About The Organization
Braniff Airways Foundation is currently spearheading the effort to preserve the history of Braniff Airways, Inc., through collecting, preserving, promoting, and protecting the carrier's legacy. The Foundation, originally formed as Braniff History Group in 1983 and then in 2012, Braniff Preservation Group, which was created to assist in the preservation efforts for the historic Braniff Operations and Maintenance Base at Dallas Love Field, was registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization in October 2015. The Foundation was created by Richard Ben Cass specifically to join together other interested parties in promoting Braniff's history and to generate endowments for his Braniff Flying Colors Collection and the Braniff Public Relations Archives at The University of Texas at Dallas..
The Foundation curates the Braniff Flying Colors Collection, which is the lifetime collection of Mr. Cass. The collection was founded in 1972, and has become one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Braniff memorabilia known to exist. It includes over 10,000 collectible items, 20,000 photos, slides and electronic images as well as large-scale Braniff company models, signage, and crew uniforms. One of the founding cornerstones of Braniff Airways Foundation was to make the public aware that any Braniff item is historic and there are organizations that will accept them for preservation for future generations to admire and enjoy.
Since 2012, the group has called on several other institutions to come together not only to assist each another in preserving Braniff’s heritage but also in assisting those in need of research access. Preservation Dallas, a Dallas, Texas, based historic preservation advocacy group; The University of Texas of Dallas, which houses the original Braniff Public Relations Archives and the Braniff Video Oral History Program; DOCOMOMO, a modern preservation advocacy group; Flying Crown Land Group, a Non-Profit historic structure preservation development company, and other institutions interested in preserving Braniff's history. The Foundation also engages in the historic preservation of Braniff with the University of Dallas, Oklahoma Historical Society, Duke University, Frontiers of Flight Museum, The Kirkpatrick Science Museum of Oklahoma, and The University of Texas Southwestern,
In September 2014, the Foundation organized and cohosted with Preservation Dallas, the Braniff History and Architecture Conference held at the former Braniff Headquarters at DFW Airport, Texas. The daylong event featured a morning history presentation followed by a luncheon. In the afternoon, an architecture section was followed by a tour of the Braniff facility. The conference was a sold out event and served to bring Braniff employees, aviation buffs, and preservationists together to celebrate the life and legend of Braniff International. A second Braniff Conference was held on September 10, 2016, in conjunction with Preservation Dallas. The second conference drew another large group of guests and featured a cast of speakers from various professions in the airline industry.
The group also cohosts tours of various Braniff buildings. The tours, part of the Learn About Braniff Series, have been highly successful and heavily attended and further serve to bring those interested in the history of Braniff together. For instance, a daylong tour of Dallas Love Field, Braniff’s hometown airport until 1974, was held in conjunction with Preservation Dallas and DOCOMOMO in October 2015. A tour of Braniff’s original headquarters building in Oklahoma City is planned for April 8, 2016. Preservation Dallas, Dallas Historical Society and Oklahoma Historical Society will join us with our hosts and counselors, Cowe and Dunlevy, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, which also acted as Braniff’s first legal counsel. A number of site tours is also scheduled during 2018, to celebrate Braniff’s 90th Anniversary.
In 2014, the Foundation, in conjunction with Preservation Dallas and Dallas Historical Society began a lengthy and extensive historical plaque project, dubbed Braniff Trail, to permanently mark and identify sites and facilities that played major roles in the development and growth of Braniff Airways. The project includes the placement of plaques in not only Dallas/Ft. Worth and Oklahoma City, but also as far West as Hong Kong and Hawaii, London in the East and Buenos Aires in the Southern Hemisphere. Over 30 plaques will be placed with certain locations receiving more than one historical plaque. A special multi-part full-color brochure will be printed to provide “Braniff Hikers” with a map to embark on a full-scale local and global tour to view each of the plaque sites. Braniff Trail will be officially debuted in 2018, as an integral part of Braniff’s 90th Anniversary Celebration.
Lastly, the Foundation acts as an advocacy group for Braniff buildings that may be in danger of demolition. Since 2012, the group spearheaded the grassroots effort to prevent the demolition of the mid-century themed Braniff Operations and Maintenance Base in conjunction with lead Flying Crown Land Group, as well as Preservation Dallas, and DOCOMOMO. In 2014, the group authored the nomination for the Braniff Hostess College to determine its eligibility for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.
In the summer of 2016, the Foundation created a unique line of products that feature the colorful look of Braniff Airways as their main theme. The products were introduced to social media for the Christmas 2016 season followed by the introduction of new and/or updated products each month in 2017. Braniff Boutique products were exceptionally well received by customers that included designers, artists and aviation enthusiasts as examples The Foundation formed the product line specifically to support its preservation efforts.
Braniff Airways Foundation, Inc.
Braniff Airways, Incorporated
The Braniff Building
324 North Robinson Avenue
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102
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