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A TWA Lockheed Constellation, affectionately named "Connie." It lives at the National Airline History Museum in Kansas City | Photo provided by JL Johnson of the National Airline History Museum

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Trans World Airlines

[caption id="attachment_1097" align="alignleft" width="300"] A TWA Lockheed Constellation | Photo provided by WikiMedia[/caption] TWA, one of the oldest airlines, ceased operations on Dec. 1, 2001, after nearly 76 years. Founded on July 13, 1925 as Western Air Express, it merged with Transcontinental Air Transport just five years later, causing the name to change to Transcontinental & Western Air, or T&WA. It was originally founded to transport air mail, but it soon extended far past it's intended purpose. [caption id="attachment_1099" align="alignright"…