N91307 (c/n 44429)
Western Air Lines' DC-6Bs were delivered at
the end of 1952, replacing the DC-4s. Eventually
fleet of thirty-three of these superb airliners was in operation by the
carrier on its routes extending
Angeles to Denver, Salt lake City, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Portland
Bill Larkins photograph above, taken at Oakland in 1955 illustrates the
original livery. My own
shot (below) was taken at WAL's LAX base in the late 1950s and
illustrates the "Indian Head" motif.
mid 1950s Western promoted its DC-6B flights as "Champagne Flights" and
this beverage was
distributed to all on board, irrespective of class of travel!
1958 saw an intensive television advert-
campaign depicting an animated bird (actually an owl) sitting astride
the tail of a DC-6B proclaiming
Air Lines.....the only way to
fly!". Appended below the photo of N91323 (an aircraft in
have many hours) are graphic profiles
done by Tim Bradley showing the three livery schemes
by WAL on its
approximate dates of these scxheme were: upper
1956-1958 lower 1958 on.....
N91323 (c/n 45178)