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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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Northwest Thomas Morse Scout
Having secured a contract in 1926, Northwest had to find some planes. This open cockpit Scout initially filled the bill.

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Northwest Ford TriMotor
Once passengers became a factor, Northwest introduced the first of 5 Ford TriMotors in 1928

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Northwest Anniversary #1
This Northwest 50th anniversary issue features the Ford TriMotor in flight along with one of the airline's new DC-10s.

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Northwest L-10 Electra #1
Flights from Chicago to Seattle on a Trimotor were, shall we say, impractical, so Northwest took delivery of the first Lockheed 10A Electra in 1934. This remarkably pristine card may have been the first Northwest issue.

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Northwest L-10 Electra #2w
A companion L-10 card was also produced in 1934, The new Electras reduced travel time on the route to a manageable 13 hours

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Northwest L-10 Electra #3
The Electras were drafted into the war effort from 1942-1944 and after a decade were obsolete. This 1st color image of the aircraft is from a collector card series from Players cigarettes in 1937.

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Northwest L-14 Electra #1
Northwest introduced the first 14 seat L-14 Electra in October of 1937. The aircraft was intended to be an equivalent to the DC-2, but the "sky Zephyrs", as they were christened, seemed cursed, as 4 of Northwest's 8 were lost in crashes.

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Northwest L-14 Electra #2 KCF
A similar view of the L-14 "Sky Zephyr", issued in a somewhat different format. This Northwest issued card by courtesy of Kuo-Ching Fu.

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Northwest DC-3 #2
It seems like loading cargo in the front of an airliner was a common theme in the late 1930s, as seen on this card, the preceding L-14 and a number of TWA and United issues.

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Northwest DC-3 #15 KCF
This Northwest issue is specifically devoted to the promotion of air express. Card by courtesy of Kuo-Ching Fu

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Northwest DC-3 #8
A little better view of a gleaming new Northwest DC-3. Card is one of 6 simultaneous black and white issues from Northwest. The card was also issued in the blue tone and a green tone version

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Northwest DC-3 #8b KCF
DC-3 #8 in Blue Tone

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Northwest DC-3 #8a KCF
DC-3 #8 in Green Tone

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Northwest DC-3 #9
My favorite of the black and white issues is this take off view, showing NC 21715, delivered to Northwest in May of 1939. The airliner flew with Northwest until the arrival of the first Martin 202s in 1948. Reported to have flown for Flying Sportsmen in the 1970s, and later exported to Mexico

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Northwest DC-3 #11
The above is one final Northwest black and white issue, presumably also of NC 21715

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Northwest DC-3 cockpit #1 KCF
A great Northwest issue, showing the "state of the art" cockpit of the new DC-3s, shared by Kuo-Ching Fu.

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Northwest DC-3 #7
I believe this 1941 15th anniversary issue is Northwest's first color card

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Northwest DC-3 #12
This splendid Jumbo Postcard was clearly issued during the war years, carrying the "Enemy is Listening" slogans on the back. It features NC 21716 delivered also in June 1939. It, however served Northwest until 1950, and spent the next 17 years with Lake Central.

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Northwest DC-3 #3
One of my favorite DC-3 cards, this early 1940s Northwest issue features N21715 again boarding passengers.

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Northwest DC-3 #6
An outstanding in flight companion to the previous card. The image would appear to be the same as used on the Jumbo card.

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Northwest DC-3 Interior #1 KCF
Included in the early 1940s color set was an interior view, which is shared by Kuo-Ching Fu

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Northwest DC-3 #1
A much less common Northwest issue is this Blue-tone card of N21777, delivered in September of 1939. It operated until October 1949, and was later picked up by Lake Central, serving until 1967.

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Northwest DC-3 #4
Immediately after the war Northwest issued color cards in the new format with titles at the bottom.

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Northwest DC-3 #5
There were 3 DC-3s, 2 DC-4s and a pre delivery Stratocruiser issued at this time. The DC-3 images still showing "Buy War Bonds" lettering on the rear fuselage.

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Northwest DC-3 #10
The best in flight view of a Northwest DC-3 features NC 25609. It was delivered in January 1940, and stayed with Northwest only through 1948.

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Northwest DC-3 #17 KCF
The Northwest DC-3s did fly in the 1948 red tail colors. This beautifully restored DC-3, which actually belonged to Air Atlantique, is a Dutch Dakota Association issue, shared by Kuo-Ching Fu.

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Northwest DC-4 #1
The arrival of the DC-4s in 1946 opened the door to Trans Continental and Trans Pacific operations for Northwest. This is the first of 2 Northwest issues showing NX 34538.

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Northwest DC-4 #2
Some records indicate that this aircraft was a TWA DC-4, leased to Northwest. It is also not certain that it flew with "The Northwest Passage" titles as shown on the card. But both cards are nice Northwest issues

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Northwest DC-4 #4
This excellent Avimage issue shows NC 6403, a non military DC-4 delivered to Northwest in March of 1946. In 1958, it was sold to Trek Airways, and was written off 2 years later.

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Northwest DC-4 #3
In 1948, Northwest adopted the familiar Red Tail livery, as shown on this Madison Airport card from approximately 1950

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Northwest DC-4 #5 KCF
Sadly, Northwest did not issue a DC-4 card in the new 1948 colors. This rare card from international Airlines museum, obviously an image from Northwest, is the only in flight card of the DC-4 in this more modern livery.
Card by courtesy of Kuo-Ching Fu.

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Northwest Martin 202 #1
In 1947, Northwest once again was first to receive a new aircraft, in this case the ill fated Martin 202. This very rare announcement card details the features of the new Martin 202 airliner.

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Northwest Martin 202 #2
Certainly the best airline issue of a Martin 202 is this great view over Washington. Unfortunately the 202s began to demonstrate a propensity to fall apart in flight. However, N93051 shown above, had a long career, serving with Transocean, Pioneer and Allegheny, before operating in Panama with RAPSA.

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Northwest Martin 202 #3
After a couple of crashes and unexplained control issues, Northwest pilots refused to fly the aircraft, resulting in the disposal of the remaining 202s in 1951.
Card is a Northwest issue from 1949.

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Northwest Martin 202 #5
There were few Publisher cards of the Martin 202. This extremely rare vintage card of the Martin was published by Ed Lafley of Agawam Ma.

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Northwest Stratocruiser #1
This is the first Stratocruiser card from Northwest, showing the aircraft with original tail, before production models were built.

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Northwest Stratocruiser #2
A second pre-delivery card of the Stratocruiser was issued around 1948, showing the aircraft in its final configuration.

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Northwest Stratocruiser Int KCF
Another rare Northwest card kindly shared by Kuo-Ching Fu, is the lower deck lounge card from 1946. The round windows shown indicate the photo was taken in a prototype rather than an actual Northwest aircraft.

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Northwest Stratocruiser #3
The least common, and in my view, best Stratocruiser card was this 1949 issue. N74601, one of 10 Stratocruisers was delivered in July of 1949, operating until 1960.
The Stratocruisers made Trans Pacific crossings as well as domestic flights a far more comfortable experience.

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Northwest Stratocruiser #5
First issued in 1950, the Finest and Fastest version of the Stratocruiser may be the most common airline issued card. Reprinted in 1952 and 53, and appearing with 3 different logos on the back, it apparently was in every flight pack or seat pocket for at least 4 years.

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Northwest Stratocruiser #4
The other version of this card, "Fastest and Largest", may have only been issued in 1952. Either way it is a great view of this classic airliner.

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Northwest Stratocruiser #6
Northwest's Stratocruisers were the only ones regularly operating in US domestic service. This one, N 74602, was actually the first one delivered to Northwest, and is shown on an excellent Milwaukee Airport card.

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Northwest Stratocruiser #9TH
A final view of the Stratocruiser on a spectacular oversized Seattle Airport card, shared by Terry Hale.

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Northwest DC-6A #1
The year 1954 saw the arrival of the first of 24 DC-6s. The more economical DC-6s were placed in both domestic and international service. This one, N 566 operated until 1961, and became the "Norse Explorer" with Braathens of Norway.
Card is an IAWP issue.

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Northwest DC-6B #3KCF
A very unusual cutaway postcard view of Northwest's DC-6B. A Japanese issue by courtesy of Kuo-Ching Fu

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Northwest DC-6A #2
Northwest's DC-A's and B's took over most domestic routes. Shown on this Madison Airport card is N11565, an ex Canadian Pacific aircraft, operated until 1960.

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Northwest DC-6B int. #1
It seems strange that Northwest issued no cards of the DC-6s, with the exception of this interior view, issued I believe in 1955.

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Northwest L-1049G Constellation #1
The arrival of Northwest's Super G Constellations in 1955 again improved comfort on the Trans Pacific sectors. This splendid Northwest issue is one of the really great Constellation cards!

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Northwest L-1049G Constellation #2
The Super G is featured on this excellent Tokyo Airport card, but Northwest only operated the Constellations until 1958, when the fleet of 5 was sold to LAV of Venezuela.

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Northwest L-1049G Constellation #5
This outstanding card is an oversized Seattle Airport issue, featuring the Super G, perhaps on its way to Tokyo. Shortly afterward the DC-7C's replaced the Super G's across the Pacific

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Northwest DC-7C #1
Northwest did issue an excellent postcard of the New DC-7C, delivered in 1957. Shown is N 284, which was ultimately converted to a freighter in the 1960s.

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Northwest DC-7C #5
The DC-7C's long range was utilized on Chicago-Tokyo "Polar Imperial Service" flights. This card is an unidentified vintage Japanese issue, using the same image as the Northwest issue.

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Northwest DC-7C #2
A total of 17 DC-7Cs were operated by Northwest. This vintage Plastichrome issue actually uses the same image as well, presented at greater distance.

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Northwest DC-7C #6
A slightly different view of the DC-7C is offered by the excellent Enell issue from 1958

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Northwest DC-7C Interior #1w
The Imperial cabin service on the DC-7C is shown on this interesting vintage card co sponsored, so to speak by the producers of Imperator Champaign

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Northwest Electra #1
An outstanding Northwest issue of their beautiful new Electra, the first of which was delivered on July 19, 1959. The much anticipated Electra was to be Northwest's first step into the "Jet Age"

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Northwest Electra #2
Unfortunately, Northwest's devastating experience with the Martin 202 was nearly repeated, as the early Electra crashes brought doubt as to the aircraft's viability. Fortunately the problems were solved and the Electras ultimately performed very well. Shown is an outstanding vintage Plastichrome issue, not that common.

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Northwest Electra #4
This very nice Madison Airport issue shows N122US, the 2nd Electra delivered to Northwest in 1959. In 1966 it was sold to American Flyers, and finished its career with Aerocondor in 1979

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Northwest DC-8-30 #2
Northwest entered the era of pure jets in May of 1960.  N801US, shown on the 1st Northwest issue, was the first of 5 DC-8s delivered to the airline.

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Northwest DC-8-30 #1
Northwest strangely, was selling the DC-8s within 2 years of delivery. This 2nd Northwest issue was retrieved from a souvenir flight book of the time.

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Northwest DC-8-30 #4 KCF
An absolutely Elegant fold over menu card was also issued in 1960, the first and undoubtably rarest of Northwest's oversized issues. This excellent card provided by courtesy of Kuo-Ching Fu

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Northwest DC-8-30 #3
Incredibly, Northwest's DC-8s were all gone by 1964. This aircraft, N803US was the first to go in 1962, sold to UAT.
Card is an APC publications issue.

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Northwest 720B #4
The Fan Jet Boeing 720Bs began arriving in 1961, which essentially obsoleted the turbo jet DC-8s. Shown is a rare oversized card of N721US, the first 720B delivered to Northwest.

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Northwest 720B #2A KCF
The first standard sized 720 cards were identical to the oversized. Additional printings of the 720B card appeared later. This "Fast and Fabulous" version kindly shared by Kuo-Ching Fu, is much less common. A total of 17 720Bs were delivered between 1961 and 1964.

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Northwest 720B #1
Another nice view of N721US, on a Minneapolis St. Paul Airport issue.
This aircraft operated for 10 years before sale to the Republic of China government, and is now preserved in a museum.

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Northwest 720B #5 KCF
This early oversized advertising card featured the 720B operating non stop from NYC to Seattle. Another rare card by courtesy of Kuo-Ching Fu.

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Northwest 707-320B #4
The 707-320Bs quickly replaced the original DC-8 fleet, with the first delivered in June of 1963. It's something of a mystery why Northwest did not issue a standard size card at the time.
Shown is the first 351B SCD, N351US.

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Northwest 707-320B SCD #5
A less common oversized card shows a 707-320B SCD (N351US) with cargo door open. Northwest was the only airline to have this model. The floors wings and landing gear were not reinforced like the C model, rendering it limited in cargo capability.
The first 351C model was N356US received in 1964.

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Northwest 707-320B #2
Northwest ultimately operated 36 of the 707s. Most served for less than 10 years, and by the end of 1978, Northwest 707s were a memory.
The image used on this Dexter issue appeared on a number of other publisher cards.

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Northwest 707-320B #6
A beautiful standard sized postcard of N351US was produced by Frontier Productions. After 8 years 351US was sold to Cathay Pacific, and later, in 1977 went to Lan Chile.
Card by courtesy of Kuo-Ching Fu.

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Northwest 707-320C #1
Northwest did issue a standard sized 707 in the newer colors. The text on the back suggests that this is the newer C model, which made up most of Northwest's fleet.

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Northwest 727-100 #2
The year 1964 brought the 727 to Northwest's fleet. One of the really nice airline issues is this Northwest 727-51 in flight.
N461US, shown on the card was the first Northwest 727, which after 12 years was sold to PSA, and remarkably 6 years later was reacquired by Northwest, operating 7 more years.

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Northwest 727-100 #1
This AeroGem issue provides another great look at the airliner. Northwest ultimately operated 33 of the 100 series 727s.

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Northwest 727-200 #1
The 727-251s began to arrive in 1968, and Northwest was taking delivery of new 251s through 1981. N251US, shown on this Northwest issue was the first, serving from 1968-1994.

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Northwest 727-200 #3
A few years later, in 1977, Northwest began taking delivery of the new 727-200 advanced aircraft. This oversized 1978 issue shows N289US, which operated from January 1978 through June 2003.

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Northwest 727-200 #5w
An item from my want list is this rather hard to find oversized 727 card. The 1970s and 80s produced most of the Oversized multi-view Northwest issues.

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Northwest 727-200 #4
In the mid 1990s, Northwest began to produce smaller "collector" cards which effectively described their aircraft, but in a small format. This nice view of N255US landing is from a 1996 series when Northwest maintained a marketing alliance with KLM. 255US was an old timer, despite its new colors. At the end of 1996 it went to American International Airways.

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Northwest 747-100 #6
1970 brought the first Jumbo jet to Northwest, and they apparently celebrated with Jumbo Postcards, issuing a suite of oversized postcards, destination cards and menu cards. In my view the best of the lot is this splendid in flight view of N601US, delivered on April 30, 1970

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Northwest 747-100 #3
Most 747 cards were multi-view. This one showing interior and flight attendants as well as the aircraft.

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Northwest 747-100 #4
The first of two very similar cards, which show first class seats and upper deck view.

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Northwest 747-100 #4a KCF
This card differs from the previous only in the composition of flight crew in the upper deck view.

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Northwest 747-100 #5
Another view of 601US on a global route map. It includes a glowing description of the palatial sounding 747.

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Northwest 747-100 #7
Another splendid oversized card of N601US. The airliner operated an amazing 30 years for Northwest. Now, mostly in the Smithsonian.

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Northwest 747-100 #11 KCF
This beautiful in flight card of a 151 model is a rare Northwest issue from Japan. Like its US counterparts, it also is oversized. Card kindly shared by Kuo-Ching Fu.

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Northwest 747-100 #1
A more standard sized card of the 100 is this blank back issue. Northwest flew 12 100s including  2 National Airlines aircraft acquired in 1976. The last 100 flights were in 2003.

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Northwest 747-100 #2
One final view of the 747-151 is provided by this Minneapolis Airport issue. N604US, was delivered to Northwest in June of 1970 and served 24 years before being broken up at Mojave in 1994.

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Northwest 747-200 #3
Just an extraordinary in flight oversized card of N627US, delivered to Northwest on January 2nd 1980. This beauty operated for 25 years, but was written off after a landing accident at Guam in Auguat 2005

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Northwest 747-200 #5
Northwest continued to publish oversized multi panel cards during the 1980s, but featuring 747-200 aircraft.

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Northwest 747-200 #6
The last example (at least that I received) of oversized cards featuring the 747. The specific card was a commemorative card from flight 18, Non stop from Tokyo to New York City on October 28, 1982

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Northwest 747-200 #9 KCF
Northwest's first service to Europe began in late 1979, and expanded quickly to link Minneapolis to Europe with non stops. First services were by 747, but the DC-10 proved more practical for most routes.
The image is a rare oversized card, shared by Kuo-Ching Fu.

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Northwest 747-200 #4
A very nice Northwest issued 747-200, issued as an Alaskan travel promotion in 1983. By that time, Northwest had taken delivery of their first 8 new 200 models.

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Northwest 747-200 #1
Dexter issued cards for decades, which of course included the Northwest 747-200. The first 200 was delivered in 1971.

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Northwest 747-200 #2
Plastichrome issued a little better image of the Northwest 200. Northwest continued to acquire 200s both new and used, through the year 2000.

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Northwest 747-200 #7
The last Northwest issue of a Passenger 747-200 was this beautiful view from the 1996 collector card set. The 200s operated through 2010.

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Northwest 747-200F
The first 747-200F delivered to Northwest was N616US, delivered in 1975. It operated an amazing 33 years. After being stored for 2 years, it was picked up by Kalitta and operated for 2 more years. The card is unidentified.

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Northwest 747-200F #4 KCF
Another excellent view of the Northwest Cargo 747 was provided by this Movifoto issue. The Northwest cargo aircraft had its own livery, characterized by an absence of white. This card shared by Kuo-Ching Fu.

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Northwest 747-200F #3 KCF
The last look and final livery of a Northwest 200F on this relatively recent collector card shared by Kuo-Ching Fu.

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Northwest DC-10-40 #1
Northwest was the first airline to order Pratt and Whitney powered DC-10-40s for delivery starting in 1973. This blank back Northwest issue was the only standard size Northwest issue of the DC-10

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Northwest DC-10-40 #4
This excellent oversized card shows the first DC-10-40, N141US, in flight. It was delivered in June of 1973 and operated a little over 28 years before WFU.

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Northwest DC-10-40 #5
A later Northwest oversized issue shows N161US, the 20th DC-10-40 delivered to the airline. It also operated 28 years before retirement. The DC-10s served both major domestic and Trans Atlantic Routes.

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Northwest DC-10-40 #8
This oversized DC-10-40 issue was contemporaneous to the 747 card, also featuring the global route map

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Northwest DC-10-40 #12
This multi-panel oversized DC-10 card features N156US delivered in March of 1974, and likewise operated until 2002

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Northwest DC-10-40 #2
This excellent DC-10-40 card which shows a copyright by Cartwheel Co. would otherwise appear to be a Northwest issue. It is described as a DC-10-40 flying over its home base at MSP. In either case a nice view.

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Northwest DC-10-40 #6
A nice take off view of the DC-10-40 from Nippon Beauty Color.

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Northwest DC-10-40 #7
This is a rather unusual publisher card from Avia Image, showing N149US in its final colors. Delivered July 25, 1973, it was retired exactly 29 years later.

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Northwest DC-10-40 #13
The last Northwest issue of the fabulous DC-10-40, an excellent in flight view, kindly shared by Kuo-Ching Fu. It could reasonably be said that when Northwest was finished with an aircraft, it was used up. None of the DC-10 fleet or for that matter most other aircraft were resold to other airlines.

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Northwest DC-10-30 #2
In 1991, Northwest began acquiring a fleet of DC-10-30s which ultimately reached 24 additional aircraft. This 1996 issue is the only Northwest issued image of a DC-10-30

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Northwest DC-10-30 #1
This OKC issue shows Northwest's DC-10-30 N226NW, wearing its final Northwest livery. This ex-Swissair aircraft was retired in April 2007 with 102,816 hours and 21,129 cycles

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Northwest 757-200 #6 KCF
The year 1985 saw the arrival of the first of Northwest's fleet of 757-200s. This oversized pre delivery card is a complete data card with performance, dimensions and seating plan. Card kindly shared by Kuo-Ching Fu

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Northwest 757-200 #3
A much more typical Northwest oversized card is this splendid in flight view of N501US, the first 757 delivered. It operated through the Delta merger, and was retired in 2013.

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Northwest 757-200 #4
The 1996 collector series included this view of N502US, the 2nd 757 delivered. It too served through the merger but was retired in 2012

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Northwest 757-200 #2
Northwest 757-200s are featured on a number of publisher cards. This card is one of the later IAWP Historical series cards, published in 1992.

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Northwest 757-200 #1
One final view of N501 US may be seen on this excellent Editions PI card.

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Northwest DC-9-10
Northwest was never a DC-9 operator, but on September 30, 1986, they became one of the biggest, Acquiring Republic Airlines, and its diverse DC-9 fleet.
Shown on this Flite Line issue is N8912E, delivered new to Eastern in 1968. Incredibly, after serving Republic, it put in another 17 years with Northwest.

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Northwest DC-9-30 #2
The DC-9-30s, which made up the majority of Republic's fleet continued serving their Republic destinations as well as much of Northwest's.  Shown is the first Northwest issue on a 1996 trading card.

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Northwest DC-9-30 #3 KCF
The DC-9-30s served Northwest until the merger. This one, shown in the final Northwest livery was originally a North Central airliner delivered in 1967

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Northwest DC-9-50 #2 KCF
The cream of the DC-9 fleet were the 33 DC-9-50s inherited from Republic. Nevertheless, This is the only Northwest issue of the aircraft. Worse yet, the actual card is described as a DC-9-30. The title on this image has been corrected.

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Northwest MD-80
The merger added 9 MD-80s to Delta's large fleet. This image is from an early Northwest collector card series.

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Northwest 747-400 #2
Northwest launched the fabulous 747-400 in 1989 ultimately acquiring 16 of the state of the art models. The 400s continued to operate with Delta until their recent retirement. The card is a nice Northwest oversized issue.

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Northwest 747-400 #3
A Northwest issue from Japan was released years later, in 1998.

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Northwest 747-400 #5w
A splendid oversized and rather uncommon Northwest issue from my want list. Shown is N667US, the 7th 400 model delivered to Northwest. It flew with Delta for 7 years after the merger, but is now, sadly, stored at Marana.

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Northwest 747-400 #1
This is an excellent postcard view of N663US, the first 747-400 to enter commercial service on Feb. 9, 1989. It was wfu in 2005.
Card is an Airliner card issue

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Northwest 747-400 #7 KCF)
One last look at the 747-400 in the final Northwest colors. Card is from a later Northwest collector series, kindly shared by Kuo-Ching Fu.

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Northwest A-320 #2
One more first for Northwest was the introduction of the A-320 in North America. N302 US, shown on this collector card was the second of 78 320s purchased by Northwest during the years 1989-2003.
It really didn't last too long, as it was broken up in 2006.

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Northwest A-320 #5 KCF
An excellent, but unidentified postcard view of Northwest's A-320 in flight. The 320s primarily replaced Northwest's aging 727 fleet. Card shared by Kuo-Ching Fu

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Northwest A-320 #1
Northwest did issue a standard sized card of a newer A-320, N332NW. This one was delivered in June of 1992, and remains active with Delta today.

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Northwest A-320 #4 KCF
One more A-320 in final livery, featured on one of the later Northwest collector sets.

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Northwest DC-9-40
In 1991 Northwest acquired 12 DC-9-40s to supplement their already huge DC-9 fleet. These Ex TDA and Scandinavian aircraft operated until the merger. The image shown is not a postcard but an excellent photo of N756NW, which was delivered new to Scandinavian in 1968. It was 41 years old when retired.

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Northwest A-319 #3 KCF
Between 1999 and 2005, Northwest added 77 of the stubby little A-319s to their fleet. Other than 3 collector cards there are no airline issues. This very nice image on a later collector series is provided by Kuo-Ching Fu

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Northwest A-319 #4 KCF
An excellent postcard view of N371NB, delivered in 2003. It operated for 6 years with Northwest, and is now active with Delta. Card issued by Images Unlimited. This image provided through courtesy of Kuo-Ching Fu

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Northwest 757-300 #1a
Northwest hit one more Home Run with their acquisition in 2002 of new Boeing 757-300s. Only 16 of these now treasured airliners were received, and of course, they continue to operate for Delta today. This image is from a later collector card series. The title has been modified to only identify as a 300 model

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Northwest A-330-300
The last postcard I actually acquired on a flight was this Northwest A-330-300. The 330s began arriving in 2003, and Northwest ultimately operated 21. They continue in service with Delta.

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Northwest A-330-300 #3 KCF
Returning to tradition, Northwest issued 2 oversized cards using the same image. This card, showing N802NW is more of an overlength version. 802NW was delivered to Northwest on July 8, 2003, and continues to fly for Delta under that number. Card kindly shared by Kuo-Ching Fu

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Northwest A-330-200 #1 KCF
The last fleet addition by Northwest was the longer range A-330-200, which first joined Northwest in 2004. A total of 8 were acquired, supplementing the 330-300 fleet. The card, from a later collector set was shared by Kuo-Ching Fu.

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Northwest A-340-300 #1 KCF
In 1988 Northwest placed an order for 24 A-340-300s and 16 A-330s. This was to be the launch order for the 330. Due to some hard times, orders were deferred. Northwest acquired a number of DC-10-30 aircraft, which resulted in the cancellation of the 340 order. The 330s were delivered ultimately in 2003. This pre-delivery card from 1996 is the only card of what would have been a major aircraft program. Card by courtesy of Kuo-Ching Fu.

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Northwest Souvenir Flight Pack Old

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Northwest Stratocruiser Brochure

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Northwest Route Map

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Northwest Souvenir Flight Pack New

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Northwest Fleet Info From 1967 Annual Report

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