Air California Pilot Hat Badge 1st Issue
Newport Beach, CA. 1967-1986
Air California, later AirCal, was a regional airline using mainline equipment and serving different points in the state of California and some neighboring western U.S. states. It was founded by a partnership of Orange County businessmen as an alternative to other airlines and what was left of the state's passenger railroad system. The airline's initial market of service as of their January 1967 debut was between Orange County Airport (SNA) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO), a previously unserved routing, using four-engine Lockheed Electra airliners. In 1981, it changed its name from Air California to AirCal and adopted a bright new logo and image. Merged with American Airlines 1986.