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A Pan Am Boeing 727-200 similar to the one used by Boston-Maine Airways. (Photo: Pedro Aragão [CC BY-SA 3.0GFDL, CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons)

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Boston-Maine Airways

Boston-Maine Airways was founded in March of 1999 as a feeder airline for the third incarnation of Pan American Airways. Guilford Transportation Industries, a company specializing in railroads, had purchased the Pan Am brand after the failure of the second incarnation of the company. The company used the brand to launch the third Pan Am and followed with creating Boston-Maine Airways to operate as Pan Am Clipper Connection. The airline started operations with BAe Jetstream 31 turboprops. From a base…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Tradewinds Airways

In 1969,  British cargo airline Tradewinds Airways was formed after the collapse of its predecessor Transglobe Airways. The new airline took to the sky with the launch of charter flights from their hub at London's Gatwick Airport and would serve a variety of destinations over the course of their history. With…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Brymon Airways

The United Kingdom regional air market has seen its share of airlines rise and fall. Beginning in the 1970s, one of these airlines was Brymon Airways. The airline was incorporated in January of 1970 by Chris Amon and Bill Bryce. The name of the airline came from the last names…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Air Tungaru

Launched in 1977, Air Tungaru was the first airline of Kiribati, and also the nation’s flag carrier. Over the course of their history, the carrier served approximately 20 destinations, including all 16 domestic airports in the Gilbert Islands, such as Aranuka, Kiritimati, Beru, Marakai, Onotoa, and Tamana, among others. Their…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Manx2

The Isle of Man, located in the Irish Sea, is midway between England and Northern Ireland. Traditionally, all travel to and from the island has been via boat as over the years, airlines based on the island have come and gone. One of these airlines was Manx2, founded. However, the…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Korean National Airlines

Founded in 1946 by Captain Shin Yong-Wook, South Korean carrier Korean National Airlines, or KNA, was formed as a commercial passenger and air cargo airline. Instead of its longer full name, the carrier operated under the name Koreanair. KNA’s inaugural flight took place on October 30, 1948, from Seoul to Busan…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Trans-Colorado Airlines

Trans-Colorado Airlines was founded in August 1980 in the quiet mountain town of Gunnison, Colo. In its infancy, flights were operated to Denver's Stapleton Airport using a single Swearingen Metro II turboprop aircraft. The airline was founded during the post-Deregulation era in the U.S. when regional airlines were experiencing a…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Air Ecosse

In June 1977, Scottish carrier Air Ecosse took to the skies on its inaugural flight from Aberdeen to Wick, Scotland. The subsidiary of parent company Fairflight Charters, the airline operated both scheduled passenger flights and mail flights on behalf of Royal Mail. Simply designed, many of its aircraft featured a…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Impulse Airlines

Impulse Airlines was founded in 1992 by Sue and Gerry McGowan. Operations began later that year as a regional carrier based in Newcastle, New South Wales. The airline operated regional routes within New South Wales using the Beechcraft 1900D. Destinations included Sydney, Melbourne, and Australian capital Canberra, among others. The…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Air Illinois

During the 1970s and 80s, the regional airline market was filled with airlines named after their respective states. These included large, successful airlines, such as Air California, as well as many smaller airlines, such as Air Indiana. Neighboring Illinois was home to one of these small, intrastate carriers: Air Illinois.…