Poster TWA 1931-1

Thirty-six hours!

Have we come a long way or what!

Of course times and travel etiquette has changed but one thing hasn’t changed.

The history and memories of one of the most beloved airlines to grace the skies.

Stay tuned for more memorabilia from TWA to be shown here.

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Poster TWA 1935-1

Ah yes, the beginning of the “red eye” specials! Brings back not-so-fond memories of flying Boeing 707 freighters all night from San Francisco (SFO), taking off at 10 pm west coast time, then heading to Kansas City, MO (MKC) then somewhere else that is still in a fog and then ending up in Baltimore, MD (BAL) at 10 am the next morning. This is what being “low man on the seniority pole” as a new pilot does for you! But it was all worth it for a guy who, not only loved flying but actually got paid for it! Heck of a deal…

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God bless the mighty old DC-3!

She’s still flying after 70 + years, mostly in third-world countries but nonetheless, a tribute to the old McDonnell-Douglas company, now Boeing.

My dream of flying captain at TWA was fading rapidly into the sunset because of the 70’s oil crisis, etc. so I looked around to fly anything I could get my hands on. 

I used  my GI bill money to get a captain’s rating in the old gal when I was stuck in the flight engineer’s seat at TWA for what seemed like forever.

I used to actually open the window when I was flying in the left seat and visualized myself wearing a white scarf that was flapping in the breeze, just like in the movies. 

I had dreams of flying DC-3’s in Africa, hauling pigs and chickens to some remote village and other stuff that wouldn’t have paid as well as airline flying; but TWA dashed my dreams by hiring me in 1966 as a flight engineer/pilot.

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Can you imagine! 200 miles an hour! Unheard of.

The beginning of jet lag, without the jet!’

I guess if you flew slow enough, your body would catch up with the time zone changes so there’d be no jet lag.

Would it then be called “prop lag!?” 😆

And only 15 hours from coast to coast!

Can you imagine the poor coach grunts who watched the first class elites disappear into their sleeper berths.

Sign me up…

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I never flew with Otis or Isabelle or met W.P. the crew chief.

But I bet the service in those days was a bit more personal than it is today!

Something to be said for restoring the personal into business and the benefits of doing so…

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Cecil was only one of the “rich and famous” that TWA used to fly.

Since Howard Hughes built and owned TWA at the time he loved to hang out with the Hollywood crowd.

He was also known for dating a few of the up and coming starlets so you’d always see TWA aircraft in the movies.

Problem was Howard liked to grab an airplane and crew for his own, private use and the passengers who were scheduled to fly on that flight had to be booked on another one while Howard took a joy ride to parts unknown.

Not the best way to run an airline but it made for some great stories!

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$44.95 one way! Way too much money.

But you have the privilege of flying into Boulder Dam! What!

I never knew we flew to Boulder Dam.

How and where in the heck did they land?

Probably some dirt strip out in the desert some where.

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Paul and the other guys were the real deal.

Executives who were pilots who really knew their company and it’s people. 

Today’s executives could learn something from these guys.

Except somebody should have told Paul that captains wear 4 stripes!

He obviously never let details get in the way of doing business…

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 What no cell phones? No fancy headsets? No Wi-Fi?

How come they’re dressed like that?

How’d they survive?

These guys need to loosen up, break out the flip flops, put their feet up on the bulkhead, chill out.

I definitely don’t see much potential for “air rage” in this photo!

Ah, the good old days….