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Back when things were "all gummed up"

Back when things were “all gummed up”

The airline gum business started early.  Helen Richardson was the third stewardess hired by Northwest Airlines in 1939.  See tribute to Helen in earlier Lady Skywriter blog. Her “gum caddy” resides at the Minnesota Historical Society. We were still offering gum while taxiing for takeoff during my NWA career in the late 1950s.  The package […]

Camille "Rosy" Stein - August, 2014

Northwest Expands to Duluth, May 1931 – via Duluth Harbor !

The real thing: By 1931 Northwest was flying from its Twin Cities hub to Milwaukee, Chicago and many smaller cities in southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. The airline also reached as far west as Bismarck and north to Winnipeg. Duluth was a likely candidate for expansion.  With a population of 100,000, Duluth was larger than […]

Stratocruiser Seats

Stratocruiser Seats

Bob DuBert’s recent guest post on airliner passenger seat sizes takes issue with Boeing for starting the whole downsizing thing with their 707. It also caused me to wistfully recall the superb comfort of Boeing Stratocruiser seats.  NWA purchased ten B-377 Stratocruisers in 1949 and they continued carrying comfortable and happy passengers until September, 1960. […]