This week we conclude the series on the legacy carriers but help me keep the memory of those that are gone but not forgotten alive by reading their history. As always, I would like all aviators to connect with their roots and one of the ways they can do that is by using the “Third Dimension Blog” as a resource.
“I may be flying a complicated airplane, rushing through space, but in this cabin I’m surrounded by simplicity and thoughts set free of time. How detached the intimate things around me seem from the great world down below. How strange is this combination of proximity and separation. That ground — seconds away — thousands of miles away. This air, stirring mildly around me. That air, rushing by with the speed of a tornado, an inch beyond. These minute details in my cockpit. The grandeur of the world outside. The nearness of death. The longness of life.”—Charles A. Lindberg “The Spirit of St. Louis”
1978 Roll Call of Legacy Carriers
Mergers and failures are difficult to keep up with, but there are some significant changes that took place in the 1980s and the decades after that can provide us with some perspective of the state of the industry. Consider the following facts:
The following airlines are still in operation: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines, and US Air.
I have closed with pictures of the fallen carriers, so enjoy and for each photo there is a credit listed so that you can do some looking on your own.
Next week we will start a new series called the Low Cost Carrier. So, until then take some time to look back, connect with your past and remember as an aviator you are a “Gatekeeper of the Third Dimension.”
Protect your profession, your future and the future of your fellow aviators.
August 28, 2009
Aloha Airlines failed in 2008
Air Cal was absorbed by American in 1987
Braniff failed in 1982 and Braniff II failed in 1989
Eastern failed in 1990
Frontier was absorbed by Continental in 1985
National was absorbed by Pan AM in 1980
Northwest Orient—Northwest Airlines
Ozark was absorbed by TWA in 1986
Pacific Southwest was absorbed by US Air in 1988
Pan Am failed in 1990
Piedmont was absorbed by US Air in 1989
Republic was absorbed by Northwest in 1980
TWA was absorbed by American in 2001
Western was absorbed by Delta in 1987