Columbian airline (first in Americas), second in the world. Used Junkers seaplanes
"Barnstorming", ie flying to podunk towns and giving people plane rides for money. Age 21, but his ambitions reached much higher. He envisioned and researched areas to build future "airports" with "planes radiating in all directions".
25-yo airmail pilot, motivated by $27k prize surrounded by advertising interests. Became a massive celebrity. His return created the "Lindy hop".
Born rich, went to Yale, named after "Juanita" (not Cuban at all). Was present at Lindbergh's ticker-tape parade, got in contact with him, convinced him to join.
CEO American Airlines
Pan Am with Juan Trippe
Initially started making boilers and radiators
First all-metal aircraft
("B&W") William Boeing and George Westervelt created the wooden Boeing Model 1, sold 50 to the Navy, then started airmail contracts
Using an enclosed, pressurized modified version of an open-air biplane (DH9A), test conducted by the US. Later (1931) the Junkers Ju49 was the first aircraft designed from the start to operate at high altitudes (pressurized cabin).
American Airlines' electronic reservation board, replacing the old system of index cards representing flights.
Installed at La Guardia airport for American Airlines, inspired by the magnetic drum tech in Howard Aiken's Harvard Mark I. Took 1.2 seconds/query and could store info for 1000 flights. A number of Resorvisors were sold to other airlines and other industries like train reservations.
The reservisor only stored flight capacity information. Passenger information had to be correlated by-hand. The reserwriter, created through an IBM collaboration, allowed this information to be stored on punched cards to be associated with the flight information.
First real-time system, built to monitor soviet missiles and provide US command and control capabilities. Cost more than the Manhatten project.
Contracted for American Airlines, went online with two IBM 7090s.
Programmed Airline Reservation System, the generalization of earlier reservations systems by IBM. It was created for the System/360, thus could scale to different sizes of airlines.
ACP (Airline Control Program) was the OS for PARS, developed out of SABRE. In 69, it was refactored into a standalone component aside PARS.
IBM's generalized aircraft reservation system evolved into a generalized "transaction processing" system, TPF (Transaction Processing Facility). This generalized real-time networked processing system is used by hotels, 911 emergency lines, credit card processing, etc.