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Seaboard & Western Airlines was founded by Arthur and Raymond Norden. These brothers were both World War II veterans of the Army's Air Transport Command. Over a 33 year period the airline these men helped create established itself as the preeminent carrier of cargo on the world's richest trade routes. This airline was the first to fly an all-cargo flight across the Atlantic, the first to land and takeoff at Idlewild (now John F. Kennedy) Airport, the first to fly support for the Berlin Airlift, the first to fly a Military Air Transport Service (MATS) charter, the first to support Pacific Airlift for the Korean Conflict (with a planeload of Air Force fighter pilots), the first to order and operate the Lockheed 1049D Super Constellation, the first to order and operate the Douglas DC-8-55, the first to order and operate the DC-8-63 CF, the first to order and operate the Boeing 747F (first 747 built as a freighter from the beginning of its production), the first all-cargo airline to join the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and the first airline in the world to equip its entire fleet with Inertial Navigation Systems. On April 4th, 1961 the company's name changed to Seaboard World Airlines after Richard M. Jackson was brought in as the new Chairman and President. On October 1, 1980 Seaboard World Airlines was absorbed by The Flying Tiger Line, Inc., and on December 16, 1988 The Flying Tiger Line, Inc., was absorbed by the Federal Express Corporation.

Identifier

NASM.2002.0041

Processing Information

Processing Information - Arranged, described, and encoded by Patricia Williams, 2016. Revised and digital assets attached by Allan Janus, 2020.

Creator

Hill, David O.

Date

undated

Provenance

David O. Hill, Gift, 2002

Extent

1.09 Cubic feet ((1 record center box))

Summary

This collection consists of the complete set of Seaboard & Western Airlines annual reports, from 1947-1979, as well as the following two Seaboard & Western technical manuals: Canadair CL-44 Operating Manual and a Lockheed Model 1049 Super Constellation Flight Manual. In the Lockheed 1049 manual, there is also a Lockheed 1049 exam (completed by Lawrence Nelson), a memo, and two issues of "Canadair Service News", one from October 1960 and one from September/October 1961.

Restrictions

No restrictions on access.

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Manuals

Memoranda

Annual reports

Newsletters

Arrangement note

The Seaboard & Western Airlines Collection is arranged by content type.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the complete set of Seaboard & Western Airlines annual reports, from 1947-1979, as well as the following two Seaboard & Western technical manuals: Canadair CL-44 Operating Manual and a Lockheed Model 1049 Super Constellation Flight Manual. In the Lockheed 1049 manual, there is also a Lockheed 1049 exam (completed by Lawrence Nelson), a memo, and two issues of Canadair Service News, one from October 1960 and one from September/October 1961.

Genre/Form

Manuals

Memoranda

Annual reports -- 20th century

Newsletters

Rights

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Names

Canadair

Federal Express Corporation

Flying Tiger Line

International Air Transport Association

John F. Kennedy International Airport

Seaboard & Western Airlines

United States. Air Force. Military Air Transport Service

Jackson, Richard M.

Norden, Arthur

Norden, Raymond

Topics Aeronautics
Airlines
Cargo
Aeronautics, Commercial
Airlift, Military
Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Aerial operations
Berlin (Germany) -- History -- Blockade, 1948-1949
Inertial navigation
Lockheed Model 1049D Super Constellation
Douglas DC-8-55
Douglas DC-8-63 (Super DC-8)
Canadair CL-44 (CC-106 Yukon)
Boeing 747 Family

Citation

Seaboard & Western Airlines Collection [Hill], Accession 2002-0041, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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