Transocean Air Lines 1946 - 1960
The Birth of Transocean...
Ralph Lewis, By Dead Reckoning, Paladwr Press
Word that a new airline was in the offing spread quickly with Captain Nelson's first call,
and the response was overwhelming. Looking for employment and happy that the war
was over, applicants from all branches of the armed services rushed to the Oakland
Airport, hoping to land a job with this fledgling airline. I remember seeing the long
rag-tag line that stretched away from the International Terminal Building, out the door,
down the steps, and all the way back to the airport restaurant, a distance of a hundred
yards or more. Many were in civilian clothes but others, still wearing various military
uniforms, were trailing duffel bags.
Yes, indeed, those were halcyon days. We were all young and overflowing with
enthusiasm for what we saw as a chance to break ground with a new airline. We
wanted to have our place in the sun as pioneers and innovators. The romance and
promise of commercial flying ... the excitement and exuberance of this bunch of young
hopefuls would provide the spirit that was soon to become Transocean Air Lines.