Transport Curtiss Carrier Pigeon
National Air Transport was the
first company registered specifically to operate as an airline.
date was 21 May 1925. When I worked for Western Airlines
they always claimed they were the
nation's oldest airline (incorporated 13 July 1925) by virtue of the
fact that they had retained the same
name (or close
to it), whereas NAT had been merged into United in 1930. NAT was
financial wizard Clement M. Keys
who had first floated North American Aviation in 1925 as a holding
company. His backing came from both New York and Chicago.
NAA had, as subsidiaries (among
other things) the Curtiss
Aeroplane Company, National Air Transport and Transcontinental Air
port. I'm telling you, this guy was a promoter supreme.
Anyway, NAT was originally started with 10
Curtiss (what else) Carrier Pigeons and the two depicted on this page
(No 1 and No 8) are from images
obtained in the 1940s from United Air Lines.