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A National Airlines Boeing 727 at New York-JFK (Photo: Jon Proctor [GFDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html) or GFDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html)], via Wikimedia Commons)

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: National Airlines

The city of St. Petersburg, Florida is often overlooked in the history of aviation, even as it hosted the first airline in the world in 1914. More recently, the city was the founding home of National Airlines in 1934. The brainchild of George T. Baker, the airline began operations from the city’s waterfront Albert Whitted Airport. Initial operations involved transporting people and mail to select cities in the state using the Ryan ST monoplanes. The operation grew quickly, transporting 249,799…

FBF (Flashback Friday) in Aviation History: Mohawk Airlines

Founded in 1945 by aerial photographer C.S. Robinson, Mohawk Airlines started out at Ithaca Municipal Airport in New York under the name Robinson Aviation. On April 6, 1945, the company took to the skies with their inaugural passenger flight, launching their three-passenger Fairchild F-24s into service. In the early years,…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Freedom Air

In the summer of 1995, a new carrier entered the trans-Tasman market offering low-fares and no frills, service. This airline was Kiwi Travel International Airlines. In response to the new competition in its home market, Air New Zealand, via its subsidiary Mount Cook Airline, launched Freedom Air. Freedom Air began…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Air21

With airlines looking towards the start of the 21st century many carriers were planning on how to celebrate the new year. For startup carrier Air21, it was all about revolutionizing the flying experience. The airline, which was named after the 21st century, marketed itself as the “carrier of the future”…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Transbrasil

The Brazilian airline known initially as Sadia was founded in 1955 as the sister company to S/A Indústria e Comércio Concórdia. On March 16, 1956, their first aircraft, a DC-3, took to the skies under the name Sadia S/A - Transportes Aereos. It was founded by local entrepreneur Omar Fontana, who remained the…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) In Aviation History: Texas International Airlines

Some states have been successful in creating airlines named after themselves. Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines are the two notable examples that operate and continue to grow and expand on a daily basis. Many other states in the past also operated their own air carriers that were either sold and…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Partnair

In the late 1980s, Partnair was flying the Norwegian skies, becoming the fifth largest airline in Norway by revenue. The airline was founded in 1968 as Paralift Air Service by a group of parachuters to own and operate an aircraft so that they did not have to rent. The service…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Caribbean Star/Caribbean Sun

With British West Indies Airways removing its island hopping service in the 1990s, new carriers started to pop up. One of these new carriers was the Antigua and Barbuda based Caribbean Star Airlines. The carrier started operations in the eastern portion of the Caribbean in June 2000 with the use…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Britt Airways

Headquartered in Terre Haute, Ind., Britt Airways established operations in 1964, and for over three decades, lived primarily off of codeshare partnerships while serving numerous cities in Indiana and several surrounding states. Throughout their history, the airline flew a vast variety of aircraft. Initially starting out with the Beechcraft 99…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) In Aviation History: Cyprus Airways

The first airline of Cyprus took off for its inaugural flight 69 years ago in April of 1948, after being established just a few months before in September of 1947. The airline started off with three Douglas DC-3s and continued to expand with the addition of more aircraft and new…