Flying the Line
Chapter 19 - Internal Politicking, 1960–1962

Chapter 19 - Internal Politicking, 1960–1962

May 5, 2021

The 1960 election of President John F. Kennedy opens new doors for labor, in both aviation and other industries. And the promise of a new age spawns new ambitions for leaders and politicians alike.

Chapter 18 (Part 2) - The Southern Airways Strike of 1960

Chapter 18 (Part 2) - The Southern Airways Strike of 1960

April 30, 2021

The striking pilots of Southern Airways resort to unorthodox tactics, including starting their own airline, to win public support, and the federal government intervenes. But this strike tests the Association like no conflict prior. And with the country’s election of a new president – new opportunities for labor arise.

Chapter 18 (Part 1) - The Southern Airways Strike of 1960

Chapter 18 (Part 1) - The Southern Airways Strike of 1960

March 5, 2021

In stark contrast with his fellow airline operators, the president of Southern Airways, Frank Hulse, goes to war with his airline’s pilots by cutting pay and benefits to bolster his own profits. While the pilots are forced to resort to unorthodox and inventive methods to plead their case with the flying public, Hulse takes strike-breaking to a new low by hiring unqualified pilots.

Chapter 17 (Part 2)- “Safety and Crew Complement in the 1950s”

Chapter 17 (Part 2)- “Safety and Crew Complement in the 1950s”

January 29, 2021

A prank by a pilot in the jumpseat on a scheduled passenger flight highlights the need for more stringent standards on who should be afforded the right to have a seat on the flight deck. But this battle with federal regulators over crew complement would set the foundation for what would be the toughest and most painful period for ALPA in the years to come.

Chapter 17 (Part 1)- “Safety and Crew Complement in the 1950s”

Chapter 17 (Part 1)- “Safety and Crew Complement in the 1950s”

December 21, 2020

ALPA advocates on behalf of having three pilots working on the flight deck of the new airliners of the post-World War 2 era, but accidents and pilot pranks do little to help the cause, all while one airline’s pilots mull over leaving the Association.

Chapter 16 (Part 2)- “The Sayen Style”

Chapter 16 (Part 2)- “The Sayen Style”

December 7, 2020

ALPA’s second president Clancy Sayen began his term on the heels of a bitter fight that ousted ALPA’s founder Dave Behncke. Upon his election, Sayen began a top-to-bottom reorganization of ALPA’s governance structure in order to democratize the association. In addition, he took head-on the issue of how the quick advancement of aviation technology impacted productivity, and thus, the pay rates of pilots. With the advent of jet technology, Sayen created the Jet Pay Study Committee to determine how best ALPA could navigate addressing the dual issues of aviation safety and crew complement in the cockpit, while protecting pilot jobs and pay.

Chapter 16 (Part 1)- “The Sayen Style”

Chapter 16 (Part 1)- “The Sayen Style”

November 23, 2020

In a way, ALPA's second president, Clancy Sayen was a victim of the ouster of ALPA's founder and first president, Dave Behncke. When Sayen joined ALPA, he did not have the presidency in his plans. However, due to his well-spoken and eloquent nature, he started to become noticed by many of his fellow members and quickly ascended to national leadership, which culminated in being chosen to succeed Behncke. The intentional and analytic nature of Sayen came as a stark contrast to Behncke's, and ALPA's culture changed as a result of the Sayen administration.

Chapter 15 (Part 2)-”The Fall of Dave Behncke”

Chapter 15 (Part 2)-”The Fall of Dave Behncke”

November 9, 2020

Against all odds and amidst a quickly shifting industry and labor landscape, ALPA’s first president Dave Behncke continues his fight to maintain his position atop the organization he founded. Questions about the legitimacy of an vote takes the battle for leadership into the courtroom.

Chapter 15 (Part 1)-”The Fall of Dave Behncke”

Chapter 15 (Part 1)-”The Fall of Dave Behncke”

October 13, 2020

ALPA’s founder and first president, Dave Behncke, works to maintain his position against all odds. But an investigative committee looks into various factors that would eventually lead to his downfall, including discontent among the professional staff of ALPA and the fulfillment of Behncke's dream, ALPA's first national headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. 

Chapter 14 (Part 2)-”The Ordeal of E. P. McDonald”

Chapter 14 (Part 2)-”The Ordeal of E. P. McDonald”

September 12, 2020

The fight for Capt. MacDonald's career ends with a victory for the union pilots of National Airlines after a long and hard-fought battle with National's CEO, George T. Baker. However, this was only the start of what would be a series of battles with George Baker.

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