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This collection consist of various materials belonging to a group of airlines that eventually came under Republic Airlines. The product of mergers, this airline found its start in the small, postwar feeder airlines of the Mid- and Southwest. The nine small companies that became Republic include: West Coast Airlines, Wisconsin Central Airlines, North Central Airlines, Southwest Airways, Southern Airways, Bonanza Air Lines, Pacific Air Lines, Air West, and finally, Hughes Air West.

Identifier

NASM.1989.0134

Processing Information

Arranged, and described by James Kohan, 1990. Encoded by Allan Janus, 2020.

Creator

Republic Airlines

Date

1945-1983

bulk [ca. 1950s-1960s]

Provenance

Minnesota Historical Society, Gift, 1989, 1989-0134, NASM

Extent

7.63 Cubic feet ((7 records center boxes))

Summary

This collection consisted of miscellaneous material, including annual reports, for companies that were later acquired by Republic Airlines.

Restrictions

No restrictions on access

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Press releases

Newsletters

Reports

Maps

Publications

Photographs

Correspondence

Scope and Contents

The collection consisted of miscellaneous material, including annual reports for all companies that eventually came under Republic Airlines: route maps, photographs of various aircraft used, and publicity stickers, stamps, and notices. Press releases and newsletters are held for some of the companies. Much of the collection of press releases, progress reports, and information packets centers on the Boeing 727 series, the Boeing 747SP series, and the McDonnell Douglas DC-9 series. This collection also includes Bonanza Air Lines negatives. Note: The digital images in this finding aid were repurposed from scans made by an outside contractor for a commercial product and may show irregular cropping and orientation in addition to color variations resulting from damage to and deterioration of the original objects.

Genre/Form

Press releases

Newsletters

Reports

Maps

Publications

Photographs

Correspondence

Rights

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

Names

Air West

Bonanza Air Lines

Hughes Air West

North Central Airlines

Pacific Air Lines

Southern Airways

Southwest Airways

West Coast Airlines

Wisconsin Central Airlines

Topics Boeing 727 Family
Douglas DC-9 Family
Boeing 747SP (747-100SP)
Local service airlines
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States
Aeronautics, Commercial
Aeronautics
Airlines
Air travel
Periodicals

Citation

Republic Feeder Airlines Collection, Acc. NASM.1999.0134, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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