TAT limited the flight time of its pilots to no more than five hours in the air in a single day.
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In the stage of St. Louis to Kansas City the passengers were served lunch. Ford trimotor stabilized, the service on board served some aluminum trays with napkin and tablecloth. The food was chicken, cheese and egg salad sandwiches, a pickle and salt. A piece of cake, an apple and a banana were also served.
To accompany the meals the option was milk or coffee. In Kansas City there was another technical stop, where any nervous passenger had the option of making a train connection. Leaving Wichita, the trip to Waynoka was only flight miles. There at dinner will be the Harvey House restaurant. The food was five stars;.
The train left Waynoka at 11 p. The departure of the plane was scheduled for AM. The plane took off and reached the height of 8, feet. Passengers expect a trip with three stopovers to refuel before reaching their final destination.
Albuquerque was the first stop on the second day of flight. After the stopover , a light lunch was served and the service was withdrawn before arriving at the Continental Division. The most dangerous part of the trip, the flight from Albuquerque to Kingman through Winslow , was also the most picturesque. Approaching Glendale Airport, their final destination, the plane slid over Pasadena, north of Los Angeles. Also about Hollywood and movie studios. A huge crowd of approximately 30, turned out for the christening and viewed the historic beginning of transcontinental service to the east. Charles Lindbergh piloted the City of Los Angeles on its inaugural travel to the east.
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Again Gloria Swanson, movie star, christening for the second time the City of Philadelphia. Some 20, people attended the second christening of the plane that had just completed the first voyage of the transcontinental passenger airline. Also passengers made shorter trips between intermediate points. TAT reported that its passenger transport capacity index was 37 percent. The planes flew , of the planned , miles. The number of passengers and miles traveled increased during the following months.
Taylor in New Mexico. The Associated Press said it was the first plane crash on a regular commercial land route. The September accident was the first of three serious accidents for TAT in the next five months. It was the first disaster of a commercial airline.
The plane encountered rain, low clouds, fog, and possibly engine problems, Flying from the races at Agua Caliente, near Tijuana, Mexico to Los Angeles. The left wing struck the ground, slamming the aircraft into the ground, which subsequently caught fire. The pilots and all 14 passengers aboard died in the crash.
Charles Lindbergh, as chairman of TAT technical committee, was involved in the investigation. After the first accident many of the Transcontinental Air Transport passengers chose the train. TAT began offering more services on board, but they had no effect. The fall of the stock market in October plus the second accident, put Transcontinental Air Transport on the verge of Bankruptcy. The government offered airlines long-term mail contracts in exchange for buying larger and safer airplanes for passenger transport.
Transcontinental Air Transport, which did not carry mail, merged with Western Air Express, which already had a contract with the government. The merger was announced on October 25, The company that later became TWA stopped operating its train service.
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From that moment on, the entire route began to fly with only one night stop in Kansas City.. This was the first midair collision involving a U.
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Flying from the races at Agua Caliente, near Tijuana, Mexico to Los Angeles, the plane encountered rain, low clouds, fog, and possibly engine problems. Both pilots and all 14 passengers aboard died in the crash. Charles Lindbergh, as chairman of TAT-Maddux's technical committee, was involved in the investigation and made an aerial inspection of the crash site after the disaster. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
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