Park Service grants landmark status to site of 1956 Grand Canyon plane crash

April 26th, 2014

Here’s an article saying that AZ is giving landmark status to the TWA crash in 1956 at the Grand Canyon.


KTAR Article



Carl Icahn & TWA

March 19th, 2014

Here’s an interesting article in Fortune magazine from February 1986, regarding Carl Icahn’s issues with the purchase of TWA.


A good read.


The comeuppance of Carl Icahn


TAT Ford Tri-Motor at Williams Gateway Open House

March 12th, 2014

We were able to attend Williams Gateway Airport Open House last week in Mesa, AZ.  This is a yearly event that has a wide range of aircraft. (For the full gallery of my pictures, click here.)

One of the aircraft that was on display was a Ford Tri-Motor.  This was used by TWA’s precursor, Transcontinental Air Transport (See the Wikipedia article here.)

This particular Tri-Motor, NC-9612, is serial # 55.  It was never officially flown by TAT or TWA.  But TWA did contract for it in 1949 for it’s 20th Anniversary:




Here’s  a picture of it from last week:

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We’re back!

March 3rd, 2014

Hello everyone.


After disappearing for awhile, we’re back!

I don’t have any updates for right now, but should soon.  If you have any comments, please feel free to email me.

TWA Skyliner – March 1994

April 8th, 2008

Today is the front page from the employee newsletter, the “TWA Skyliner”. The big news?

They were bringing back the Polar Route: LAX-CDG. This was served with the first of the Boeing 767-300’s they purchased. This particular one was from Condor. (It was TWA #16103, tail # N691LF. You can see a picture of it from right here.)

Also in this issue: Optimism about TWA’s Summer Schedule, including more international flights from JFK (59 today to 77 by June 1st) and more flights from STL (257 today to ‘more than 300′ by June 1st). A lot of these increases were by reducing service at the infamous ATL hub from 57 down to 11 flights.

Also included is an article about a retired TWA pilot by the name of Captain Randy Kramer. He spent his own time in the LAX Ambassador’s Club greeting passengers and in general, spreading goodwill. Another example of how TWA’s people went ‘above and beyond’.


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TWA Commercial – 1980 – “Kids Fly Free”

March 7th, 2008

While looking at some old commercials on YouTube, I came across this video from KABC in Los Angeles in 1980.

If you jump to 1:05 into the video, you’ll see a commercial from TWA where “Kids Fly Free*” (* not on Florida or Arizona routes. I wonder why not AZ.)

And of course, the great 1980’s slogan: “You’re going to like us, TWA!” One of their best.

TWA April 1992 Schedule

March 3rd, 2008

Yeah, it’s been too long.

Sorry about that; it’s been hectic here.

So, today, I present the April 1992 schedule. The highlights? Well, TWA was flying to Moscow. Only $800 in economy! I believe this was a 727-200 from Brussels to Moscow, but not 100% sure on that.

Click images for larger versions.

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TWA Brochure to Disneyland…

January 13th, 2008

Thanks to the Disneyland blog Stuff from the Park, we have a brochure that TWA released for taking TWA to Disneyland. The copyright date on the brochure is 1955, so this is from shortly after the park opened.

Of course, TWA sponsored the “Rocket Ship to the Moon” ride. This was later changed to Mars.

TWA Brochure

Link to original Blog entry.

Ebay Auction: TWA’s $100,000 Cosmic Contest

January 6th, 2008

Thanks to reader Alex S, he pointed out this recent auction on Ebay: TWA’s $100,000 Cosmic Auction.

According to the description, it was a contest that TWA put on back in 1955. You’d write an essay describing what air travel would be like in 30 years, or 1985.

You could enter an essay to win $50,000 now or $50,000 in 1985. In 1985, they’d open the container of all the entries and pick a winner.

Does anyone know if this was given way in 1985? According to the images, it was stored at the Kansas City maintenance base, so maybe someone there could recall it? (That is, to say, if Icahn didn’t take the $50,000 to buy something else.

I’ve attached the images from the auction, to be sure these are kept. It’s very interesting!

If anyone has any information on this contest, be sure to leave a comment or send me some email.

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Video: Boeing 727-231 Landing at STL

January 3rd, 2008

First off, happy 2008 to everyone out there!

Today’s link is a video of a Boeing 727 landing at STL. All hand-flown, it’s very cool to hear the sounds of the cockpit.

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