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Flying the Main Line: A History of United Airlines

New exhibition presents more than ninety years of United Airlines’ history through artifacts and images from the collections of SFO Museum, the United Airlines Archives, and the United Airlines Historic foundation

SFO Museum is pleased to present the history of United Airlines in an exhibition showcasing its development from four small regional carriers at the dawn of commercial aviation to its major status in today’s global air transport system.  Over three-hundred historic artifacts and images are on view dating from the 1920s to the present, including model aircraft, cabin and cockpit equipment, meal service wares, promotional items, and an original 1930s Link flight trainer.

The exhibition is from the collections of SFO Museum, the United Airlines Archives, and the United Airlines Historic Foundation.  Fleet history and route development include the establishment of the “Main Line” from New York to San Francisco via Chicago beginning in the days of the open cockpit biplane. Personnel training and operations, passenger services, and loyalty programs are presented from the era of famous propeller-driven Mainliner transports, such as the Douglas DC-3, and the opening of the jet age.  Inflight amenities and marketing materials trace United’s corporate identity from the first Hawaiian service in the 1940s to today’s United Polaris experience.  
 
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Flying the Main Line: A History of United Airlines is located in Terminal 3 Boarding Area F Upper Level from July1, 2017 to March 4, 2018.  The exhibition is located post-security and is only accessible to passengers ticketed for travel through Terminal 3 and International Boarding Area G via a post-security connector.  There is no charge to view the exhibition.