In 1957, after I got out of the Navy, I drove my 1954 Nash from NAS
Moffett to New York where my parents lived. I had applied for many airlines, and hit them as I drove across the USA in Jan. 1957.
Among them was Frontier, out of DEN
. I liked the idea of living there, and was warmly recieved by the Frontier Chief Pilot. He gave me a jump seat pass to fly the trips of my choice. I took a pairing that went South to ELP
, then North to Cheyenne.
Interesting. All in a DC-3, over the Rockies, through the WX
, and back to DEN
. Starting pay was $250/month. I had been making $600 as a LTjg. No Thank You, Sir. Off the MKC
for TWA, which hired me in March.
If I recall, the Frontier pilots got a screwing from UAL. They thought they'd merge, instead Frontier went under.