Waterman Airlines Pilot Hat Badge
From the W. Gawchik collection
Mobile, Alabama 1945-1947
Waterman Airlines was an Alabama intra-state airline division of the Waterman Steamship Company. Intra-state services were provided from Mobile, Alabama's (then new) Bates Field Airport to Dothan, Montgomery, Birmingham, Huntsville and Muscle Shoals using a couple of Lodestars. Services were later up-graded to DC-3s, and four of these ex C-47s were acquired. In those early post-war days the CAB did not take too kindly to granting small upstart carriers with inter-state licences, and since there was not too much money to be made in intra-state Alabama routes, Waterman later got into non-sked (and ITC, or Air Cruise, as they called them) operations with DC-4s, primarily from New York to Puerto Rico. Finally, to gain entry into the broader airline industry, Waterman purchased TWA's share in TACA International Airlines and went on to virtually run that airline and also to set up other Latin American and Caribbean concerns such as Aerovias Brasil, BWIA et al .The airlines license was suspended on March 1, 1947.