Paul Revere Braniff

Paul Revere Braniff

Paul Revere Braniff

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Paul Revere Braniff (August 30, 1897 – June 1954) was an airline entrepreneur. He was, along with his brother Tom, one of the original owners of Braniff International Airways.

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Revere Braniff was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania. He grew during the early era of aviation, and, as a youngster, became fascinated with the new way of transport.

Braniff joined the United States Army during World War I as a mechanic and private, in 1917. He went to France, becoming a corporal, then a temporary sergeant. In France, he learned to shoot, becoming an avid gunman, although he never used this ability other than for warfare.

After being honorably discharged from the Army, he joined brother Tom in an insurance company that carried the family's name. Paul Revere, however, kept dreaming about aviation all along; he got a pilot's license in 1923, obtaining the license from Orville Wright himself. In 1924, Braniff was able to buy his own aircraft.

Braniff began his own, small flying company soon after, eventually helping convince Tom Braniff and other investors to bring money and form the Oklahoma aero club, in 1928. Reserved for use of the six investors, the company was registered as the Paul R. Braniff Airlines, thus marking the birth of Braniff International Airways. Paul Revere Braniff flew the company's first flight. At the time, the airline was very involved with the National Transcontinental air race.

In 1929, Revere Braniff left the United States to go to Mexico to help someone...
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