By Michael Bushnell
Trans World Airlines launched its first jet service on Jan. 25, 1959, between New York-Idlewild and San Fransisco.
The route was chosen by TWA’s then President Howard Hughes to compete with American Airlines new jet service between New York-Idlewild and Los Angeles. Hughes pushed TWA’s finances to the limit to enter the jet age by ordering eight new Boeing 707-120′s in February 1956. TWA dubbed the new jet service “Star Stream” and even gave it its own set