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KMBC reporter, Paul Henning (who later went to Hollywood and produced Petticoat Junction and The Beverly Hillbillies) interviewing Bernice Claire; flanked by Ruth Warrick and Dick Berger at the Downtown Airport in Kansas City, Mo.

Date: 
1937

Aerial view of Kansas City's Municipal Airport with the Missouri River and downtown Kansas City, Missouri in the background.

Kansas City delegation to the inauguration of President Rubio of Mexico stand before their Ford Tri-Motor airplane with Municipal Airport building in background, February 2, 1930. Municipal Airport (known currently as Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport) is located on the opposite side of the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers. Source: Lou Holland Aviation Collection, courtesy of the Kansas City Museum.

Date: 
February 2nd 1930

Spectators at the Municpal Airtport that have come to send off the Kansas City delegation to the inauguration of President Rubio of Mexico, February 2, 1930. Municipal Airport (known currently as Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport) is located on the opposite side of the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers. Source: Lou Holland Aviation Collection, courtesy of the Kansas City Museum.

Date: 
February 2nd 1930

Photograph of Henry F. McElroy and Mary McElroy alighting from a TWA airplane. The caption on the back of the image reads, "KC 217231... (Chicago Bureau), MARY McELROY RETURNS HOME. City Manager H. F. McElroy of Kansas City, Mo., and his daughter, Miss Mary McElroy, leaving the plane that brought the girl home from Normal, Ill., where she was taken from a bus after fleeing home. She said she had been worried by letters and phoned threats sent her because of her testimony against the gang that had kidnaped her for $30,000 ransom in May, 1933.

Date: 
February 12th 1935

Clipping entitled "Group, Held in McElroy Kidnaping, Makes Bedraggled Return" in Kansas City Journal-Post on June 3, 1933 showing the kidnappers of Mary McElroy that escaped to Amarillo, Texas before being caught. The caption states, "The group arrested in Amarillo, Tex., in connection with the McElroy kidnaping appeared anything but happy when they got out of the plan at municipal airport. Left to right they are Walter H. McGee, leader of the gang; Mrs. Wendell Johnson, Wendell Johnson, Mrs. L. R. Gilbert and L. R. Gilbert. All were dressed in new clothes.

Date: 
June 3rd 1933

Clipping entitled "Police Head Thanks Pilot" from an article in Kansas City Journal-Post on June 3, 1933 documenting the kidnapping of Mary McElroy. The photograph's caption states, "Howard, E. Hall, pilot of the T. & W. A. [Transcontinental & Western Air] plane that brought back the McElroy kidnapers, was congratulated by E. C. Reppert, director of police, when he arrived at the airport. The picture shows R. E. Vetterli, chief agent, department of justice; James O’Neil, secretary to the chief of police; Mr. Reppert, Howard E.

Date: 
June 3rd 1933

Form letter from Transcontinental & Western Air, Inc. President Richard W. Robbins to his employees in which he announces that all personnel will be furloughed in ten days.

Date: 
February 18th 1934

Advertisement for the Transcontinental & Western Air coast to coast route called "The Lindbergh Line". The route took 48 hours to get from New York City to Los Angeles and used railroads at night and air travel by day.

Photograph of a Transcontinental and Western Air attendant checking passengers as they enter a "Lindbergh Line" Douglas Commercial airplane at Municipal Airport.

Photograph of a Transcontinental and Western Air attendant checking passengers as they enter a "Lindbergh Line" Douglas Commercial airplane at Municipal Airport.

Photograph of two Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT) employees posed by TAT Fueling Truck No. 22 at Municipal Airport. TAT merged with Transcontinental and Western Air (TWA) in 1930.

Photograph of three Douglas DC-2 airplanes parked outside of the Transcontinental & Western Air, Inc. airplane hangar at the Municipal Airport. This vantage point faces southeast towards the Hannibal Bridge and downtown Kansas City in the background.

Photograph of a Douglas DC-2-112 airplane owned by Transcontinental & Western Air flying parked at the Municipal Airport. This vantage point faces west-southwest with the Intercity Viaduct and downtown Kansas City, Kansas is pictured in the background.

Photograph of two Douglas DC-3 and two Douglas DC-3B airplanes parked outside of the Transcontinental & Western Air hangar at Municipal Airport.

Photograph of Transcontinental & Western Air employees loading air mail into a Ford 5-AT-B Tri-Motor airplane, NC9606, at Municipal Airport.

Photograph of a Transcontinental and Western Air employee using a tractor to pull a Douglas DC-2-112 Skyliner, NC13790, airplane back into its hangar at Municipal Airport.

Municipal Airport at night with a crowd gathered outside the main terminal building and a Ford Tri-Motor airplane on the runway. The aircraft was operated by Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT) - Maddux Air Lines, which merged with Transcontinental and Western Air (TWA) in 1930. Municipal Airport (known currently as Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport) is located on the opposite side of the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers.

Photograph of a Boeing 307B Stratoliner airplane under construction in the Transcontinental & Western Air hangar at Municipal Airport.

Photograph of Eleanor Beach, daughter of Kansas City Mayor Albert I. Beach, christening "The Kansas City", a Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT) Ford Tri-Motor airplane, by pouring water from the Missouri River upon the propeller at Municipal Airport. TAT merged with Transcontinental and Western Air (TWA) the following year.

Date: 
June 22nd 1929

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