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September 13, 2017

So cool - knew the history but to see a photo is amazing.

David Braswell
On Facebook 

Nice pic, thanks for sharing.

James Carolan
On Facebook 

>Guide's note: Thanks. The picture of TWA's Maintenance and Overhaul base occupying a rural area (before Kansas City International Airport was built next to it) has attracted many views and comments. It's one of many interesting photos on our "Museum Photo of The Week" page. 
Click here to go to view this picture and many others


August 7, 2017

I so enjoyed reading both parts of the article. My husband, Van H. Thompson, was a TWA flight engineer for 40 years - 1945-1985. He loved showing me and our sons our country and some of our favorite parts were in the west described in the second part of your article. Our older son now practices medicine in Kansas City and it's like going home when I visit. Thank you for doing all the research for the article.

Jean E. Thompson
Hilton Head Island, SC  

>Guide's note: Thank you so much Jean. We're glad you enjoyed it. We also hope you'll come by and say hello the next time you're here in Kansas City.


July 9, 2017

I'm not sure if you have been to the Smithsonian... I received this picture from Judy Gerling.
Makes me feel so proud to think "our" beautiful TWA is in the Smithsonian...
And it's a crying shame our beautiful TWA is not still soaring in the skies...
"Those were the days my friends, I thought they'd never end."

Mary Connelly
Poulsbo, WA

>Guide's note: The photo, taken by Judy Gerling's son, shows the entrance to the Jet History Corner, at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Judy is a former TWA flight attendant who has quite a family connection with TWA. Her husband, two brothers-in-law and father-in-law were all TWA pilots!  Mary Connelly worked in several areas at TWA's Kansas City's Administrative Center, also spending some time at Worldspan, TWA's IT subsidiary.


June 27, 2017

Great historical article!  I can't wait for part 2.  I'm still flying as a F/A for AA now, and I guess I'll quit moaning about the occasional 4 leg day here since hearing of the ultra-long five legs from Columbus to Oklahoma...

Bill Bowman
St. Louis, MO

>Guide's note: Bill is referring to Part I of our "Coast-to-Coast" article about the 1929 train/rail journey on TAT, one of TWA's predecessors. If you haven't read it yet, take a look and you'll certainly see what Bill means! 


June 12, 2017

Great Article about TAT 48 Hour Coast to Coast Service. In 1979, TWA sponsored a 50th anniversary airshow in Columbus, Ohio. I served on the board with TWA Captain Don Peters. A TWA 727 was on static display, a Curtiss Jennie and Ford Tri-Motor were there. Bob Hoover with his Aero Commander were part of the show. It was a great venue for TWA. TWA was the premier airline operating in CMH. It was also my pleasure to work with so many of the mechanics throughout Kansas City and the Ohio Valley that contributed to on time performance and airline safety.

Joe Pollock
Overland Park, KS

>Guide's note: Now retired, Joe had an impressive career with TWA. Among his positions were A&P mechanic, lead mechanic, maintenance foreman and manager. In addition to Columbus, Joe worked for TWA in St. Louis, Indianapolis and Kansas City. 
Click here to see the blog article Joe is referring to


June 5, 2017

We recently were in New York returning from a cruise to Quebec City and back. While at LaGuardia Airport, I looked out the window and this is what I saw.  Thought for moment that TWA had arisen from the dead.  As it turns out, the new American Airlines has painted several aircraft in the livery of the airlines that were acquired or merged to form the new American Airlines.  These included TWA, US Airways, Piedmont, AirCal, Reno Air, Bonanza Airlines, Pacific Airlines and others.  Though only for a moment, it was great to see TWA taxiing about at LGA.

Jim Stott,
Kent, WA

>Guide's note: Jim flew for TWA for 25 years. After his retirement, he received his law degree from Pepperdine Univesity and worked as a federal mediator. He also later served as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine Law School. A writer of several pieces in aviation interest publications, Jim is also a pretty fair photographer, as can be seen above. Oh... and he's a lecturer and guide at the Boeing Museum of Flight in Seattle. Good work, Jim!
(we also encourage you to click on the picture to get a good look at the plane's details!) 


May 27, 2017 (on Twitter)

747 from ORD-LAX? Yes, please.

Jillian MacDonnald

>Guide's note: Jillian's wishful thinking was inspired by this week's museum photo, which shows the unique marketing of TWA's Chicago-Los Angeles 747 service in May 1970.
Go to our Museum Photo of the Week page

May 10, 2017 (on Twitter)

I saw her last Saturday, and she looked super sharp along with her ramp neighbor.


>Guide's note: Ashley is referring to our museum's Lockheed JetStar II, which sits next to TWA's Wings of Pride MD-83, at our museum. It's this week's museum photo of the week. See it and all our other weekly photos by clicking below. And, thanks for stopping by Ashley.
Go to our Museum Photo of the Week page

April 12, 2017

Concerning maintenance of the fuel control on this aircraft (the L-1011), it was a two part (air and hydraulic)
unit with very close tolerances, some measured with light bands. Challenging indeed.

Respectfully and Best Wishes,
John Johnson, 
Camden Point, MO

>Guide's note: John is a retired aircraft maintenance technician, having worked for TWA and American, 1967-2003. 

April 10, 2017

An impressive article. Glad I could make a small contribution to it. I'm proud to have an L-1011 type rating.

Mark L. Berry,
St. Louis, MO

>Guide's note: In addition to being a professional pilot (formerly with TWA and now American), Captain Berry is an accomplished author and airline publication editor. Visit his website and blog at www.marklberry.com.  


April 6, 2017

Congratulations for your blog and your care for the TWA uniforms.
You might be surprised that overseas people keep the TWA spirit as well. I have gathered several uniforms to remember my flights with TWA in the eighties.
The last acquisition was this Elisa Daggs' Manhattan paper dress found in the UK.
Visit us at www.airline-angels.be/twa.html

Kind regards.
Baudouin Leruitte, 
Brusssels, Belgium

>Guide's note: Baudouin's collection is amazing, containing uniforms from over fifty airlines around the world. After seeing Baudouin's TWA uniform collection, don't forget to visit his home page to take a tour of the entire collection.


April 4, 2017 (on Twitter)

Hang in there, @TWAMuseum !

Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum (@EvergreenMuseum)
McMinnville, OR

>Guide's note: The Evergreen Museum is one of the premier aviation and space museums in the country. Their impressive collection includes over 150 aircraft/spacecraft items including the "Spruce Goose" aircraft, built by Howard Hughes. www.evergreenmusem.org.
(click here to read our blog post being referred to)

Feb 28, 2017

Just checking out the TWA Museum blog and enjoyed the article on the TWA history and uniforms. Here's a photo of me in my AA uniform with the B737-800 "tribute" plane in vintage TWA livery parked at MSP about three weeks after it first appeared on AA's system.I think that AA has about 10 of the tribute planes featuring airlines that were acquired over the years by AA.It is always exciting to former TWA employees to spot the TWA plane taxiing in!


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