Airport of 1920s-1930s
New England & Western Air
Transportation Co. Inc.
Springfield Massachusetts Operation
---Boston-Springfield--Hartford ( Brainard Field) -Albany NY--NY City (
Jackson Hts. -Grand Central Air Terminal)
Operated only few months in
Schedule on line is dated July 26th, 1930
Web Site about Tait family that ran Springfield Airport---The Tait
Brothers were wealthy Dairy men in area.
Another site on Springfield Tait family & aircraft
News Clippings About the Airport or Tait Family (Word File)
Tait Family History Web Site
Tait News Clippings
Tait Icecream Sign
Tait Brothers IceCream Add
Tait Brothers IceCream Add Bird
Early 1900s Tait Brothers Ice Cream business bird
The top is a metal bird which is anchored by what appears to
be a nail in the wooden yellow base.
The bird measures 2 1/4 inches tall and acrossed the base is 1/4 inch.
The base of the piece is wooden, rounded, and it reads, "Worth Chirping
For, Tait Bros. Venetian Ice Cream, Pilgrim Novelty Co, Prov. R.I." The
yellow part looks like paper that was applied onto the wood, not painted
directly on.The metal base at the bird reads, "Patented 1913" in the metal.
Site up dated as of 11-16-2007
This was part of the professional
photographer's studio in Springfield ( Art Photo) I bought back in 1960s
that contained 1920-1940 images.!
I think the Ford Tri-Motor airplane in view is marked #3.
The black man on left clothes looks like he does most of the
real work ! Somehave ties & likely work inside for tickets
may do loading of mail & luggage ?
These are likely the pilots & male sturdi
This Ford Tri-Motor is marked #2.
Documents related to NE&WATC Mechanic ,
Albert William Wallsten,
Hi. I have been doing some research on my grandfather and
found your site. I have quite a few original pictures just like the
ones you have and a few more. My grandfather is the third mechanic
from the right. His name is Albert William
Wallsten. He had a long career in the aviation industry;
both commercially and for the government. Maybe you could help me
find out more about him. He died when I was 3; I am now 45.
Thank you Greg-----GWback@aol.com
New photo from daughter of airline owner.My maiden name was Georgia
D. Corson and my father was
Chalon Eugene Corson, president
of the above mentioned company. Chalon's wife was Helen H. Corson
and was his secretary before she married him.
1930 Air Mail Letter from Bowles Airport
Likely on NEWATC?
I think Ford Tri-Motors were built in 1926 on.
One web site it says NE&WATC used all male in flight help!
"In one instance, the New England & Western Air Transportation
Company, which operated in Massachusetts and New York during the summer
of 1930, hired men to work as "Pullman porters" on their
New England & Western
Air Transport Co.
Thu, 27 Jun 2002 11:45:50
"Dan Hagedorn" <Dan.Hagedorn@nasm.si.edu>
We received your e-mail communication of May 29, 2002, in which you
requested assistance in locating information on New England & Western
Transport Co. of Springfield, MA.
According to information that we assembled from several sources, this
operator commenced first services in May 1930
with routes from
Springfield to new York, Boston and Albany.
The President was C. E. Corson. It's
last known service was in November 1930, having
apparently fallen victim to
the Depression. We have been able to identify
three aircraft owned and/or
operated by the line. These were:
Ford 4-AT-E Tri-Motor NC-9614 manufacturers
serial number 4-AT-57
acquired 2/10/30 Ford 5-AT-C Tri-Motor NC-410H
manufacturers serial number 5-AT-69
acquired 5/8/30 and sold 10/16/30
Ford 5-AT-C Tri-Motor NC-412H manufacturers
serial number 5-AT-71 leased
from Linden Associates 6/12/30 sold 10/2/30.
We regret that this is the extent of what we have on this short-lived
Research Team Leader
Archives Division - MRC 322
National Air and Space Museum
Washington, DC 20560-0322
One of the pilots for this airline was Lowell
of Gee-Bee air racing fame. He died in a Gee-Bee crash in 1931
. He was a relief pilot for NE&WATC.
There seems to be A Cleveland OH connection for Lowell!
There is likey more photos of the Old Springfield Airport around. The
Gee-Bee was built & tested out of this airport. Internet discussions
indicate it was located where the Springfield Shopping Center is today.
I think was accross from CH40 TV station ???
From Spfld Museum web site:
Granville Brothers Aircraft Corporation constructed a number of biplanes
during the late
1920s. But their signature design was the squat, round Gee Bee monoplane,
aviator Jimmy Doolittle flew to a world landplane speed record of 296.287
hour in 1932. A family business, Granville Brothers was operated by Zantford,
Robert, Mark, and Edward Granville. Financed by the Tait family (which
aviator Maude Tait Moriarty), Granville Brothers built their famous Gee
monoplanes at the old Springfield Airport on Liberty
Street (now Springfield Plaza).
From another Springfield MA related site abt
a proposed new sports stadium:
. The Old
the Springfield plaza and St. James Avenue. Currently being developed.
In 1995, it was deemed to have poor access, and would have posed a "severe"
impact on adjacent residential neighborhoods.
One photo has the 9 ground crew members & another 7 likely
pilots. They are using the Ford Tri-Motor planes as
back drops to the photos. One of the mechanics is a young black
man his pants are blacker that the others also). Guess we know who
did the real work !
Based on 1930 Timetable: NE&WATC had at least 3 planes & possibly
4. One based in NYCity area, one based in Boston & one or two
based in Springfield.
Q-Why Did Airline Go Out Of
Business in Only One Year?
Re: New England & Western Air Transport Co.
Sun, 9 Jun 2002 02:45:51 +0100
"AirlineHistory at FREEUK" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"Dick Bolt" <email@example.com>
Getting back to you about NE&WATC...
I cannot find anything explicitly about this airline. Between
the mid 1920s
and 1931 the mail routes between NY and Boston and Alberny were owned
American Airways. These eastern hub routes were renewed in 1931
American. They used contract airlines for some of the 'end' routes
can find no mention of NE&WATC.
Is it possible that as the NY area mail contracts were coming up in
this airline gambled on being able to win the local route contracts
American Airways? If so they lost out... the US Postal Service
to take chances on small carriers when a large and well established
available. Also these contracts were bid for, I would imagine
Airways (now American Airlines) would have have been able to under-bid
small carrier running on a shoe-string. Even in 1930 these mail
were extremely important financially to the airlines. (It is hard to
that in the 1920s passengers were an after-thought for the airlines
mail and freight was the big prize!)
But looking at the photographs and the timetable extract you have on
site, I would suspect that this airline was mainly aimed at passengers.
In 1930 the mail routes were pretty secure and held by the big four
non-trunk routes were often sub-contracted to small local carriers.
local carriers made much of their revenue flying the mail and freight.
by 1930 they had also started taking passengers on as a serious business.
Most of these small local airlines that linked the trunk route hubs
destinations were short-lived, either being forced to merge with competitors
to keep flying, or simply going out of business altogether. It was
cut-throat time for the airlines who flew into what are now called
airports which usually had no navaids or real facilities. They
old equipment discarded by the trunk route airlines like TWA, American
If NE&WATC had been bought out by a larger carrier then I think
I would have
found reference to this. It seems more plausible that the airline
went under- the real money was only ever made by the big four who had
grip on the better paying trunk routes (trans-continental routes).
Thank you again for pointing me to this airline and to your photos.
like to use two of them with your permission (I will copyright them
as you own them now). I would also like to put a link to your
PS... I notice that the Tri-Motors seem to have a circular fuselage
'NEW'. Is it possible that the airline was called 'N.E.W.' for
Ms Sarah Ward - Airline History Admin
Airline History website - www.airline-history.co.za
In 1933, the FDR Administration was convinced that the previous
Republican Administration had been making shady deals with big
business. Senator Black of Alabama was appointed to investigate
the airline industry, where United, TWA, American
and Eastern had
suddenly and mysteriously been awarded almost all of the nation's
domestic airmail contracts. When Black subpoenaed the records
kept by the airlines, it was revealed that the Republican
Postmaster General, Walter Folger Brown, had summoned a select
group of airline executives to secret meetings in Washington. To
bring a chaotic, cutthroat industry under control, Brown demanded
that the men pick four airlines from among themselves to divide up
all of the country's airmail routes.
With the FDR administration believing that monopolies were not in
the public interest, Roosevelt canceled all government contracts
with the big four airlines. Then he ordered the Army Air Corps to
take over airmail delivery. But he only gave the Air Corps ten days
to gear up in midst of the worst winter in years. As a result, twelve
pilots died within a month. The President finally decided that the
army should get out of the airmail business and give it back to
private industry. But Roosevelt did make changes. The Airmail Act
of 1934 restored open bidding. In addition, the huge holding
companies like Boeing that controlled both manufacturers and
airlines were broken up. It was a law with enormous consequences.
For with their lucrative monopolies on flying the mail gone, if the
airlines were going to grow, they would have to expand in an
entirely different market - flying passengers.
New England and Western Airlines.
Papers; 1929-1931; 0.5 linear feet.
The collection contains correspondence, administrative papers, printed
materials and photographs concerning the operation of the airline out of
Springfield and Agawam, Massachusetts. Much of the material relates to
endeavors to host the 1929-1930 National Air Races. Finding aid available.
Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association, Inc.
New England Air Museum
Bradley International Airport
Windsor Locks, Connecticut 06096
If you view this site, I am looking to build it with more information.
* Who owned it & funded it ?
* Why did it go out of business ? Purchased by another airline ?
* Where did equipment go ?
* Who were these workers ? Did they go on to work on other projects
such as the GEE-BE ?
* What airline took over for Springfield Massachusetts ?
* Why did Springfield loose out to having an airport like Bradley,
* Why did they bypass Pittsfield & Worcester ? Competition ?
* Why was it centered in Springfield ? Owner lived there ? Company
that used freight or personnel most was centered there ?
* What about their mail contract ? Did they loose it to cause failure
* Was the Springfield Armory involved ?
* Is this where the Springfield Shopping Mall is now ? Accross from
CH 22 ?
See also more old Springfield Old Photos from same old photographer
& more. See link to "Photo History"