Western Airlines – Photos through Time

Western Airlines, also known as Western Air Express in its earlier years was founded in 1926 with a sole air mail route from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles. Western eventually grew to a fleet size of 78 aircraft serving 56 destinations primarily in the Western United States. In 1986 Western merged with Delta Airlines and was fully absorbed on April 1, 1987.

This 8″ x 10″ photo collection was donated by Vahan Skenderian who worked at Los Angeles World Airports and later at Western Airlines. They were scanned on a high resolution scanner. The High Resolution scans and originals are archived within the Flight Path Museum.

1926

1926

Douglas M-2

Stearman Model-4D

1926

1928

1928

Fokker F-10 Tri-Motor

Boeing 204 Flying Boat

Lockheed-Air-Express

1928

1929

1929

Sikorsky S-38A Amphibian

Boeing Model 95

1929

1930

1930

Fokker-F-32

Boeing Model 40

Northrop Alpha

Lockheed Vega

1930

1932

1932

Fokker F-32

1932

1934

1934

Douglas DC-2

Clark GA-43

1934

1935

1935

Boeing 247D

1935

1937

1937

WACO EQC-6

Douglas DST

Douglas DC-3

1937

1942

1942

Lockheed Lodester

1942

1946

1946

Douglas DC-4

North American AT-6A

1946

1948

1948

Convair 240

1948

1959

1959

Lockheed Electra II

 

1959

1961

1961

Boeing 720B Fanjet

Boeing 720B Fanjet

1961

1968

1968

Boeing 737 Twinjet

Boeing 737 Twinjet

Boeing 707-347C

1968

1969

1969

Boeing 727-247

Boeing 727-247

Boeing 727-247

Boeing 727-247

1969

1971

1971

Boeing 720B Fanjet

Douglas DC-10

1971