North Central Airlines

I Miss Herman!

I Miss Herman!

The other day when I visited the NWA History Center, I had a nagging feeling that something was missing. In time I realized it was Herman, the larger-than-life duck that had taken up an entire corner of the museum. In his heyday Herman had been the North Central Airlines mascot; and for many years had […]

Northwest Airlines Facebook pages

It has been pointed out to me that I have been remiss in not linking NWA facebook pages to my blog/website.  Let me correct that inadvertent omission. The following are current Facebook pages for Northwest Airlines devotees: Northwest Airlines (NWA) Employees – Red Tail Forever Northwest Airlines Friends and Family Group ALWAYS A REDTAIL Northwest […]

Robert Reardon Website

Received a nice note from Richard Lee asking if I would put Robert Reardon’s Facebook page on my website. You bet I will, Richard. I was happy to set the story straight as to when Bob’s Facebook profile photo was taken.  It was taken by me nearly 60 years ago, on a Boeing B-377 Stratocruiser […]

Welcome to Lady Skywriter’s Newly Expanded and Improved Website

These things don’t happen overnight!  The ideas have been brewing for a couple of years, the actual work has been progressing for the past 3-1/2 months. When this website and blog appeared in 2008, Northwest Airlines was still alive and kicking. There were signals of impending changes, but the red tail still graced the skies. […]

Tonight's The Night! NWA History Centre on Public Television

Tonight’s The Night! NWA History Centre on Public Television

Norm Midthun and Red Sutter being filmed for “Lost Twin Cities 4” A reminder…. Lost Twin Cities 4 will premiere tonight, Wednesday, August 13th at 8:00 pm on tpt Channel 2. It will feature a segment about NWA in the 1950’s – the “luxurious” days of flying,  and how it transitioned into the jet-age of the l960’s and early 1970’s.  It will be a […]

Cockpit Chronicles: Behind the scenes with a flight attendant — Crew Meals

Well, this woke me up this morning!  Can anybody tell me what aircraft this is? My first impressions are of the flight attendant.  Can’t help noticing the very long straight hair, hanging freely to the middle of her back, wisps hanging nearly into the food!  The sunglasses perched on the top of her head.  The […]

Northwest Airlines: Remembered and Celebrated

Bruce Kitt stars in this week’s segment of Bloomington Today, a City of Bloomington, MN cable network feature about the NWA History Centre.  Good job, Bruce! Happy July 4th, everyone!

1954 United Convair Promo Film – A wonderful slice of Mid-Fifties Culture

Bob DuBert sent the following email: “Posted on YouTube earlier this week is “The Sky is For Everyone”, a beautifully produced promo film by United for the Convair 340. Lady Skywriter notes: Set aside a half hour to watch this wonderful snapshot of the 1950s on full screen. See what passengers wore on the airplane: […]

Robert Reardon Makes Guinness World Records 2013

Robert Reardon Makes Guinness World Records 2013

Bob Reardon and Lady Skywriter at the NWA History Centre for the  Donald Nyrop tribute, June 2011 You will find part of this photo in the brand new Guinness World Records 2013.  Go to page 69, the Oldest category, where you will find Mr. Reardon at the very top of the page with the heading Oldest […]

New Bob Reardon Information, gleaned at his fantastic 60th Anniversary Party

New Bob Reardon Information, gleaned at his fantastic 60th Anniversary Party

Bob Reardon with his sisters and Waverly MN pastor. l-r: Bernice Reardon, Rev. Martin Shallbetter, “the man of the hour”, Mary Klingelhoets For openers, I did not know Bob was born and bred in Waverly, MN. His sisters shared that with me. I didn’t know he was from a family of nine children. I did […]