Thursday, August 4, 2011

Friday, August 4, 1933

We sold some more trash and got a dime for it. We got us all some candy. Nadine was down and we all went out and played.

Trans World Airlines
Founded in 1925 as Western Air Express

TWA's corporate history dates from the July 16, 1930, forced merger of
Transcontinental Air Transport (T-A-T) and Western Air Express to form
Transcontinental & Western Air (T&WA). The companies merged at the
urging of Postmaster General Walter Folger Brown, who was looking for bigger
airlines to give airmail contracts.

Both airlines brought high-profile aviation pioneers who would give the airline
the panache of being called "The Airline Run by Flyers." Transcontinental, the
bigger of the two, had the marquee expertise of Charles Lindbergh and was already
offering a 48-hour combination of plane and train trip across the United States. Western,
which was slightly older having been founded in 1925, had the expertise of Jack Frye.

On October 25, 1930, the airline offered one of the first all-plane scheduled service
 from coast to coast: the Lindbergh Route. The route took 36 hours and initially called
for overnights in Kansas City. In summer 1931, TWA moved its headquarters from New
 York to Kansas City, Missouri, where it remained until 1964, when it moved back to New York.

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