Friday, June 21, 2013
Progression of TWA Firsts and Jack Frye
Image courtesy WHMCKC
Up to this point of Jack Frye's ten year span as TWA's president in 1944, this is quite a resume of aircraft development with Mr. Frye at the helm. Even more impressive is the fact that Jack as The Flying President not only flew passenger over the country, he had a large hand in the design specifications of these 5 ground breaking aircraft. Usually top tier executives leave everything up to their engineering groups. Not Jack Frye, he was an on-hands type of leader that 'knew and flew' these aircraft intimately and loved every aspect of flight
The DC-1, DC-2, DC-3, 307 Stratoliner and the greatest prop driven airliner ever conceived, the Constellation. With these five aircraft he covered the whole gamut of manufacturers including Douglas Aircraft, Boeing Aircraft and Lockheed Aircraft. It doesn't get any better than that.