Eastern Airlines (February 3 at 7 p.m. and February 6 at noon)
Led initially by World War I flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker, Eastern Airlines was one of the “Big Four” domestic airlines created by the 1930 “Spoils Conference.” A near-monopoly of the New York to Florida market (“Number One to the Sun”) supported rapid growth. Labor disputes and debt strained the company under former Apollo 8 astronaut Frank Borman, who assumed executive leadership in 1975 and continued until 1986. In that year Frank Lorenzo acquired the airline and moved most of its assets to Texas Air and Continental Airlines. Eastern ran out of money and was liquidated in 1991 with most of its routes to Latin America and the Caribbean acquired by American and Delta Airlines. Hear Bill McCutcheon explain the reasons for the rise and fall of this important airline.
Northwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show, Puyallup WA (February 20 and 21)
Visit HFF at the Northwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show at the Puyallup Fairgrounds. This mid-winter event features over 300 displays of everything aviation. NW Aviation Conference & Trade Show website
Airlines Celebration (March 4 at 7 p.m.)
Join us to celebrate airlines and the airline history series on the eve of the final presentation, “Imperial Airways.” Wine tasting will feature Northwest wines with aviation labels including “Grumpy Red.” In keeping with the political season, we will hold a caucus for “Airline Commander-in-Chief” during which each of our airline presenters (for United, American, Northwest, TWA, Eastern and Imperial) will seek your vote for the most effective airline executive in history. Results of voting will be announced before the end of the evening. Finally, Andy Wyatt will offer a trailer of his Imperial Airways presentation and stories about his RAF fighter pilot experiences including 300 air show demonstrations as a member of the Red Arrows.
Airline alumnae from all airlines will be admitted free of charge. Please wear your uniform. Join us to celebrate history.