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National Airlines began at Albert Whitted Airport (SPG) in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1934 with the award of a 142-mile mail route between St. Petersburg and Daytona Beach, via Tampa, Lakeland and Orlando. Air service over the route was inaugurated on October 15, 1934. The fleet consisted of two second-hand Ryan aircraft. The airline had five employees, including the president and founder, George T. Baker.

On July 8, 1937, the company was chartered under the laws of the State of Florida as National Airlines, Inc. Routes were extended to Jacksonville and to Miami in that year and from Jacksonville to New Orleans in 1938. The company relocated its general offices and principal base of operations to Jacksonville in 1939.

During World War II the carrier operated a portion of its fleet for the Air Transport Command and operated Air Corps contract schools for pilots, mechanics, radio operators and navigators. In 1944 National became a major airline with the award of the New York-Florida route. On February 14, 1946, National inaugurated with DC-4s the first non-stop service between Miami and New York and the first four-engine commercial flights between the two cities.

National was certified into Havana, Cuba, in 1946 and was awarded a new route from Miami and Tampa to New Orleans in the same year. in mid-June 1946, National moved its General Office to Miami and four years later moved its engine overhaul base to Miami from Jacksonville.

In 1947 National received permission to inaugurate the so-called "Great Circle" route over water between Miami and New York, and reduced the flying time from five to four hours. National pioneered in 1950 on the East Coast with low night coach and excursion fares to Florida, and with a Florida summer vacation program that contributed to creating a year-round operation for the state's tourist industry. On January 1, 1952, National became free of subsidy and was placed on a mail service rate that made it self-sufficient over its entire system. The first non-stop service from New York to Havana occurred in 1953. In 1956 the National system was extended to Houston and to Boston.

National leased Boeing 707 jets from Pan American World Airways to become the first domestic operator of jets in the United States and inaugurated jet service between New York and Miami on December 10, 1958.

On March 11,1961, National's system was expanded with the award of the Southern Transcontinental Route. The route extended the carrier from Houston to Los Angeles and to San Diego, and from Houston to San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose via Las Vegas. Havana service was suspended indefinitely in 1961, after the United States and Cuba broke off diplomatic relations.

Lewis B. "Bud" Maytag, who resigned as president of Frontier Airlines in March 1962, purchased controlling interest in National on April 26, 1962. Mr. Maytag was elected president and chief executive officer on that date. Dudley Swim, of Carmel, California, was elected chairman on September 12, 1962.

National in 1964 became the first exclusively jet-powered U. S. airline. In 1967 and 1968 the airline doubled its jet fleet and phased out all prop-jet aircraft. On April 21, 1968, the last of the prop-jet electras was retired and National became all pure-jet with a fleet of DC-8s and B-727s.

Miami's first Boeing 747 service was inaugurated by National on October 2, 1970, with daily nonstop flights between Miami and New York. The second of the 352-passenger B747s went into nonstop operation between Miami and Los Angeles on October 25, 1970. The B747s (N77772 and N77773) were sold in 1976 to Northwest Airlines.

After exhaustive study of second-generation wide-cabin jets, National selected McDonnell-Douglas DC-10's as the finest, most economical and most adaptable to its route system. In 1969 the company ordered nine DC-10s, and in 1971 ordered two intercontinental versions DC10-30s. Four additional DC-10s were ordered in January 1973. The first DC-10 service between New York and Miami, Palm Beach and Tampa was introduced by National on December 15, 1971. Service expanded as additional new jets joined the fleet.

Ground was broken in 1968 for a $45 million expansion program by the Dade County Port Authority for National Airlines at Miami International Airport. The project was completed in 1973.

A $17 million IBM electronic computer reservation system, called Res-A Vision, was completed and put into operation in 1970. The communications network enables National reservations agents throughout the carrier's system to exchange information immediately with two computers in the Miami headquarters. The system allows passengers to make reservations with a minimum of delay and error.

National became the third U. S. transatlantic passenger carrier on June 16, 1970, with the inauguration of daily nonstop round-trip service between Miami and London. This transatlantic route has proved appealing to passengers who wish to avoid the congested gateways and inclement weather of northern airports. Service with the intercontinental DC10-30s was inaugurated on the route in the fall of 1973.

Dudley Swim, Chairman of the board, died in Carmel, California, on January 31, 1972. Mr. Maytag was elected chairman on February 11, 1972. E. F. Dolansky, formerly executive vice president, was appointed president and chief operating officer on December 7, 1976. Mr. Maytag retained the title of chairman and chief executive officer.

National's European horizons were further expanded June 22, 1977, when the airline inaugurated Miami-Paris nonstop service with DC10-30 aircraft. National provided the only U. U. flag airline service to Paris from the South. In May 1978 the airline introduced nonstop flights between Florida and Frankfurt and Amsterdam. New York to Amsterdam service was inaugurated in December 1978.

National also extended its route system in 1979 by adding service between Miami and San Juan, and to Seattle from Houston and Los Angeles.

National's success was its downfall, as all of its aircraft and equipment was paid for. A bidding war between Texas Air Corporation, Pan Am and Eastern Airlines began over the takeover of National's system. Pan American World Airways "won" the bidding war, acquired National Airlines and operated its routes poorly. Eleven years later Pan Am died despite wage givebacks and cuts by employee groups trying to save the airline.

A National TV commercial for "Miami Go-Go" from the 60's can be viewed at: < http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s23T-2HiKAc

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Lewis B. Bud Maytag Jr. Gallery
Lewis B. "Bud" Maytag Jr. Gallery
1940 - Kenneth J. Boedecker, George T. Baker and Normal Lee with National Airlines Lockheed Lodestar
1940 - Kenneth J. Boedecker, George T. Baker and Normal Lee with National Airlines Lockheed Lodestar
1940's - National Airlines Ft. Myers Station Staff
1940's - National Airlines Ft. Myers Station Staff
1947 - Lady selling Coca Cola at the National Airlines terminal in Jacksonville, FL
1947 - Lady selling Coca Cola at the National Airlines terminal in Jacksonville, FL
1947 - June Knight christening National Airlines DC-6
1947 - June Knight christening National Airlines DC-6
1947 - Flight crew group with National Airlines aircraft at Tallahassee, FL
1947 - Flight crew group with National Airlines aircraft at Tallahassee, FL
1947 - National Airlines DC-6 being serviced at Tallahassee Airport, FL
1947 - National Airlines DC-6 being serviced at Tallahassee Airport, FL
1951 - National Airlines President George T. Baker, American's VP-Sales R. S. Deichler and Delta's President C. E. Woolman
1951 - National Airlines President George T. Baker, American's VP-Sales R. S. Deichler and Delta's President C. E. Woolman
1951 - National Airlines DC-6 N90898 (C/n 43218/171) alongside Capitol, American and unknown DC-6's
1951 - National Airlines DC-6 N90898 (C/n 43218/171) alongside Capitol, American and unknown DC-6's
1950's - Architectural drawing of National Airlines General Office building complex at Miami
1950's - Architectural drawing of National Airlines General Office building complex at Miami
1952 - First National Airlines DC-6B inaugural flight from Santa Monica to Miami
1952 - First National Airlines DC-6B inaugural flight from Santa Monica to Miami
1952 - National Airlines DC-6B - not a stock photo
1952 - National Airlines DC-6B - not a stock photo
1953 - Ground breaking ceremony for a new National Airlines maintenance and overhaul facility at MIA
1953 - Ground breaking ceremony for a new National Airlines maintenance and overhaul facility at MIA
1955 - National Airlines billboard in Miami advertising new DC-7 Star service to New York, Washington and Havana
1955 - National Airlines billboard in Miami advertising new DC-7 Star service to New York, Washington and Havana
1965 - Carol Blum, Miss Florida 1965, next to a National Airlines B727 model
1965 - Carol Blum, Miss Florida 1965, next to a National Airlines B727 model
1965 - National Airlines Lockheed Electra L-188 landing at Key West International Airport - not stock photo
1965 - National Airlines Lockheed Electra L-188 landing at Key West International Airport - not stock photo
1971 - Brand new DC-10 ride during National's Air Fair at Miami International Airport
1971 - Brand new DC-10 ride during National's Air Fair at Miami International Airport
1970s - eastern portion of the National Airlines maintenance base at MIA
1970s - eastern portion of the National Airlines maintenance base at MIA
Early 1973 - windblown stairtruck boarding of National Airlines B747-135 N77772 Patricia at LAX
Early 1973 - windblown stairtruck boarding of National Airlines B747-135 N77772 "Patricia" at LAX
1973 - the captain and first officer in the cockpit of National Airlines B747-135 N77772 Patricia at LAX
1973 - the captain and first officer in the cockpit of National Airlines B747-135 N77772 "Patricia" at LAX
Early 1973 - the upper deck first class lounge on National Airlines B747-135 N77772 Patricia
Early 1973 - the upper deck first class lounge on National Airlines B747-135 N77772 "Patricia"
1973 - pretty National Airlines flight attendant
1973 - pretty National Airlines flight attendant
1973 - onboard a National Airlines flight
1973 - onboard a National Airlines flight
1973 - National Airlines Sundrome terminal Flight Information Display System at JFK aviation airline stock photo
1973 - National Airlines Sundrome terminal Flight Information Display System at JFK aviation airline stock photo
1973 - National Airlines Sundrome terminal ticket counter at JFK aviation airline stock photo
1973 - National Airlines Sundrome terminal ticket counter at JFK aviation airline stock photo
National B747-135's N77772 & N77773, DC-10, Bud Maytag's Turbo Commander N8LB and the Francis Telesca designed National hangar
National B747-135's N77772 & N77773, DC-10, Bud Maytag's Turbo Commander N8LB and the Francis Telesca designed National hangar
1973 - National Airlines Sundrome terminal gate area at JFK aviation airline stock photo
1973 - National Airlines Sundrome terminal gate area at JFK aviation airline stock photo
1973 - First class cabin on National Airlines DC10 aviation airline stock photo
1973 - First class cabin on National Airlines DC10 aviation airline stock photo
1973 - First class lounge seating on National Airlines DC-10 aviation airline stock photo
1973 - First class lounge seating on National Airlines DC-10 aviation airline stock photo
1973 - the National Airlines ticket counter at Tampa International Airport
1973 - the National Airlines ticket counter at Tampa International Airport
1973 - National Airlines curbside at the International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport
1973 - National Airlines curbside at the International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport
1974 - National Airlines B747-135 N77773 taxiing out on the north side
1974 - National Airlines B747-135 N77773 taxiing out on the north side
1974 - National Airlines B747-135 N77773 taking off over the National Airlines corporate headquarters and maintenance base
1974 - National Airlines B747-135 N77773 taking off over the National Airlines corporate headquarters and maintenance base
1974 - National Airlines Open House at their large new hangar
1974 - National Airlines Open House at their large new hangar
1974 - National Airlines Open House at their large new hangar
1974 - National Airlines Open House at their large new hangar
1974 - two National Airlines B747-135s, a National B727 and an Air France B737 at Miami
1974 - two National Airlines B747-135s, a National B727 and an Air France B737 at Miami
1974 - National Airlines B747-135 at Miami
1974 - National Airlines B747-135 at Miami
1974 - National Airlines B747-135 at Miami
1974 - National Airlines B747-135 at Miami
1974 - National Airlines B747-135 at Miami
1974 - National Airlines B747-135 at Miami
1974 - National Airlines B747-135 at Miami
1974 - National Airlines B747-135 at Miami
1974 - National Airlines B747-135 at Miami
1974 - National Airlines B747-135 at Miami
1974 - National Airlines B747-135 N77773 Linda taking off at Miami International Airport
1974 - National Airlines B747-135 N77773 "Linda" taking off at Miami International Airport
1975 - inflight dining on National Airlines in first class - coffee with breakfast appetizer of pineapple and rolls
1975 - inflight dining on National Airlines in first class - coffee with breakfast appetizer of pineapple and rolls
OJ Simpson and Ted Knight promoting National Airlines
OJ Simpson and Ted Knight promoting National Airlines
1978 - National Airlines DC10-30 N83NA aviation airline stock photo #US7803
1978 - National Airlines DC10-30 N83NA aviation airline stock photo #US7803
National Airlines Watch Us Shine ad campaign in the late 70's
National Airlines "Watch Us Shine" ad campaign in the late 70's
National Airlines Watch Us Shine ad campaign in the late 70's
National Airlines "Watch Us Shine" ad campaign in the late 70's
National Airlines B727-235 N4747 aviation airline stock photo #US7707-7
National Airlines B727-235 N4747 aviation airline stock photo #US7707-7
National Airlines DC10-10 aviation airline stock photo #US7708
National Airlines DC10-10 aviation airline stock photo #US7708
National Airlines B727-235 N4753 aviation airline stock photo #US7709
National Airlines B727-235 N4753 aviation airline stock photo #US7709
National Airlines B727-235 N4747 aviation airline stock photo #US7710-7
National Airlines B727-235 N4747 aviation airline stock photo #US7710-7
National Airlines DC10-30 N82NA aviation airline stock photo #US7711
National Airlines DC10-30 N82NA aviation airline stock photo #US7711
National Airlines DC10-10 N66NA aviation airline stock photo #US7805
National Airlines DC10-10 N66NA aviation airline stock photo #US7805
National Airlines DC10-10 N70NA aviation airline stock photo #US7807
National Airlines DC10-10 N70NA aviation airline stock photo #US7807
National Airlines DC10-10 N70NA aviation airline stock photo #US7816
National Airlines DC10-10 N70NA aviation airline stock photo #US7816
National Airlines DC10's N62NA, N63NA, N66NA aviation airline stock photo #US7902
National Airlines DC10's N62NA, N63NA, N66NA aviation airline stock photo #US7902
National Airlines DC10's N62NA, N63NA, N66NA aviation airline stock photo #US7905
National Airlines DC10's N62NA, N63NA, N66NA aviation airline stock photo #US7905
National Airlines DC10-30 with National Base in background aviation airline stock photo #US7907
National Airlines DC10-30 with National Base in background aviation airline stock photo #US7907
National Airlines DC10 and Texas International DC9 aviation airline stock photo #US7908
National Airlines DC10 and Texas International DC9 aviation airline stock photo #US7908
National Airlines DC10-30 N83NA aviation airline stock photo #US7909
National Airlines DC10-30 N83NA aviation airline stock photo #US7909
National Airlines DC10-30 N81NA aviation airline stock photo #US7914
National Airlines DC10-30 N81NA aviation airline stock photo #US7914
National Airlines DC10 aviation airline stock photo #US7917
National Airlines DC10 aviation airline stock photo #US7917
National Airlines DC10-30 N83NA Timmi with the center landing gear retracted aviation stock photo
National Airlines DC10-30 N83NA "Timmi" with the center landing gear retracted aviation stock photo
1979 - National Airlines DC10-10 N60NA airline aviation stock photo #US7924
1979 - National Airlines DC10-10 N60NA airline aviation stock photo #US7924
The National Airlines Maintenance Base in 1979 photo #AP79 NA maintbase
The National Airlines Maintenance Base in 1979 photo #AP79 NA maintbase
National Airlines B727-235 N4734 Elaine photo #US79_NA B7272 N4734 Elaine
National Airlines B727-235 N4734 "Elaine" photo #US79_NA B7272 N4734 Elaine
1979 - National Airlines flight information display system at JFK with the Pan Am takeover coming
1979 - National Airlines flight information display system at JFK with the Pan Am takeover coming
In memory of J. Dan Brock - 2/19/16 to 5/31/05
In memory of J. Dan Brock - 2/19/16 to 5/31/05
In Memoriam - Francis Telesca AIA
In Memoriam - Francis Telesca AIA
In fond memory of Francis Telesca, AIA
In fond memory of Francis Telesca, AIA