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Flashback Fridays: Bay to Breakers Race

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For several years in the early ‘90s, our Employees in the San Francisco Bay area and around the system had the chance to participate in the annual Bay to Breakers race, with Southwest serving as the official airline sponsor.  Early on a Sunday morning in May, more than 75,000 runners delighted thousands more spectators with the creative costumes they competed in.  Many... read more

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Flashback Fridays: An End to the Second Great War

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This weekend marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.  Although the second Great War predates the history of Southwest Airlines, our home of Love Field played in an important role in supporting the efforts of the allied forces and the march to victory following the surrender of Japan on August 15, 1945. (more...)

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Flashback Fridays: The Sue (Pratt) Schaulin Collection

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Working as an Intern in the Southwest Airlines Corporate Archive has offered me a rather interesting experience.  Within those walls I can learn the fine details to Southwest Airlines stories, I can see the negatives that first caught the Company’s history, and I can be a part of the acquisitions of new archival donations into our ever-growing collection. (more...)

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Flashback Fridays: SWA Belt Buckles

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We recently noticed a neat piece of our Southwest history being discussed on the SWA Culture Facebook page—unique belt buckles celebrating past events!  In particular, an Employee shared a buckle that recognized our 10th anniversary in 1981. Within our archive, we have several of these commemorative pieces, and I recently had the opportunity to learn a little more about... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Kharacters at Hobby

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Of the many quirky images within our archive, a few of my favorites are from a 1973 promotion in Houston featuring a few characters from a local retailer celebrating the opening of a new store.  Just like Southwest, the young company wasn’t afraid to make a splash with some creative advertising.   Kids’ Kounty Superfunsuperstore , a big box retailer catering to... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Lounge Seating

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An unforgettable fixture of our early cabins was their classic lounge seating.  For over 30 years, they could be considered the most sought-after, or avoided, seats on the plane. Lounge seats could be found in the first and last rows, as well as around the overwing exits.  The reversed row of seats made a great place for business travelers to have a meeting “on the... read more

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Flashback Fridays: LUV Kisses

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LUV might celebrate the birth of its first flight on June 18, but the 19th has its own significance—National Kissing Day. Whether coincidence or wholly intentional, Southwest has a robust (and well-documented) history of celebrating the kiss. Here’s a glimpse at Southwest’s homages to kissing through the years. Have one of your own? Submit it to our SWA Culture Facebook... read more

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Flashback Fridays: One of the Originals

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One of the best ways to learn about our history is from People who were directly involved.  Each day, Employees from every department are hard at work creating tomorrow's "history."  But how many people can actually say they were there on day one in 1971?  This week we celebrate Original Employee Dan Johnson who—after a career spanning five decades—starts the next... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Closing the Triangle

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It’s pretty well known that our first three cities were Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio, which was referred to as the “Golden Triangle” between the three major Texas cities. Rollin’s first venture in the airline world, his Wild Goose Flying Service, also operated exclusively within the Lone Star State, but much smaller locations that proved to be unsustainable to for... read more

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