The Accomplishments of Transocean Air Lines
Transocean Air Lines        1946 - 1960
Major Services on Behalf of the
United States Government
Major Services on Behalf of
Commercial Aviation
•        Air Transport Command, two trips per day
•        California-Hawaii, eleven months
•        USN AND CAA, operation Landing Aids
Experiment Station, Arcata, California, three
•        U.S. Army airlift, 750 military dependents
•        U.S. Army Engineers, 25,000-30,000
civilian defense workers transported to and
from Pacific bases
•        U.S. Army, 2,700 military dependents
Germany-United States
•        U.S. Army, 700 military dependents
•        International Refugee Organization of
United Nations, 25,000 war refugees Munich to
Caracas, Venezuela
•        USAF, 100 transatlantic flights, United
States-Europe, in support of the Berlin Airlift
•        150 C-46 aircraft ferry, United States-
•        13,000 International Refugee
Organization evacuees from Shanghai
•        USN, weekly cargo flights Seattle-Adak,
two years
•        MATS, weekly cargo fights California-
Orient, one year
•        USN, airlift and bush flying in Alaska,
Petroleum No. 4 (PET 4) Project, two years
•        USAF, Korean airlift, 25-35 flights per
month California-Tokyo, termination: February
•        U.S. Army, movement of domestic military
personnel, 1951-1957
•        USN and Interior Department, scheduled
passenger, cargo, and mail flights throughout
the Trust Territories, 1951 to July 1960
•        MATS, en route service to military
transport aircraft at Wake Island
•        USN, modifications and overhaul of R5C-
1 aircraft (U.S. Navy model designation of a C-
46 aircraft)
•        U.S. Army, 360 military dependents
across the Pacific
•        U.S. Army, transportation of 3,400 military
dependents Europe-United States, two months
•        U.S. Army, transportation of 3,000 military
dependents Europe-United States,
•        Completed 43 months of Korean Airlift,
flew 17,750,489 aircraft miles, 92,035 aircraft
hours, 13.7 hours average daily aircraft
•        U.S. Army, transportation of 306 military
dependents Europe-United States, six months
•        USAF, miscellaneous flights, United
•        MATS, 206 flights transporting 30,000 U.
S. Army personnel and dependents across the
Atlantic in a single month, believed a record for
commercial airlines
•        MATS contract to service and maintain all
MATS aircraft in transit at Transocean's Wake
Island base
•        Established aircraft overhaul operation at
Honolulu to aid Department of Defense.
Contract, overhaul F-86 aircraft of Hawaii
National Guard
•        Awarded six months contract by MATS to
fly 190 tons of cargo per month route support
Travis Air Force Base Japan
•        Taloa Academy of Aeronautics awarded
contract by the 6th Army to train Army pilots for
instrument ratings
•        Operation Quick-Trans, one-year DC-4
cargo operation between USAF Bases in the U.
•        AEMCO held one-year contract for
supporting MATS trips out of Wake Island
•        California-Manila flight gave Philippines first postwar commercial air
link with U.S. mainland
•        Contract with Philippine Air Lines to operate international service to the
U.S. and Europe
•        Extended PAL California-Manila international service to Shanghai, re-
establishing an important trade route to expedite recovery of the Philippines
•        Taloa Academy of Aeronautics established to meet GI and civilian need
for airline pilot and air crew training
•        Established operations and maintenance base at Windsor Locks,
Connecticut, to supply Oakland base, and expanded exploratory and
supplementary commercial operations to Atlantic and Europe
•        Made emergency flights from California to London and Paris
transporting food and clothing to the needy of Europe
•        Transported 600 college students from the U.S. to Europe and return
on foreign vacation trips, the first transatlantic aircoach service
•        Transported 800 deep sea fishermen from California and Washington,
to Naknek, Alaska
•        Transocean was the first airline to conceive of the idea and inaugurate
California-Hawaii air tourist common carrier service. Later, other airlines and
travel agencies also began booking group tours to the Hawaiian Islands
•        Pioneered mass air transportation of hundreds of thousands of
pilgrims participating in the Moslem hajj traveling to Jeddah
•        Established operations and maintenance bases at Wake Island and
Guam to handle its expanding commercial operations
•        Inaugurated twice weekly refugee service between Rome and Caracas,
•        Entered into interline traffic exchange and ticketing agreements with
major U.S. and foreign scheduled air carriers
•        Established Air Jordan-national carrier for the Hashemite Kingdom of
•        Initial stage of Trust Territory operation to provide scheduled air service
to the Marshall, Marianas, and Caroline Islands of the Pacific under the
auspices of the United Nations and the Department of Interior. Transocean
continued to serve the people of Micronesia until 1960
•        Established division in the Middle East aimed to develop aviation in
•        Contract to establish Pakistani domestic and international airline
services for Pak-Air, Ltd.
•        Expanded commercial operations in Pacific and Atlantic to 2,134,644
revenue miles, 60,504,124 passenger miles, and 752,032 cargo ton miles-
72 percent of total operations for the year
•        First TAL aircraft encircled the globe in March 1949. On board were
Orvis Nelson and a crew of eleven. Aircraft left Oakland, proceeded to
Bradley Field, Gander, Shannon, Frankfurt, Rome, Damascus, Syria,
Karachi, Calcutta, Hong Kong, Okinawa, Tokyo, Guam, Wake, Honolulu, and
back to TAL headquarters at Oakland. Total flying time: 94 firs 55 min
•        Start of the Korean Airlift. Commercial operations limited to meet travel
emergencies. 35 to 40 monthly California Japan flights, supplying 11 percent
of the total lift provided by scheduled and irregular carriers combined
•        Korean Airlift continued occupying most of TAL capacity
•        Inauguration of domestic service in Japan for Japan Air Lines under
joint contract with JAL and Northwest Airlines
•        Carried 1,500 fishermen from California to Alaska
•        Korean Airlift continued. Commercial operations limited to special
emergency flights
•        Later in year inaugurated U.S.-Europe cargo service under contract with
Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS)
•        Modified and delivered a fleet of five DC-4 aircraft to Saudi Arabia,
including one aircraft with a built-in throne for use of King Ibn Saud
•        With declining military airlift needs, TAL again focused attention on
commercial services Inaugurated low-cost tour service U.S.-Hawaii
•        Contracted with government of Afghanistan to establish and operate
commercial air service between Kabul and Cairo
•        Taloa Academy of Aeronautics trained twelve Japanese airmen for
service on Japan's domestic airline
•        Contracted with Iranian government for management and operations of
Iranian Air Lines
•        Inaugurated international service, Tokyo-San Francisco for Japan Air
•        Taloa Academy of Aeronautics expanded commercial training of airmen
to meet demand of returning Korean War GI's. In six years the school trained
1,400 students from ten nations
•        Research division developed system of external aircraft warning lights
to meet air transportation industry emergency
•        Trained and licensed pilots for Lufthansa, the German airline
•        Contracted with United Air Lines for major overhaul of' DC-3 fleet, over
18 months
•        Designed and constructed DC-4 simulator for crew training, the first
such safety device to be built by an airline
•        Thousands of monkeys carried from Manila and India to the U.S. in
support of Anti-Polio Salk Vaccine Program
•        Taloa Academy of Aeronautics introduced new training courses to train
private and executive pilots for winter flying
•        Contract to supply navigators for Lufthansa's transatlantic service
•        By its tenth birthday, Transocean had flown more than one billion
passenger miles and eighty-five million cargo ton-miles
•        Taloa Academy of Aeronautics' DC-4 flight simulator used by MGM for
the filming of scenes for Julie, starring Doris Day. The simulator was built by
the company for its flight safety program and the cockpit interior was
completely authentic
•        Renewed contract to provide airlift and mercy service in the nearly
3,000,000 square mile Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, a service the
company had rendered with distinction for the previous five years
•        August 1955 to August 1956, major overhaul successfully completed
on twenty-one United Air Lines DC-3s
•        Performed major reconstruction on the Braathens airline DC-4s and
performed major overhaul of DC-4s for Thai Airways
•        Inaugurated Honolulu and Pacific Islands flights as a supplemental
carrier in accordance with a published schedule. (Transocean was the first
airline to introduce the term supplemental, later adopted by the CAB which
cynically spurned the very carrier that had generated the idea)
•        Provided transatlantic services on the Hungarian Airlift and laid plans
for tourist charter service to Europe
•        Established Orient tour program patterned after Honolulu tour operation
•        Stratocruisers flew scheduled airline service Honolulu-Guam; also
Oakland-Chicago/New York City/Los Angeles
•        Stratocruisers flew scheduled airline service Oakland-Honolulu-Wake-
•        Transocean employees at Guam continued the Trust Territory operation
until the end of the contract in July 1960
•        Flight Enterprises, Inc., continued operations on the East coast until
approximately 1963
•        Aircraft Engineering and Maintenance Company continued operations
under auspices of Atlas Corporation until 1964