Airlines Martin 2-0-2 N93052 (c/n 9142)
In 1951 California Central Airlines acquired
five Martin 2-0-2s from Northwest. N93052 seen
this image from the William T. Larkins collection, was named "City of San Francisco".
The shot below
illustrates clearly the integral
rear staircase of the Martin 2-0-2. This entry way
cut down on
number of ground crew required to service the aircraft at quick
stops. By this
Central were billing themselves as the "Air Lounge" line.
Unfortunately they couldn't
profitable with their $9.99 one way Oakland to Burbank fare, and went
bankrupt in 1954.
did, nevertheless prove that the public were ready for such no frills
service and were,
in fact, a
forerunner of the likes of today's
Southwest and Jet Blue.
Three of Martin fleet went to
Airlines. At the foot of the page is a Bill Larkins color shot,
showing the very attractive
livery worn by these Martins.