The International Studebaker Avanti Owners’ group held its international
convention over the weekend of 24-25 September 2016. As they visited here in Kansas City and showed off their rare, beautiful cars, several of their members took a break to come to the Airline History Museum to tour equally rare and beautiful aircraft. We welcome them to our facility and invite them to return to the Airline History for their next gathering here in Kansas City.
All we need to add is a little decoration, a big band, and some dancers to complete the picture for our new dance floor.
A special ‘thank you’ to Dave Schloegel at Epoxy Coating Specialists of Kansas City, Kansas for a great, professional job on the floor. We have recently returned to the “legacy logo” with the distinctive Connie triple tail in the interest of preserving the ties to our cornerstone aircraft, the Lockheed 1049 G Constellation. This logo was originally designed by long-time member, friend and contributor to the Airline History Museum, Mr. Peter Barrett. Thank you, Pete!
While looking for additional information on the history of our Martin 404, we came across some interesting nuggets.
After her service for Eastern Airlines, our N145S was purchased along with several other Martins by Southern Airways. Southern was a regional
airline primarily serving the Southeastern United States. Founded by Frank Hulse in 1949, Southern operated until 1979 when it merged with North Central Airlines to form Republic Airlines. Through a series of mergers and corporate name changes, Republic became a part of Northwest which was merged into the current Delta Airlines.
Shown here is a photo (public domain) from the early 1970’s as nine Southern Airways Martin 404’s lined up at their Atlanta hub for the ‘morning rush’. In the foreground of the photo is AHM’s own N145S in her Southern livery of that time. Aside from her original Eastern Airlines livery, the Southern “dress” is one of her most attractive.
Thanks to Epoxy Coatings Specialists (ECS), we are replacing the old worn dance floor in the hangar. While the old surface has served us well over the past 10+ years, time had come to refresh and upgrade the image.
The new floor will be a light gray glossy epoxy surface bordered in TWA red to match the the Constellation and Martin 404.
The project is expected to be completed within the next few days. The centerpiece drawing of the Constellation is being replaced with a “new” design. This will be unveiled in a forthcoming post as the project nears completion.
AHM was honored to have the Mid America Chevelle Club be our guests on a sunny Saturday afternoon in early July. All of the 1960’s and early 70’s ‘muscle cars’ are immaculately restored. The cars were on display in the South parking lot at AHM with the beautiful back drop of the downtown KC skyline.
The club members agreed that there seems to be a common thread between aircraft and car enthusiasts. These are beautiful machines (both cars and aircraft) are tangible pieces of an important part of our collective heritage. They need to be preserved for the benefit of current and future generations.
AHM welcomes other similar groups to contact us for information on setting up a group tour for one of your club’s social outings.
The Airline History Museum is honored to introduce our newest Captain for our growing aircraft fleet. Captain Tate joined our group of elite pilots as of Saturday, 21 May 2016. The Captain brings a life-long devotion to
the advancement of aviation and aerospace science.
As shown in the pictures, Capt. Tate explains the functions and purposes of the various elements of the flight deck instruments and controls. The captain meticulously follows regulations as he conducts a thorough pre-flight inspection of all elements of his aircraft before every flight.
We here at AHM wish to thank Tate’s parents and family for bringing the captain to join our crew, and wish him and his family success and happiness in their future endeavors.
Familiar BrandNames occupied the south parking lot at AHM on Saturday, May 14. Historic names such as Diamond T and Autocar joined the more familiar names of Peterbilt, Dodge and Mack. The vintage trucks on display included over-the-road, pick ups, fire pumpers, and even a mail truck.
In addition to our historic airliners in the hangar and the vintage trucks,
we were pleasantly surprised when several vintage cars arrived to complete our day. Among the cars to arrive were a late 30’s Buick Roadmaster, a 50’s Kaiser Manhattan and a ’57 Ford station wagon. Muscle cars on hand included (writer’s favorite) 1964 Pontiac Tempest LeMans GTO, AMX 390, ’72 Chevy Monte Carlo and others.
We at the Airline History Museum express our many thanks to the American Truck Historical Society, Independence 76 Fire Company, and the numerous individuals who brought their classic restored historic vehicles. We all are looking forward to a bigger and better event for next year.
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald E. Tanner (Frances) visited AHM to tour and to donate this original James E. Westermann oil painting “The First of Many”. The picture depicts a TWA Mechanic marshaling TWA Boeing 727 No. 4301TW at Lambert Field in St. Louis, Missouri. The painting also shows the McDonnell-Douglas facility at Lambert and an F-4B “overflying” the airport.
Mr. Tanner was awarded the “Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award” in August 2012 for over 50 years in the aviation maintenance/mechanics profession. During his career he was affiliated with the US Navy – VF-142, McDonnell Aircraft Corp., Trans World Airlines (at MCI, SFO, and STL), and United Parcel Service. He is a two time winner of the “TWA Annual Award of Excellence”, 1989 and 1997.
The artist, James E. Westermann, was an artist/illustrator with McDonnell Aircraft Corp.
The Airline History Museum is grateful to the Tanners for their donation of this one-of-a-kind item. It is through the dedication of enthusiasts like this that we continue to preserve the rich history of the airline industry.
Today we were honored by the visit of the UFO’s (the United Flying Octogenarians). The minimum age for membership in UFO is 80. These folks range in age from 80 to 102 years young. Pictured above are Sam Swihart (84), Jim Laney (95) and Gene Engledow (102).
Each of these men had great stories to share during their visit. As examples, Mr. Laney flew Connies during his career and Mr. Engledow worked with Gen. Jimmy Doolittle while serving in the USAAF.
A special thank you for visiting AHM today and for sharing your great experiences with us!
There are big things happening at the Airline History Museum! The museum is currently working to bring home two new aircraft a Boeing 727-223 and a Douglas DC-8-62. The buzz right now though is about a smaller addition with a big history. The Northrop Delta’s arrival at the Airline History Museum has generated such a buzz in fact that it was recently featured in the Kansas City Star. Check out the clip below of Vice President of Operations John Roper talking about the history of this amazing piece of Airline History and please donate here to support the museum.