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Best of Flashback Fridays: Assorted Early Southwest Photos

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This week, we're bringing you a “golden oldie” as a fun, Fourth of July Flashback gift.  This post originally appeared in January 2013 and was authored by our then Corporate Historian, Brian Lusk.  Given all the achievements Southwest has made over the years, and that the AirTran acquisition provided us the opportunity to achieve our most recent milestone of... read more

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Best of Flashback Fridays: A Photo Smorgasbord for Avgeeks…

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The original title of this Flashback Fridays post was ‘A Photo Smorgasbord for Avgeeks and Other Interested Parties,’ and since I am squarely in both camps, selecting this installment to share again seemed a natural choice.  While Brian’s focus in this post about aircraft Southwest leased from other carriers (the “hardware,” as he puts it), my own fascination with... read more

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Best of Flashback Fridays: Origins of the Boeing 737, Part Four

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This is the last installment in our “Best of” Brian’s four-part series on the origins of the 737, which originally ran on March 16, 2012.  From our first -200 to this week’s nod to the NG family of Boeing aircraft, including our newest -800s, it has been an exciting and educational ride. I like to think that when we take our first MAX 8 delivery in 2017,... read more

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Best of Flashback Fridays: Origins of the Boeing 737, Part Three

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This week’s “Best of” post focuses on the Boeing 737 “Classics” family—specifically, the -300, -400, and -500 series—and the role that Southwest played in the development of the 300s and 500s. This continuation of Brian’s “Origins of the Boeing 737” series originally ran in March, 2012, and it’s always interesting to look at all that has changed in the... read more

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Best of Flashback Fridays: Origins of the Boeing 737, Part Two

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The subtitle for this week’s “Best of” post is “The 737-200 Advanced and Some Oddities”   The first time this was published on February 24, 2012, I remember being fascinated by an odd aircraft feature that I had not heard of before: the “Vortex Dissipator.”  Considering that this has to do with making landings on gravel runways possible, I... read more

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Best of Flashback Fridays: Origins of the Boeing 737—Part One

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Brian subtitled this post “The “Originals: The 737-100 and 737-200” as the first installment of a four-part series that originally began on February 17, 2012.  Brian gives us an interesting view (as always) of the beginnings of the legacy that is the 737.  Let me know in the comments section if you would like to see Brian’s remaining chapters appear if... read more

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Best of Flashback Fridays: Intriguing Oddities from Southwest’s Past

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I selected this particular Flashback installment to be a “Best of” for a number of reasons.  As a former Braniff Flight Attendant, I flew on the 727-200 featured in the first photo more times than I can count (but not with this very unique Southwest livery). And, as a California native, I always loved the “Golden State”-shaped boarding passes that were used... read more

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Best of Flashback Fridays: Dallas Love Field Before Southwest Airlines

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In this week’s “Best of” Brian Lusk’s Flashback Fridays, we take a look back at not only a brief history of Love Field before Southwest Airlines, but also at some great photos from Brian’s own postcard collection. Although Brian’s story on Love Field begins in in the 1940s, it’s fun to note that, nearly 100 years ago—in 1917—aviators from the U.S. Army first... read more

Best of Flashback Fridays: A Historical Look at Southwest and Baseball

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In honor of the opening of baseball season this week, I’ve chosen Brian’s nod to Southwest’s connection with “America’s pastime” as this edition of the Best of Flashback Fridays.  Granted, Brian’s post was written at the very end of that year’s season, just as the 2011 World Series was about to start, but there’s just something about an opening day... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Generations

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I think that this “Best of” Flashback Fridays, which originally ran on July 13, 2012, is the perfect pick for this week, but that doesn’t mean it was an easy choice to make.  I must admit that it was always one of my favorites, since Brian shared not only his ever-present knowledge of airports and airplanes, but also, in this one, his personal memories of his... read more

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