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Title Northwest Airlines Chief Meteorologist Daniel Sowa
Date ca. 1968
Collection Northwest Airlines Audiovisual: Photographs
Object Name Transparency, Slide
Catalog Number 2015.177.1
Description Slide shows Chief Meteorologist Daniel Sowa plotting weather conditions with a Northwest Orient Turbulence Plot wall map and a grease pencil. At left, another meteorologist sits in front of the wall map reading a paper held in his hand.
Photographer Northwest Airlines
Provenance Slide made by Northwest Airlines Meteorology Department, ca. 1968 Transferred to the Delta Flight Museum in 2015 by Delta Manager - Meteorology Tom Fahey, formerly with Northwest Airlines Meteorology.

Pioneer weather research by Northwest meteorologists led to smoother, safer flying. Chief Meteorologist Dan Sowa led the research work to help pilots avoid clear-air turbulence and low-level wind shear on Northwest's many northern routes over mountain areas. As the originator of the Turbulence Plot program that was a Northwest Airlines exclusive, Sowa was honored by the Federal Aviation Administration for "distinguished service in the public interest on behalf of aviation."

"We're pleased that the enormous efforts we have made over the years to avoid turbulence in the interest of the passenger's safety and comfort are being recognized. It's not very glamorous or visible to the public, but the system makes a significant difference in the experience of flying." Tom Fahey, meteorology manager, celebrating a special award presented by Air Transport World to Northwest in 2000 for its proprietary Turbulence Plot System developed in 1968.
Search Terms Northwest Airlines
Northwest Orient
Turbulence Plot System ("TP System")
Subjects Meteorology
Meteorological instruments
Credit line Delta Air Lines
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