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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 the United States from Dallas to Chicago with service to Tulsa, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Oklahoma City as intermediate stops. The initial flights were operated on Stinson SM-1s and…