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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: 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: ‘On a Wing and a Spare’

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As an Intern working with Southwest Airlines’ archives, I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Brian Lusk.  He was a fantastic mentor and an even better friend.   I admired Brian’s writing style and, like all of you, will miss his unique take on Southwest Airlines’ history.  I wrote this installment of Flashback Fridays before Brian’s untimely... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Little Known ProfitSharing Factoids

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For as long as I have been with Southwest, winter has also been the “season” for Messages to the Field (where our CEO delivers a "state of the airline," talks about the priorities for the year, and fields questions from Employees). One of the traditional announcements at the Messages that affects all of our Employees is the amount of the Company’s contribution to our... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Selling Love Field in 1974

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We’ve covered the landmark day of January 13, 1974, before in previous editions of Flashback Fridays.  Those earlier posts have shared pictures of the abandoned Dallas Love Field lobby after the other airlines packed up and moved to the DFW Airport.  Just as the other airlines shifted airports overnight, Southwest consolidated our operations into the old baggage... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Happy Holidays from Long Ago

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This week’s Flashback gives you the opportunity to look at the details of how we have celebrated a few of the past 42 Holiday Seasons, and the photos run the gamut from early Southwest to early AirTran holiday costumes and celebrations.   The first photo features a trio of Flight Attendants from the the earliest of the years that Southwest was in operation.  Our... read more

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Flashback Fridays: Southwest Airlines on the Radio Dial

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Don’t touch that dial!  This week’s Flashback Fridays is both a look at our relationship with some Dallas radio stations, and it’s a review of some of the methods we have used to build the Southwest Airlines brand.  There are some cool photos too.   We begin with the above, and no, these aren’t 70s revolutionaries trying to take the airplane to... read more

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