Company newletters were
a main stay of information for all Hughes Airwest employees. From
the very beginning of Airwest in 1968 through the acquisition
by Republic in 1980, these publications appearred in
several different formats. There were a number of people
responsible for our "pipeline" that deserve
recognition for their efforts.
The original "newsletter"
was called "Air West" and it gained it's roots
from West Coast Airlines (yes - under that name!) It not only provided
"company" info for all employees,
but the publication also served as a "seat pocket"
type inflight magazine for our passengers to learn of
the many and wonderful cities that were served by "Air
This publication was under the expert guidance
of Don Gooding and it featured a different "RW"
destonation each month. Don, along with guidance
from the Airwest "Editorial Board" would sellect
a particular destination and then local newspapers, photographers
and writers often suggested by local Airwest "Sales"
and "Stations" personnel were contacted to
contribute. The results were spectacular black
and white photos (in the tradition of Ansel Adams) cuupled
with well written insighful stories providing visions
into the past, presnt and future of the featured communities. Each issue
contained stories on local residents as well as Air
employees of that particular destination. Don
Gooding and Ken Jensen won several awards for this publication
that was printed under the carefull guidance of Harvey
Kyllonen. These issues are "classics" and
often run 30+ pages so they will be the last to be added
format changed somewhat after the acquisition of Air
West by Hughes Tool. Don Gooding retired and Ken Jensen
became the Editor. At that point the magazine
was published primarily for employees of Hughes Airwest
as the inflight publication was done by an ouside source.
1975, the first "large format" newsletter
appeared. The first publication was a special
edition in color all about the purchase of three new
Boeing 727-200 aircraft. The publication was now
under the guidance of Lee Pitt with much help from
Larry Litchfield and Ralph Henn. Keeping with
the tradition of their predessoers, several more awards
were garnered for the trophy case.
We will be
adding these newsletters to the Hughes Airwest Website
as time and space permit. In order to view these
newsletters, it will be necessary for you to have Adobe
Acrobat installed on your computer system. This
is a free "plug in" download for you if you
don't already have it installed. Start off by
"clicking" on a particular issue that you
would like to view. If Adobe Acrobat doesn't open
up with your selection but gives you instead, a window
asking what program you want to use to view your selection,
then it's time to go get Adobe Acrobat Reader by clicking
on the Adobe logo. then, just follow the instructions.
the free version works just fine. email
us if you have any problems and we'll try and help.
Click here for your
free copy of Adobe
will be listed chronologically by date along with the
file size to help you in determining possible download
times. These newsletters have been scanned in
black and white mode to minimize file size. If
there are particular photos that you would like to have
a higher quality electronic copy, email us with the
issue, page and a brief description of the particular
photo(s). We'll be happy to rescan at a higher
resolution and email back. It will be a little
while however before we can offer "One Hour"
but not least, if you have any issues of Hughes Airwest
"Newsletters" that fall in between dates you
see posted here and would be willing to send them to
us for scanning and uploading to the Website, please
email us. We'll be happy to return them after