Pennant, American Airlines

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

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American Airlines “Flagship Fleet” Pennant

To evoke the comfort and ease of ocean liner travel, American Airlines called its airplanes “flagships.” Each flagship Douglas DC-3 flew a large pennant from its cockpit when taxiing, before both takeoff and after landing. Shown here is a smaller souvenir pennant that passengers could purchase.

Their early frequent flyer plan underscored the nautical theme: frequent passengers were designated “Admirals.” They received access to comfortable airport lounges and other benefits. Competing airlines soon followed suit.