Mackey Airlines

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Mackey Airlines, also known as Mackey International Airlines, was a United States airline which mainly served Florida and The Bahamas.

Mackey International Airlines
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Convair 440 at Fort Lauderdale Airport in 1975 wearing full Mackey International Airlines title on its cabin roof

Foundation and initial operations[edit]

Mackey Airlines was founded by former stunt pilot and United States Air Force Colonel Joseph C. Mackey on September 30, 1946. Flights flew primarily out of its Fort Lauderdale base and from West Palm Beach and Miami. Mackey served the Bahamas, Haiti and the Turks and Caicos Islands.[1] The airline was bought out by Eastern Airlines in 1967.

Reformation and later operations[edit]

"Colonel Joe" soon began a new company, Mackey International Airlines. It was equipped with secondhand Convair 440[2] and Douglas DC-6 aircraft. In 1977, Mackey's headquarters located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida was the target of a bombing attributed to Cuban anti-Castro activity in the United States.[3][4] Mackey International Airlines ceased operations in 1981.[5]

Mackey Airlines time table from December 1962



  • J.M.G.Gradidge, The Convairliners Story, 1997, Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd, ISBN 0-85130-243-2


  1. ^ Gradidge, 1997, p. 101
  2. ^ Gradidge, 1997, pp. 101-103
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  4. ^ Miami Herald
  5. ^ La Floridiana by William Moriaty Nolan's Pop Culture Review #216

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