|The original incorporation documents for Air Southwest Co.|
|Leaving Kansas City|
Our first stop was a tour around Southwest's headquarters. It is a truly amazing place, which feels more like a gigantic family living room than an office building. There are almost no blank spaces on the walls, as they are filled with many photos of Southwest's employees and history.
|Walls filled with photos! Fun Fact: I have the "Airplanes" poster in the upper right hanging in my cubicle at KCI Airport!|
|The lobby I have seen in many photos online before. It was nice to actually be seeing it in person!|
|The Lousy $13 room.|
|Here is the inside of one of the rooms, which has a large photo of a 737-200 and Southwest employees|
Fun looking murals also covered the walls throughout the headquarters!
There were also a lot of mannequins dressed up in Southwest Airlines uniforms from the past and present. There were some pretty cool and unique ones!
Another fun portion of Southwest's history was the "Malice in Dallas", which was a dispute between Southwest Airlines and a Virginia general aviation company over the use of the slogan "Just Plane Smart". Instead of having a lawsuit, the CEOs of both companies had an arm wrestling match over who could use the slogan. Here is a photo of Herb Kelleher's "training belt", which included bottles of Wild Turkey and cigarettes!
|Herb Kelleher's Training Belt|
|The Emerging Media work area|
While walking through the headquarters I noticed some seriously cool culture related items! Here are some of the many t-shirts from Southwest's history. The pajamas on the right were given out to employees on the day they "put the 737-200 to bed" and retired it from the fleet in a slumber-party themed event!
I know this next photo will make a lot of my #AvGeek friends jealous. Just before finishing up the tour at Southwest's headquarters Brian and I went to the outdoor patio and watched aircraft take off from Love Field!
The day continued by taking a trip to the Frontiers of Flight museum. It is an amazing place that I would recommend to anyone with even a slight interest in aviation. It has some cool exhibits, including this amazing one on the history of Southwest Airlines! It has the front section of a 737-200, and an entire 737-300 that has some cool displays inside of it!
The museum also has a unique exhibit on Braniff International!
After going to the museum Brian and I headed up to the DFW Founders plaza for some plane spotting. The pattern in place for that day at DFW did not make for good photography, but it was still a great experience. One of the things I enjoyed about the Founders Plaza was that they were playing live audio from one of the control towers at DFW!
On the way back to Dallas Love Field we had some pit stops at some of the other Dallas airports as well.
|An eagle still on the building from American Airlines days|
Here is a photo of a unique ice cream cone shaped control tower at the Alliance Airport, where American Airlines does a lot of their wide body maintenance work.
|How often do you see an ice cream cone shaped control tower?|
|Crash site of Delta 191, you can still see some dents in the white structures from the accident|
After a fun AvGeek filled day in Dallas, it was time to head back to Kansas City! I'd like to give a special thank you to Brian Lusk for showing me around, and providing me with a lot of great insight into Southwest Airlines and a lot of the history of the airline industry!