Photos of the Week: Allegheny’s Livery Lives On

American’s heritage designs honor carriers from its past

By BlueSkyStaff

Published November 21, 2022

Read Time: 2 mins


Occasionally in this space we run vintage aviation photos—typically iconic planes of years gone by that flew for airlines that no longer exist or were merged into larger entities.

Few are more iconic to this region than Allegheny Airlines, which initially launched as a mail service in 1939 called All American Aviation Co., owned by members of the du Pont family.

After evolving into a passenger service, it became Allegheny Airlines in 1953 and began connecting Pittsburgh to cities across the U.S.

In 1979, the airline changed its name to USAir (and eventually to US Airways), with Greater Pittsburgh International Airport as its hometown hub.

The airline merged with American in 2015, keeping the American name and branding. However, as a nod to the airline’s rich history, the carrier unveiled a series of heritage liveries honoring the airlines that merged over the years to become the modern-day American Airlines.

Simple Flying chronicled many of these special liveries in an August story found here.

Luckily for us, Harry Gaydosz recently chronicled the retro Allegheny Airlines livery on the airfield at Pittsburgh International Airport and shared it with us.

And aviation beauty shots wouldn’t be complete without a beautiful sunset from the air.

Jill Frinzi, of Uniontown, Pa., captured this shot while flying from Pittsburgh to Minneapolis aboard a Delta plane.

“The picture to me looked like two skies, one above with the sunset and the lower with the clouds below our Delta flight,” Frinzi told us.

Thanks, Harry and Jill, for sharing these great photos!

Our readers continue to pass along shots of unique aircraft, international airports, historical events, gorgeous views and even family vacation photos for this feature. We love them! Keep them coming — you can click here for submission guidelines.

A Delta Air Lines flight passes above cloud layers while chasing a sunset. (Photo submitted by Jill Frinzi)

Go to Top