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Great Plains Dornier 328 aircraft (Photo: Rolandthejailer (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Ozark Airlines/Great Plains Airlines

While Columbia, MO began to see route success with Trans World Airlines (TWA) in the 1990s, its local passengers struggled with high prices, leaving local resident William Stricker to take matters into his own hands. Stricker decided on buying the Ozark Airlines name, as well as two Dornier 328JET aircraft to start service between Columbia and Chicago Midway as well as Dallas/Ft. Worth (via Joplin). The airline was granted its operating certificate on February 11, 2000 and was officially airborne on February 21.…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Midway Airlines

Midway Airlines was born out of the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978. Approved for a certificate to operate in 1976, the airline started operations in 1979, as a discount carrier. Midway was also considered to be one of the first post-deregulation start-ups. With a base at Chicago’s Midway Airport, the…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Aero Union

Founded in 1960, Aero Union Corporation was an aircraft maintenance and operation company that focused on aerial firefighting, including operating the aircraft, training crews, and designing fire fighting systems. Their company depended heavily on a contract with the US Forest Service. Initially from Redding, California, their headquarters was eventually established in…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) In Aviation History: GMG Airlines

With the Indian market on the rise and Bangladesh being dominated by the flag carrier Biman, a privately owned airline in the smaller country of Bangladesh seemed like a bet that could pay off. In 1998, the goal was achieved as GMG Airlines was formed with two De Havilland DHC-8-100…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: World Airways

World Airways was founded in 1948 by Benjamin Pepper. At the time, he used former Pan Am Boeing 314 flying boats. However, just two years later, the airline was purchased by Edward Daly for $50,000. At the time, the Boeing 314s were already considered to be obsolete so Daly began…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Royal Tongan Airlines

Established in 1985,  government-owned Royal Tongan Airlines officially commenced operations, the result of several years of planning. Just two years earlier, All Nippon Airways had conducted a feasibility study into the formation of a Tongan airline, which, following numerous changes in participating airlines, found success. The company was initially named…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Chautauqua Airlines

Chautauqua Airlines was formed by former Mohawk Airlines employees Joel and Gloria Hall with the hopes of flying into and out of Jamestown, New York. Operations started in 1973 with two Beech 99s operating flights from Jamestown to Pittsburgh and Buffalo. The airline’s early success didn’t go unnoticed as Pittsburgh…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Virgin Atlantic’s Little Red

Virgin Atlantic has always been strong with long-haul service to holiday destinations from the United Kingdom. However, the carrier has never had much of a domestic presence. Virgin once had services to Dublin early in their history and some intra-European service, however none of these routes were domestic. In 2012,…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Sobelair

Launched in 1946, Société Belge des Transports par Air SA, or Sobelair, operated past the turn of the century as a Belgian charter airline. Originalyl named Société d'Etude et de Transports Aerien, or SETA, the carrier operated their first revenue flight on October 15, 1946 with a DC-3 on a flower transport…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Kingfisher Airlines

With the Indian economy starting to see popularity and the need for flights increasing, United Breweries Group saw this as a perfect time to expand and start an airline of their own. The beer group took hold of a handful of Airbus A320 aircraft and started flights between Mumbai, Bangalore,…