Capt. Harold Hardy
Capt. Frank Polvino
Capt. Stoney Stonebraker
Capt. James Hibbs
This year's Las Vegas Reunion has been scheduled for Sunday, Oct 21, 2018. Details are available on the Reunions page.
Did you work for Hughes Airwest and would you like to participate in an oral history interview? SFO
Museum is currently conducting oral history interviews with former Hughes
Airwest employees. Interviews are recorded, transcribed, bound, and catalogued
for permanent placement in the Aviation Library where they are made available
to scholars, historians, and the public. If you are interested in preserving
your memories of working for the airline please contact SFO Museum Curator of
Aviation Dennis Sharp at 650 821-6780 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tel 650-821-6780 | SFOMuseum.org
Curator of Aviation | SFO Museum
San Francisco International Airport | P.O. Box 8097 |
Francisco, CA 94128
Hughes Airwest Employee Newsletters
Of all the Hughes Airwest memorabilia
I have hung on to over the years, the most treasured by me are the monthly
newsletters that were produced over the years by various people in our PR
department. I have collected these
treasures all the way back to early Air West ’68 and even back to the days when
I was with PC. Often I will use them for
reference on requests for information about our 14 years of existence (1968
thru 1980). Other times I just enjoy
going back and looking through various issues with the idea of helping me refresh
old memories, guess what, it works
We were blessed over the years by
the great group of people who were responsible for turning out those treasures. The trend was started in ’68 at the merger by
continuing “Air West”, the awarding winning publication done by Don Gooding of
WCA that served as an employee newsletter as well as an inflight magazine. Yes, it was called “Air West” long before the
RW merger was ever dreamed up.
Don hired a guy by the name of
Ken Jensen who was not to long out of the University of Utah who could not only
write but take great photos as well.
After we became Hughes Airwest, Lee Pitt came on board as Director of
Public Relations and assumed responsibility for publication of the paper. Lee hired Ralph Henn in 1974 to be the
full-time editor of the employee newsletter.
With some help over the years, I
have been able assemble a collection of almost every issue. I can’t say that I have them all because
there is no list of the actual publishing dates. I have 125 issues that I have scanned
at 300dpi. They are in separate PDF
files that can easily be printed or viewed on your computer, tablet or even a
smart phone. If you are interested in
having a copy of all 125 issues, I have them available on a 16 Gb USB Flash
Drive for $25. All you need to view them
on your computer is Adobe Acrobat Reader which in all likelihood you already
have. If you don’t have the program, it
can be downloaded and installed for free.
PDF files can also be read by Microsoft Edge which is part of Windows 10.
addition I have included “Hughes Airwest – The Movie” and the WCA film called “Momentum”
on each flash drive.
If you are interested in purchasing the flash drive, please send me your email and I will then email you a PayPal invoice for $25 that you can pay with
any major credit card. If you have a PayPal account,
please send $25 to email@example.com
Mail me a check for $25 to:
1941 W Santa Ana
Fresno, CA 93705
You can also email me
any questions you have.
Recently added to the "Employees" pages
Ladd Lindholm, Roger Niswander, Ray Moravek, Jimmy Wharton, Bonnie Hiller Fullerton, Renate Kolb, Ray Simons, Mike Donaho, Linda Barre, Cindy Stewart, Mary (Bush) Shipko, Jerry Butler, Ed Maymo, Shirley Rogers, Donna Tanfani, ,
is dedicated to the 3000+ men and women that made Hughes
Airwest one of the leading "regional" airlines in
the United States during the 1970's prior
to the airline industry being deregulated by the federal government.
Summa Corporation first announced their plans in 1979 to
sell Hughes Airwest. In the fall of 1980, the assets were
acquired by Republic Airlines. Northwest Airlines
then purchased Republic Airlines in 1986. THE
REST, AS THEY SAY, IS HISTORY!
tuned for further news!!!