essential Air Service's program, passenger service once provided by Precision at Rutland, Vermont and Lebanon, New Hampshire is today accomodated by the Cessna 402
fleet of Cape Air.

The author would welcome contact with anyone with additional information on the history of this airline for inclusion on this page.

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Beech 99 N52RP of Precision Airlines
at Boston's Logan airport.

Dornier Do228 of Precision AL/Eastern Express
at Manchester, NH (KMHT) on 24 September 1988

Precision Beech E.18s N390V at Hartness Airport,
N. SPringfield, VT on 7 October 1980.

Precision Piper PA-31 Navajo
at Rutland, Vermont on 9 October 1980.

De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter
of Precision Airlines N16RP at Lebanon, NH 6 April 1984.
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