Western Airlines

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Western Air Express flew its first flight in a Douglas M-2 airplane, April 1926. It was awarded the US Postal Service contract to fly the mail from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles. In 1928, the Guggenheim Foundation chose Western to set up a model airway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. They purchased 3, Fokker F-10 Trimoters with comfortable wicker chairs and provided meal service to passengers. Western developed the first air-to-ground radio, in cooperation with Thorpe Hiscock of Boeing, in 1929. They also introduced the Fokker F-32 aircraft to commercial airline operation. In 1930 it merged with Transcontinental Air to form Transworld Airlines (TWA). Western Air Transport broke off in 1934 and changed its name to General Air. In 1941 it changed its name again to Western Airlines and in 1987 was bought by Delta Airlines.

From the description of Western Airlines photograph collection [graphic], ca. 1926-1969. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 61200094

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Smith, Willis B. [Willis B. Smith Collection]. University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries
referencedIn Minneapolis-Saint Paul Metropolitan Airports Commission. Subject files, 1918-1996 (bulk 1940-1965). Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Western Airlines. Western Airlines photograph collection [graphic], ca. 1926-1969. Alaska State Library
creatorOf Western Airlines. Photogaphs, n.d. Utah Division of State History, Utah Historical Society
creatorOf Western Airlines. Historical information dealing with Western Airlines, n.d. Utah Division of State History, Utah Historical Society
creatorOf Western Airlines. Press releases [197-]. Boulder Public Library
referencedIn Subject files., 1918-1996 (bulk 1940-1965). Minnesota Historical Society.
referencedIn Transportation Library Menu Collection, 1928-present Northwestern University Transportation Library
referencedIn Drinkwater, Terrell Croft. Terrell Croft Drinkwater papers, 1935-1973 (bulk 1946-1970) University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
referencedIn Library of Aeronautical History, 1920-1950. University of Southern California, USC Libraries
referencedIn United States. Civil Aeronautics Board. [Miami-London route case : exhibits before the Civil Aeronautics Board] Institute of Transportation Studies Library, ITS Library, U.C. Berkeley
referencedIn [Pamphlet material on Western Air Lines]. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Leland, Elma G. [Papers] / Elma Guffey Rockwell Leland. University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries
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associatedWith Leland, Elma G. person
associatedWith Minneapolis-Saint Paul Metropolitan Airports Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Mr. George M. Foster person
correspondedWith Smith, Willis B. person
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