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TWA Pioneer
D. W. "Tommy Tomlinson"
April 28, 1897 - January 7, 1996
Vice President of Engineering, and Chief Research Test Pilot for Transcontinental and Western Air.

Naval Captain
Navy Pilot of the 1920s, Tomlinson's Navy "Sea Hawks" were the predesessors to the "Blue Angels."

Navy Captain Tommy Tomlinson
"THE SKY'S THE LIMIT" written by Tomlinson in 1930, but for Tommy... the sky was not the limit. Naval Air Transport WWII... Know as a Champion Flyer of the 1920s, Famous High Altitude Test Pilot of the 1930s...Engineer of the Douglas Transport, DC-1, his specs for TWA set Donald Douglas in the forefront of passenger transportation with the DC-2 and DC-3.

Read an excerpt from Tommy's book Here
"THE SKY'S THE LIMIT" written by Tomlinson in 1930
'The Three Sea Hawks'
'The Three Sea Hawks'
Bill Davis, Tommy Tomlinson and Putt Storrs


A True Pioneer of the Stratosphere

Tomlinson and the Northrop Gamma NX-13758 ,"Over weather Experimental Laboratory"
Right, Tomlinson and the Northrop Gamma NX-13758 ,"Over weather Experimental Laboratory" he made famous. TWA file photo 1936.

Read Tommy's research letter, Nearing the Stratosphere Here


Read about Tomlinson in an excerpt from the book 'Howard Hughes' Airline: An Informal History of TWA' by Robert J. Serling. Here
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Tomlinson and the Northrop Gamma NX-13758 ,"Over weather Experimental Laboratory"

Tomlinson and the Northrop Gamma NX-13758 ,"Over weather Experimental Laboratory"
Tomlinson and the Northrop Gamma NX-13758 ,"Over weather Experimental Laboratory"
Above article submitted by Patrick Chateau of T.W.A.





































This Transcontinental and Western Air ad ran in the New York Times, May 1, 1935.

Paul E. Richter Jr., Executive Vice President of T.W.A., presents Tommy Tomlinson with a trophy Paul E. Richter Jr., Executive Vice President of T.W.A., presents Tommy Tomlinson with a trophy, for yet another high altitude record... the "Paramount Pictures Gold Cup" for outstanding achievement in Aviation.

This advertisement shows Tommy, center, in his TWA Captain's uniform, and inset, stepping into his Northrop Gamma NX-13758. "He out flew the weather for Extra Speed." Left - This advertisement shows Tommy, center, in his TWA Captain's uniform, and inset, stepping into his Northrop Gamma NX-13758. "He out flew the weather for Extra Speed."

See a larger image. Here
Paul E. Richter Jr., Executive Vice President of T.W.A., presents Tommy Tomlinson with a trophy
Tommy's Early Years

Tommy Tomlinson Tommy Tomlinson & his Jenny

The three Sea Hawks at an air show Tommy Tomlinson
Tommy Tomlinson Tommy Tomlinson

Some materials for this Web page came from D.W "Tommy" Tomlinson's book "The Sky's the Limit," published in 1930,
(as submitted by Ruth Richter).

For more on DANIEL WEBB "TOMMY" TOMLINSON see the Davis-Monthan Field Register Here

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