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Flashback Fridays: 110 Years on the Wings of the Wright Brothers

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History pop quiz: Did you know that the Wright Brothers never actually claimed that they invented the airplane, or the first airplane to take flight?  It’s true! What Wilbur and Orville Wright did create, however, was the first successful airplane control system, which allowed for the very first powered and controlled navigation of flight—a three-axis system that all... read more

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Book Now! Southwest/AirTran Schedules Now Extended through March 7, 2014

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This morning, we opened our February base schedule, which adds the date range of February 13 – March 7, 2014 to our bookable inventory.  This includes the “must-travel“ holidays of Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, and Mardi Gras.  No nonstop markets will be discontinued in this schedule, nor are any brand-new nonstop markets being introduced.  We’ll... 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: A Photo Smorgasbord for Avgeeks and Other Interested Parties

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Throughout the history of Southwest Airlines, most of our aircraft have come to us directly from the Boeing factory, but there have been times when “previously owned” aircraft have worn Southwest Airlines colors.  This has happened either during periods of rapid expansion when we acquired additional aircraft through leases or through the acquisition of another carrier... read more

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