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The Braniff Family wins one!!!!!!!!

The Braniff "Family" stuck together and won an important victory for the history of Braniff!!!! Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Saturday, March 02, 2013

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HELP SAVE BRANIFF

BRANIFF 7701 UPDATE URGENT
BRANIFF 7701 UPDATE URGENT 2 - THC has welcomed your calls but has requested that you please EMAIL your support for 7701 to them so that they will have a hard copy to include with the file.

Here is the THC email to send your comments to: Put this in your email heading:

I SUPPORT PRESERVATION OF BRANIFF 7701 OMB - ATTN LINDA HENDERSON

THC@THC.STATE.TX.US



REVISED: FEBRUARY 23, 2013

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Friday, February 22, 2013

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SAVE BRANIFF

The City of Dallas Department of Aviation has taken steps to try and tear down this historic piece of Dallas history. Their track record for historical preservation proves they do not care about honoring those who contributed to Dallas aviation history. Please help us save this historic building by supporting our efforts to designate this building a state historic landmark. Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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Allan DeLozier

The passing of Allan DeLozier Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Friday, October 19, 2012

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Marty Kagan

Marty passed away in the last few days. Will update as soon as I get more information. Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Sunday, August 05, 2012

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Polly Reeves

Polly Reeves Obit is now posted on the "In Memory Of" page. Memorial service information posted below: Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Monday, July 09, 2012

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2011 Braniff Exhibit in Palm Springs of Braniff Airlines Memorabilia

Highlight of Modernism Week 2011 in Palm Springs was this exhibition of Braniff Airlines memorabilia. The far out uniforms were quite a change from the typical military-style garb that was common in the Sixties. Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Friday, June 29, 2012

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Introducing a new non-fiction book “When You’ve Got It, Flaunt It!

Hi, I'd like to introduce a new non-fiction book “When You’ve Got It, Flaunt It! True Stories of 60s Jet Hostesses”. Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Friday, June 29, 2012

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Charlsie Ewing Correll

The Passing of Charlsie Ewing Correll. More info will be posted on the "In Memory Of" page as it is received. Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

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The passing of Al Swain

William ( Al ) Swain Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

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Judy Foster Bauer Mallen

One of our own needs help.... Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

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PBGC INFORMATION

PBGC INFORMATION Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Monday, August 22, 2011

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BRANIFF BISE REUNION 2011

ALL BRANIFF PEOPLE INVITED
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Monday, May 09, 2011

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From the Family of Willie Ihnfeldt

Thanks Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

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William ( Willie ) Doyle Ihnfeldt

The passing of Willie Ihnfeldt Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

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Larry Hutton's death

FUNERAL SERVICED FOR LARRY HUTTON Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Friday, November 06, 2009

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR ROGER HARDACRE

Roger will be missed by all of us ...... Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

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THE BRANIFF FAMILY REUNION 2007

Please read for details Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Sunday, April 08, 2007

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Funeral services for Wayne Held

Wayne Held recently passed away. He worked in Reservations for Braniff I and II. Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

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A Party toasting Braniff International

Party is honoring Braniff International and all the proceeds are going to DIFFA/Dallas. We are extending the invitation to everyone at The Braniff Family. Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

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IN MEMORY OF: Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR ROGER STREET

ROGER STREET Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Friday, June 16, 2006

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Braniff BAC-111 Crash August 6, 1966 - Dedication in Falls City, NE

Braniff BAC-111 Crash August 6, 1966 - Dedication in Falls City, NE at the site on 8/6/2006 40th Anniversary. Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Saturday, June 10, 2006

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Vendors for the 2006 Braniff Family Reunion

Anyone interested in being a vendor to offer special items for sale and/or door prizes at the 2006 Braniff Family Reunion please Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Saturday, November 26, 2005

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2006 BRANIFF FAMILY REUNION DATE AND TIME

New site for Braniff Reunion for 2006 Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Saturday, November 26, 2005

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Funeral Services for Linda Dye

The funeral will be on Monday, Nov. 28th , at the Lovers Lane united Methodist Church at 11:00 am.
Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Saturday, November 26, 2005

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The Braniff/Sun Country Connection?

You've spotted a Sun Country Boeing 737 at the airport and wondered "What's this Sun Country Airlines"? Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

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Need help in Sloving Murder of a Braniff Family Member

My Aunt, Beverly Bruneau (Casey) was a FA for Braniff. In 1981 she was murdered. Although the detectives from the Grapevine police department have a strong suspect in the case we have yet to bring him to justice. Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Friday, April 08, 2005

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Braniff Family Friend offers donations to the Braniff Family and discounts on Prescriptions

NAME BRAND PRESCRIPTION DRUGS (AMERICAN ONLY) --- $5.00 PER MONTH PER PRESCRIPTION. A portion of every sign-up on this will cause a special donation to be made to The Braniff family Organization. Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Friday, April 08, 2005

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Remembering Braniff at DFW Airport

To enhance the memory of Braniff International Airways, a Braniff Friend is offering a $25,000 challenge grant to former employees, their families, and friends of Braniff.

The matched grant would place the name "Braniff Airways Chapel" over the entrance to the existing chapel in Terminal B (the former Braniff Terminal). A bronze plaque, at eye level to the left of the entrance, would read; "Dedicated to the men and women who were proudly associated with Braniff International Airways 1928 - 1992." Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Sunday, March 13, 2005

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Vendors for the 2006 Braniff Family Reunion

If you are interested in being a vendor at the 2006 Braniff Family Reunion, please contact Carrie Shea. Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Sunday, March 13, 2005

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Looking for lost friend - Mario Azocar

Does anyone know the whereabouts of Mario Azocar who was a FA in the late 1970's early 1980s? Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Saturday, September 18, 2004

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A Writer is looking for some record breaking Braniff Pilots

Russell Plehinger is looking for some previous Braniff Pilots who broke different records. he needs sme information to further his doumentation. Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Sunday, June 20, 2004

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Anyone Knowing the where about of this former employee

Elizabeth "Beth" A. Bowker Lutes, Flight attendent for Braniff 1967 - 1989. Trying to find her to let her know about an upcoming class reunion. Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Sunday, June 20, 2004

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27th Annual BISE Fly In and Picnic

27th Annual BISE Fly In and Picnic, Memorial Day – Monday, May 31st, 2003 Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Saturday, May 15, 2004

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2004 Braniff Family Reunion

The Braniff Family Reunion! You must RSVP! Call today, last chance! Ask for Carrie : 940-241-3250. Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Saturday, May 15, 2004

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2004 Braniff Family Reunion - Special Hotel Rates

The Braniff Family has negotiated special rates at the Homestead Suites Hotel for our traveling friends. Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Thursday, January 29, 2004

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LOOKING FOR Braniff F.A. ROSS KYLLO

I lost contact with Ross Kyllo back in the late
70's. I would really like to find him to see if he is O.K.
Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

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2004 BRANIFF REUNION

2004 BRANIFF REUNION will be held MAY, 16, 2004 2PM - 7PM Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Monday, January 12, 2004

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Anyone know the current Teamster Local Union Number?

Does anyone know the I need to know the Teamster Local Union Number and their address? Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Friday, January 09, 2004

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Braniff Retirement Club mail address

Braniff Retirment Club
%Sally A. Campbell
3207 Waldrop
Dallas, TX. 75229-5005 Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

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Braniff Retirement Club - 2004 meetings

Braniff Retirement Club meetings are at Senter East Park Building in Irving. This is off Chamberain in Irving. The dates are as follows: Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

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Searching for information regarding an aircraft accident

I am searching for information regarding an aircraft accident that occurred many years ago and thought perhaps your website could help. Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Saturday, December 06, 2003

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Falls City, Nebraska Crash site Vistor

I am not sure if anyone even cares to know, but I thought I would just share with you that someone who wasnt even 1 year old at the time of the crash, visited the crash site and keeps the people that lost their lives that fateful night, in my thoughts and prayers.
Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Saturday, December 06, 2003

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Writer's looking for information on Braniff Flight 542

Writer's looking for information on Braniff Flight 542 that crashed near Buffalo, Texas on the night of September 29, 1959. Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Sunday, September 21, 2003

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Looking for Trent Cowart

fter so many many years I would like to hear from my friend Trent Cowart. Dirciniia, from LAD, Rio Base expecting news from you
dircineia@bol.com.br
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Thursday, August 21, 2003

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Susie Meurer is ill

Susie Meurer is ill and would like to hear from her friends and other ex-Braniff Folks. Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

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Comments on the 2003 Barniff Family Reunion

The 2003 reunion was a great success and a blast was had by all! Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Friday, June 06, 2003

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The 2004 Braniff Family Reunion Date Announcement

The 2004 Braniff Reunion is going to held on May 16, 2004 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm. The reunion will be held at The Ranch of Lonesome Dove again next year! Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Friday, June 06, 2003

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Looking for Delores (Dee)Rogers(Rodgers?)

Norborne Clarke is looking for an old friend Delores (Dee)Rogers. Does anyone know where she might be? Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

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New Braniff Clipped B's web site

The new Braniff Clipped B's web site is available. Click here to see the new site

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

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Interesting Statistics

More than 46,000 people visited The Braniff Family website last month from 27 countries! Isn't that something?!?

Wednesday, April 16, 2003

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Information on the Braniff Pass Card for Retired Braniff Family Members

The following is from John McFarlane of "The Braniff Retirement Club":

America West
American Trans Air
Frontier Airlines
ICELANDAIR
Jet Blue
Olympic Airways
South African Airways
Southwest
Virgin Atlantic Airways
Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Sunday, March 23, 2003

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February 6, 2003, ATTENTION ALL RETIRED PIEDMONT SILVER EAGLE PILOTS & PILOTS WIDOWS

If you call USAirways Pilot Communication Network at 1-800-FOR-ALPA (1-800-367-2572) you will find that ALPA is NOT representing the retired pilot group. Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Sunday, March 23, 2003

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Information on the Clipped B's, the official Hostess' retirement organization

The Braniff International "Clipped B's" is the official Hostess' retirement organization. Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Sunday, March 23, 2003

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I am looking for video related to Braniff

I am most interested in the TV commercials that were broadcast during the time that I worked for Braniff S/O December 1989 - 727 F/0 September 1988 - 727 until the bankruptcy. Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Sunday, March 23, 2003

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Church before The Braniff Family Reunion

You are invited to the Family Community Church on Sunday May 18th, 2003 just before the reunion. Many of the Braniff Family attend this church which is located at the Ranch of Lonesome Dove. They all would like for you to consider attending services before the reunion starts. Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Wednesday, March 19, 2003

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Looking for information on Ron Stumpf

Robert L. Miller is looking for Ron Stumpf. If anyone knowswhere he is, please let him know that Mr. Miller is seeking to find him and get him Mr. Miller's contact info. Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Wednesday, March 19, 2003

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Looking for co-workers 1977-1982 Houston - From Susie Plaisance McDermand

Book about experiences in the sky...etc. From Susie Plaisance McDermand.
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Sunday, February 09, 2003

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2002 Braniff Family Reunion pictures now available

The pictures from the 2002 Braniff Family Reunion are now available in the photo album. The names have not been entered, but we thought you would like to see the pictures. Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Monday, December 16, 2002

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Toni Guymon is looking for a family member.

I am looking for someone who worked for Braniff around 1958. I don't know if you go back this far or not, his name is Joe McCalester, not for sure how to spell last name, may be McAlester. Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Friday, December 06, 2002

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Another interesting story related to the doomed Braniff flight 250.

Jerry E. Zmolek, a mechanic with Braniff, has sent us another very interesting story about Braniff Flight 250. Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Wednesday, July 24, 2002

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Current Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation List

36 of our fellow Braniff Family members are be sought by the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation. These folks are missing and PBGC has no known address for them. They or their estates are due pension benefits!
Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Wednesday, July 24, 2002

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Rebuttals to story from Roger Sorenson

We have received a couple of rebuttals to Roger's story about flight 250. Please note that The Braniff Family Organization is not taking sides on this issue. We just feel that we must publish both sides to this.... Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Thursday, July 11, 2002

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An interesting story, from Roger D. Sorenson.

Roger D. Sorenson says he was a passenger on Braniff flight number 250 on August 6, 1966. This flight was enroute to Minneapolis from Memphis. Does this ring a bell for anyone? Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Saturday, June 29, 2002

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I am looking for an old friend

I'm looking for an old friend going back to 1964 I used to run around with and work with at Douglas Aircraft in Tulsa Oklahoma. Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Wednesday, May 15, 2002

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In Memory Of Pages Update

The "In Memory Of" pages have had a lot of activity. Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Friday, April 26, 2002

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Request for information

Someone is seeking Thomas Williams, former Braniff pilot. Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Monday, March 11, 2002

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In Memory Of pages now available!

The In Memory Of pages are here! If you know of a family member that has passed on, please enter the information in our new In Memory Of pages. Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Friday, March 01, 2002

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Harding Lawrence - July 15, 1920 - January 16, 2002

Harding Lawrence died of pancreatic cancer at his home in the Virgin Islands on January 16, 2002. He was 81. Mr. Lawrence will never be forgotten. He was one of the family.... Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Friday, February 01, 2002

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Know some one who has passed, got a picture of them?

The Braniff Family would like to begin a photo album of folks who are no longer with us. Can you help? Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Wednesday, January 16, 2002

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A Funny Customer Service Story

A Funny story about an Irate Customer and a United gate Agent. Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Wednesday, January 16, 2002

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New way to support The Braniff Family!

Now there is a new way to support The Braniff family web site! All you have to do is switch your ISP dial up provider and we get some of your monthly payment!

Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Friday, August 10, 2001

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The Braniff Family Membership pages are now available!

You can join The Braniff Family on the web site! So join up and help us create and maintain this web site for the rest of time!

Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Monday, July 23, 2001

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31 of our fellow Braniff employees are being sought by PBGC!

31 of our fellow Braniff Family members are be sought by the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation. These folks are missing and PBGC has no known address for them. They or their estates are due pension benefits!

Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Tuesday, July 10, 2001

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The Braniff Family Photo Album has been released!

The Braniff Family photo album is now complete and ready for your review! Just select photos at the top or the bottom of the page. Select 2001 Braniff Family Reunion. Select any item in the index and that is where the album will open! Have fun!

Click Here to read the rest of the story!

Tuesday, June 12, 2001

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The Braniff Family wins one!!!!!!!!


WE HAVE SUCCESS ON 7701 PLEASE POST ASAP!!!!!!!




HI CARRIE WE HAVE SUCCESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BRANIFF 7701 URGENT - WE HAVE SUCCESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Texas Historical Commission has issued the Determination for Braniff OMB 7701 Lemmon Avenue and the building has been deemed ELIGIBLE for inclusion into the National Historic Register!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We did it!!!!!!!!!!

Keep in mind this now begins a year long process called a Section 106 review before the building is actually put in the National Register. But this is the VICTORY that we were looking for!!!!!!!!!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WHO HAVE WORKED SO HARD ON THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Saturday, March 02, 2013

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HELP SAVE BRANIFF

BRANIFF 7701 UPDATE URGENT - I need you all if at all possible to e-mail Texas Historical Commission today and tell them that you support preserving Braniff's Maintenance and Operations Base at Dallas Love Field. It won’t take a minute and the more pressure that is placed on THC during this 30 day review period the better. THC will make their final ruling on the building on or before March 17, 2013.

Here is the contact information:

THC@THC.STATE.TX.US

Linda Henderson
Historian, Federal Programs
History Programs Division
Texas Historical Commission
P.O. Box 12276
Austin, Texas 78711-2276
phone: 512/463-5851

As Bill J. always says: Lets Strive To Keep BRANIFF Alive!

Friday, February 22, 2013

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SAVE BRANIFF

In 1955 Braniff International Airways experienced unprecedented growth in its operations. To support this effort, Braniff announced a $6.5MM project to expand its operations base to the Lemmon Avenue side of Dallas Love Field. The announcement set off a $20MM development chain that was sponsored by the issuance of revenue bonds by the City of Dallas. A groundbreaking was held March 21, 1957 and the building was dedicated on October 7, 1958.

The marquis building was to become the Braniff Operations and Maintenance Base, a 450,000 square foot facility that would employ 1,750 highly skilled workers in all aspects of flight. Its construction by famed Los Angeles futurist architects William Pereira and Charles Luckman serves as the only example of such style in Dallas.

Occupied by Braniff Airways until the bankruptcy forced a split in December of 1983, it was then operated by a division of Braniff called DalFort Aerospace. The company was eventually sold and the building has been empty since 1993. In 2012, the City of Dallas has indicated its intent to demolition the building in favor of new development.

Click here to sign the petition
Click here to go to the Save Braniff Website

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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Allan DeLozier

The viewing for Allan Lane DeLozier will be held at the Coker-Hawkins funeral home at 405 East Main Street in Decatur, Texas, Wednesday October 24, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

On Thursday, October 25, 2012 a.m. at Coker-Hawkins funeral home at 405 East Main Street in Decatur, Texas there will be a service to say goodbye to Allan.

Burial will be right after the service at the Oaklawn cemetery in Decatur, Texas. Oaklawn is located just northeast of Decatur. You turn north off the Hwy 380 bypass on the first exit west of FM 51. Follow the signs on Cemetery Road for a little over a mile and you'll come to the brick entry gate on the right side of the road.

Allan DeLozier passed away today, Oct. 19, 2012, in Baylor Hospital, Dallas Texas. Allan started with Braniff in 1967 at Washington Dulles (IAD) airport. He later transferred to DFW until the Braniff shut down in 1982. He returned to work for Braniff 2 for a while and then went to work for the airport board at DFW. He worked there until he retired on September 30, 2012. He will be greatly missed.
There are no funeral arrangements that have been made at this time but will be posted on this site as soon as the information comes avaiable. Allan was a christian and now rest in the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Please pray for peace for his family.

Friday, October 19, 2012

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Marty Kagan

Marty was a lead cargo man on the ramp at DFW at the time of Braniff's bankrupcy filing. He was also the Bass player for the Braniff band "SPECTRUM". He will be missed by many, especially me. Roland Upton.

I just wanted to let you know that my daddy's funeral service will be at the Sparkman / Hillcrest Funeral Home Mausoleum on Tuesday, August 7 at 3:30. It will be niche-side in the "library", and there will be signs showing where to go. Following the service, we will have a catered reception at my home, from about 5:30 - 7:30. If you have any questions, please call my cell at 214-497-3746. I hope you can make it.

Sparkman / Hillcrest Funeral Home and Mausoleum
7405 W. Northwest Highway
Dallas, TX 75225
(214)363-5401

Scott and Erin Calaway's home
6465 Lake Circle Dr.
Dallas, TX 75214

Love~
Erin

Sunday, August 05, 2012

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Polly Reeves

Please join us in the joyous celebration of the life of Polly Reeves at the 10:00 AM on August 25, 2012. The celebration will be held in the main building of the Bear Valley Community Church, 7900 Precinct Line Road, Colleyville, Texas. Light refreshments will be served afterwards to give us time to visit and to share memories of Polly.

It is hot in Texas in August, so please come in casual, comfortable clothes.

In lieu of flowers please send donations in Polly’s name to the North Texas Humane Society or to Heart to Heart Hospice of Fort Worth.

For more information, contact Andi Ledbetter at 817-581-9423.


Polly passed away July 9, 2012 at her daughter’s house. The service time has not been set as her body will be cremated and they will wait for the return of the remains. It will be held at her church in North Richland Hills. Information will be posted when the service has been set and we get the information. Polly will be missed by many.

Monday, July 09, 2012

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2011 Braniff Exhibit in Palm Springs of Braniff Airlines Memorabilia

Highlight of Modernism Week 2011 in Palm Springs was this exhibition of Braniff Airlines memorabilia. The far out uniforms were quite a change from the typical military-style garb that was common in the Sixties.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=BFbh6zMGAcM
“Click here for the Video”

Friday, June 29, 2012

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Introducing a new non-fiction book “When You’ve Got It, Flaunt It!

With the encouragement and boundless assistance of many ex-Braniff International Airways hostesses,
this work brings a unique and colorful chapter of US commercial aviation to a wide audience. When Braniff debuted it’s ground-breaking marketing/advertising campaign, “The End of the Plain Plane” in 1965, America watched in awe as a small Texas airlines morphed into a stunning and colorful new brand. Instead of average military-style uniforms, Italian designer Pucci created a Vogue image for Braniff hostesses that would turn heads everywhere they traveled. Not only were the aircraft painted in a rainbow of colors, but these young ladies carried the highest standard of style and sophistication to a flying public - eager for a dramatic change.

Illustrated with countless candid photos of Braniff hostesses in training, on board the planes in service, and venturing to the furtherest corners of the globe, their stories come to life with humor and grace - offering a rare glimpse into a special time in American aviation when passengers were treated with professional elan and the flying public became enthralled with Braniff’s outrageous and entertaining approach to air travel.

I'll be more than happy to discuss in detail any questions you might have. I look forward to hearing from you.


“When You’ve Got It, Flaunt It!”

“Video”

Sincerely,
Kit Wilson

Friday, June 29, 2012

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Charlsie Ewing Correll

Charlsie Ewing Correll passed away January 27, 2012 of kidney failure. She donated her body to the University of Texas, Baylor.
A memorial service will be held Monday, January 30, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.on the second floor of the:
Calvary Baptist Church Oak Cliff
1822 10th Street
Dallas, Texas 75208
Charlsie was a lifetime member of the Braniff Retirement Club and will be missed by many.

Update: Received 07 FEB 2012

Charlsie K. Ewing-Correll, 78,
of Grand Prairie, passed away
Friday, January 27, 2012. She
was born May 27, 1933 in Cull-
eoka, Texas. She was a retired
employee of Braniff Airlines &
FedEx. She was preceded in
death by her parents Charlie &
EmmaDee Turnbow. She is sur-
vived by her husband Roger, 2
sisters, 6 children, & three
step children. She was blessed
with an abundance of grand
& great grand children.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

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The passing of Al Swain

William Allen Swain
June 14, 1940 - January 3, 2012
William Allen Swain, age 71, was born June 14, 1940 in Bloomdale, Ohio and passed away January 3, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. He was a Security Officer for Braniff and will be dearly missed by his loving family.
William is survived by his wife of 30 years, Arlyne Swain; daughter, Mindy Hamilton and husband Jess, and their children Briana, Brandon, Mason and Ariel; son Randy Swain, and his son Hunter; and daughters Paula and Mary. He was preceded in his passing by his parents.
Visitation will be held at Williams Funeral Directors Thursday, January 5, 2012 from 6-8P.M. Services will take place the following morning at 10:30 Friday, January 6, 2012 at Williams Memorial Chapel.
Facts
Born: June 14, 1940
Death: January 3, 2012
Occupation: Security Officer

Cards can be mailed to:
Arlyne Swain
2230 RIDGEVIEW DR

SACHSE, TX. 75048-4222

PH; 972-530-8971





WILLIAM (AL) SWAIN, RETIREMENT CLUB MEMBER AND BRANIFF WORKING BUDDY HAS PASSED AWAY OF A HEART ATTACK, PLEASE PRAY FOR HIS WIFE ARLYNE AND FAMILY DURING THIS TIME OF ADJUSTMENT.
ARRANGEMENTS ARE AS FOLLOWS;
WILLIAMS FUNERAL HOME
1600 S. GARLAND AVE.

GARLAND, TX. 75040-7837
PH; 972-276-5000
VIEWING AND FUNERAL SAME ADDRESS........
VIEWING THURSDAY 1/05/2012 6pm-8pm
FUNERAL FRIDAY
1/06/2012 10:30am

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

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Judy Foster Bauer Mallen


Judy Foster Bauer Mallen

Judy was an airline hostess for Braniff for 20 years and she is now facing recovery from Cancer and Stem Cell Replacement. Here is a recent e-mail and Facebook post for your information. Thought maybe you could circulate this so that some of her former co-workers might have a chance to help out.

Most of you receiving this email know of Judy's battle with Cancer, including stem cell replacement and then the CMV virus which decided to interfere with treatment. With her upbeat attitude, determination, and faith in God, she continues to overcome adversity.

A lot of relatives and friends have wondered what they can do to help out since even visits, sending flowers, etc. has not been possible because of the necessity of protecting her from other viruses and illnesses. THERE IS NOW SOMETHING WE CAN DO!

The length and intensity of treatment has resulted in extremely high medical bills. Even with insurance there are deductibles, co-pays and limits to what insurance will cover. It has created quite a strain and I understand she has even sold her car to help with expenses. Her employer could no longer hold her job and that was not pleasing news. She has now joined the ranks of us "retirees" and signed up for Social Security. A little income will help but the medical bills continue to pile up.

If you would care to help out, a bank account has been established to accept donations:

JUDY MALLEN MEDICAL FUND
c/o Bank of Lee's Summit
210 S. W. Main St.
Lee's Summit, Mo. 64063

Checks should be made out to the fund and envelopes should be addressed with the fund and bank name as above.

We will also have a flyer ready soon for handing out at work, church, neighborhood businesses, etc. -- especially in areas where Judy is known. Any ideas or help with the fundraising will be appreciated. I will attach a list of people on my e-mail list. If someone you know is not on the list, please forward this e-mail to them.

JUDY IS WORKING SO HARD TO BEAT THIS DISEASE! I know she and her family will be ever so grateful for your thoughtfulness.

Thank you for your consideration

Linda McNiel (Judy's cousin)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

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PBGC INFORMATION

The following numbers can be used when contacting the PBGC regarding pensions: 1-800-400-7242 X 4014 or email to Help@pbgc.gov or write to:
Problem Resolution Officer
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.
1200 K St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

Monday, August 22, 2011

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BRANIFF BISE REUNION 2011

BRANIFF REUNION - BISE FLY-IN & PICNIC

The 34th Annual BISE Fly-In and Picnic will be held this coming Memorial Day, May 30, 2011, at the Gainesville Municipal Airport in Gainesville, TX. This is always a lot of fun for all. All members of the Braniff Family are WELCOME - You do not have to be a member of the Braniff International Silver Eagles (BISE) to attend . The following is a partial reprint of the March, 2011 BISE Newsletter.

John North
Webmaster: BraniffList.com
Email Address: John@BraniffList.com.
34th Annual

BISE FLY-IN & PICNIC

GOLF TOURNAMENT

MEMORIAL DAY - MONDAY, MAY 30, 2011
LOCATION: Gainesville Municipal Airport
(See AIRPORT INFORMATION and DIRECTIONS below)
The airport has two hard surfaced runways, one grass strip, a paved aircraft parking ramp, two large, clean hangers with tables and chairs plus plenty of paved parking spots adjacent to the hangers.

HOST: Braniff International Silver Eagles (BISE)

GOLF TOURNAMENT: The annual BISE golf tournament will be held at the airport golf course just prior to the fly-in ($30.00 ENTRY FEE-for details and reservations contact Phil Fahs at 972-243-3450)

TIME: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (NOTE NEW TIMES)

ENTRY FEE: $10.00 per person and per family member or guest over the age of 12. This will include all beverages.

FOOD: We are planning to have a BBQ plates or sandwiches available for purchase. You are welcome to bring your picnic or snacks.

CHARTER BUS SERVICE: We plan to have a chartered bus available. Please refer to the Presidents Message on the inside front cover for additional details.

ACTIVITIES: Memorial Day Observance; Flying your airplane is encouraged. Airplane talking and visiting with old friends.

A PARAMEDIC WILL BE ON DUTY FROM 11 TO 4 PM

________________________________________

Presidents Message

Once again we will gather at the Gainesville Airport for our BISE Fly-In & Picnic on Monday, May 30, 2011. Please note that the times will be from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. In addition to meeting in a large hanger with tables and chairs available and, you may bring a lawn chair that you can use in the hanger or in a large tent that we will have outside. As an incentive to have you join us at the Fly-In, we have reserved a bus that will depart from Valley View Mall at 10:00 AM and if needed at the Golden Triangle Mall in Denton. Return to your pick-up point with an arrival time of approximately 5:00 PM. However, to provide the bus, we will need at least 40 individuals at a cost of $10.00 each and the payment will need to be paid prior to May 1, 2011. If you would be interested in using the planned bus service, please contact:
Rex Kathcart at 972-231-5320 or 214-415-3763.


We are planning to have a smaller (9 Hole) Golf Tournament prior to Fly-In at the Golf Course located next to airport. This will allow the golfers to complete the 9 hole Tournament and then walk across the parking lot to the Fly-In.

Bill Schoknecht
________________________________________

AIRPORT INFORMATION: Please visit the airport website -www.gainesville.tx.us/Airport/Information.html

Driving Directions to Gainesville Municipal Airport

Take I-35 north to Gainesville
Take Exit 498B to merge onto US-82 West for 2.8 miles
At traffic light, turn right at the entrance to Gainesville Municipal Airport
Proceed north to Colorado-turn right
Turn left on Airport Drive
Parking attendants will direct you into the lot across from Weber Aircraft
Handicap parking is available in front of the Tomlinson Avionics Hanger
Phone Help: Bill Schoknecht 214-334-5805

Monday, May 09, 2011

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From the Family of Willie Ihnfeldt

The family of Willie Ihnfeldt would like to thank all of the members of "The Braniff Family" for all of their caring support during our time of grief over losing Willie. We know that he cared deeply for all of the Braniff people that he knew and worked with. He always said the Braniff people were "family" and I understand what he meant by that now. You are a close knit and caring group of people and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. May God bless each and every one of you as He has my family. Love and Blessing to all.
Peggy J. Ihnfeldt

Thursday, June 17, 2010

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William ( Willie ) Doyle Ihnfeldt

William Doyle "Willie" Ihnfeldt, 71, passed away on Friday, May 28, 2010.
Services: 11 am Tuesday, Round Grove United Church of Christ, 249 E Round Grove Rd, Lewisville.
Visitation: 6 pm - 8 pm Monday, J. E. Foust Funeral Home, 523 S Main St, Grapevine.
Interment: Round Grove Cemetery.
Willie was born on January 12, 1939 to Garhart and Loretta Ihnfeldt in Coppell. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Willie worked for Braniff Airlines for 30 years. He was a former partner in the Ranch of Lonesome Dove and Roanoke Land and Cattle Company. He is the co-owner of Avenues to Real Estate Group. Willie loved playing Dominoes.
Memorials: Should friends desire, memorials may be given to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, 2222 Welborn St, Dallas, TX 75219.
Survivors: Wife, Peggy Ihnfeldt; sons, Dwayne Ihnfeldt and wife Tina and Todd Ihnfeldt and wife Shani; grandsons, Justin, Bobby Joe, Garrett, Hunter and Tanner; sister, Marsha Coker Woodson and husband John; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

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Larry Hutton's death

Larry A. Hutton passed from this world into the loving arms of his Jesus on Thursday, November 05, 2009. Larry had gone to Baylor Hospital in Grapevine, Texas for a routine check up because of a heart medicine change the week before. At this check up the Doctor determined that Larry's heart beat was out of rhythm. He was addmitted to the hospital where he was given medicine to correct the problem. When this did not work the doctor said they could use electric shock to correct the problem. A routine procedure that is used all the time. This time it did not work. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed until we see him again in the glories of Heaven.
Viewing will be held at the Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home, 5725 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville, Texas 817-498-5894, on Monday, November 09, 2009 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.
Memorial Service will also be at Bluebonnet on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 12:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association in Larry's name.

https://donate.americanheart.org/

Larry A. Hutton, 66, passed away Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009.
Memorial gathering: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Chapel. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home.
Larry worked for Braniff Airlines for 26 years. He worked his way up from baggage handler to VP of customer service. With lifelong friends he built the businesses of The Roadrunner Restaurant in Rhome and The Ranch of Lonesome Dove in Southlake.
Larry had a great love for his family and friends. He had a gift and great love of music and the ability to touch many people through his music. Larry had recommitted himself to God and found strength in his family and friendships. He was also very proud of his service to our country.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Delmer and Lena Hutton.
Survivors: Wife, Linda Hutton; children, Ricky Hutton and wife, Gudrun, Sherri Hutton, and Brian Hutton and wife, Daisy; grandchildren, Daniel, Brian and Brittany; siblings, Delores Simmons and husband, Bill, Roger Hutton and wife, Wilma, and Jim Hutton and wife, Shirley.

Friday, November 06, 2009

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR ROGER HARDACRE

Roger Dean Hardacre, 67, passed away on Thursday, October 22nd in Dallas , Texas after a short, courageous battle with cancer.

Roger was born in Smith Center , Kansas on November 9, 1941 to Roger Meade Hardacre and Carolyne Elizabeth Cowan.

He was a Vietnam War Veteran serving in the United States Marines from 1966 – 1968. After his retirement he continued his service by volunteering at the United States Marine Academy Museum in Harlingen , Texas .

After 41 years as an executive in the airline industry with Braniff Airlines,Western Airlines, Emery and Continental Airlines, Roger retired from the airline industry in 2002 and then worked for Fed Ex in Conroe , Tx . Roger was married to Kay Hardacre on December 28, 1984 and at retirement they became full time “RV’ers”. They enjoyed their many trips criss-crossing the country and found great pleasure in their retirement “resort” in Brownsville , Texas . Roger also took great joy in his restored 1937 Ford street rod.

Roger will be sorely missed for his sense of humor, love of life and his compassion for helping those who crossed his path. Roger was a generous, loving and kind man, but most importantly was a cherished husband, father, brother, grandfather and uncle.

Roger is survived by his wife, Kay; Daughters, Marindee and Ron Wentz of Watauga, Texas and Marissa and Patrick Davis of Ft. Worth, Texas; Stepdaughters; Leslea and David Harrison of Grapevine, Texas, Shara Webb of The Colony, Texas and Gina Peters of Rockport, Texas; seven grandchildren; Siblings, Tom Hardacre, Jane Davis and Jim Hardacre and numerous nephews, nieces and in-laws.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, brother; Stephen, and sister; Cheryl.

A graveside service will be held at Myer-Pleasant View cemetary in rural Athol , Kansas .

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be donated to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, 825 College Boulevard, #102 , PMB 609, Oceanside , California 92057 . .

Saturday, October 24, 2009

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THE BRANIFF FAMILY REUNION 2007

It is with deep regret that I have to tell you that I cannot chair the reunion this year. It is my sincere hope that there will be one next year - chaired either by myself or someone else - so watch on here for information. How I will miss seeing all of you who have been so faithful to attend, and those who can attend only occasionally - it has been a fun ride!! Please stay in touch!!!!

Sunday, April 08, 2007

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Funeral services for Wayne Held

Memorial service will be held on Friday, March 23, 2007 at noonat Donnelly's Colonial Funeral Home
on southside service road of Hwy 183 between Macarthur blvd and O’Connor
606 W Airport Fwy
Irving, TX 75062
(972) 579-1313

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

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A Party toasting Braniff International

For more information please link to

www.lhumaniste.org

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

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Randy Day began his career with Braniff #1 at DAL Stores around 1971. He eventually transferred to the DFW Ramp where he worked until shutdown in May 1982.

Randy lived at Cedar Creek Lake, Texas. He leaves daughter Rachel and son Christopher. Randy also leaves sister Diana and seven brothers, including Gerry Day, longtime Braniff employee.

Randy was 55 years old

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR ROGER STREET


Subject: Roger is home with the Lord!


Dear friends,

Just a quick note to advise our family and friends that this morning Roger
went peaceably to be with the Lord. It has been a long struggle and he
has been declining for awhile. Fortunately, it was quick when the end came,
they think that perhaps it was a cerebral hemmorage.

There will be a memorial service at our home church on Sunday at 4pm in
Bethany Beach, De.

Roger will be buried in Hampton, Iowa on June 21, with a viewing starting at
11:00 until about 1:00, a graveside service at 1:30. It will be at Sietsema
Vogel funeral home. The address is 306 Central Avenue East, Hampton, IA,
50441.

The boys and Roger's daughter Kathey will be returning to Delaware and then
accompanying me to Iowa, we would covet your prayers.

Love, Susan

Friday, June 16, 2006

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Braniff BAC-111 Crash August 6, 1966 - Dedication in Falls City, NE

Braniff Family:

I have some information that could be of great interest to those that lost loved ones in the Braniff Airlines BAC-111 that crashed in a farm field just outside of Falls City, NE on August 6, 1966. My Father James Allen Hilliker was the Co-pilot that died that day along with 3 other crew & 38 passengers.

On this 40th Anniversary there is going to be a marker put up at the site honoring the 42 people who lost their lives. There is a B&B & hotel in Falls City & my sister & brother are planning on attending a dedication on Sunday August 6, 1966 at the site.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

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Vendors for the 2006 Braniff Family Reunion

If you are interested in being a vendor at the 2006 Braniff Family Reunion, please contact Carrie Shea.

Please contact
carrie@thebranifffamily.org for reservations.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

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2006 BRANIFF FAMILY REUNION DATE AND TIME

The Braniff Family Reunion will be held at The Doubletree Ranch located at 310 Highland Village Road in Lewisville on Sunday, May 7th from 11:00 A.M until 4:00 P.M. Lunch consisting of Barbecue and trimmings will be served between 12 and 2. There will be a cash bar available (no BYOB) and soft drinks, tea and coffee will be complimentary. The price will be $18.00 per person (eat or not). Map with directions will be posted. We will be trying to contact you after the first of the year, but feel free to RSVP to us at any time. We have to have an accurate head count for this location, so please RSVP. Any questions - contact me at my e-mail address carrie@thebranifffamily.org.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

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Funeral Services for Linda Dye

Her sister's phone numbers:

Cheryl's phone numbers are
214 207 4126
214 739 1708 Homev

Saturday, November 26, 2005

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The Braniff/Sun Country Connection?

You've spotted a Sun Country Boeing 737 at the airport and wondered "What's this Sun Country Airlines"? Maybe its the deep blue fuselage or the Sun Country "S" in a lighter shade of blue emblazoned on the forward fuselage. A vivid orange Sun Country logo on the tail completes the theme with pizzazz. It harkens back to the deep Mercury Blue colors of the Ultra look. Click Here to read the rest of story and see photos!

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

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Need help in Sloving Murder of a Braniff Family Member

My Aunt, Beverly Bruneau (Casey) was a FA for Braniff. In 1981 she was murdered. Although the detectives from the Grapevine police department have a strong suspect in the case we have yet to bring him to justice. We are begging for help as many in the Braniff family knew my Aunt and the suspect in this homicide. We have yet to rest and my Auntie Bev is missed so much. She would be proud of her family because we will not give up the fight in the pursuit of her killer. Please call the Grapevine police department if you have any information that may help, ANYTHING!

Grapevine Police Department
307 W. Dallas Road
Grapevine, Texas 76051
Emergency: 911
Non-emergency: 817-410-8127

This message was posted as a service to the Braniff Family. The message was posted as received. No names are being passed other than the name of the Braniff Family member who has passed away. The Braniff Family is not stating knowledge of this case or guit in anyway.

Friday, April 08, 2005

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Braniff Family Friend offers donations to the Braniff Family and discounts on Prescriptions

NAME BRAND PRESCRIPTION DRUGS (AMERICAN ONLY) --- $5.00 PER MONTH PER PRESCRIPTION, PLEASE GO TO: www.cpbsavings.com/mbgross or email Merle at merle144@swbell.net

Please mention the Braniff Family for special treatment and to ensure that the donations are forwarded to The Braniff family Organization!

Friday, April 08, 2005

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Remembering Braniff at DFW Airport

A Brief History of the Chapel

The matched grant would place the name "Braniff Airways Chapel" over the entrance to the existing chapel in Terminal B (the former Braniff Terminal). A bronze plaque, at eye level to the left of the entrance, would read; "Dedicated to the men and women who were proudly associated with Braniff International Airways 1928 - 1992."

A Brief History of the Chapel

From 1968 to 1974, while D/FW "Regional" Airport was under construction, the city fathers and religious leaders of Dallas and Fort Worth realized the need for a chaplaincy to be established to meet the pastoral needs of the huge complex.

A Braniff Airways captain spearheaded the drive to see that this became a reality. With the help of fellow pilots and Braniff personnel, coupled with help from the religious community, Captain Fred Griswald succeeded in getting the project off the ground.

Braniff Airways Board Chairman, Harding Lawrence, made space available for the first chapel and office, which opened in 1978. Former flight attendants, known as the
“Clipped Bees”, commissioned the stained glass window and continued with financial support.

Today each of the five terminals has a chapel. All are open 24 hours a days. Thirteen volunteer chaplains, with the head chaplain, serve the needs of hundreds of thousands of passengers and over 60,000 airport employees.

Since October, 2003, the Chaplaincy has been working closely with the military’s troop movement program in Terminal B. Chaplains cover both arriving and departing flights, offering much needed help, especially to the thousands of outgoing troops and their families.


How you can help

The Braniff family is gathering donations from it’s members and guests to help in this project. The goal of the Braniff Family is to raise $1000.00. If we reach our goal, a special plaque will be added to the site to commemorate the Braniff Family.

Please contact Carrie Shea at carrie@thebranifffamily.org or call Carrie Shea at (940)241-3250 for more information.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

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Vendors for the 2006 Braniff Family Reunion

If you are interested in being a vendor at the 2006 Braniff Family Reunion, please contact Carrie Shea.

Please contact
carrie@thebranifffamily.org for reservations.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

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Looking for lost friend - Mario Azocar

Mario Azocar and I were tourguides in Miami, FL, prior to his employment with Braniff. I kept in touch with him for several years after he left Braniff and when he returned to Chile; however, when I left Miami, I lost contact. Can anyone help me to relocate a long lost friend?

Carol Neunhoffer (formerly Castillo)

silkblue@yahoo.com

Saturday, September 18, 2004

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A Writer is looking for some record breaking Braniff Pilots

I am a writer and historian. I am seeking information on 16 pilots who flew for Braniff (and predecessors Rapid Air Transport and Hanford Tri-State Airlines). To complete my files I am seeking dates of birth and death, last known addresses, or addresses for next of kin. I am also seeking photographs of these flyers. All of the following either set inter-city speed records or flew in air race events during the late 1920s or early to mid 1930s.

James Barwick - Hanford
Benjamin F. Billings - Rapid/Braniff
Lewis L. Bowen - Braniff
R.L. Brown - Hanford/Braniff
R.V. Carleton - Braniff
Luther R. Gray - Braniff
Thorwald E. Johnson - Hanford/Braniff
Arthur Mills - Braniff
Richard W. Pears - Braniff
G.F. Ridenour - Braniff
Eugene Schacher - Rapid/Braniff
Raymond C. Schrader - Braniff
Claude H. Seaton - Braniff
Melvin W. Sellmeyer - Braniff
Robert E. Shields - Rapid/Hanford
Richard Williams - Rapid

Thanks, in advance, for any material you can provide. Air mindedly . . .

---Russ
AEROSTATZ@aol.com

Russell Plehinger
4550 Duerr Road
Orchard Park, New York 14127

Sunday, June 20, 2004

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Anyone Knowing the where about of this former employee

Please ask her to contact Carol Jorgenson, 1601 South Van Eps Avenue, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57105; 605-332-3227. Or if she gives permission to send her phone number or e-Mail address to me, this would mean so very much to all of us, who lost touch about 8 years ago. THANX!!

Jorge1601@aol.com

Please do not send information to anyone with out permission of the subject.

Sunday, June 20, 2004

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27th Annual BISE Fly In and Picnic

Location: Ironhead Airport (T58)
Approximately 4 miles West of Sanger, Texas
(Click here for link to Map)
N33’ 19.91” W97’ 13.82” Elevation 715
Runway 18-36 2500’ by 200’ turf
Plenty of parking for airplanes, cars and RV’s

Host: Ben F. & Mary Huston – Owners of Ironhead
Ben Jr., and Wes
Local Telephone (940) 458-7465
Wes (940) 458-7348
Ben Jr. (940) 458-7988

Time: Noon until 6:00pm

Activities: Airplane looking – Flying your airplane in is encouraged.
(Airplane owners are requested to bring a poster describing
their airplane and give a copy to the PA announcer.)

Antique car and motorcycle owners -- Bring them out. (static
Display only) Coordinate with Gordon Hofstra at (940) 627-5185

The Kings of Swing will play throughout the afternoon.

Airplane talking – visiting with old friends.
Sitting in the shade of the trees (bring your own chairs and flags)
Ben invites anyone who wishes, to camp out the night before.

$5 Entry Fee for each person over 12 years of age. This includes Beer and Soft Drinks.

Food: Bar-B-Q Sandwiches and lunches will be for sale.

NOTAM: We need VOLUNTEERS to come out before and after to set up
And clean up. Please consider coming out.

Thank You. Watch your e-mail, Steve Humphrey will Coordinate the work parties.
Braniff International Silver Eagles website

Saturday, May 15, 2004

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2004 Braniff Family Reunion

BRANIFF REUNION
MAY, 16, 2004 2PM - 7PM
THE RANCH OF THE LONESOME DOVE

Directions to THE RANCH OF THE LONESOME DOVE

$10.00 PER PERSON (DINNER INCLUDED)
Wear something BRANIFF or casual dress!!


Bring your cameras and camcorders!

Please send email to Larry@theranchoflonesomedove.com with the following info:

NAME___________________________________________________

SPOUSE_________________________________________________

KNOWN BY OTHER NAME AT BN ____________________________________________________

BRANIFF POSITION (i.e. CSA)_______________________________________________________

STREET ADDRESS__________________________________________ APT___________________

CITY________________________________________
STATE___________ZIP_________________


AREA CODE_____________ PHONE__________________________________________________

EMAIL__________________________________________________

Saturday, May 15, 2004

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2004 Braniff Family Reunion - Special Hotel Rates

The Homestead Suites Hotel has offered a special rate of $49.00 per night for our traveling Family members during the 2004 Braniff Family Reunion. The rate includes Airport pickup and return.

To make reservations contact Jessica Hamilton at (972)929-3333 or email her at
jhamilton@homesteadhotels.com

Thursday, January 29, 2004

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LOOKING FOR Braniff F.A. ROSS KYLLO

Hi, my name is Ron Anglin. I have been a F.A. for American Airlines for 29 years. Many years ago I lost contact with a Braniff F.A. who was a friend of mine back in the 70's.

His name is Ross Kyllo and he was based at DFW at the time but then I think he went to another base. If you have any way to find out where he is and give him my information so we could get back in touch it would be wonderful.

my information..........

Ronny Anglin
P.O.Box 140836
Dallas, TX 75214
214-823-0006
email:
flyanglin@aol.com

Thank you for anything you can do to help out!

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

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2004 BRANIFF REUNION

BRANIFF REUNION
MAY, 16, 2004 2PM - 7PM
THE RANCH OF THE LONESOME DOVE

$10.00 PER PERSON (DINNER INCLUDED)
Wear something BRANIFF or casual dress!!
Bring your cameras and camcorders!

Please send email to Larry@theranchoflonesomedove.com with the following info:

NAME___________________________________________________

SPOUSE_________________________________________________

KNOWN BY OTHER NAME AT BN ____________________________________________________

BRANIFF POSITION (i.e. CSA)_______________________________________________________

STREET ADDRESS__________________________________________ APT___________________

CITY________________________________________
STATE___________ZIP_________________


AREA CODE_____________ PHONE__________________________________________________

EMAIL__________________________________________________

Monday, January 12, 2004

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Anyone know the current Teamster Local Union Number?

I worked in Reservations at Love Field from 1979 till 1982. We were Teamsters at the time. My daughter is beginning college in the Fall, and there is a Teamsters scholarship she can apply for. I need to know the Teamster Local Union Number and their address in order to have a form validated.

Can you help me with this?



Wilbur Jess Mindel

jess.mindel@fuse.net

Friday, January 09, 2004

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Braniff Retirement Club mail address

Braniff Retirment Club
%Sally A. Campbell
3207 Waldrop
Dallas, TX. 75229-5005

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

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Braniff Retirement Club - 2004 meetings

Braniff Retirement Club meetings are at Senter East Park Building in Irving. This is off Chamberain in Irving. The dates are as follows:

January 2004 (no meeting)
February 5, 2004
March 11, 2004
April 1, 2004
May 13, 2004
June 3, 2004
July and August we do not have meetings--off for the summer
This is as far as the schedule goes until next year.

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

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Searching for information regarding an aircraft accident

I am searching for information regarding an aircraft accident that occurred many years ago and thought perhaps your website could help.

I was a passenger on a Braniff flight that landed at Oklahoma City or Tulsa or Norman, OK in 1996, 97 or 98. The aircraft was, I believe a BAC 111. My recollection of events are; the brakes (left side) locked upon touchdown, the tires blew, the landing gear collapsed and the plane skewed down and off the runway, approx. 200 yards into a field, then settled on one wing. There were no injuries.

I searched the FAA and NTSB websites without success. I would appreciate any leads you could provide.

Gene Ali
Duxbury, MA
GeneAli@aol.com

Saturday, December 06, 2003

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Falls City, Nebraska Crash site Vistor

Ma'am
My name is Paul Arthur and I actually visited the crash site in the Spring of 2001. I became interested in this particular crash after reading the NTSB report in which I obtained the coordinates of the wreckage.
My interest led me to use my GPS to visit the crash site based on the original NTSB report. I found the site near a corner lot of a cornfield near Falls City, Nebraska. As I walked around the field, much to my suprise, I did not see a memorial dedicated to the people that lost thier lives. I did however, find small pieces of the wreckage, to include what looked like a seat number on a small strip -faded blue lettering? 3B. As I was walking around, two farmers asked me 1) what I was doing there and 2) if I needed help. I told them that I was just doing research into an old airliner crash.
One of the farmers told me that he has large pieces of the wreckage in an old barn and if I was interested, he would show me. I respectfully declined and walked around for about 30 more minutes.
The area is very peaceful and it appears that there are bits and pieces of the wreckage still there - small pieces of metal, glass etc. The artifacts that I found, I buried back into the field.
I have a fondness of the BAC 1-11 and Braniff Airlines.
I am not sure if anyone even cares to know, but I thought I would just share with you that someone who wasnt even 1 year old at the time of the crash, visited the crash site and keeps the people that lost their lives that fateful night, in my thoughts and prayers.
Respectully,
Paul Arthur

Saturday, December 06, 2003

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Writer's looking for information on Braniff Flight 542

My wife and I are writers in The Woodlands, Texas. Our next project will be a fact-based fiction book about the crash of Braniff Flight 542 near Buffalo, Texas on the night of September 29, 1959. We are looking for members of the Braniff family that will contribute their knowledge of the events and the people to this project. This is not going to be an easy book to write. It will not be glamorized but it will be sensitive to the events and the people. I anticipate that it will be written in a manner similar to Issac's Storm. We've had success with that format and our first book, The Ice Box Murders, is being released on October 1. We are extremely good researchers and we really get after it when we start a project. If you can assist us by circulating our e-mail to the Braniff family we would appreciate it very much.

Sunday, September 21, 2003

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Looking for Trent Cowart

fter so many many years I would like to hear from my friend Trent Cowart. Dirciniia, from LAD, Rio Base expecting news from you: dircineia@bol.com.br

Thursday, August 21, 2003

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Susie Meurer is ill

Please email Susie at susiemc10@aol.com

She prefers email, but you can snail mail her at 2819 Tumbleweed Trail, Grapevine TX 76051 or call her at 817-481-3062.

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

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Comments on the 2003 Barniff Family Reunion

Over 300 folks attended the event, which was way down from previous years because of the late date announcement. SOOO we have announced the event date for 2004 already! SO no excuses this time folks!

We at the Braniff Family would like to thank the Ranch of Lonesome Dove for donating the use of their facility and for having their staff work the event. The ranch actually lost money on this deal. They ordered food for over 300 people, but only a little over 200 paid for their lunch! So the Ranch actually lost over $1000.00 cash just on the lunches alone. Plus you throw in the cost of their staff to work the vent preparations and then clean up afterwards and you can see that the Ranch actually ended up donating at least $2000 to our reunion efforts! Please everyone call or email the ranch and let them know that you appreciate this! Their phone number is 8170328-1100 email
larry@theranchoflonesomedove.com.

Friday, June 06, 2003

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The 2004 Braniff Family Reunion Date Announcement

If you plan on attending, please call Larry Hutton or Roland Upton at (817)329-1100 or email them at larry@theranchoflonesomedove.com

The Lunch cost will be $10 US. Please let us know if you will be eating lunch. The ranch provides the lunch at cost. They are donating the use of the facilities! Thanks RANCH!

Friday, June 06, 2003

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Looking for Delores (Dee)Rogers(Rodgers?)

I've been trying to locate an old college (U of Hawaii) friend "Delores (Dee)Rogers" who flew for Braniff in 1996-7 or thereabouts as a flight attendant. Any help that you might provide will be appreciated. My name is Norborne Clarke - 3060 Oahu Av Honolulu, Hi. 96822 Ph # (808) 988-2659 e-mail: nrc3060@juno.com Thanks in advance. Aloha, NC.

Remember that it is the policy of the Braniff Family, that you should contact Delores (Dee)Rogers first and tell her about Norborne Clarke and verify that she wants to be found.

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

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Information on the Braniff Pass Card for Retired Braniff Family Members

Dear Group, Today I received my Braniff Retiree Pass Card in the mail, it took about a month. For those of you that don't know, as a retiree you get passes on Southwest, America West, Jet Blue, Frontier, American Trans Air, and National. Remember in order to be considered a retiree you must join the Braniff Retirement Club. It costs $10.00 for the membership and 2.00 for the pass card. Let me know if you any of you need the forms.

The web site to pull up the service charges and various airlines offering passes is
www.airlineretirees.com

Have a good one,
John G. McFarlane airsf@earthlink.net

WIDOWS ARE ALSO ELIGIBLE FOR PASS PRIVILEGES

Since the take over of Transworld Airlines (TWA) by American Airlines (AA)and a reorganization of Retiree pass privilege the Widows of all deceased Braniff Pilots are now eligible to receive pass privileges thru the Airline Retiree Pass Bureau (ARPB). The organization handles pass privileges for Braniff, Eastern, Pan American and retirees of TWA prior to the American Airlines take over. To become a member of the ARPB group you need to join The Braniff Retirement Club which charges fees of $10.00 per year or $50.00 for a Lifetime membership. You will also need to obtain a Pass Identification Card issued by the Braniff Club which is an additional $2.00.

This will give privileges of six airlines who offer members passes on airlines (American Trans-Air, America West, Southwest, Jet Blue, National and Frontier) and more to come.

You can call Joe Dimaggio at 972-513-1888 to obtain a package which will give you all the necessary forms and information.

Sunday, March 23, 2003

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February 6, 2003, ATTENTION ALL RETIRED PIEDMONT SILVER EAGLE PILOTS & PILOTS WIDOWS

If you call USAirways Pilot Communication Network at 1-800-FOR-ALPA (1-800-367-2572) you will find that ALPA is NOT representing the retired pilot group. I would like for each of you to call your retired Silver Eagle friend, who does not have a computer and advise them of the situation immediately, then you along with them advise me via email, fax, or phone if you would like to hire an attorney to represent the retired Piedmont Silver Eagle Pilots & Pilot Widows. The cost is unknown at this time as we don't know how many of you want to join this termination case. We do not have much time! The deadline is February 13th for objections to be received. A second email will follow with an estimate, and any other info I receive concerning this case.

My email is:
JaneSnell@cs.com
My full time fax line is: (740) 373-0525
My telephone number is: (740) 373-0257

We must address this issue immediately.
Capt. Paul S. Snell
President, Piedmont Silver Eagles


To contact The Braniff International Silver Eagles (BISE), please contact BISE...P.O. Box 29092, Dallas, Texas 75229.

Sunday, March 23, 2003

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Information on the Clipped B's, the official Hostess' retirement organization

The Braniff International "Clipped B's" is the official Hostess' retirement organization.

Any Hostess or Flight Attendant that worked for Braniff 1, 2 or 3 is welcome to join. The dues are only $20.00 per year.

The Clipped-B's are having a Luncheon the First Friday in May

In October, a LARGE reunion is planned in Dallas. (The last reunion was in 1997).

To ask for a memership form, please write to:

Helen Adair
Braniff Clipped-B's Registration
6255 West Northwest Hwy.
No. 204
Dallas, Texas 75225 USA

Sunday, March 23, 2003

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I am looking for video related to Braniff

I am looking for any video, be it 8mm, 16mm, or VHS(I am not working with Beta - but I am sure we can find someone to convert it).

I am currently working with computer programs that will digitize any video and burn it to CD or DVD.

I am most interested in the TV commercials that were broadcast during the time that I worked for Braniff S/O December 1989 - 727 F/0 September 1988 - 727 until this bankruptcy.

I would like to gather any home movies, TV ads or historical video and compile it to a CD or DVD for future archive.

Thank You

William J. Page
1528 Cross Bend Rd
Plano, TX 75023
972-423-2765

wjpage@netzero.net

Sunday, March 23, 2003

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Church before The Braniff Family Reunion

You are invited to the Family Community Church on Sunday May 18th, 2003 just before the reunion. Many of the Braniff Family attend this church which is located at the Ranch of Lonesome Dove. They all would like for you to consider attending services before the reunion starts.

Services are from 10:00 to 11:00 am. Come early and enjoy visiting with old friends and have donuts and coffee! To learn more about the church you can visit
Wednesday, March 19, 2003

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Looking for information on Ron Stumpf

My name is Robert L. Miller, I worked for Braniff
in the late 60's as a Tech Rep. and Foreman in HNL.
I would like to get in touch with Ron Stumpf who was an
Operations Rep. at that time. He also boarded with us
while in HNL. Jerry Luck and Rudy Folk were also
Tech. Reps in HNL at that time. I would appreciate any
information you might provide regarding Mr. Stumpf.
I now reside in La Mesa (San Diego) CA. My phone
is 619-741-3609. Respectfully, R. Miller. Robert's email is
moelepu@cox.net

Wednesday, March 19, 2003

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Looking for co-workers 1977-1982 Houston - From Susie Plaisance McDermand

I would to have a local reunion of F/A who were based HOU 77-82 What a blast from the past! I'd like to write a book about sky miles...anybody intrested in contrubiting?

Contact Susie Plaisance McDermand
susiem@kfdm.com

Sunday, February 09, 2003

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2002 Braniff Family Reunion pictures now available

The pictures from the 2002 Braniff Family Reunion are now available in the photo album. The names have not been entered, but we thought you would like to see the pictures. Just click here to view the pictures.

Sorry it took so long, but volunteers do most of the work. We receive very little monetary support and all of the money goes to hosting costs of the web site.

Carrie Shea paid all of the picture costs. Carrie took the pictures, paid for the film and developing. EnterNet NOW, Inc. donated the time to digitize the pictures and get them on the web site.

Do you have pictures you would like to have published? Send them to us, at carrie@thebranifffamily.org or just snail mail us at the following address; 751 Lonesome Dove Lane, Copper Canyon, TX 75077-4829. We can digitize regular pictures. But remember, even though we will be careful with your pictures and return them if you send a self stamped return envelope, we can't guarantee your pictures will not be damaged.... So it best for you to send us a copy that you don't want back.

Monday, December 16, 2002

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Toni Guymon is looking for a family member.

I am looking for someone who worked for Braniff around 1958. I don't know if you go back this far or not, his name is Joe McCalester, not for sure how to spell last name, may be McAlester. If you or anyone may know anything about him, please let me know. I have been searching for him for many years. Thank you for your help. Toni Guymon You may contact me at tguymon@swbell.net. Thanks.

Friday, December 06, 2002

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Another interesting story related to the doomed Braniff flight 250.

My name is Jerry E. Zmolek, I worked for Braniff from Feb. 1957 to the shutdown as an line aircraft mechanic, lead, and also as supervisor. In August 1966 I was assigned to fly to OMA for two weeks vacation relief for one of our mechanics that preformed work on the overnight aircraft, usually from three to four aircraft that required some minor work and daily inspection.

On the 6th of Aug. 1966 I boarded one of our flights at Dal. Love Field I was told there is a chance I will get bumped off at MKC because I was riding as a NR and
not on a positive pass. When we landed at MKC and I walked to the Bnf. ticket counter and showed the agent my cockpit pass for flt. 250 I was advised that
the flt. 250 to OMA was running late. After a few minutes the agent came over where I was sitting along with four other Bnf. flt. crew and cabin attendants
that were dead heading to OMA and said there is a Bnf. CV-340 ferrying to OMA at one of the gates and if we want, he will radio the crew and we can ride with them, so we got our suitcases plus my tool box and boarded the ferry flt.

I closed the main entry door, walked into the cockpit, introduced myself, explained my purpose of my trip, sat down in the fold up jump seat and told the crew we are ready to start engines.

About 20 minutes into the flt. we encountered heavy turbulence, lighting, and heavy rain, and our aircraft radar should the squaw line as being several miles wide and no way to avoid it. As we approached OMA the
rain had stopped, after landing there was a very strong north wind blowing.

We taxied to an assigned gate, shut down the engines and opened the main door an cargo service man ran up the steps and asked if we knew that the Bnf. BAC-111 that just crashed behind us. We didn't know what he was talking about until we walked into the terminal area, and found out everybody in a state of panic including people waiting for passengers from flt. 250. I managed to stop one of the agents long enough to ask what is happening, and he told me a Braniff BAC-111 flt. 250 from MKC was on the way here and crashed
in a Kansas wheat field. That flt. number sounded familiar so I got the slip of paper (cockpit pass) out of my shirt pocket and it was indeed a pass for flt. 250, my legs got wobbly and I almost passed out.

The next morning as I got back to the ticket counter to get more information on the crash, a ticket agent informed that there are some FAA and FBI want to interview me in one of the Braniff offices, as I walked into the office I was greeted by a couple men from each of the departments. The first thing I was
asked " why I was not on the flt., and what do I know about the airplane that crashed." after I explained that there was an empty ferry flt. flying from MKC
to OMA and the MKC agent told me and the other flt. crew that can we ride it instead of waiting for to BAC-111, and we will arrive there about the same time.

In a day or so I received orders from Dalllas to ride cockpit as extra crew member on all BAC-111 flights in and out OMA to help find out what could have contributed to the flt. 250 crash. Four or five days later I was told that weather was a contributing factor to the crash. On one of the flights out of OMA I was riding cockpit and shortly after we reached out assigned altitude, we got into some stormy weather and severe turbulence, as we were being bounced around in the storm, I told the Captain to throttle back
and reduce the airspeed that might help, so the tail don't break off, he looked at me first and then told the first Officer (Co-pilot) to hold the under airspeed horn handle to silent till we clear the storm, and said "chief you are right".

It was not until few weeks later that I was told that the radar on the fatal BAC-111 showed a clearing on the approaching storm, so the crew flew into the clearing, but very possible the clear spot might have been a horizontal tornado,and there were confirmed tornados reported in that area by the weather bureau at that time.

Wednesday, July 24, 2002

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Current Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation List

The Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation has published a new list of ex-Braniff employees that it is tryuing to find. these folks are due pension benefits! If you know them, please let them know about this.

The web site is
http://www.pbgc.gov/search/srchcomp.cfm. if you look for Braniff Airways Inc. and click on the name, you will be taken to a page for the information.

Call Them toll-free at 1-800-326-LOST. For TTY/TDD users, call the federal relay service toll-free at 1-800-877-8339 and ask to be connected to 1-800-326-LOST;

E-Mail Them at found@pbgc.gov. When submitting information by e-mail, please be assured that the information will be used only for the purposes described here. However, we cannot assure the security of the information during transmission. Please review PBGC's Security and Privacy Statement; or

Write to us to receive an application for the pension benefit PBGC may be holding for you:
PBGC Pension Search Program
1200 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Please provide the following information when you contact PBGC:

Your name;
Social Security number;
Mailing address;
Daytime and evening telephone numbers; and
Company name and dates you worked for the company.


If you are a survivor of the person listed, you will be asked similar information about yourself. Use the toll-free number only if you identify yourself as a person listed in the directory or a survivor of that person.

If you name is not on the list, you may still have benefits coming to you. If you worked for the original braniff and was vested and are over 55, then you are due retirement benefits. You won't get much money, but you will get some... We suggest you start getting it as soon as you turn 55.

The following is a list of folks that are being searched for by the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation.

NameLast Known Address
BEAR, G 480 SOUTH SIERRA ST APT# 26, RENO, NV 89501
Bechwith, Mr/Ms None
Bowers, C D None
Brannon, A None
Brown, J F None
Buitrago, J H None
CARMAN, E 300 5 CT NE 6-W, DANIA, FL 33004
Coffman, R C None
Craft, J R None
Davis, A G None
DAVIS, NICOLE ROUTE 1 BOX 79, PLATTSBURG RD., KEARNEY, MO 64060 US
Doe, J A None
Doleman, B E 117 N HICKORY ST, SMITHTON, IL 62285
Egnitz, R M None
FRY, PEGGY 11518 SPRING RAIN, SAN ANTONIO, TX 78249
Furr, J Po Box 154044, Irving, TX 75015-404 S
GAMMEL, R 117 MARK TWAIN DR 10, RIVER RIDGE, LA 70123
Gunnde, D D None
Jones, S None
MACK, DAVID 1926 CREEK WOOD CT, IRVING, TX 75060-6746 US
Marshall, D J None
MARTIN, M RR 2 BOX 289, AUBREY, TX 76227
MARTINEZ, B PO BOX 1549, EDCOUCH, TX 78538
Mc Award, J B None
Moreno, J E PO BOX 170, GRAPEVINE, TX 76099
Puntney, D 254 Wava Ave, Niceville, FL 32578 US
Reed, J S None
Spivey, S M None
Taylor, N None
Totebusch, S A 3911 BOWSER 109, DALLAS, TX 75219
Volkert, D J None
Webb, M V None
West, H L None
Westberry, S J 571 MELSHIRE, DALLAS, TX 75230-0000
Wills, P None
Woodard, C W None

Wednesday, July 24, 2002

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Rebuttals to story from Roger Sorenson

Here are a couple of comments we received about the story about the crash of flight 250. Before you read this, please note that Mr. Sorenson has responded to this and maintains that he is telling the truth.

Note about the following rebuttal, the original email stated that he thought it was a true story, but he then later told us he meant to say that it was untrue "The story Roger Sorenson wrote about is untrue. Which does go along with the rest of the email content...

Rebuttal:
"The story Roger Sorenson wrote about is true.

The aircraft in question was a BAC-11-203AE, CN 70, Registration N1553. First flown on 12/8/65, and delivered to Braniff on 12/8/65. The accident was officially registered in Falls City, NE at 23:12 central time. The flight was operating Kansas City to Omaha. There were 42 passengers on board. The official cause of the crash: “The aircraft broke up in-flight due to turbulence after entering a squall line.”

For verification on this, you can visit
Aviation-Saftey.net, or Air Disaster.com or Plan Crash Info.com

Another rebuttal:
"I just went back and re-read the original letter that Roger wrote. More things that really stick out in my mind:


  1. Flight 250 was operated with BAC-111 aircraft configured for 24 first class and 39 coach seats. The official count on board was 38 passengers and 4 crew. So how did he get “bumped”? There should have been plenty of seats available for the last minute first class passenger.
  2. He was traveling from MEM-MSP. I can find no record of BN ever operating any service on that sector. All service to MEM was essentially going from Dallas on up to places like Washington D.C., but no service to a place like STL or MKC where he could have even made a connection.
  3. What are the chances that he is the only person who saw this plane explode on takeoff, and the airport was not closed, other flights taking off as if nothing had happened?

All of it reminds me of the old saying, “don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.”

Another rebuttal:
"Re the Roger D. Sorenson 250 story. Interesting, but not correct. BN250, a BAC 111, went MSY, SHV, TUL, MKC, & was skd to go on to OMA & MSP. Blv the Capt was Pauley. Was severe wea between MKC & OMA. 250 left MKC a little after skd. (2230, I blv. as I came in to work at 2330) Flt 250 came apart in severe wea over Falls City, Nebraska
Al Van Tries
Was Agent, LCSA, in MKC, MCI, DFW between 1954& 1989 "

**Note: If you have comments related to this story, please send them to us, and we will add them to this story. Click here to email us.



Thursday, July 11, 2002

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An interesting story, from Roger D. Sorenson.

To Braniff Airlines,

To Whom this may concern:

I was a passenger on your flight number 250 which I witnessed exploding in midair on August 6, 1966, where 38 passengers and 4 crew perished. My name is Roger D. Sorenson.USMC 2163074. I was in training in Millington Tennessee. At the time I was a Marine Corps Private. I was enroute to Minneapolis from Memphis. I flew standby. I'm not exactly sure of the routing of your aircraft but the scenario was like this:

I was wearing my dress-blue uniform. I boarded a flight at Memphis. Somewhere I was re-routed to Braniff 250. I called my parents in Minnesota and gave them the flight numbers. The aircraft was having severe heating and cooling problems. I was excitingly aware of every minute detail since I was one of the only "two" Marines completing the year long training for AVIATION TRAINING DEVICES MAINTENANCE AND INSTRUCTOR.(Military Occupational Speciality 6600). (The other Marine was Private Eugene W. Arcement, who now lives in Houma, Lousianna.

Braniff 250 sat down at one very small airport. I wasn't paying much attention which airport since all I could think about was passing this class or being sent directly into combat if I failed exams. My parents, Melvin E. Sorenson and Lila M. Sorenson had driven 100 miles from Albert Lea, Minnesota to Minneapolis to meet me.

While 250 was on the ground for an emergency checkup or something all the passengers exited the plane. We were all reboarded. A female supervisor came aboard the aircraft and informed me that I had been "bumped" by a first class passenger. I walked down the aluminum stairs and waited in the open air. A large heavy-set man, 30-35 years old, 300 pounds, in a black suit and brief case brushed past me and entered the aircraft. I was very upset at being dumped, but I shrugged it off since I was lucky enough to get this far on a $25.00 standby ticket.

I watched flight 250 takeoff straight down the runway from where I stood on the tarmac, and lift off with heavy black fumes spewing from the right wing and swirling around in large rotating circles. I was trying to remember the emergency procedures they had taught me at Millington Naval Training Center. My Sheffield watch, purchased downtown Memphis ticked off the seconds. I figured the plane was doing about 180 miles per hour and had risen only about 3000 feet when it exploded in mid-air. I couldn't believe my eyes and I guess I totally blanked out the idea that the plane had dissappeared-- out of sight instantly. I walked inside the small waiting room. I told some people that I thought I had just witnessed the darnest thing. No one would believe. Within just a few minutes the same female supervisor came over to me and said , "Roger Sorenson, your seat is waiting for you on the smaller aircraft out on the tarmac. I was happy as could be and I ran out to the aircraft with just my small hand-carried bag.

No one was alarmed yet.

This second aircraft flew me directly to Minneapolis. I guess I slept most the way. Upon arriving, I searched most the airport for my parents. I discovered my mother sitting and crying aloud. An announcement over the loudspeaker mentioned something about a plane accident. I didn't see my father. I said mother, it's me "Roger". She jumped up and for the first time in my life she crushed me in her arms. After she calmed down she said that they had announced that all passengers on Braniff flight 250 had perished.(I had notified them which flights I was on). I said "WHAT!?" I was bumped off that flight, Mom. She slowly recovered. I said "Where's Dad?" She say, "he's over there on that railing". Dad was bawling uncontrollably. I walked over to him in my Marine Corps dress blues and held him. I repeated: "Dad, it's me Roger." Dad cried "NO! YOU'RE NOT MY ROGER. ROGER IS DEAD!!! ROGER IS DEAD!!!

It took a good hour or more before my father came out of the shock and realized that I was alive.
I escorted my parents to their white over blue 1960 Chevrolet Impala and drove them down to Albert Lea.

As I recall it, no one ever mentioned this incident to me while at home or when I returned to Millington, I never read any newspaper articles and wasn't interested in any news on the radio or television. My focus was on preparing myself as best I could for the war in Viet Nam. I reviewed the incident to my best friend, Eugene W. Arcement, when I returned to school in Tennessee. After gracuation we flew to El Toro Marine Corps Base in Santa Ana California. I never heard from him again until June 7, 2002. He tracked me down and said he still tells his friends and family about Roger, who missed that flight which "exploded".
I'm terribly sorry for all those folks who perished. I can hardly believe that I blanked this incident out of my memory for 35 years.

Sincerely,

Roger D. Sorenson
815 Kainui Place
Kailua, Hawaii 96734
e-mail sorensonr001@hawaii.rr.com

Saturday, June 29, 2002

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I am looking for an old friend

I'm looking for an old friend going back to 1964 I used to run around with and work with at Douglas Aircraft in Tulsa Okla. and then a Braniff at Dallas Lovefeild. The last I knew he was working at San Antonio as a mechanic on line service when we shut the doors. His name is James {or Jim} Brooks, would any one who worked in San Antonio who might have know Jim or worked with him please contact me at annatx5@msn.com I'm having a hardtime finding him. Don Davis Braniff from 1965 to 1982

Wednesday, May 15, 2002

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In Memory Of Pages Update

Thanks to our wonderful friends at the Braniff Retirement Club, we have been able to add many of our family members that have passed on, into our "In Memory Of" pages. They provided us with names since 1994! We recently spent several days entering all of these names. Let me tell you it was a sad job...

Some information related to this, we did not have much information on most of the names. In many cases all we had was name and year of death, in some case we had the month of death as well. So if the dates look funny, that is why. If you have more information on any of the family members, please let us know and we will try to update the information.


Remember that we are trying to get this web site set-up and maintained as an informational area that will last through the ages. To do this we will need donations to build a trust fund that will allow this site to live forever. It won't take much in overall terms, but it will take some money. The wonderful folks at EnterNet NOW, Inc. donated all of the work that it took to put this site together (about 15 thousand dollars worth!). But they can not give us hosting for free. Last years donations paid for the first year. EnterNet NOW, Inc. has given us a very special deal for the continued hosting, and it will cost about $300.00 per year. This is a very extensive database driven website, so we don't want to trust it to just anyone! So please help us to keep this going, every dollar helps.

By the way, The Braniff Family is a legally registered nonprofit with the State of Texas and we are in the process of registering with the IRS, currently we are registered with the IRS as a C corporation, but we hope to be a reclassified as a nonprofit corporation soon....

Friday, April 26, 2002

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Request for information

As a service to our members we will list, when appropriate requests for information. Someone has asked us to see if we could find any information on a Thomas Williams. All that is known for sure is he was a pilot during the 40's and 50's and that he flew a route between Chicago and Texas.

As protection to our members we will not publish any information about who is seeking him. So the only way any information will get back to the seeker is through absolute permission from Mr. Williams. So if you have any information about Mr. Williams, please send it to
carrie@thebranifffamily.org or call 940-241-3250. Or even better, if you know how to contact him, please do so and ask him to contact us directly.

Monday, March 11, 2002

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In Memory Of pages now available!

One of the sad things of life is that we all have to leave this earth one day. We all have our beliefs of what that means, for me it involves heaven and Jesus. But what ever your belief, we were all in the Braniff Family! With that said, we would like everyone to take a moment and make sure that every one of our lost family members will be memorialized on these pages. If after you have checked the pages and you do not see someone, please go to the In Memory Of pages and enter their information.

If you wish to create a special memorial for someone, please let us know. We ask for a one time charge of $250.00 for a special page for a single person. We will place pictures and content that you give us on that page and it will stay there for as long as The Braniff Family website lasts. This is a special way for you to memorialize that someone special that worked for Braniff. Just email me at carrie@thebranifffamily with your request and I will send you the required information needs.

Friday, March 01, 2002

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Harding Lawrence - July 15, 1920 - January 16, 2002

HARDING LAWRENCE—The Man Who Took the Airlines into “The Wild Hue Yonder”

In the words of one writer, “Hardly a man alive looked more like the ideal head man of an airline than Harding Lawrence.” Another wrote, of his assuming the presidency of Braniff, that it was “as if the Ashley Famous agency had sent over someone to play the part of a dynamic airline president.” He was handsome, aggressive, and experienced, and his drive and workaholic dedication were already legendary in the industry by the time he took over the leadership of Braniff in 1965, as was a streak of independence that led him to name a son “State’s Rights.” Lawrence was the last of the “first generation” of airline pioneers to mold an airline in his own image (a la Eddie Rickenbacker at Eastern, C. R. Smith at American, and Bob Six at Continental) until deregulation changed the rules, and he would turn Braniff from a drab, conservative, largely regional airline into a flamboyant and colorful international carrier and the most-discussed airline in the world.

Lawrence was born in Perkins, Oklahoma, on July 15, 1920, the son of Moncey and Helen Lawrence and the youngest of three brothers. His father had worked as a schoolteacher and pastor in Perkins and Yale. When he was eleven, the family moved from Drumright, Oklahoma, to Gladewater, Texas, where his parents opened a hotel. He graduated from high school a year ahead of schedule at age sixteen and attended Kilgore Junior College for two years, earning membership in the honors group (Phi Theta Kappa). He received a B.B.A. degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1942. From South Texas College of Law at Houston, he was granted an L.L.B. degree in 1949.

When World War II broke out, Lawrence became involved with the No. 1 (RAF) British Flying Training School at Terrell, Texas, a civilian flight school under contract to train British pilots. Part of this time, from 1942 to 1944, was spent serving as an assistant director of the school under Leroy Luckey (also a native Oklahoman). He also served as head of the school’s instrument training program, and as assistant director of maintenance developed a production-line maintenance program for the school’s aircraft. He later spent two years on active duty with the United States Air Force.

In 1946 he joined Essair (later Pioneer Airlines) as assistant to the vice president of operations. In 1947 he became general traffic and sales manager, and in May 1948 he was promoted to the position of vice-president of traffic and sales. He held the latter position until April 1, 1955 when Pioneer merged with Continental Airlines. Robert Six, legendary president of Continental would later remark that “one of the reasons Continental merged with Pioneer was so I could get Harding.”

Lawrence was Continental’s vice-president of traffic and sales for three years and in 1958 was appointed executive vice-president (the industry’s youngest), a position which he held until his appointment as Braniff Airways president in 1965. At Continental, he was one of the driving forces behind an overhaul of Continental’s image with the introduction of the “Proud Bird with the Golden Tail” campaign, a marketing scheme that drew nationwide attention. Lawrence also introduced “progressive maintenance” on Continental’s fleet of four Boeing 707s, scheduling all maintenance at night so that each airplane could be flown sixteen hours per day. In ten years, Continental would grow faster than all other airlines—545%—and Lawrence was largely responsible for the record of quality service, imaginative promotion, low-costs, on-time performance, and use of jets that made that growth possible.

By 1965, Six had gradually turned the day-to-day operation of Continental over to Lawrence, and Lawrence was widely regarded as Six’s personal choice to succeed him as president. But the offer never came, and on April 5, 1965, Harding Lawrence became president and chief executive officer of Braniff Airways, Inc. on the retirement of Charles E. Beard.
Harding Lawrence was responsible for driving the sweeping overhauls that would position Braniff as a stylish and international airline company, using the techniques that had worked so well at Continental: aggressive marketing, good equipment utilization, and careful cost control, and a reorganization of the company into three divisions (operations, planning, and marketing). Under his leadership the airline gained a reputation for innovation. Shortly after his arrival he announced his wish for a new airline, and accelerated the transformation to an all-jet fleet, which had begun under his predecessor’s tenure. With the help of Mary Wells (whom Lawrence would later marry), Alexander Girard, and Emilio Pucci, Lawrence declared the “end of the Plain Plane,” painting the fleet in seven different solid colors, fitting flight attendants in a series of uniforms designed by Pucci, installing VIP waiting rooms in all its terminals, serving all meals on china and all drinks in glasses, and publicizing its new image in a series of flashy ads that drew national attention from the major media. Virtually overnight, Lawrence completely erased Braniff’s staid and stale image and made it the most talked-about airline in the world. The change revolutionized the airline industry; foreign as well as U.S. domestic airlines began to follow Braniff's lead, adopting bold new color schemes in bright new colors.

Another first occurred in 1973, as Braniff brought modern art to the airlines, choosing artist Alexander Calder, the creator of the mobile and “kinetic art,” to paint one of his creations on one of its DC-8s. The red, blue, and yellow jet was named “The Flying Colors of South America” and went into scheduled service in 1973. In 1976 Braniff again called on Calder to paint one of its fleet, this time a Boeing 727, in red, white, and blue. Christened “The Flying Colors of the United States,” the jetliner flew all over the Braniff route system as a salute to America’s bicentennial.

From1965 to 1977, Braniff grew rapidly and enjoyed strong returns. The acquisition of Pan America-Grace Airways (Panagra) made Braniff a major player in the South American market, and service to Hawaii and the South Pacific began in 1969. Interchange service to Alaska began in 1974. In 1977 the airline introduced a new “ultra” look, with more subdued color schemes and leather interiors for its aircraft, and haute couture uniforms designed by Halston.
In 1978, Lawrence seized deregulation as the opportunity to grow the airline into a world-player, at the same time stunning the industry with an application to the Civil Aeronautics Board for an astounding 626 dormant routes. Granted 67 of these, Braniff began a massive expansion, culminating on December 15, 1978, with the initiation in one 24-hour period of 32 new routes serving 16 cities never before served by the airline. It was the largest single-day increase by any airline in history. Within a matter of weeks, Braniff was flying on 49 new routes. European routes were added in 1979.
History was again made in 1979, this time at Mach .95, as two Concordes of Air France and British Airways flew in from the east on Friday, January 12, and lined up to land on parallel runways at Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport. The simultaneous touchdown marked the beginning of regularly scheduled supersonic service between DFW and Europe by Braniff in cooperation with Air France and British Airways. The new interchange was the first of its kind involving a United States carrier and foreign airlines, and Braniff would be the only U.S. airline to fly the Concorde, albeit at subsonic speeds (the FAA had banned supersonic flights over land).

However, Lawrence’s endeavors would turn out ill timed. In 1979, the economy entered a severe recession and passenger traffic plummeted. At the time the cost of fuel doubled. Fierce competition among airlines coupled with skyrocketing operating costs at the airline resulted in the company’s first major operating loss in over a decade, in spite of drastic cutbacks.

Lawrence announced his retirement in 1980 after fifteen years as chief executive of Braniff. He now participates as a private investor in oil and gas exploration with partners in Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, and Colorado. He lives with his wife, the former Mary Wells, on St. Vincent in the West Indies and in France. He has five children.

Years of accumulated corporate debt coupled with deregulation of the aviation industry, economic recession, and market over-expansion spelled Braniff’s doom in the Eighties. The company of the “Flying Colors” filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy on June 1, 1982.

Braniff resumed operations in 1984 with a new lean look and competitive, low-fare approach. Employees were enthusiastic and the public supportive. The airline briefly posted profits, but success proved short-lived, and Braniff again filed bankruptcy in the fall of 1989.The company’s final incarnation, primarily as a charter service, lasted from1991 to 1992.

Michael McMurtrey
Stillwater, OK
April 2000



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Untitled. On-line: http://www.braniffinternational.com/concorde.htm. Accessed 25 April 2000.

Harding Lawrence died of pancreatic cancer at his home in the Virgin Islands on January 16, 2002. He was 81. Mr. Lawrence will never be forgotten. He was one of the family.... To read a wonderful bio written by Michael McMurtrey of Stillwater, OK, please

Friday, February 01, 2002

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Know some one who has passed, got a picture of them?

If you have pictures of some of our family members who have left this world. Please consider loaning them to The Braniff Family. We want to begin creating a photo album that will memorialize some of our lost family.

So if you have some pictures, you can email them to use if you have them in digital format, or you can snail mail them to us. Email them to carrie@thebranifffamily.org. Snail mail to 751 Lonesome Dove Lane, Copper Canyon, Texas 75077-4829.

If you are sending them in snail mail, PLEASE use an official US Post office photo mailer so they will not get damaged. We will return them once we have scanned them, but we can not take responsibility for them. Of course we will take the utmost care when handling them, but again, we really can not be responsible for damage. Return postage would be helpful, we are not a rich group, but not required.

Also, please include all information known about the person, name, where they worked, when the passed away When they started working for Braniff, when they left Braniff and so on. The more information we have the better.

Wednesday, January 16, 2002

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A Funny Customer Service Story

For all of you out there who've had to deal with an irate customer, this one is for you. It's a classic! In tribute to those 'special' customers we all love!

An award should go to the United Airlines gate agent in Denver for being smart and funny, and making her point, when confronted with a passenger who probably deserved to fly as cargo.

A crowded United flight was canceled. A single agent was rebooking a long line of inconvenienced travelers. Suddenly an angry passenger pushed his way to the desk. He slapped his ticket down on the counter and said, "I HAVE to be on this flight and it has to be FIRST CLASS."

The agent replied, "I'm sorry sir. I'll be happy to try to help you, but I've got to help these folks first, and I'm sure we'll be able to work something out." The passenger was unimpressed. He asked loudly, so that the passengers behind him could hear, "Do you have any idea who I am?"

Without hesitating, the gate agent smiled and grabbed her public address microphone. "May I have your attention please?" she began, her voice bellowing throughout the terminal. "We have a passenger here at the gate WHO DOES NOT KNOW WHO HE IS. If anyone can help him find his identity, please come to the gate."

With the folks behind him in line laughing hysterically, the man glared at the United agent, gritted his teeth and swore, F*** you!"

Without flinching, she smiled and said, "I'm sorry, sir, but you'll have to stand in line for that, too."

If you have a funny story to submit, email them to us!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2002

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New way to support The Braniff Family!

EnterNet NOW, Inc. has allowed us to join their Non Profit Promotion. Basically they will donate $10.00 for every new customer that signs up when the use the promotion code "TBF". They will also $0.50 for every active and paid month of a customer that has designated the "TBF" promotion code to our organization!

Now here is some good news, they are cheaper than most national providers! They are only $17.95 per month for 56K dial ups! Heck why pay AOL 23.95 or Earth Link $21.95 when you can have the same Tier 1 level of service for $17.95 and Help your Braniff Family grow at the same time!

Please check them out! Their web site is
www.enternetnow.net. Their toll free number is 1-866-265-ENOW (3669). Their support staff is very friendly and will be glad to help you switch! Please don't forget to mention the "TBF" promotion code!

Friday, August 10, 2001

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The Braniff Family Membership pages are now available!

EnterNet NOW, Inc. has completed the first phase of the membership sign up pages for our web site. These pages have been released along with the upgrade of the address display pages.

Everyone now can easily join and renew their memberships in the Braniff Family here on the web site. You can also use the convenient credit card capabilities of PAYPAL. Other than the initial membership drive there has been no activity or fund raising up to now. But now the web site is finally coming together and we feel it is time to begin fund raising again.

It is the goal of The Braniff Family to create and maintain this web site for ever! We want to get every single ex-Braniff employee registered in our address book, even if they have passed on. The secondary purpose of this web site is to inform through the use of the new and events pages. We will be expanding the news and events pages soon. If you have a story, let us know through email!

Just as a note: For all of you brave folks who joined our organization in the beginning. Your memberships will begin to show up as we can get to them. Please be patient with us, we are doing our best. Oh and if your picture is not in the Photo Album, there has been a delay for those that were not done with the digital camera. We need to get the hard copy pictures scanned.. We will get them as soon as we can.

Monday, July 23, 2001

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31 of our fellow Braniff employees are being sought by PBGC!

The following folks are being searched for! (Bechwith, Mr/Ms), (Bowers, C D), (Brannon, A), (Brown, J F), (Buitrago, J H), (Coffman, R C), (Craft, J R), (Davis, A G), (Doe, J A), (Doleman, B E), (Egnitz, R M), (Furr, J), (Gunnde, D D), (Jones, S), (Marshall, D J), (Mc Award, J B), (Odell, Jerry L), (Puntney, D), (Reed, J S), (Saffle, E A), (Spivey, S M), (Street, Roger L), (Swenson, M D), (Taylor, N), (Totebusch, S A), (Volkert, D J), (Webb, M V), (West, H L), (Westberry, S J), (Wills, P), (Woodard, C W).

If you are on the list, or are a survivor of a person listed, either call us toll-free at 1-800-326-LOST, contact us through Internet E-Mail at found@pbgc.gov or write to us at: PBGC Pension Search Program, 1200 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 0005 to receive an application for the pension benefit PBGC may be holding for you. For TTY/TDD users, call the federal relay service toll-free at 1-800-877-8339 and ask to be connected to the number in the preceding sentence. Please have the following information ready when you contact PBGC: your name, Social Security number, dates when you worked for the company, a mailing address and a daytime and evening telephone number where you may be reached. If you are a survivor of the person listed, you will be asked similar information about yourself. Use the toll-free number only if you identify yourself as a person listed in the directory or a survivor of that person.

Tuesday, July 10, 2001

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The Braniff Family Photo Album has been released!

We were notified by Jon Chumbley, one of the wonderful guys at eNOW, that our new photo album was up and running. It took many hours to put this album together, but we sure think it is great, how about you all?

We wish to thank all of the folks at the Braniff Family Reunion for taking time to get their pictures taken. Which also brings us to Gaye Goodwin of Goodwin Creative. Didn't she do a wonderful job! Visit her at
www.goodwincreative.com.

The captions will be updated as soon as we can get them done, there is a lot of work still to be done, but we promise it will get done!

Tuesday, June 12, 2001

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