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We hope this page will bring back some great memories of the time you spent at Hughes Airwest.  Over the years, RW was known and respected for it's creative advertising, publicity, and sales promotion people.  This page is dedicated to them as a "Thank You" for the great tools they gave us to do our jobs with.

If you have anything to contribute to this page, please contact us.

tom@hughesairwest.com

  

SUNDANCE KIDS

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Thanks to Trudi and Henry Sandoval for sending us this lovely treasure !!

to quote another great Sundance line,
"WHO ARE THOSE GUYS ??"

1.   Kathy Buskirk
2.   Lonnie Mark
3.  Mary Lou Swirsk
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4.   Carloyn Nagle
5    Carol (Bong) Cross.
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Robert (Bob) J. Ailes
7.  Juanita Martinez ??
8.  Judy Ellis
9.   Evelyn Begley


  
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WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE!!???
Help us identify these RW employees
 Below is a "Numbered" version
Send us an email and identify as many people as possible by number.  We'll post the results as we receive them.  If you think someone is mis-identified, let us know as well.

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          OUR GREATEST ASSET

1.  Kip Wharton, ?,  Ken Black (L TO R)
2.  Randy Wright - Mail Room
3.  Pat Jack
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5   Katheryn ? & Art Wood
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10. Margie (Davenport) England,  PHX Res
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12  Roland Sellers, Flight Control.
13. Perry Jackson - Military Sales
14. Douglas Johnson
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17.  Vicky Ludlow
18.  Gordon Odom, Print Shop
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20.  Rick Vancoveran (Sp?)
21.  Lonnie Mack  SFO InFlight
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23.  Juan Sparhawk - Mexico Sales
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25   Bonnie Wilder  SEA InFlight.
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29.  Don Isberner
30.  Owen Hayhurst - Personnel
31.  Francine Nordstrom, Jim Jones PHX Res
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33.  John Jones, CSS in DTW
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36.   Judi Allen - Reservations
37.   Rick Gostyla - Marketing
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39.   Jerry Denton
40.    Judy Meehan Crable
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Hughes Airwest "SUNDANCER"

The Sundancer first appeared in seat pockets aboard Hughes Airwest flights in April of 1972.  The magazine was published monthly by Flightime Magazines with Hughes Airwest providing editorial input.  the magazine proved to be a great promotional tool for educating our passengers about the many wonderful destinations served by Hughes airwest.

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Hughes Airwest "SUNDANCER"

The Sundancer first appeared in seat pockets aboard Hughes Airwest flights in April of 1972.  The magazine was published monthly by Flightime Magazines with Hughes Airwest providing editorial input.  the magazine proved to be a great promotional tool for educating our passengers about the many wonderful destinations served by Hughes airwest.

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The great "Top Banana" add campaign

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A tribute to the
F-27


F/A Karen Vercellino had requested to fly the last Fairchild trip and was granted permission.  The last trip however, came suddenly and without even a day's notice.  As luck would have it, Karen was on a RON and flew THE LAST TRIP.  I think it was meant to be.

She has written down some of her "Fairchild Memories" -- hope you enjoy them.  Thank you, Karen, for sharing.

...and "Thanks" to Cindy and Tommy Tinker for sending us this poignant tribute to the F-27 written by F/A Karen Vercellino.  We have reprinted her tribute from one of the RW publications...

        Email us if you would like a text copy.

                                    
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Today a love affair ended for me.  A love affair that spanned the better part of 13 years of my life and over 2 million miles.  To me, the F-27 was more than another plane to 'work' -- it was a way of life that can never return.  To some, the F-27 was small, noisy and far too slow.  It was old and a misfit in today's world.  But to me it was beautiful.  It was 40 tourists crowded up to the windows over Grand Canyon, and an hour and a half flight between Las Vegas and the Canyon because we spent 30 minutes circling Havasupai Falls.  It was sunrise over Lake Powell, and sunset over Cedar Breaks.  It was "call ahead" for Mexican food in El Centro, and in the summer, it was fighting flies who wanted their share.  It was breaking out of the clouds for the first time in North Bend and seeing that green bridge, almost close enough to touch, it seemed.  It was sleeping among the sacks of mail on the way to Sacramento at 2 a.m. and trying to catch a couple more hours sleep once you got there - but it was hard to do, it was cold and there were no blankets.  All the crew: had claimed them as mementos because they had "Bonanza", "Pacific", or "West Coast" written on them.  The F-27 was playing poker and dancing all night at "Pat and Charlie's" in Inyokern (population 261), and then serving coffee in the after hours coffee shop in exchange for a free breakfast.

Looking on the minus side, it was 130 degrees in the cabin in Yuma; it was airsick people on a daily basis; and once it was going into Salt Lake on a clear summer day, and broken bones and 2 pins in a leg the doctor said might never heal right.  But for me, I would have overlooked the minuses forever in exchange for the years on that "screamer", "shake and bake", "Polish Lear Jet", or whatever you might have called it.

More than that, the crews who flew the F-27 were a special type of brotherhood.  You flew together, played together, and at times fought together -- but at least you were all together.  The other airlines and crews who never knew such closeness and affinity to each other have missed out on a different way of life -- a better one, I believe.  So today, for me, a love affair ended -- the F-27's are gone.

Anyone got a pass to Saudi Arabia?

  ---  written by Hughes Airwest Flight Attendant Karen Vercellino              shortly after the last RW F-27 flight in 1973 ---

 


 



This great portrait of Howard Hughes, painted by Mario Zamparelli, hung for many years in the Board Room of our beautiful Corporate Headquarters in San Mateo.  At the time of the acquisition of Hughes Airwest by Republic in 1980, the portrait was presented by Will Lummis, cousin of HH and administrator of the Hughes estate,to Russ Stephenson, long time President of Hughes Airwest.

In 1998, Russ Stevenson presented the painting along with many of his other Hughes Airwest files and memoirs, to the Special Collections Library of the University of Texas at Dallas.  

This Website is deeply indebted to Russ and Vivian Stephenson for sharing these wonderful memories with us.  We hope you enjoy them.


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The Howard Hughes Contribution
to the Special Collections Department
of the
University of Texas

The History of Aviation program in the Special Collections Department at the University of Texas at Dallas Library has added Howard Hughes' aviation and aeronautics materials to the collection. Included are the executive files of Hughes Airwest, the last of three airlines owned by Hughes, as well as some materials about Northeast Airlines.

The focal point is a large picture of Hughes, the original painted by Mario Armond Zamparelli, a longtime Hughes associate.

Will Lummis, cousin of Mr. Hughes and administrator of the Hughes estate, and Jack Real, a longtime, close associate of Hughes, officiated at the transfer ceremony, and offered comments about the Hughes' contributions to his many interests, aviation and otherwise. Mr. Real gave a fascinating recount of his twenty years of close association with Mr. Hughes.

Mr. Hughes was born in Houston in a family involved in the oil?tooling drilling business, which became the Hughes Tool Company.

Russell Stephenson, president of Hughes Airwest at the time of the sale of the airline to Republic Airlines as part of the resolution of the estate, and Bill Vogel, advertising account executive for all of the Hughes Summa activities participated in the ceremony. Mr. Vogel represented Mr. Zamparelli, who was unable to attend.

Dr. Larry Sall, Associate Library Director, and head of the Special Collections Department, said, "We deeply appreciate the addition of the Hughes' materials to our growing collections of aviation and aeronautic files."

"In particular, we appreciate attendance by the and the remarks of Mr. Lummis and Mr. Real which brought special interest and realism to the proceedings," Sall remarked.

The Special Collections Department contains General James Doolittle's personal papers, the Rosendahl Collection on Lighter?Than?Air aviation, the CAT/Air America Archives, one of the nation's best collections on World War I aviation, and many other important collections of aviation history.

Dr. Larry Sall, Associate Library Director
For Special Collections
The University of Texas at Dallas
P.O. Box 830643 (or)
2601 N. Floyd Road
Richardson, Texas 75083?0643
(972) 883?2570
(972) 883?2473  FAX

 

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Blueprint for Success

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First Day of Issue
Commerative

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Wings

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Thanks to Capt. Stan Baumwald

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Spirit of Gamma
Dedication
May 27, 1976

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Welcome Aboard
Hughes Airwest

Employee Handbook
produced in 1977

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There are few coprporations in today's world that have employee handbooks as comprehensive as this one on was.  It was produced in-house and printed by our very own Hughes Airwest Print Shop For a real nostalgia trip, take a moment and click through the pages, it's all there, pass policy, benefits, history, routes, equipment and much more.
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First Flight Certificate
September 17, 1976

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This "First Flight" certificate was presented to all passengers onboard the maiden flight of "The Spirit of Gamma."

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The Story


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The Game

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The "Yes" Campaign

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A really great article about Hughes Airwest

from
AIR TRANSPORT WORLD
April 1978

 
Air Transport Wolrd, the premeir publication of the airline industry in the 70's published this article about Hughes Airwest in their April 1976 issue.  The article presents a great outside opinion on just hew far we had come since those ark days of the original Air West merger in 1968 and the 1970 take over by Summa
 

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