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Letter From a TWA Airline Pilot

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A behind-the-scenes look at early TWA airline operations as we follow Captain Pete Martin and the TWA staff as they fly passengers across the United States. Special emphasis on Kansas City and New York.

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We follow TWA airline Constellation pilot Pete Martin as he shows us what it is like to work at TWA. He shows us behind the scenes and takes us onboard his Connie flight from Los Angeles to New York La Guardia. However, Pete was on a crew change at Kansas City, Missouri.

We watch how fabulous TWA airline meals are made and served on long flights across the country.

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There is a lot of the operation in Kansas City shown in this movie, including crew training.

In the film, we see the Star of France and the Star of Alaska aircraft.

Pete Martin has 18,000 flying hours and has been a pilot since 1933.

We go through the pre-flight briefing and get ready for takeoff.

The flight follows antiquated navigational aids.

You will be introduced to what goes into making up your flight by observing all the necessary operations from ticketing to the touchdown.

You are taken through all phases that add up to a safe and enjoyable trip during the post-WWII years, including food preparation, pre-flight preparation, weather analysis, pre-flighting the plane, plane loading, and take off.

A special feature is controller-pilot and pilot-co-pilot communication so necessary to coordinate complex airport operations and flight Other worthy segments include a primer on the basics of flying in IFR conditions (bad weather, low visibility conditions) through the sky and to touch down, glimpses into the maintenance of pilot skills and health and detailed footage of TWA maintenance and overhauls.

Take the flight and sharpen your “behind the scene” knowledge of the operation of the Super-Constellation and TWA and enjoy some spectacular bonus footage such as views of the Grand Canyon from the sky; pilot deck crew running through the pre-takeoff checklist in the cockpit; actual instrument flying with the panel instruments through the sky and the approach; the bustle and discipline of a plane overhaul in the shop.

If you are a TWA airline or Constellation buff, you will enjoy this.

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1 review for Letter From a TWA Airline Pilot

  1. Kurt Anderson (verified owner)

    As a former TWA pilot myself, I *HAD* to have this video. It was a fantastic addition to my collection and is a “MUST-HAVE” to see what went on behind the scenes back in the Connie days. Thanks, Steve!!!

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