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National Parks Airways was an airline operating in the US states of Idaho, Montana, and Utah in the 1920s and 1930s.


Founded in 1927 by Alfred Frank, it began service with a pair of Stearman C3MB's. Air Mail was the first cargo; passengers came later.
The airline flew on a single route from Salt Lake City north to Ogden, Pocatello, Butte, and Helena, ending in Great Falls, Montana; this was air mail route awarded in 1928, CAM #26.
The awarding of the air mail route also brought NPA the ability to upgrade its fleet to Fokker Super Universals.
By 1934 service was growing enough for the airline to upgrade its fleet with the acquisition of three ex-United Air Lines Boeing 247's. This allowed National Parks to feed traffic to United's route system at Salt Lake, as there were a growing number of travelers wanting easy access to Yellowstone National Park.van der Linden, F. Robert. The Boeing 247: The First Modern Airliner. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1991 This prompted an extension of the route structure to Idaho Falls, Idaho and West Yellowstone, Montana."National Parks Airways begins 8th Year Service" Deseret News, August 1, 1935
By 1937 National Parks Airways attracted the attention of the majors seeking to expand their route structures. Western Airlines saw NPA as a fit to their route structure in the western United States. In 1937 Western acquired National Parks Airways, and the saga of the little airline in eastern Idaho came to an end.

Accidents and incidents

In 1928 National Parks Airways suffered its only major accident. The southbound flight from Great Falls to Salt Lake crashed at Pocatello, with the loss of all 7 passengers and crew aboard.


  • 3 Boeing 247D (NC13349)
  • 3 Fokker Super Universal (C6769, C7048, NC330M, NC7242)
  • 2 Stearman C3B (C4686)

See also

  • List of defunct airlines of the United States

  • External links

    • Images of National Parks Airways timetables and route map,
    • National Parks airways timetables

    Category:Airlines established in 1927
    Category:Airlines disestablished in 1937
    Category:Defunct airlines of the United States
    Category:Defunct companies based in Utah
    Category:1927 establishments in Utah
    Category:1937 disestablishments in Utah

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