Transocean Air Lines        1946 - 1960
Making Movies
The High and the Mighty
Island in the Sky
Fate is the Hunter
3 Came to Kill

Folded Wings, A History of Transocean Air Lines
by Arue Szura

By Dead Reckoning
by Ralph Lewis

TAL 1946 – 1960, A Remembrance
edited by Arue Beaulieu Szura

The Story of an Unusual Airline
by Richard Thruelsen

From Another Island
by Sherry Waterman

Rebels and Reformers of the Airways
R.E.G. Davies

Forgotten Flights
Non-Scheduled and Specailty Airlines
of the United States 1945-1978
by John T. Corpening

Magazine & Newspaper Articles
Flying Handyman
Time Magazine, Monday, Nov. 22, 1948

The Daring Young Men of Transocean
a series of 3 articles, by Richard Thruelsen
August 2, 1952
August 9, 1952
August 16, 1952

Orvis Nelson of Transocean Air Lines
February 3, 1950  (Vol. 8, No.3)

TRANSOCEAN:  Air and Ground Specialists
The Martin Star, November 1951

American Aviation Historical Society
Volume 48 No.3, Fall 2003, Page 175 - 182
"Sky Gypsies" The Transocean Airline Story

Wings Over Hollywood
The Makings of "The High and the Mighty"
A Former Airline Pilot Remembers the Filming of an Aviation Classic
By Bob Shane
AIRPOWER January 2006

Irish Air Letter, The Monthly Journal of Current and Historical Irish Aviation
July 2009, No.415
Irish Aviation News

When Commercial Flying Soared, The Glory Days of Flying High With Transocean Air
San Jose Mercury News, Wednesday, July 12, 1989

Pilots' Wartime Idea Clicks, BUSINESS WEEK, August 14, 1948
Flying Fats Domino...
Two of Transocean's Convair 240s were leased to fly the eighty performers of "The Show of Stars of 1952" to
some fourteen one-night stands in the U.S. and Canada. Captains Ed Landwehr and Joe Goeller were with
the group for three weeks, with Landwehr flying most of the troupe, and Goeller the musical instruments and
some of the passengers. But the first flight left Memphis en route to Kansas City, Kansas, without Fats
Domino (early rock n roll performer, who didn't like to fly and drove his white Cadillac to Kansas City).  Once
there, however, he was convinced by the other performers that flying with Transocean was "the greatest," and
got aboard Landwehr's plane for the .next leg of the journey. Fats became a believer. He was so thrilled with
flying that he decided to buy a Convair for himself and his group. He asked Landwehr if he'd be his private
pilot, but Landwehr declined, preferring to remain with the airline.
For a while, Transocean became a flying billboard for the Domino group. The titles of some Fats' most
popular songs were painted on the nose of Captain Landwehr's plane, "I'm Walkin'," "Honky Tonk," "Yes,
Indeed!," "Blueberry Hill," and other song titles greeted the thousands of teenagers who met the aircraft at
every stop on the journey.
Charter flight to
Truth or Consequences,
Eve Clark, Rip Masters,
Martha Jane Ekstrand.  
May 1957
Orvis M. Nelson
at the
Minnesota  Aviation Hall of Fame
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World, and Transamerica Airlines, Oakland Naval
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many historic flights including Hegenberger and
Maitland, Smith and Bronte, the Dole Races, Kingsford
Smith and crew and Amelia Earhart.  Currently a very
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propeller and jet aircraft including helicopters and
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