Lockheed L-749 Constellation N1552V
in Seattle 1969 - Mel Lawrence
By 1951 Douglas DC-6B airliners were introduced
on the West Coast routes.
Douglas DC-6B in 1950s
1959 saw the introduction of turboprop Lockheed
Electras on the Seattle to Los Angeles route. The
photo below shows the Native American Indian head on the
front of the cheatline.
this image of America's original people because it was the
first airline in the US to begin scheduled and sustained
Lockheed L-188 Electra N9744C at
SFO in 1968 - Mel Lawrence
1961 saw the introduction of a fleet of 13
Boeing 720Bs which were introduced in the current livery
of the time. They would remain in service into the
Boeing 720B in original 1961 livery
1967 the airline merged with PNA - Pacific
Northern Airlines who flew routes throughout Alaska
with a fleet of Constellations and Boeing 720B jets.
Both the jets and the routes were incorporated into
In 1968 Boeing 707-320C jets were purchased as
toward an all-jet fleet ideal.
Boeing 707-320C N1541W in 1970 livery
- SFO 1974 - John P Stewart
1968 also saw the purchase of a fleet of Boeing
737-200s. These 737s would take over from the fleet of turboprop
Boeing 737-200 in 1970 'W' livery
Boeing 727-200 jets were also ordered in 1968.
Boeing 727-200 in 1970 'W' livery
A fleet of Douglas DC10-10s were delivered
from April 1973 and named ' Spaceships
' by Western.
Toward the end of the- 1970s an international service to
London-Gatwick was introduced using Douglas DC10-10s.
DC10-10 N915WA at Gatwick in 1980-
During the 1980s Western
experimented with a new all-silver livery.
This allowed the aircraft to fly with less paint and therefore
Boeing 737-200 in
all-silver 'W' livery 1980s