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The Story of Mohawk Airlines (1945 – 1972)


First headquartered in Ithaca, NY, Mohawk Airlines operated from the Oneida County Airport in Oriskany, NY. It was a regional passenger airline that lined the Mid-Atlantic area of the United States from the mid-Forties till it was purchased by Allegheny Airlines in 1972.

At its peak, it employed over 2,200 personnel. It was a pioneer in regional airline operations, together with being the primary airline within the United States to rent an African American flight attendant and the primary to supply a pressurized cabin.

Many readers will bear in mind when Mohawk Airlines Flight 411, a Fairchild FH-227B twin-engine turboprop, crashed into Pilot Knob Mountain above Lake George on November 19, 1969 whereas flying from Albany to Glens Falls.  All 14 passengers and crew on board have been killed.

On December 3 at 2:00 p.m., the Oneida County History Center will host Jim Coulthart, an area newbie army aviation historian, who will share his analysis on Mohawk Airlines. This hour-long presentation covers the historical past of central New York’s regional airline, from the early years as Robinson Airline by way of to its demise within the early Nineteen Seventies.

Coulthart will focus on the group’s evolution, key personalities, plane, and a number of other air crash tragedies. Admission is free for most of the people; donations are inspired.

Contact the History Center at 315-735-3642 or go to the OCHC web site (www.oneidacountyhistory.org) for added info.

Illustration: Promotional Brochures for Mohawk Valley Airlines.

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