Commercial Aviation Pioneers
Brothers from Kansas, Tom and Paul, were the founders of Braniff Airways. Paul’s plan to use fast airplanes with short turnaround times quickly found favor with his brother Tom and other investors. Braniff Airways, Inc. was officially formed in November 1930 with passenger and airmail flights between Oklahoma and Texas using two Lockheed Vegas. By 1934, Braniff had moved its base of operations and maintenance from Oklahoma City to Dallas; the administrative offices followed in 1942. The company continued to grow through mergers and expansion with flights across the United States and South America. While both Braniff brothers died in 1954, the airline continued under various names and leadership until 1982.