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John's Airline Postcards
I've collected Airliner cards since the 1950s, when my Father would bring cards and souvenirs from his travels. My first cards were the 3 common Eastern cards included in the souvenir flight packs of the time. Each trip would bring a new treasure; an American DC-6, a TWA Super G,and like an addict I wanted more. The next step was writing the airlines, which yielded many exotic new treasures. Now, it's ebay and shows.                                                               The times have changed, and airports aren't the friendly places they once were, but whether a DC-4 or a 787, the sight of an airliner taking to the sky is still a thrill.      Following are some postcard essays on various subjects. Also included is my complete collection of Airline Postcards.                      Questions or comments to dc8schmidt@twc.com
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Philippine Airlines. July 2022
1. Philippine Airlines. July 2022 
In February of 1941 Philippine Airlines was formed to replace PATCO. (Philippine Air Transport Co.) Operations began on March 15, 1941, With Beech 18 aircraft operating from Manila to Baguio and return. After interruption by the war, Philippine really began to fill its mission, providing transportation to and from the remote parts of the Islands, while connecting the Philippines with the World.
Following is a brief postcard history of this great airline.
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A look at Parcel Airlines May-June 22
2. A look at Parcel Airlines May-June 22 
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Taiwan's intercontinental Airline 4 /22
3. Taiwan's intercontinental Airline 4 /22 
China Airlines was formed in December 1959 with two PBY Catalinas operating charter flights. It was October of 1962, when the airline operated its first scheduled service from Taipei to Hualien. In September of 1966 China acquired an Ex Trans International 1049H Constellation to launch international services from Taipei to Saigon.
As a government owned entity, in 1967, China was simply allowed to replace the well known and highly respected Civil Air Transport on international routes in Asia. These were facilitated with new 727 aircraft

Boeing 707s were acquired to initiate Trans Pacific Services, and despite a history of safety related issues, the airline has evolved and become a significant global airline.
Following are postcard images illustrating the evolution of China Airlines from domestic start up to Global giant.
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The Regional Airlines of Taiwan Mar 2022
4. The Regional Airlines of Taiwan Mar 2022 
The Republic of China or Taiwan emerged from World II, and the Communist takeover of the Mainland to become a free and prosperous nation, which has spawned a number of great airlines, large and small.
Following are examples of the rich airline history of Taiwan, excluding the global airlines China and Eva, which will be addressed at a future time.
The story begins with Civil Air Transport whose mission served both security interests, and commercial travel. Following are glimpses of a number of innovative airlines that followed.
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Aer Lingus. February 2022
5. Aer Lingus. February 2022 
No airline is more a reflection of their homeland than Aer Lingus. Founded in 1936, with a single DeHavilland Dragon, connecting Dublin and Bristol, Aer Lingus has grown, rather conservatively into the  International airline it is in 2022. Following is a little history of Aer Lingus in Postcards, preceded by some publicity items.
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Rare and Collectible pt 5. Jan. 2022
6. Rare and Collectible pt 5. Jan. 2022 
This month features another collection of airline issues which have proven to be elusive. Thanks once more to Kuo-Ching Fu for sharing a number of these gems.
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Japan Air System December 2021
7. Japan Air System December 2021 
On April 1, 1988, TDA officially was renamed Japan Air System. A week later, the first DC-10-30 aircraft was delivered, and by July 1, the first international segment (Tokyo-Seoul) was operated. Routes soon stretched to Singapore and Hawaii, using the newly delivered DC-10s.
   Japan Air System's history of excellence in technology and service continued until the ultimate merger with Japan Airlines in 2004. Following are a selection of cards illustrating the Japan Air System Fleet.
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Toa Airways, and its descendants 11/21
8. Toa Airways, and its descendants 11/21 
Toa Airways was created in November of 1953, operating their first flight in February 1954. By November of 1956 2  Beech C18S aircraft were delivered to perform flights to off shore islands. Subsequently, in 1961, 2 De Havilland Dove and several De Havilland Herons joined the fleet, serving Ryuku, Kyushu, Honshu, Chugoku and Shikoku. In 1962, their first Convair 240s were acquired, followed in 1965 with a fleet of new YS-11s.
In 1971 Toa merged with Japan Domestic Airlines to form Toa Domestic (TDA). Japan Domestic had been created in 1964 by a merger of North Japan, Fuji, and Nitto Aviation.                 The newly formed TDA rapidly grew into a major airline, operating a modern jet fleet which ultimately included the A-300 in 1980.
Following are postcards of some of the aircraft leading up to Toa Domestic, and the creation of Japan Air System.
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Remembering Alitalia  October, 2021
9. Remembering Alitalia  October, 2021 
The year was 1946 when Aerolinee Italiane Internazionali was formed, Launched with Italian built airliners, the first flights took place in 1947. By 1948, The airline spread its wings across the Atlantic, using Avro 691 Lancastrian aircraft. The 36 hour flight left Rome, stopping at Dakar, Natal, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Buenos Aires. The airline experienced modest growth until 1957, when a merger was accomplished with L A I, Italy’s other international airline.
From that beginning Alitalia grew into one of the great intercontinental airlines covering most of the world with state of the art airliners. Sadly, that will end on October 14, and Alitalia will join Pan American, TWA, Sabena and Swissair in the graveyard of airline icons.
Following are cards illustrating Alitalia’s airliners, and those of its affiliates. They will be missed.
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The Airlines of Pakistan  Sept. 2021
10. The Airlines of Pakistan  Sept. 2021 
The populous and rugged lands of Pakistan have from their inception relied on air transportation. At the time of partition from India, Orient Airways was operating from Calcutta to Rangoon. Afterwards it was relocated to Karachi, and provided essential services connecting centers in west and East Pakistan. In 1955 it became part of newly formed Pakistan International Airlines.
For decades, PIA has remained a successful and up to date international airline. The airline also has a legacy of high quality postcards, many of which are quite collectible.
Included below are a selection of PIA cards, plus the airline of the former East Pakistan. (Biman Bangladesh). Also included are some cards from Private Airlines that have operated in Pakistan.
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Collecting the rare ones pt. 4
11. Collecting the rare ones pt. 4 
A final group of cards, that aren't very easy to find. Most of these have drawn a fair amount of interest through the years.
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Collecting the Rare ones Pt 3
12. Collecting the Rare ones Pt 3 
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Collecting the rare ones pt 2
13. Collecting the rare ones pt 2 
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Collecting the Rare Ones Pt. 1
14. Collecting the Rare Ones Pt. 1 
What makes a card really collectible? Certainly, scarcity is reflected in price, as we've seen card prices exceed $1000.00. Card printings have varied  from multiple issues of 250,000 to 1000 or less. It seems that particularly valuable are limited printings from the major airlines, but issues from smaller obscure airlines are equally appealing to me.
     There is no doubt that values and degree of collectability are subjective, and that these examples don't begin to include all of the priceless cards that have been issued over time. But following are some of my most valued, and  some kindly shared by other collectors.
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DeHavilland’s Pioneering Commuters 4/21
15. DeHavilland’s Pioneering Commuters 4/21 
Near the conclusion of WWII, DeHavilland began development of a replacement for the successful pre-war Dragon Rapide. That ultimately resulted in the twin engine all metal monoplane design of the Dove. Carrying 8-11 passengers the Dove sold 544 aircraft from 1946-1967. Engine upgrades and after market aerodynamic improvements helped extend the life of the Dove.
The success of the DH-104 Dove led to the development of a larger airliner, which used many components designed for the Dove. By May of 1950 the Heron took flight, using four Gypsy Queen 30 engines for power, and , strangely a fixed undercarriage. As time passed these inadequacies were remedied, and the Heron enjoyed a long service life, most notably with the Riley Aircraft modifications, but also with a more radical turboprop upgrade by Saunders.
Finally, DeHavilland of Australia developed a three engine derivative of the Dove christened the Drover, which may have set the standard for failed aircraft programs. Following are some postcard views of these remarkable airliners.
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Alia  The Royal Jordanian Airline
16. Alia  The Royal Jordanian Airline 
The present day Royal Jordanian Airlines was created in 1963 by decree of King Hussein. The initial fleet was comprised of 2 Handley Page Heralds and a DC-7. Since that time and through some turbulent periods, the airline has prospered and grown into a truly global airline.
The focus on adequate and up to date equipment has been reflected through the years in the airline's postcard history, although recent issues have at times been puzzling.
Following are selected cards illustrating the evolution of Alia, Royal Jordanian's fleet. Included are issues from subsidiary operations undertaken by the airline.
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A Look at Corporate Airliners March 2021
17. A Look at Corporate Airliners March 2021 
Essentially beginning in the 1950s, the "company plane" became an essential piece of equipment. Without the limitations of railroad or airline schedules, a company plane sped management, operations, and sales personnel to meetings and job sites with maximum efficiency. As time went on the plane became a significant marketing tool as well, useful in transporting customers to job sites as well as recreational sites.
  War surplus aircraft were an affordable early option, with ex military Beech 18s being a popular favorite.
  As industries grew, the scope of aircraft operations grew as well, resulting in a range of aircraft from single engine Cessnas to 747s.
  Beechcraft was early in recognizing the potential of "company planes", and quickly directed their marketing to that arena. Following are postcards featuring Corporate Airliners, including some early Manufacturer issued cards.
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Remembering Air Afrique    February 2021
18. Remembering Air Afrique    February 2021 
Air Afrique was the creation of a great Pan African airline, supported by and serving 11 newly independent African Nations. These nations with equity and support from Air France and UAT, launched the new airline in 1961. Remarkably the early years showed growth and promise, as the airline served French West Africa, later expanding to Europe and North America.
     The airline operated a diverse fleet, often relying on short term leases of various aircraft to supplement their fleet.
    However, politicization and mismanagement gradually took their toll on the airline, and after 41 years this proud emblem of the African continent became history.
    Following are postcards featuring some of the beautiful airliners that served Air Afrique.
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The Ultimate STOL   DHC-7   January 2021
19. The Ultimate STOL   DHC-7   January 2021 
DeHavilland of Canada had a unique history with STOL aircraft. The Beavers and Otters served inaccessible destinations primarily in Canada and Alaska, with wheels, skis and floats. By 1964, the demand existed for a larger updated aircraft, resulting in the enormously successful DHC-6 Twin Otter. The Twin Otter's role expanded far beyond the uniquely northern missions of its predecessors, and DeHavilland put nearly 1000 to work serving Commuter Airlines around the world.
   A decade later, The DHC-7 was born, an actual airliner, with the exceptional STOL performance of earlier models. Though demand for such an aircraft was limited, the DHC-7 filled its role in many diverse environments, which ultimately led to the more practical and successful DHC-8 series.
   Following are some postcard views of this remarkable airliner.
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A Postcard History of Hawaiian Airlines
20. A Postcard History of Hawaiian Airlines 
Created in 1929, Inter-Island Airways was an unlikely candidate to become a 21st century intercontinental airline. But, step by step, the airline prospered, and recovered from financial setbacks. Hawaiian was a leader in new aircraft implementation from the DC-3 days to the present, and once unleashed by deregulation, gradually created a huge network focused on its unique destination. Following are cards and some photos illustrating that history.
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Remembering Sabena Pt 2. Nov. 2020
21. Remembering Sabena Pt 2. Nov. 2020 
It was October of 1958 when the original 707 began service on the North Atlantic. Just 1 year
later, Sabena took delivery of their first of the new Intercontinental 707-329s, making world travel  a far more practical undertaking. Sabena  remained a leader in aircraft technology unti the sad end in 2001. Part 2 will feature Sabena's jet fleet in postcards.
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Remembering Sabena pt 1 Oct. 2020
22. Remembering Sabena pt 1 Oct. 2020 
The year 1923 saw the creation of Sabena  It's modest beginning with a flight from Brussels to London was soon to be amplified by a need for air service in the Belgian Congo. By 1931, Sabena was operating 43 aircraft, and by 1935, the first scheduled flights were undertaken from Belgium to the Congo. Even during WW II Sabena maintained services to Africa. The post war years saw Sabena grow into "Belgian World Airlines", a leader in both service and technology.
But the 1990s were unkind to Sabena, and proliferating competition took a toll that even a Swissair management group couldn't fix. The Sept 11, attack's effect on travel was the final blow, and Sabena was liquidated in November 2001. The airline left a legacy of excellence that can't be replaced.
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LOT   90 years and counting   Sept 2020
23. LOT   90 years and counting   Sept 2020 
LOT ( Polskie Linie Lotnicze ), was created in December of 1928, executing its first flight on January 1st 1929. Initially flying Junkers and Fokker aircraft, LOT was quick to introduce new aircraft, taking delivery of the DC-2 in 1935 and the L-10 Electra in 1936. After the disruption of the war, LOT was reestablished, with a fleet of LI-2s, and DC-3s, connecting Poland with nearby European capitals. In 1947, the airline acquired a short lived Languedoc fleet, but afterwards, new aircraft acquired were the necessarily Russian built aircraft.  LOT was able to acquire some Convairs and Viscounts on the used market during that time.
In the 1960s and 70s, LOT expanded across the Atlantic and as far as Bangkok to the east, but the government crackdown in the early 1980s severely inhibited the airline's growth.
After the fall of communism in Poland, LOT quickly resumed its growth and innovation, becoming the modern international airline that it is today.
LOT's postcard history is also impressive from the early DC-2s to the current 787s. Following  are cards illustrating most of the 90 + years of LOT.
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The Fairchild Turboprops   August 2020
24. The Fairchild Turboprops   August 2020 
The chase for a DC-3 replacement went on for 2 decades, with manufacturers from various countries searching for the right combination of economics and performance. Fokker's efforts began in 1952 and soon produced concepts for the Friendship airliner. On November 24, 1955 the prototype  Friendship took flight.
  With an eye toward penetrating the US market, a licensing agreement was reached with Fairchild in 1956 for the production of the aircraft in the Americas. The first Fairchild built F-27 entered service in July of 1958 even preceding the first Fokker built aircraft, later that year.
   The rest is history, so to speak, as F-27s from both manufacturers filled the air. Some 582 Fokkers were built along with 209 Fairchilds. As time passed second hand Fairchilds were acquired in countries around the world.
   Following are postcards of Fairchilds displaying first the new builds, and following those, the aftermarket  acquisitions for both the F-27, and the FH-227 models.
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The Elegant Vickers VC-10    July, 2020
25. The Elegant Vickers VC-10    July, 2020 
Universally acclaimed as the most beautiful of the early jet airliners, and clearly a passenger favorite, the VC-10 entered service from London to Lagos in April of 1964.
Unfortunately, the aircraft was another victim of the frequently disfunctional British aircraft development process, a constantly evolving proposed mission that resulted in the airliner being introduced long after competitors had captured most of the market. Like other British airliners, hot and high performance was superior, but operating economics were not. Ultimately only 55 of the model 1100 and 1150 models were assembled, with the final VC-10 1154 delivered to East African in February 1970.
Nevertheless, the airliner's impact was substantial, and popularity with passengers unmatched.
Following are a number of postcard views of the swift and silent VC-10.
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Remembering Varig  1927-2006
26. Remembering Varig  1927-2006 
In May of 1927, VARIG was established in Porto Alegre, operating it's first flight with the Dornier "Atlantico" from Porto Alegre to Rio Grande on June 22 of that year. The airline gradually expanded with Junker F-13s, A-50s and an F-52, as well as a Dehavilland Dragon Rapide. It later standardized on the more modern Lockheed L-10 Electra in the latter 1930s.
After the outbreak of WW II, the airline under the leadership of Ruben Martin Berta, began a period of continued growth and acquisition that lead to flights to the USA in 1955, the acquisition of REAL in 1961,  and Panair Do Brasil in 1965.
Control of Cruzeiro was attained in 1975, and Varig was Brazil's airline to the world.
But political changes and deregulation in the 1990s started a decline in the fortunes of the once dominant Brazilian airline, which gradually led to its sad break up, sale and ultimate final demise in 2006.
The greatest of South American airlines is gone, but a very nice postcard history remains, as shared below.
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Remembering South African Airways
27. Remembering South African Airways 
The year was 1929, when Union Airways was formed, much like other pioneer airlines, as a mail carrier. By 1934 passenger services had been undertaken, but the airline was in distress.  The South African government took over the operation, adding Southwest Airways a year later, forming the South African Airways which operated until 1940.
Following the war, service was restarted with a fleet of Lockheed Lodestars, and soon thereafter, the Avro York was temporarily used to provide an air service to England. By 1946, DC-4s were introduced, and the airline emerged as a modern international airline.
A long history of excellence and professionalism followed, both domestically and internationally. But the political revolution that ended apartheid also gradually impacted the operations of South African, and today we most likely are about to witness the end of this great airline.
Following is a post card history of  South African Airways.
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A Selection of Korean Air Cards 4-2020
28. A Selection of Korean Air Cards 4-2020 
After the end of World War II, Korean National was organized, serving Seoul and Pusan with Stinson Votagers.. It was subsequently shut down during the Korean war, but emerged in 1952 with a fleet of DC-3s and DC-4s.
It was developing into an international airline when in 1962, it was acquired by the government, and reappeared as the Korean Air of today. After a somewhat turbulent history with some crashes and two airliners shot down, Korean Air has become one of the major world airlines.
For most of that time the airline has been generous with Postcards. Following is a selection of Korean airline issues.
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The Vickers Vanguard. March, 2020
29. The Vickers Vanguard. March, 2020 
The comfortable and powerful Vickers Vanguard was the honored guest that arrived after the party was over. After the Viscount's successful production, there was interest in more powerful and larger mid range aircraft, which could be used on shorter existing runways. Lockheed's offering, tailored to the requests of Eastern and American received launching orders in 1955, and rather quickly completed 129 sales. It entered service in January 1959.
The Vanguard, matching  BEA's specifications, would enter service almost 2 years later. By this time, the Electra tragedies had occurred, and the public's appetite for Propeller driven aircraft was waning. Only 44 Vanguards were sold to BEA and Trans Canada.
Unfortunate, as the Vanguard performed very well, and operated through the mid 1990s.
Following are some postcard views of this airliner that arrived a little too late.
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Post Deregulation startups
30. Post Deregulation startups 
The controversial Airline Deregulation Act of 1978, forever altered the landscape of American aviation. The legacy airlines, often rather bloated, had to deal with emerging new competition, inevitably at lower costs. New airlines emerged and often disappeared just as quickly under the pressure of powerful frequent flyer programs and mega hubs. As is usually the case, the better conceived and managed survived. Unfortunately, most did not. But the new opportunities brought innovation and lower prices to the marketplace,  as the legislation intended.
Following are some of the airlines that were launched into the post de-regulation arena.
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Celebrating the Super 80   jan. 2020
31. Celebrating the Super 80   jan. 2020 
Douglas built tough airliners. From DC-3s to DC-8s, the Douglas airliners were rugged and reliable. The DC-9, introduced in 1965 was no exception, with original models from 1966 still operating today.
By 1979 the little DC-9 had been stretched and updated 3 times, but then Douglas launched an extraordinary stretch  equipped with Pratt & Whitney JT8D-217s. This was to become the DC-9 "Super 80", the most successful and popular of all DC-9s. Almost 1200 of the sleek Super 80s found homes with airlines from Start ups to the Giants.
But, as we enter the year 2020, the Super 80 has become a relic, as emphasized by the final flight of American's once huge MD 80 fleet.
The time seems appropriate for a postcard review of the many operators of this extraordinary airliner.
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Remembering Northeast  December 2019
32. Remembering Northeast  December 2019 
Northeast Airlines was actually created by two railroads, expanding into the airline business. Boston & Maine Airways, founded in 1931, and Central Vermont Airways, formed in 1933, served New England routes which were operated under contract by National Airways, a company which, incidentally, was created by  a group including Amelia Earhart.
The combined airlines were renamed Northeast in November 1940, operating DC-3s and L-10 Electras through New England as well as Montreal, Halifax and Charlottetown in Canada.
Northeast actually originated the Air Shuttle between Boston and New York in 1946 using DC-4s on the hour.
The year 1956 saw the inauguration of their first flights to Washington DC and Florida using newly acquired DC-6s, but despite its success,  Northeast had to struggle to keep that authority for a number of years. Later route strengthening efforts failed, even including a short lived southern trans continental route in 1969.
A brief fling with Howard Hughes in control from 1962 to 1964 bore little fruit, and by 1965 the airline was acquired by Storer Broadcasting. It was then that the airline launched its bold and appealing "Yellowbirds", which really elevated the airline's perception in the marketplace, but couldn't fully cure Northeast's chronic lack of profitability. The airline, however, was a perfect fit for Delta, which was essentially absent from the Northeast.
In 1972 the successful merger with Delta brought an end to the Yellowbirds, but those bright yellow and white airliners will always be a pleasant memory.
Following are some postcard views of Northeast's aircraft from 1940 through 1972.
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Boeing's mighty mini, The 747 SP 11/2019
33. Boeing's mighty mini, The 747 SP 11/2019 
After the successful introduction of the Boeing 747, and the consequent growth in international traffic, there evolved a demand for a longer range aircraft, to some degree a political demand for an aircraft to fly non stop to more distant capitals, ie. new York to Tehran.
Simultaneously, Douglas and Lockheed were exploiting the huge gap in capacity between the 707s and 747s, a market that Boeing was forfeiting.
Ultimately, a judgement was made that a reduced size 747 could fill both of those roles. With some refinements to vertical and horizontal stabilizers, plus a modified shorter fuselage, the SP was born with launch orders from Pan Am and Iran Air.
Boeing's engineers were correct in that the SP opened new horizons of non stop flight, but they were completely wrong that such an aircraft could compete with  the tri engine competitors.
By the early 1980s longer range 747 200Bs could match the range of the SP, thus the small niche occupied by the SP was eliminated.
Only 45 SPs were built,but for a few short years the SP was the crown Jewell of the industry.
Following are some postcard views of the ground breaking 747SP.
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The ATRs Part 2, October 2019
34. The ATRs Part 2, October 2019 
The ATR-42 was, indeed a hit, but the 72 model was a home run, with well over 1000 in service, and production continuing, albeit at a modest pace. The cards following reflect the broad assortment of operators that are flying or have flown the 72.
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The ATRS Part 1    Sept. 2019
35. The ATRS Part 1    Sept. 2019 
They're not very pretty. They sort of remind one of an updated Handley Page Herald. The announcement of the new European built commuter aircraft in 1981 barely evoked a yawn. The combination of Aerospatiale and Aeritalia had never built nor marketed an airliner.
   By the time of the announcement, 713 F-27s had been built, and the updated F-50 model was forthcoming. DeHavilland of Canada had announced the DHC-8, a versatile derivative of the DHC-7 that would be available in a number of sizes. It wouldn't appear to be the best market opportunity for a fledgling company.
   But, by August of 1984 the first ATR-42 took to the air. Aircraft #5 entered service with Cimber Air in December 1985. Other European regionals also gave it a shot, and to the surprise of many, The ATR-42 delivered. So much so that 1545 of the unassuming turboprops and the  derivative 72 models were delivered to operators, both large and small. Most are still in service today.
   Following are postcard images of some of the many ATR-42s
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A Postcard History of Air India  8/2019
36. A Postcard History of Air India  8/2019 
Air transportation in India began much the same as in the United States. Contracts were awarded to carry mail, which rather quickly followed with the transportation of adventurous passengers. In 1932, Mr. J. R. D. Tata began serving an air mail route from Karachi to Bombay and Madras. In the process of carrying 10.7 tons of mail 155 passengers were also transported.
In 1938 the airline became Tata Air Services operating a 6 seat  Miles Merlin. By 1948 the newly independent government acquired a 49%  
interest in the airline, and it became Air India. The year 1953 saw the creation of Indian Airways to handle domestic services, leaving Air India to be the International entity, similar to England's designation of BEA and BOAC. It was 2011 before the airlines were unified into the great airline known as Air India. Following are postcards illustrating the aircraft from 1948 to the present.
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The Accidental Airliner  July 2019
37. The Accidental Airliner  July 2019 
An enormously successful Commuter Airliner program was certainly not the objective when Ed Swearingen first mated a new pressurized fuselage to Beech Queen Air wings, and twin Bonanza landing gear. The result was the SA26 Merlin. Its original Lycoming Engines were quickly replaced by P&W PT6s, and shortly thereafter, Garrett TPE 331s, to create the Merlin IIs. The Merlin IIs were essentially seen as competitors to the King Air 90, and 87 of the IIs were built.
In 1972 the Merlin III was introduced with new wings, nacelles and landing gear.  This model was ultimately stretched to create the Merlin IV, and the Metro commuter liner version. Although initial sales were mostly for the Merlin IV, it's not entirely fair to refer to the airliner as an accident. More accurately an unexpectedly favorable development. The Metro simply clobbered the Beech 99 and Twin Otters that were in service at the time with speed and pressurization.
The development costs had depleted Swearingen 's funds, resulting in a buyout by Fairchild, which was better equipped to develop the airliner sales as well as corporate market.
The rest as they say, is history with over 600 metros sold, serving airlines world wide. Following are cards of Metroliners, and a few of its predecessors.
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1933, Birth Of The Modern Airliner 6/19
38. 1933, Birth Of The Modern Airliner 6/19 
The year 1933  was the beginning of the airliner revolution that put an end to the wood and fabric contraptions that previously carried daring passengers on frequently harrowing flights.
Boeing led the way in Feb. 1933 with the 247, a huge technological advancement, but inadvertently created their own competition by reserving the first 60 for United Airlines, leaving TWA and others, out in the cold.
TWA then solicited proposals for a comparable aircraft, which was very successfully met by Donald Douglas. The DC-1, essentially a prototype, was airborne by July 1933, and went into service with TWA  on Sept 15, 1933. Production of the DC-2 began with an order for 20 from TWA.
Lockheed's L-10 Electra was flying by February 1934, and shortly thereafter entered service with Northwest. It also introduced the twin tail concept, soon to be adopted by the very successful Beech 18 as well as future Lockheed offerings.
In the end, Boeing's refusal to share production  resulted in the sale of 198 DC-2s, and 149 L-10s, leaving only 15 additional 247s for Boeing.
Improvements and derivatives came quickly, but these three airliners essentially launched the industry. Following are some postcard views of these pioneers.
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The Jaeger Airliner Cards  May 2019
39. The Jaeger Airliner Cards  May 2019 
While the USA had few vintage airline postcard publishers, Europe had a diverse group of publishers producing excellent cards from the 1950s to the present. Among the very early publishers was Editions Jaeger of Geneva Switzerland. Long a publisher of scenery and monument cards, Jaeger began issuing cards of airliners and the Geneva airport around 1950. The earliest cards appear to be airliners superimposed on scenes of Lake Geneva. But soon thereafter Jaeger began to issue excellent  in flight images, apparently sourced from the airlines or the manufacturers. This continued until the early 1960s.
Jaeger backs were not very informative, but some slight evolution occurred during the 10 years of publication. Several backs are illustrated which are not necessarily in chronological order.
A reborn Jaeger appeared around 1965, but apparently did not focus on airliners.

Once again Kuo Ching Fu has shared many of these cards from his personal collection (indicated by the KCF suffix) They are very much appreciated.
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Remembering Northwest   April 2019
40. Remembering Northwest   April 2019 
Northwest Orient, a name that described the powerful and prosperous Minnesota Airline that grew into a major global airline from a 1926 Air mail contract. The first passenger was carried in 1927. By 1928 the airline was flying Trimotors and extending service toward the west.
By 1934, the airline had reached Seattle, and Northwest took delivery of the first Lockheed 10A Electra. The year 1939 brought the DC-3 to Northwest, and, in the post war years Northwest was a leader in route development and aircraft introduction. By late 1947 Northwest DC-4s were flying the "Northwest Passage" to Tokyo. Some 40 years later the first 747-400s were introduced. Ultimately, in 1986 Northwest nearly doubled in size with the acquisition of Republic Airlines
The growth continued until the early 2000s when a number of factors led major airlines into bankruptcy.
Afterwards, as the US airlines continued to coalesce, Northwest was finally absorbed in a colossal merger with Delta. In 2010 this great and innovative airline ceased to exist.
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 Enell & Hoff Airliner Cards Mar 2019
41. Enell & Hoff Airliner Cards Mar 2019 
As vintage publisher cards go, the early 1950s Enell series is among the most collectible. An excellent biography of George Enell by Tadd Kotick, as well as an illustrated list, may be found on Larry Myers Postcard Post.
I've attempted to update the list, and provide images of the cards below. Cards of subjects other than airliners are omitted. The first image, is from a series of Enell photos that correspond to the postcards. Since the photos aren't numbered, I'm only speculating that this view might be the elusive card #3.

Prior to the Enell issues, in the 1940s, Official LaGuardia Airport photographer William Hoff issued a series of cards related to the airport. There were a number of reissues, in slightly different formats, and like the Enells, photo sets were sold including 12 airport or airliner views for $.25. I've included photos where I'm missing cards. This set which follows the Enell cards, is incomplete.
Naturally, I would very much appreciate scans of missing cards.
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Airliners Nobody Wanted part 2  Feb 2019
42. Airliners Nobody Wanted part 2  Feb 2019 
Boeing, since the advent of the 707, has been pretty consistent in the success of their offerings. But along the way there have been the occasional bust when airliners simply did not attract buyers. Most of these have been successful in service despite their low numbers.
    But then there was the 737-600. To the casual observer it was just another 500 without a winglet option and a much higher price tag. While obviously a serviceable aircraft, the airliner is comparatively inefficient.
    Others that didn't sell, such as the 737-100, 757-300, and 767-400, have distinguished themselves with excellent service despite their paltry numbers. It's hard to believe only 55 757-300s were sold. No 767-400 and few 757-300s have been unloaded by their original buyers.
     Douglas had their own models that drew no interest as well, such as the DC-9-20 and 40 models.
     Following is a postcard review of these unwanted airliners.
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Airliners nobody wanted part 1 Jan/2019
43. Airliners nobody wanted part 1 Jan/2019 
Some airliners just don't work out. In the 21st century Boeing and Airbus are fully attuned to the demands of the marketplace, and carefully select projects to meet those demands. Yet, somehow both geared up to produce airliners nobody wanted. Of the comparatively few aircraft that actually sold, some were being scrapped at the ripe age of 3 or 4 years old. The A-318, the final shrinkage of the A-320, managed to sell 80 aircraft before buyers were scrapping them for the value of their components.
Failures were certainly not unprecedented. The long range A-340-200 and 500 models flamed out quickly, selling 28 and 37 respectively despite substantial promotion. In earlier years when marketing was less sophisticated some real bombs were produced. The Mercure and VFW-614 spring to mind as totally ignored offerings.
      Following are some postcard memories of these unfortunate airliners.
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The Revolutionary Caravelle 12 / 2018
44. The Revolutionary Caravelle 12 / 2018 
In 1953, SNCASE, was awarded a contract to develop 2 prototypes of their proposed short to medium range jet powered aircraft. Capitalizing on DeHavilland's experience developing the Comets, the proven Rolls Royce Avon engine, and a fortuitous market segment selection, the project developed smoothly, and by 1955 the first prototype took flight.
   The first orders were received in 1956. By April 1959 the tail mounted twin engine design entered service. While Boeing, Douglas, and DeHavilland battled over long haul jet orders, the Caravelle was unchallenged, and sold some 280 aircraft world wide.
    The sleek Caravelle breathed life into the struggling French civil aircraft industry, and in fact helped to launch the Concorde years later.
    Following are examples from most Caravelle operators, followed by a collection of assorted Caravelle cards.
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Mystery cards, a numbered set 11/18
45. Mystery cards, a numbered set 11/18 
I've always liked numbered sets, sort of like baseball cards. But for some reason I never acquired any of these  unidentified, numbered black and white airliner cards until recently.
    I know of no one who is aware of the publisher of these cards, but would very much like to have any information about them . Of course, scans of any others not shown would be particularly appreciated.
    For now Kuo Ching Fu has generously shared a number of examples to add to my solitary Standard Airlines card.
    Hopefully some one can solve the mystery!

Nov. 15, 2018.  It has been confirmed that these are Peter Black issues.
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Remembering Capital Airlines 10/18
46. Remembering Capital Airlines 10/18 
It is still hard for me to think of Capital in the past tense. The story of Capital's rise and fall is thoroughly documented in George Cearly's excellent 1988 publication. But no book can fully convey the sense of pride felt as Capital led America into the jet age, or the sense of loss as Capital struggled to remain viable in its latter years.
Capital successfully strengthened its system with new southern routes in the 50s , and clobbered their competition with the Viscounts, but a devastating series of crashes in the late 50s and persistant financial problems damaged their prospects, and stifled their recovery.
  Capital aggressively tried to maintain its technological leadership with a Comet 4 purchase in 1956, but it failed to materialize due to delays and finances. Britannias and Electras were built for Capital, but financial issues never allowed their delivery. Finally an order for 7 Convair 880s was cancelled with the announcement of the merger with United.
   Capital was gone, but the distinctive sound of those Rolls Royce Darts were heard for years to come, ghosts of Capital flying in United colors. Following are cards and photos, something of a scrapbook of Capital's evolution from 1930s to 1960s.
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The Turboprop Convairs  9 / 2018
47. The Turboprop Convairs  9 / 2018 
By 1959, twin engined turboprop aircraft were entering the market, which effectively would obsolete the Convair twins. Meanwhile D Napier and son of England equipped and obtained certification for an Eland powered Convair which was designated the 540. This aircraft was leased to Allegheny for in service evaluation.
Later, Canadair acquired the rights to produce the Convair, including 3 unsold 440s with the intent of producing the Eland equipped 540s in Canada. Thirteen were built, ten of which went to the RCAF, and two were sold to Quebecair.
While the Eland powered Convairs were less than successful, the concept resulted in two very successful re-engining programs using Rolls Royce and Allison engines. Fifty years later Convair turboprops are still flying.
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Vintage Convair Props 8 / 2018
48. Vintage Convair Props 8 / 2018 
On March 16, 1947 the Convair 240 pressurized twin engine airliner first flew. Designed to fulfill a requirement from American Airlines to replace their DC-3s, the 240 essentially obsoleted the competing Martin 202, and succeeding models dominated the twin engine market. The rugged Convair designs were literally reborn as turbine aircraft in the 1960s, and some are still operating today.
  Following is a selection of vintage cards showing many of the early Convair operators.
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The Embraer Jets    July 2018
49. The Embraer Jets    July 2018 
The ERJs, first conceived in 1989, and ultimately flying by 1995, were an unlikely major aircraft program from the Brazilian company which was launched with the creation of the EMB 110 Bandeirante in 1965.
The succeeding EMB120  was a completely new design, successfully competing with the Saabs, and operating with major airline affiliates in many countries.
But the first pure jet, begun with a stretch of the 120 fuselage, and evolving through 3 different engine configurations became a mainstay of the world commuter jet fleets.
That success led to the launching of the all new E-Jet family which entered production in 2002, and continues with over 1400 built.
All in all, an incredible success story for the once fledgling Brazilian industry. Following are cards showing a nice selection of ERJ operators.
Many thanks to Kuo-Ching Fu for sharing his comprehensive collection of ERJ cards.
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Flying Colors - Braniff Airways 6 / 2018
50. Flying Colors - Braniff Airways 6 / 2018 
Paul Revere Braniff started his airline from Oklahoma City to Tulsa in 1928. Like many start ups it was a family undertaking and a struggle until their first mail contract in 1934. In 1935  the Lockeed L-10 Electra was added. Bowen Airlines was acquired in 1936, DC-2s in 1937 and DC-3s in 1939.
Braniff survived the war years, and launched services to South America in 1946. By 1952 Mid Continent was added and Braniff was established as a major airline. Everything was normal and profitable until 1965 when Harding Lawrence was appointed President.
It was Lawrence that ended the "plain plane" and grew Braniff in all directions. The rest as they say, is history.
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The Amazing Comets   May 2018
51. The Amazing Comets   May 2018 
In 1945 the first jet airliner was conceived. DeHavilland undertook the enormous task of developing, and delivering a revolutionary airliner that was ultimately to transform air travel in little more than a decade. On July 27, 1949 a prototype took to the air. By May of 1952 the Comet 1 was in service from London to Johannesburg.
  The succeeding events are well known, but step by step the Comet design was refined to its final iteration, the sleek Comet 4s. The airliner was first (barely) on the North Atlantic, and introduced jet service over most of the world.
  Following are cards showing the Comets that led the way, and by overcoming many technical issues, facilitated the rapid introduction of Jet airliners world wide.
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60 years of Western airlines, April 2018
52. 60 years of Western airlines, April 2018 
Launched as a mail carrier with Douglas M-2s, Western pioneered the air route from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City on April 26, 1926. Occasional passengers were carried among the mail sacks until 1928, when the Fokker F-10 arrived, with an enclosed cabin for the benefit of those daring initial passengers.
   Western grew, acquiring Pacific Marine Airways, West Coast Air Transport and Standard Airlines by 1930. The depression was on, and the Postmaster General decided to merge Transcontinental Air transport with Western to create TWA. Only the original route remained to be operated by Western.
   In 1934, Western divested itself of interest in TWA, creating a relationship with United which lasted for nearly a decade.  After 1941, Western grew and prospered until the final merger with Delta in 1987. The oldest airline in America was no more.
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Remembering TWA   Mar. 2018
53. Remembering TWA   Mar. 2018 
How I miss TWA. Created in 1930 by the merger of Western Air Express and Transcontinental Air Transport it ultimately became Trans World Airlines. TWA pioneered "Skysleeper flights across the US, "Jetstream" Constellations on the polar route to Europe as well as the 1st trans-continental 747s. TWA became the first all jet  American airline, and dominated Trans Atlantic travel for decades.
During those years TWA was afflicted by corporate predators Howard Hughes and Carl Icahn, but continued to reaffirm its position until a sequence of events which included the loss of a Trans Atlantic 747, and the invasion of TWA's St. Louis hub by Southwest necessitated a final bankruptcy and sale.
Sadly, the 21st century brought an end and after 75 years TWA was merged into American.
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A Look at Alaskan Airliners 2 / 2018
54. A Look at Alaskan Airliners 2 / 2018 
More than anywhere in the US, the 49th state depended on air transportation. Beginning in the late 20s daring bush pilots operated in demanding conditions to serve the needs of Alaskans. By 1935 Pacific Alaska was formed as a subsidiary of Pan Am, operating Lockheed Electras on a route from Juneau to Fairbanks. Shortly thereafter Alaska Star, soon to become Alaska Airlines was formed, and by 1938 Pan Am began operating to Alaska from Seattle. Pan Am incorporated Pacific Alaska in 1941, operating Lockheed Lodestars and DC-3s. Other airlines grew from bush operators to scheduled airlines in the following decades, and a new bush industry has evolved providing fishing, sightseeing, and other tourism services.
All the great names are gone, and Alaska has grown into a major Transcontinental airline, but aviation is as important as ever in the 49th state.
    Following are the postcards I have of airliners that frequented  the skies of Alaska. Also included are airline issues from many of the modern "bush" airlines supporting the tourism industry, provided by courtesy of Kuo-Ching Fu.
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