Braniff International Airways founder Tom Braniff and his wife Bess
are shown here returning to Dallas Love Field aboard a DC-6 Sleeper Aircraft in the early 1950's. Tom Braniff was a
popular airline president and Dallas philanthropist. The airline he founded in Oklahoma City in 1929 in partnership with his
brother, Paul, was the only major airline to be named for an individual. Tom Braniff was killed in a private plane crash
in Louisiana in the mid-fifties.
Aerial photograph of Dallas, Texas Love Field Airport showing the Lemmon
Avenue Terminal in 1941. Photo shows three Braniff Airways DC-3's and one DC-2 at lower right. In the middle
is an American DC-3. Billboard advertises the Melrose Hotel in Dallas.
Beautiful color photo of Braniff Airways DC-6 Aircraft.
This popular 4-engine prop aircraft began sleeper service to South America in 1948. Used for medium and long hauls,
the 52 passenger aircraft is shown with the 1950 color scheme. This aircraft had the first pressurized cabin in the
Publicity shot for Braniff Airways Boeing 707. This actual aircraft
crashed during test flight prior to delivery. Braniff stewardesses wore new uniforms with a style inspired by Chanel on the
inaugural flight of the Braniff B-707 flight on December 19, 1959.
Braniff stewardesses lined up for this photo taken in 1965 represented
the Braniff International hostesses in their Pucci uniforms in front of a Braniff BAC-111 "Easter Egg" Aircraft.
This small but speedy plane cruised at 150 mph, had a fuel capacity
of 90 gallons and could carry a payload of 1200 lbs. Braniff Airways, incorporated in 1930, commenced its first scheduled
passenger flights and air express between Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Wichita Falls, TX. The two new six-passenger Lockheed
Vegas were purchased at a cost of $10,000 each.
Here are the Braniff Airlines Pucci Girls outfits from 1971 with the
hot pink pants, watches, umbrellas, and handbags. This is the Pucci IV Version of the trendy designer's uniforms
for the "Flying Colors" airline.
Night maintenance at the Braniff hanger main entrance on Roanoke Drive
at Dallas Love Field, early 1940's. Planes being serviced Include a DC-2 and DC-3. Note the Deco style Braniff
Airways neon sign.
This photo of the Braniff Boeing 747 "Fat Albert" on
take off from Dallas Love Field, Runway 13R, January 10, 1971, carrying a load of employees on a sightseeing and familiarization
flight. "Fat Albert" schedule was inaugurated January 15, 1971, between Dallas and Honolulu.
This photo of the Braniff Boeing B-727. The "Flying Colors" series
was introduced by Braniff in 1971, the plane is shown landing at the Braniff home base at Dallas Love Field.
Fabulous picture of downtown Dallas,Texas shows Dealey Plaza and
the Old Red Courthouse taken as a promotional photograph in 1940. The triple underpass can be seen in the bottom center,
along with the Texas School Book Depository and the grassy knoll near where President John Kennedy was assassinated twenty-three
This Braniff International DC-6 shown loading air mail
at gate, North Concourse, Dallas Love Field, Lemmon Avenue terminal, 1950.
Braniff Airways Inc. Douglas DC-6 32 passenger berths each equipped
with hostess/steward call buttons, thermos bottle, make-up kit, transparent storage pockets and reading lights! Boy,
have things changed for the worse since then!
Braniff B727 flying alongside the Calder Flying Colors of the United
States. This Braniff Flying Colors, a 1976 tribute to the 200th birthday of the U.S., was Braniff's most popular
aircraft and was seen by more persons than any other single commercial airliner at the time.
Publicity shot taken at Dallas Love Field of the DC-6 on September 18,
1949, promoting the inauguration of sleeper flights to South America.
This prototype preliminary drawing for the Lockhood Electra L-188
shows three blades on prop. Final design contained four blades.
A Braniff publicity photograph for the new colored Boeing 720 aircraft at
Dallas Love Field 1965. The old style Braniff aircraft can be seen at the top of the photograph. The tarmack was painted with
white paint to make a clean background for the colored planes.
Braniff International flight attendants model three styles of the crazy
Pucci Designer uniforms for an airline promotional photograph in 1976. Trend-setting Braniff used wild ideas such as
these uniforms and artist decorated aircraft to attract business and travel customers to their growing fleet of "Easter
Egg" colored airplanes. The space helmet on the center girl caused excessive sweating and proved to be totally
impractical! Printed from negative.
This is a photo taken in the Fall 1983 of former Braniff Airways, Inc.
(dba Braniff International) Boeing 727-291 (two-tone red aztech gold) with Boeing 727-200. The photo was taken prior
to start up of new Braniff at Dallas Love Field base.
The Convair 340 served the Texas based carrier from 1952-1967.
Braniff was the first domestic carrier to use this airplane; it replaced the Douglas DC-3. The 340 was used for short
to medium hauls. The 44 passenger twin engine prop airplane is shown with the 1957 color scheme.
Braniff was the only U.S. airline to fly the Concorde, the Lamborgini
of aircraft. Pilots and crews flew the 100-passenger plane through a code-share agreement with British Airways and Air
France, subsonic on a Washington D.C.-Dallas route from January 12, 1979, until June 1, 1980. From Washington to Europe,
the flight was manned by a British or French crew. The arrangement marked the first of its kind for a U.S. carrier and
foreign airline companies. With engines made by Rolls Royce, the Concorde had a wingspan of 83 ft 10 in., a range of
3,780 miles, and a cruising altitude of 60,000 ft.
The Convair 440 decked out in 1950's color scheme. This is
a reprint of the old Braniff publicity shot taken while flying over Los Angeles. The 440 was a post-World War II innovation
for short-haul traffic. For its time, it was economical, comfortable and fast. It held forty-four seats
and cruised at 284 miles per hour.
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