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.
Arranged, and described by James Kohan, 1990. Encoded by Allan Janus, 2020.
bulk [ca. 1950s-1960s]
Minnesota Historical Society, Gift, 1989, 1989-0134, NASM
7.63 Cubic feet ((7 records center boxes))
This collection consisted of miscellaneous material, including annual reports, for companies that were later acquired by Republic Airlines.
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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.
Bonanza Air Lines
Hughes Air West
North Central Airlines
Pacific Air Lines
West Coast Airlines
Wisconsin Central Airlines
Douglas DC-9 Family
Boeing 747SP (747-100SP)
Local service airlines
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States
Republic Feeder Airlines Collection, Acc. NASM.1999.0134, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
National Air and Space Museum Archives