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Recount an exciting chapter in aviation history and the beginnings of the Air Line Pilots Association, the world's largest pilot union and nongovernmental air safety organization, through an abridged retelling of the book by George E. Hopkins, "Flying the Line." Narrated by Corey Kuhn.

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Recount an exciting chapter in aviation history and the beginnings of the Air Line Pilots Association, the world's largest pilot union and nongovernmental air safety organization, through an abridged retelling of the book by George E. Hopkins, "Flying the Line." Narrated by Corey Kuhn.

    Chapter 12 (Part 1)-”The TWA Strike of 1946”

    Chapter 12 (Part 1)-”The TWA Strike of 1946”

    Advancements in aircraft design inevitably lead to increased efficiency and productivity. With TWA priding itself on being at the forefront of aircraft design and technology, it was all but certain that TWA’s drive to be at the leading edge of air travel would lead to labor unrest with their pilots. Hear how ALPA navigated the tension between increased efficiencies and ensuring its members continued to receive the pay and benefits they deserved. 

    • 16 min
    Chapter 11 (Part 2)-”Wartime!”

    Chapter 11 (Part 2)-”Wartime!”

    In the midst of the United States fighting a global war, ALPA fought to protect its pilots. With airline operators using wartime needs as an excuse to roll back flying limits, ALPA successfully navigated the tension between maintaining the safety of the aviation system, and fulfilling its patriotic duty. Hear how ALPA led its pilots to victory against the complex tapestry of patriotism and aviation safety.

    • 18 min
    Chapter 11 (Part 1)-”Wartime!”

    Chapter 11 (Part 1)-”Wartime!”

    In the early years of its existence, ALPA made considerable gains in protecting pay and benefits for pilots flying the line. In addition to the gains in labor, ALPA also wielded great power and influence that rivaled the large industrialists of that era. However, with the drumbeats of war growing ever closer to U.S. shores, everything that ALPA had gained up to that moment was at risk of being lost in the name of national security and patriotism.

    • 23 min
    Chapter 10 (Part 2)-”Dave Behncke: An American Success Story”

    Chapter 10 (Part 2)-”Dave Behncke: An American Success Story”

    Dave Behncke's path to becoming the founder and head of ALPA was not a direct one. While Behncke finally achieved the military assignment he had coveted, it was short-lived. This, along with several other setbacks in his career, convinced him that the decks were stacked against him. Learn about how his failures drove him to become a successful labor leader at the head of one of the most powerful unions of the 20th century. 

    • 12 min
    Chapter 10 (Part 1)-”Dave Behncke: An American Success Story”

    Chapter 10 (Part 1)-”Dave Behncke: An American Success Story”

    Learn about the origins and story of ALPA's first president, Dave Behncke. Join us to retrace Behncke's journey from a small Midwestern farm to the head of one of the largest and most powerful labor unions.

    • 13 min
    Chapter 9-”The Rise and Fall of the TWA Pilots' Association” (Part 2)

    Chapter 9-”The Rise and Fall of the TWA Pilots' Association” (Part 2)

    The flight that killed U.S. Senator Bronson Cutting from New Mexico brought renewed scrutiny to the airline accident investigations process. Until this point, "pilot error" was a commonly cited cause for accidents. However, because a prominent politician was involved in the crash of TWA Flight 6, the U.S. Commerce Department played a large role in the fallout. Meanwhile, the management of TWA knew that they would eventually fall under increased scrutiny, and realized that the company-sponsored "TWA Pilots Association" and their opposition to an independent airline accident investigation agency proposed by ALPA and Dave Behncke would quickly be unpopular with the public at large.

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

33years of flying the line. ,

Every airline pilot needs to know our history.

Fly the Line is a must read for all pilots. If you don’t know history you are bound to repeat it. So many sacrificed so much for us to get were we are today, don’t let their hard work go to waste.

sderigne ,

History Repeating Itself

Very interesting. It’s amazing how history repeats itself in the airline industry and the problems of the first generation of pilots are almost still the same today

grumpy777 ,

If people only knew

Very informative and interesting. Good lessons for Lacie and management both. I wish I could binge-listen to the whole book. Can't wait until the next episode.

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