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Southwest 'Model' Planes Ready for Takeoff


Scale model airplanes are a fixture for many of us “AvGeeks.”  I have more than 20 small-scale models in my personal collection and manage more than 30 bigger models as part of the Southwest Company archives.  Some of my favorite are the 11 Southwest flagship aircraft that pay a special tribute to many of the destinations our airline proudly serves with our all Boeing 737 fleet. Southwest is so proud of these special aircraft that we have 1:20 scale models suspended in the lobby of our Corporate Headquarters in Dallas. But have you ever wondered how aircraft models are made? The answer is with LUV by a group of professional model makers who share our passion for aviation.  Then it's up to a very special group of Southwest Employees to maintain one of the most recognizable photo ops on Southwest's corporate campus.
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I'm a big SWA fan, especially into the 1970s era. I do have a few SWA models that are vintage as well along with other SWA memorabilia from the 1970s. Speaking of models what ever happened to the large scale models from the 1970s? I have a few inflight magazines from the 70s and I see large scale models displayed at airport gates and other events. Just curious.