TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Avation History: Braniff International Airlines

Prior to the blue, red, and yellow Southwest Boeing 737s that currently dominate the skies over the United States, there was another airline that flew colorful jets. Braniff International Airlines, founded in 1930 by Tom and Paul Braniff in Oklahoma, was created for the purpose of transporting mail and passengers up…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: A Look Back at…

While the title of the article may seem deceiving, it is in fact true that two airlines have held the name PeopleExpress since 1980. One was a moderate success, while the other lasted just a few months. Both had the same goal of making flying affordable for the general public,…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Kendell Airlines

In 1967, aviation enthusiast Don Kendell founded Premiair Aviation, an Australian air charter provider and flight school based in Wagga Wagga, Australia. Within a few years, in 1971, his small charter company would grow rapidly to become a regional airline. Known as Kendell Airlines, this regional provider soon become a…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: BA Connect, Air Southwest…

Over the years, airlines have come and gone from the British skyline. While some have been more famous than others, they all have left an impact on the cities they once served. Both West England and Wales have been a particular battle ground for new airlines, as some airlines such…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Dan-Air

In the early history of British aviation, British Airways Overseas Corporation (B.O.A.C.) dominated the landscape. Many independent airlines have tried to challenge the B.O.A.C. dynasty, but most faltered after a few years of operations and failed to make a large impact on B.O.A.C’s dominancy. One of those airlines that tried, and…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Big Sky Airlines

From their start in 1978, Big Sky Airlines played an important role in connecting small cities across Montana, as well as cities in Washington, Idaho, Colorado, and Wyoming during a significant portion of its existence. The regional airline was based in Billings, Montana, and was very important to the state…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) In Aviation History: TACA/LASCA

TACA (Transportes Aereos del Continente Americano) was formed in 1931 when a New Zealand billionaire, Lowell Yerex, wanted to form a chain of airlines in Central and South America. Each airline started with Stinson aircraft and all planes proudly displayed the TACA brand. However, competition and a small market in most…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: A Look Back at…

Very few airlines have been able to conquer both the sea and the air. One of the few airlines to do so was Chalk’s Ocean Airways. Based in Florida, the small airline used seaplanes to transport locals and tourists around the state and to the Bahamas. At one point the…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Aeroperú

On May 22, 1973, Aeroperú took to the skies, becoming Peru's flag carrier for several intense and difficult years. The struggle to maintain operations would ensue for most of their years in the sky, worsened by failed merger attempts and tragedy. Regardless, Aeroperú was popular for its extensive route network…