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Northwest Airlines Vintage Postcards - 1930s and 1950s

Northwest Airlines Vintage Postcards – 1930s and 1950s

Going through some post cards given to me by Lona Falenczykowski today and decided to share a couple with you. I was especially enamored of the message on the back of the 1930s DC-3 card, which read: “At take-off time, the luxurious Northwest Airliner has been dusted, polished and freshened up . . . weather […]

Herbert J. Johnson, NWA Capt. ret., Has Flown West

Herbert J. Johnson, NWA Capt. ret., Has Flown West

Three generations at NWA: l-r: Merry Jo, Scott, Herb, Erik Herb Johnson was a NWA pilot for 32 years until 1981, when retirement was mandatory at age 60.  His wife, Merry Jo, was a NWA stewardess from 1949-51.  ‘Jo’ (short for Merry Jo)  flew on every NWA B-377 Stratocruiser, 701-710. They were married March 30, […]

Patricia Moran, Part 2

Patricia Moran, Part 2

Imagine my surprise when I received the book, “Come Fly With Me” by Patricia Moran, with this yellowed newspaper clipping inside, from Nancy Lowman.  Nancy flew for North Central/Republic/NWA and read my plea for info about Patricia Moran’s book in BITS AND PIECES.  Thank you so much Nancy! I’m trying to track down Pat’s sister, […]

Midway Airport Historians

Midway Airport Historians

NWA Boeing B-377 Stratocruiser at Midway Airport, sometime in the 1950s Midway Airport originally opened as Chicago Municipal Airport on May 8, 1926, and by the time I was flying 2/day NWA DC-4 trips into Midway it had become the “busiest airport in the world.”  Oh the stories she can tell. And does tell, thanks […]

Remembering Patricia Moran, Part 1

A few weeks ago, Lona Falenczykowski lent me a book of poetry written by Patricia Moran in 1962, titled Come Fly With Me.  I wanted to purchase a copy of the book and to learn more about Pat Moran.  I asked Karen Schmit, editor of BITS & PIECES, and Bob DuBert, editor of NWA History […]

Don't Miss HuffPost's wonderful article with vintage airline photos and commercials

Don’t Miss HuffPost’s wonderful article with vintage airline photos and commercials

HuffPost Travel’s caption reads, “Stewardesses working for Southwest Airlines of Texas must be able to wear hot pants and kinky leather boots or they don’t get the job. In accordance with the airline’s motto, ‘sex sells seats’ interviewees are selected on the strength of their legs and their face. Drinks served during flights have names […]

Looking for Elsie - NWA Crew House/Midway Airport

Looking for Elsie – NWA Crew House/Midway Airport

Good Morning! This morning’s activities brought to mind the woman who owned and operated the NWA crew house at Midway Airport in Chicago in the 1950s. Her first name was Elsie – does anyone remember her last name? Elsie also managed the Marshall Fields Coffee Shop at Midway Airport, Fred Ellsworth, (NWA Captain, ret.) reminded […]