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zippyjet
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National Sun King Livery

Fri Aug 13, 2004 1:14 pm

If I'm not mistaken, National Airlines introduced their popular "Sun King livery around 1967. Please correct me if I'm wrong. My question is. Were there any L-188 Electras still in service at that time and adorned with this cool livery design? While on the subject of the classic National Airlines did their slogan "Airline Of The Stars" referred to celebrities and movie stars traveling on National or, was this tag line meant to convey an image of space travel? And, last but not least, in the 30's, 40's and early 1950's National was the airline of the "Route of the Buccaneers." Why did National identify itself with pirates?
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RE: National Sun King Livery

Fri Aug 13, 2004 1:41 pm

I don't have any answers to your questions myself, but I'd bet that someone at the site below might...  Big grin

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RE: National Sun King Livery

Fri Aug 13, 2004 2:01 pm

I'll try to give it a go...

Were there any L-188 Electras still in service at that time and adorned with this cool livery design?

The L-188's were already parked by this time. The latest livery they had was the Red/Blue "N" livery.

While on the subject of the classic National Airlines did their slogan "Airline Of The Stars" referred to celebrities and movie stars traveling on National or, was this tag line meant to convey an image of space travel?

While NAL carried lots of celebrities to/from South Florida (remember, back then, Miami Beach was the "Fun N Sun Capital of the World" and a really nice place to come to in the winter) it was also a reference to their livery at the time.

And, last but not least, in the 30's, 40's and early 1950's National was the airline of the "Route of the Buccaneers." Why did National identify itself with pirates?

NAL started out in St. Petersburg, FL, an area that even today has the big Gasparilla festival (and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL team) that is a celebration of Florida's, and the Tampa Bay area's, pirate heritage.

Hope this answers a lot of your questions but I also refer you to National Sundowners site http://www.nationalsundowners.com. Suzanne Miller has put one helluva site together on all eras of NAL.

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