Display Status This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

World War II brought new life to the airline industry as many airlines in the Allied countries were flush from lease contracts to the military. Foreseeing a future demand for civil air transport, airlines invested in air travel and when wartime travel restrictions ended, passenger travel around the world surged to new levels. New carriers emerged, and new technology began to revolutionize civil aviation after the war. Flying become more popular and commonplace due to the new level of speed, comfort and efficiency airlines brought to the traveling public. The jet engine revolutionized air travel, by allowing aircraft manufacturers to build bigger, faster, and more productive airliners, thus enabling them to reduce their operating costs and airfares.



Processing Information

Arranged, described, and encoded by Patti Williams, 2020.


1950s - 1970s

bulk 1960s - 1970s


Arnold Egeland, Gift, 1990, NASM.1991.0015


2.43 Cubic feet (One flat box, one record center box, and one legal document box.)


This collection consists of material on 318 national and international airlines.


No restrictions on access


Collection descriptions

Archival materials


Maps (documents)

Annual reports

Picture postcards


Arrangement note

Arranged by airline.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of material on 318 national and international airlines. The material includes photographs, postcards, annual reports, timetables, correspondence, route maps, advertisements, newsletters, souvenir booklets, lists of aircraft used, books, and periodicals.



Maps (documents)

Annual reports

Picture postcards



Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.

Topics Aeronautics
Air travel


Arnold Egeland Airlines Collection, NASM.1991.0015, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

Finding Aid Online Finding Aid