Feature of the Month - March 2012

Essair '45
"West Texas to the Gulf"


(image copyright Bjorn Larsson, www.timetableimages.com)

 

Essair were amongst the first of the new classification of feeder air carriers recognised by the Civil Aeronautics Board in July 1944.

Essair began an experimental passenger and express service between Houston and Amarillo via Abilene in January
1939, but this was suspended six months later because of an appeal by Braniff which considered the operation to be an intrusion into its sphere of influence.  In November 1943 the Civil Aeronautics Board selected Essair to operate the service, expressing the opinion that such an airline was better adapted to serve local needs than the main trunkline carriers.

Essair changed their name to Pioneer Air Lines in 1946.

The following services were taken from the September 1945 timetable on www.timetableimages.com

Amarillo Houston, Flight 1/2

Heading

Distance

Down

City Name

ICAO

Up

Heading

Distance

173

0

0730lv

Amarillo

KAMA

1255

-

92.6

115

92.6

0834lv

Lubbock

KLBB

1204lv

353

131.3

205

131.3

0956lv

Abilene

KABI

1049lv

297

75.6

106

75.6

1054lv

San Angelo

KSJT

0956lv

024

161.5

099

161.5

1224lv

Austin

KAUS

0826lv

289

142.6

-

142.6

1336

Houston Gulf

KSPX

0705lv

282

0

  

Flight Simulator Files

There are no paint schemes available for either Essair or Pioneer Air Lines, but there is a Lockheed 10a by FS-Design Berlin available in FS9 and also modified for FSX at flightsim.com.

 

 

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