When I was a kid, I knew all the airlines. It was like an obsession. I knew where they flew, where their gates were if they flew out of Chicago O'Hare, and what kind of equipment they used. My mom used to tell me that there were even more railroads than there were airlines, but the airline industry sent them to their graves with but a few old routes and train names to live on in the form of Amtrak.
Recently I was cleaning out my desk and found several frequent flier cards for airlines that have gone away. Many were merged into others while others went bankrupt. In some cases, you can trace the lineage. For example, Wisconsin Central changed it's name to North Central; North Central merged with Southern and Hughes Airwest to become Republic; Republic was taken over by Northwest; Northwest merged into Delta.
It's hard to believe so many of these carriers are gone. I've flown many of them (marked with **). I logged the most miles with TWA and Ozark the hard way -- 300 at a time between Chicago and St. Louis -- while working on the Anheuser-Busch account. But all those miles, including a lot earned during fare wars and triple mile deals, all rolled into American... and I am still burning them off.
How many of these airlines do you remember? And how many have you flown in your past?
Who did I miss?