This morning, I had the honor of welcoming an iconic piece of aviation history back home to Kansas City, MO. I watched the event unfold while standing on the roofÂ ofÂ what was once an early Trans World Airlines (TWA) stronghold.
Looking into the sky, I could see a tiny red speck on the horizonÂ thatÂ slowly grew into a beautiful red/white MD-83Â (reg: N948TW).Â It was something unique, and certainly not common at the Charles B. Wheeler downtown airportÂ (MKC).
Soon one of the most iconic (albeit nearly forgotten) planes to grace the Trans World fleet landed and taxied to within a few yards of TWA’s first headquartersÂ in Kansas City, and former office of Howard Hughes himself.
The TWA Wings of Pride, after 27 years of service across the world, had finally reclaimed its greatest livery and arrived back to the birthplace of its former airline, courtesy ofÂ TriStar History and PreservationÂ and their patrons.