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November 15, 2017

>Guide's note: Our recent photo of the week showing TWA's first 747s being prepared for delivery drew many comments. Most revealed the widespread affection shared for this great airplane. A few told of personal relationships regarding the 747. Here are some (received on Facebook):

My Father wrote, managed and directed all the maintenance and long range planning for the 747 .. years before the first 747 was delivered to TWA
John Beck

My Dad, Gail Storck, was the Test, Acceptance and Delivery pilot for TWA at Boeing. He was such an awesome man and super pilot. We used to fly on deliveries. He "flew the line" until October 16, 1971~~~his 60th birthday and retirement.
Denise Storck Troyer

My father was a maintenance inspector and we lived in Seattle from 1969 to 1971. We were lucky enough to fly back to Kansas City on one of the delivery flights.
Danny Gonner


November 3, 2017

>Guide's note: Reactions to our photo of the premiere of TWA's 1995 aircraft paint scheme (our recent photo of the week) were quite positive. It clearly shows TWA made a good choice! Here are just some of the comments, all received on Facebook:

I don’t know why some people hate this livery. It was the best or at least a close second to the double Globe livery.
Justin Van Marrum

Best paint job in the industry.
Ray Randall

Such a beautiful plane!
Eric Earll


October 20, 2017

And here they are, Hughes and Frye, after piloting the historic flight, the first non-stop transcontinental flight, Burbank-Washington on April 17, 1944
Image may contain: 3 people

Gary Smedile
On Facebook

>Guide's note: Thanks, Gary. The first non-stop transcon flight on the Connie was the subject of our recent Museum Photo of The Week. We showed an image of the original navigator's log. If you haven't seen it yet, click here to see our Museum Photo of The Week 


October 15, 2017

>Guide's note: Our posting of the picture of Captain John Testrake in the cockpit of hijacked flight 847 drew the largest amount of comments and number of views of any photo we've ever put on our blog. It's no wonder why. It was difficult to choose among the dozens comments received, but we selected a few that we think are representative of many. We also are forwarding all the comments received to John's widow, Phyllis.

It seems the label "Hero" is used on just about everyone these days, but Captain Testrake genuinely was. R.I.P.

Fabian Marson
On Facebook


 I remember this so well. John was a very nice gentle person. His actions saved a lot of people. May he Rest In Peace 
Beatrice Friswold
On Facebook


 Had Uli once as a FA on my flight, there was no doubt who was in charge in the cabin. She was the best of the best.

Ray Randall
On Facebook


October 8, 2017

Many of us discovered it was no piece of cake to pull yourself into the raft from the water below.

Jerry Warkans
On Facebook


 I remember this pool and training exercises so well!

Beatrice Friswold
On Facebook

>Guide's note: We were happy to get so many comments about our photo of "ditching" training at the Breech Academy, back in 1979. In terms of the number of views counted, it was one of the most popular photo postings ever! We'll try to keep bringing you interesting and meaningful photos from the museum, each week. If you haven't been to the page lately, click here to see our Museum Photo of The Week


October 1, 2017

Without even looking at the answer, I'm going to guess that they were part of the floor tile use in the TWA Terminal at Idlewild/JFK.

Jim Thompson
Columbus, OH


My base, I walked those halls so many times.

Jane Keaton Niedermyer
On Facebook

>Guide's note: Many people correctly identified our museum's bucket of "penny tiles" as those that were used for the interior of TWA's Flight Center at JFK Airport.  We really enjoyed sharing that photo with all of you and of telling you a bit about the terminal and its new role as the TWA Hotel.


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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