Flying Voices

May 1, 2013 on 1:00 am | In Airline History | 1 Comment

This blog is primarily a commentary on the airline industry and my intent is to offer opinion and analysis on what is going on with airlines today.  From time to time, I take a walk back in time with airline history and it’s always enjoyable to do so.  Many come here originally because of the somewhat obvious ties to Braniff International in the name of this blog but I suspect many are also disappointed to see that I rarely speak of Braniff.

Today will be different.  I want to talk about an oral history project being done by two people who reside here in Texas and who originally became interested in the airline because of the fashion it set.  You might be tempted to dismiss them, I wasn’t.  The fashion that Braniff brought to the airline industry was revolutionary and it was entirely emblematic of the revolution it brought in many other ways as well.

Abra Schnur and Jacob Flores both have connections to Braniff history and both became much more interested in the airline over time.  Now they want to do something with that love they have built for an airline we lost more than 30 years ago.

This is a work of passion and one they have taken on to do at their own expense and even with a cost to their families.

Both have the right background to do the job right.

There is very little real history collected on Braniff.  There is no Robert Serling book on this airline and there won’t be.  Robert Serling is dead.  I don’t think there is anyone who can write such a book about Braniff anymore.  Those authors are gone.

I think these folks want to preserve a little of what made Braniff International great.  I think they want to be honest brokers and I think that they have an opportunity to succeed.

So, whether you are a fan of the entire airline industry or just Braniff, I would like to ask you to do a few things and none of them cost you much at all.

  1. Go to their Facebook page called Flying Voices and “like” them.  They need some love.
    Seriously.  Go do it now.  I’ll wait while you click the link above.
  2. Go to their website and read more about their project and form an opinion of what they want to do.  Their website is, oddly enough, FlyingVoices.Org.
  3. Go to their crowd funding website on Indiegogo.com and give them some money.  You can find the second round of their appeal here.

Go find out what these people are doing and see what you can do to help them out.  If you can’t spare money but you can spare time or materials, ask them how you can help.

Are you a former Braniff employee or Braniff family member?  Then get in touch with them and see if you can participate in their project.

I’ll issue a challenge to my readers and other airline bloggers:  I’ve just given Flying Voices another donation and this time I’ve made it $50.  I challenge all of you to give at least $10 to a project that I think will result in something pretty special.

Wouldn’t it be fun to preserve a legend as a group?

 

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