Last updated 08/11/2014 7:28 PM Frankfurt am Main local time

Welcome to Contrails, the TWA Seniors Club "crew lounge" where we can kick back, share our stories, and keep TWA’s proud history alive. The intent of Contrails is to capture the quality, challenges, achievements, joys, tragedies, resourcefulness and humor of the TWA family of which you were a part.

        Do you have an interesting yarn about your airline experience you’d like to share? Simply send your story to Contrails TWA Seniors Club. There are no limits on length or stuffy rules to worry about, just try to stay within the common sense bounds of reasonable good taste (nothing offensive or off-color). Most important -- Seniors are invited to submit stories by e-mail to:

TWA Webmaster 

SST the wonderful machine - by Robert Dedman - 3/02/14

A Ride on the Concorde
 
- by Emil Schoonejans - 2/28/14

Sheepruns to Jetways 
- by Rodger Morphett - 11/20/12

"One Big Step" 
- by Gary Lint - 11/09/12


"A Story About Young Jerry Cosley"
- by Graham Hollenbeck - 10/15/12

Jerry Cosley Passed Away 10/06/12

"Sense Of Humor" - by Bill Spooner - 10/10/12

"Where are my shoes?" - by Ben Nicks - 11/21/11

Da Lindboigh line (1930-1938) - pictures added of the pilots by Derek Hughey (Horizon Air Captain) - 9/30/10

Saving Howard
 - by Frank Prinz - 2/15/10

The Connie Continues to fascinate
  - by Larry Hilliard - 8/21/09

TWA Connections Are Timeless  - by Carlene Baker - 7/22/09

Well, Wasn’t That Just Ducky?
 - by Jim McElroy - 11/20/08

A Moving Experience
  - by Emil Schoonejans - 11/9/08

 Thoughts of TWA, The Lindbergh Line - by Charles Dobrescu, as told to Emil Schoonejans - 10/10/08

Sweat Inside the Boardroome with Icahn - by Chuck Thibaudeau - 7/21/08

Claude Girard TWA Legend
 - by John Gratz TWA Captain and Lucien Bigeault - 3/20/08

The Hand of God ?
- by Rodger Morphett - 3/18/08

You Want Me To Do WHAT? - by Rodger Morphett - 1/29/08

Gene Shaw - "just a mechanic" - by Jerry Cosley - 1/11/08

Life On The ''End Of The String'' GUMTW  - by
Graham Hollenbeck - 1/02/08

Back to The Future - by Jerry Cosley - 1/01/08

One More Yarn for The Season (author unknown)
- by Angelo Patrizio - 12/26/07

Don’t Let a Surprise Dampen Your Spirits - by J.R. Valentino -12/20/07

Howard – Up Close & Personal - by Gordon G. Gilmore -10/03/07

This One’s for The Birds - by Charles Dobrescu (as told to Emil Schoonejans) - 7/20/07

Remembering A Fallen Son - by Vivian Hatfield - 5/27/07

OOPS, Howard’s Airplane Got Dinged - by Charles Dobrescu - 5/10/07

Bob Buck TWA Legend - by Gary Hyatt - 4/27/07

Captain Robert N. Buck, 1914-2007 - by Rob Buck - 3/14/07

Wd 20?- by Keith Horton - 3/30/07

Requiem for an Airman
- by Jerry Cosley - 10/12/06

Lessons from Tragedy over the Grand Canyon - by Jon Proctor - 7/21/06

New York’s “Crazy” Blizzard of ‘78 - by Angelo Patrizio - 5/25/06

TWA's WW-II B-17G - by Marc Brecy - 4/10/06

The Frigid Memoirs of Captain Emo - by Emil Schoonejans - 3/28/06

TW 355 Hijacked! - by Angelo Patrizio and Mike Mudge - 3/18/06

How Did You Know ?? - by Harold Hyne - 3/13/06

EAA Features TWA's Junior - by EAA - 3/07/06

The Spooky Reality of Flight Simulation - by Emil Schoonejans - 2/12/06

Pass the Water Buck(et) Dowline - by Keith Horton - 2/10/06

Uli Remembered - by Jerry Cosley - 12/29/05

Buy this book ! - by Jerry Cosley - 12/18/05

You're welcome, Your Eminence - by Fred Cooney - 11/18/05

Chop Marks & Sniff Checks??? - by Keith Horton - 10/30/05

"Sentimental Journey" - by Barry Schiff - 10/07/05

"Gimme the gear"..."WOOF, sir !" - by Dave Gwinn - 9/13/05

Restoration of "Lindy's"  Jenny - by Phyllis (Mrs. David) Crago - 9/07/05

TWA's Mystery Ship  - by Jerry Cosley & Joe Nemecek - 9/03/05

"Guts, Feathers and All" - by Keith Horton - 8/02/05

"The birth of an airplane, an industry... and ED" - by Johnny Guy - 7/22/05

"It Was Nine Years Ago, July 17, 1996" - by Jerry Cosley - 7/21/05

"Paul Richter TWA Legend" - by his daughter Ruth Richter - 7/20/05

"Redlined" by Howard Hughes - by Bill Gasper - 7/16/05

"Blind Flyer" by Bob Martin - 5/30/05 

"307B Stratoliner" by Keith Horton - 4/14/05

"I Need Help!" by John H. Steele - 3/08/05 

Guten Tag - An "On Time" Departure by Emil Schoonejans - 12/08/04

Feeling Secure by James Searcy - 12/08/04

The "Sepulveda" Approach by Ona Gieschen - 07/09/04

Of Corset Was by Jet by Gloria Ohliger - 07/09/04

A "Kid" Named Buchanan by Walt Gunn - 06/28/04

Off-Time … On-Time! by Keith Horton - 06/28/04

"I Can’t Swim!" by "Buck" Pratt - 05/04/04

Lingerie Sail by Bob Lorenz - 05/04/04

Make it a triple! by Angus McClure - 04/21/04

A Sightseeing Charter Flight by Emil Schoonejans - 04/21/04

The Hatless & The Mighty by Walt Gunn - 04/15/04

Remember Chore Boys? by Keith Horton - 04/15/04

"Da Plane, Boss, Da Plane!" by Rodger Morphett - 03/26/04

Just Fly'er Like A Cub by Dent Brome - 03/26-04

Memories of KC and TWA Days (1930-1938) by Wes Bunker - 03/13/04

Ode To Ye Piston By John Pratt - 03/09/04

Vern Laursen – One of The Best by Walt Gunn - 03/09/04

TWA’s Modification Center by Keith Horton - 03/09/04

May I See Your Papers, Please by Keith Horton - 03/03/04

The Night Air Mail by W.G. "Swede" Golien - 03/03/04

Pointe Made by Miriam & Herbert Kravitz - 02/23/04

The Airline Pilot (author unknown) from Charles Wilder - 02/23/04

1930s Rules for Operating Employees - Unknown - 02/23/04

Picking Up A "Big Bird" by Keith Horton - 02/12/04

"Ontos" Lives by Jerry Cosley - 02/12/04

That Day of Infamy by Keith Horton - 02/05/04

"Captain Bounce" by Bob Paul - 02/05/04

I Pledge Allegiance … by Bob Lorenz - 02/05/04

"Get me a paddle …" by Walt Gunn - 02/05/04

"Da Lindboigh Line (1930 – 1938)" by Wes Bunker - 02/05/04

Rugs ‘n Bugs by Keith Horton - 01/19/04

"Yes, We Got No ‘New’ Parts" by Bob Paul - 01/19/04

Evacuate Cairo! by C.A. "Jerry" Zerbone - 01/11/04

When Howard Hughes Called my Boss by Ben Nicks - 01/08/04

If The Creeks Don’t Rise! by Keith Horton - 01/08/04

Bob Buck – "The Right Stuff" by Walt Gunn - 01/05/04

"What Be Shakin’, Nagwa?" by Jerry Cosley - 01/03/04

Non-routine Flight Assignments by Emil Schoonejans - 12/18/03

An Employee Jacuzzi? by Judy McIntosh - 12/18/03

The %#@*# Nose Gear Won’t Retract! by Keith Horton - 12/18/03

Holy Moses! by Michael Irvin - 12/18/03

Coast-to-coast in 13 hours, 4 minutes from Ed Schotting - 12/18/03

How LaGuardia Airport Came To Be by Ray Kohler - 11/20/03

The Long Way Home – A Non-rev Saga by Keith Horton - 11/16/03

Them bones, them bones, them dry bones! by Emil Schoonejans - 11/16/03

My WWII "Contribution" by Keith Horton - 11/16/03

Cold War Days Revisited by Bill Dixon - 11/16/03

"Into The Air, Junior Birdmen" by Bob Carter - 11/16/03

I Grew Up On TWA by Gary Michael Hunter - 11/16/03 by Gary Michael Hunter - 11/16/03

"Can You Find My Ring, Honey?" by James Searcy - 11/16/03

The Way We Were from Donna Eaton - 11/16/03

Fire At The Gate!! by James Searcy - 11/16/03

Around-The-World -- "How Soon Can We Start?" by Louis Y. Fogiel - 11/16/03

Jack Benny Ruins His Reputation by Ben Nicks - 10/10/03

Pickled Sox by Jerry Cosley - 10/10/03

Journey to Peking – An Airman’s Odyssey by Bill Dixon - 10/02/03

A TWA Memory by Emil Schoonejans - 10/02/03

40 Years Out On The Line by Dan McIntyre - 10/02/03 by Dan McIntyre - 10/02/03

Our Grounded Carpet – A Fond Remembrance by Miriam Kravitz - 10/02/03

Flight Two – A Day Not To Be Forgotten by Bob Carter - 10/02/03

Howard Hughes & I (almost) Do Lunch by Joe Nemecek - 09/23/03

Flight Two - A Tragedy Revisited by Jerry Cosley - 09/19/2003

Russ Day -- Consummate Artist And Cartoonist by Bill Dixon with Russ Day - 09/19/2003

The Flight Is Full – "Ike" Stiffs Mr. Hughes by Ken Vineyard - 09/19/2003

The Super Lockheed Constellation Lives On – A Tribute by Bill Dixon - 09/19/2003

My Last Ride On TWA - A Salute by Dan McIntyre - 12/09/2001


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Contrails will be updated regularly with fresh stories as they arrive and older stories will be archived annually.

 

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