Thomas E. Braniff
Braniff Airways
1930–1954
Braniff Airways
1930–1954
Braniff received his first airmail contract from the federal government in 1934, four years after founding Braniff Airways. In 1952, Braniff acquired Mid-Continent Airlines, which made Braniff Airways the sixth largest airline in the U.S. and the twelfth largest in the world. Braniff built a $35 million dollar airline, the only major airline named for an individual.

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