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American Airlines

 Organization

Historical Note

The airline was founded in 1930, when several small airlines formed together.In 1934, the name American Airlines was established and the airline has been providing active service since that time. Over the years, it has absorbed other airlines, including US Airways and Trans World Airlines (TWA).

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

Robert Dempster Airline Ephemera Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2012-03-28
Contents of the Collection The Robert Dempster Airline ephemera is a small collection comprised of assorted airline schedules/timetables and safety cards ranging from the 1950s through the 1980s. The collection also contains a poster for a parade for Astronaut Dick Gordon through Seattle, Washington in 1966.

John Espy World War II Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 2018-00-00-113
Contents of the Collection The collection pertains to pilot John Espy, including World War II and post-war materials. It includes pilot log books, 1941-1955; a "short snorter" dated October 23, 1942, and other foreign currency; membership certificates, and American Airline employment records for Espy. Also included is a CAA airman identify card for Margaret Louise Rowe, whose name appears in one of Espy's pilot logs though the exact connection between the two is unknown. Additional materials include slides from a July...

Orville M. MacLaren Logbooks

 Collection — Box: One
Identifier: 2003-12-30
Content Description The Orville M. MacLeran Logbooks is a small collection consisting of six logbooks maintained by MacLeran and documenting his career as a flight instructor and commercial pilot from 1937-1963. Four of the logbooks are "pilot's flight logs" and document MacLeran's flights primarily to and from Seattle and Everett, Washington from 1937-1940. The books indicated that MacLeran held commercial and transport licenses with flight instructor ratings. A variety of aircraft are documented in...

Norman G. Stromer Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 2019-09-19
Overview Major Norman George Stromer (1922-2019) was an Army Air Corps pilot who participated in bombing campaigns in the South West Pacific during World War II, served as part of the Military Air Transport Service (MATS), and worked as a fight inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This collection contains photographs, military records, certificates, and other textual materials documenting his military service, post-military career, and personal life, primarily dating from 1940-1960.

Bruce Whitman Aviation Art Collection

 Collection
Identifier: 2021-04-16-A
Overview The Bruce Whitman Aviation Art Collection is a collection of artwork including a drawing, posters, lithographs, photographs, and advertisements primarily related to American military aviation from about 1917 to the early 1950s.

Catherine Wingfield Flight Attendant Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 1988-06-01-A
Contents of the Collection The Catherine Wingfield Flight Attendant Collection is a small collection comprised of materials relating to Wingfield’s career as a flight attendant for American Airlines in the late 1930s. The collection includes one photographic portrait (a later reprint of a colorized photograph) of Wingfield in uniform; two logbooks from her routes as a flight attendant, dated 1936-1937 and 1939-1940; and four films. The privately shot films are from 1939 and the early 1940s and contain scenes of American...

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