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Aircraft Dispatchers

Who Are They?

An aircraft dispatcher is someone you've probably never seen or heard about, but their actions are critical to daily airline operations! Dispatchers work around the clock ensuring safety in airline operations. This section of The Aviation Vault documents the history and importance of aircraft dispatchers with an emphasis on their work in the United States.

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Image credit: NASA/Eric James.


Dispatcher History Highlights

Dive right in and begin exploring any of these aspects of aircraft dispatcher history.

Toy Train

1910s - 1920s

Trace the history of early dispatchers


Pan Am 845

Learn about the first accident of a Boeing 747


Non-Scheduled Airlines

Why were they so unsafe?

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