here is the article Tbird is referring to :
FOR RELEASE: June 6, 2002
LAST AIRCRAFT IN TWA LIVERY VISITS ST. LOUIS
St. Louis - The last aircraft in the traditional TWA livery, No. 4WS, will visit St. Louis today, as it flies its last revenue flight before going to the American Airlines Kansas City Maintenance Base to be transformed into the American Airlines Silver Bird livery. The plane will arrive at St. Louis Lambert International Airport at 9:14 a.m., as Flight #2924, and depart at 10:03 a.m. as Flight #3046. The plane will arrive at St. Louis again in the afternoon, at 1:34 p.m. as Flight #2669, and depart at 2:16 p.m. as Flight #3133.
"Workers at the Kansas City Base are about to pull off a phenomenal feat, something never done before in the history of aviation," said David Campbell, vice president of the Kansas City Base. "By the end of next week they will have stripped, polished, and painted 130 airplanes in just nine months. That’s the biggest livery project ever attempted by an airline or vendor to our knowledge."
American Airlines acquired TWA in April of 2001. Since then the employees of the two airlines have contributed to the largest and most successful airline merger in the history of aviation.
"I can’t say enough about the Kansas City Maintenance workers who pulled this off in record time," Campbell continued. "On behalf of the company I wish to express our thanks and congratulations on a job well done!"
Aircraft No. 4WS, a Super 80, is also special for another reason. In 1994, it was TWA pilot Mike McDonald’s idea to have the employees of TWA lease an aircraft through payroll deductions to demonstrate pride in the company.
The aircraft was dubbed the Wings of Pride, and it entered TWA service on Sept. 16, 1994. The plane originally sported an all-red-with-white-trim livery, the reverse of
the TWA livery at that time. In 1997, the Wings of Pride got an updated look along with the rest of the TWA fleet, taking on the new red, blue, white and gold TWA livery with decals on the nose and the fuselage denoting its special status.
The Wings of Pride will roll into the Kansas City Base hangar on June 6, and leave about a week later in American Airlines livery. Nine 767s purchased by American during the TWA acquisition will not be re-branded because they will be retired next year.