Photo provided by Aero Icarus from Zürich, Switzerland (Air Florida DC-9-15RC; N75AF, December 1980/ CDX) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Air Florida

At one point in time most states had their own airline. The Sunshine state of Florida was no different. However, unlike airlines in smaller states like Air Illinois or Air Oregon, Air Florida experienced moderate success until a tragic event changed their fortunes. In the 1970s, Miami was developing into a thriving metropolis. The Dolphins were experiencing their best years, a new influx of citizens had recently arrived from Cuba, and tourism was booming. To take advantage of this boom…