On December 1, 2001, the final Trans World Airlines (TWA) flight departed from Kansas City, Missouri and landed in St. Louis, Missouri. Originally formed as Transcontinental & Western Air in 1930, TWA was one of the oldest airlines in the United States, tracing its history back to Western Air Express, which was founded in 1925. Over its 77 years, the airline was associated with many famous aviators, including Charles Lindbergh and Howard Hughes. What is your favorite TWA memory? Image: Transcontinental & Western Air (TWA), fleet, c. 1938. Phil Hawkins. 2001.133.007 a b This image was posted on December 02, 2019.