I'm just finishing up reading "Southwest Passage", a detailed history of the creation and life of Southwest airlines, written by Lamar Muse, a primary creator of the airline. An excellent book, very easy to read and understand, yet full of information and statistics.
As in any company, there were people that worked well together, and others that didn't. In this case, Muse and at least one of his board members, Rollin King, were constantly at odds. Which brings me to a couple of questions:
Southwest has a number of planes named for current and former executives of the airline:
a) N52SW named after Herbert Kelleher
b) N67SW named after Rollin W. King
c) N71SW named after Donald G. Ogden
d) N96SW named after Fred J. Jones
e) N365SW named after Herbert D. Kelleher
f) N607SW named after June M. Morris
1) Why wasn't there a plane named after Lamar Muse?
2) When were the above planes (especially the -200's) given their names? I'm wondering if it was after Muse left the airline, and if Rollin King wouldn't allow one to be named after Muse?
3) Who was Fred J. Jones?
Seems to me Southwest would want to remember Lamar Muse in some way.
Tom at MSY