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We have not had a chance to write the fascinating Braniff story yet. If you know the history, why not share it with us? Use the "Share Your Memories" link below.


Known Fleet:


N602BN - a beautiful two year old Braniff 747 is seen in Flying Colors in Honolulu, July 1981.

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Allen, Oliver E. The Airline Builders. Alexandria, Va: Time-Life Books, 1981.
Allen, Roy. The Pan Am Clipper: The History of Pan American's Flying Boats 1931 to 1946. New York, NY: Barnes & Noble Books, 2000.
Davies, R.E.G. Airlines of the United States Since 1914. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1982
Davies, R.E.G. Pan Am: An Airline and Its Aircraft. New York: Orion Books, 1987.
Bilstein, Roger. Flight in America: From the Wrights to the Astronauts, Rev. ed. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994.
Heppenheimer, T.A. Turbulent Skies: The History of Commercial Aviation. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1995.


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"I remember seeing Braniff's planes at our local airport--they were the ones which were painted in different colors, and their slogans such as "The End of the Plain Plane" and "Braniff Gets You There With Flying Colors" emphasized them. But my memories of Braniff are bitter: by the time my family made plans to fly to New Orleans on Braniff, my mother was ill with leukemia. Shortly, thereafter, Braniff would find itself in financial trouble from which it would not recover. I took a flight from my hometown (Des Moines) to Kansas City International in March of 1982, shortly after my mother had passed away. Braniff ceased operations just two months later. Even on my trip to Kansas City, I could see that the aircraft were shoddy, but it never occured to me that the great airline was going to fold. (The later reincarnations of Braniff never served the Des Moines area.)

By the way, there is a book about the demise of Braniff written by John Nance."




Image courtesy Braniff

Airline: Braniff


Location: US


Status: No longer exists; new Braniff is unrelated

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