Pictures That Show How Glamorous Flying Used To Be.
Lets check how flying was like in the glory days.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, circa 1970
In the 50s, a flight from Chicago to Phoenix could cost $138 round-trip that's $1,168 when adjusted for today's inflation. A one-way to Rome would set you back more than $3,000 in today's dollars.
Pan American, 1936
"The tradition at the time was that you would use your in-flight time to write people you knew on the ground, describing your flight," historian Guillaume de Syon explained to Fast Company.
American Airlines, 1934
Flying was so utterly rare that passengers felt compelled to document every moment on postcards with pictures of the plane or in-flight meal, to show their less lucky loved ones what the newfangled experience was like.
Pan American, 1970
Alcohol was another popular form of in-flight entertainment, passengers were served as much free alcohol as they could drink, and it was not uncommon to come off a flight totally hammered. Of course, the free drinks tapered off as air travel became less of a luxury industry and more of a commercial one.
American Airlines, 1934
Lobster counted as airplane food. With commercial plane travel a new market, airlines struggled to one-up each other by offering the fanciest meals. One vintage ad lists "full meal" to be served in-flight: soup, meat, salad, vegetables and dessert. Real glassware and roast beef were typical sights.
Delta Air Lines, 1969
Flying was an over-the-top luxury experience, and leggy, chatty "hostesses" were part of the show. Coach seats had three to six inches more legroom than they do today -- 1950s economy class looked more like business class does now.
Delta Air Lines, 1970
During the 1950s, smoking was totally acceptable in the air, but strangely not in the , Confusion and resentment ran rampant when a law prohibited smoking on short domestic flights decades later, in 1988. It wasn't until 2000 that a law mandated all flights to and from the U.S. be smoke-free.
The early first class cabins were clearly spacious just like a modern lavish boardroom.
During the WWI, airplanes became a vital tool for victory, ushering in a brave new world of battle. Airplanes were the future of war, but they had yet to prove themselves as the future of peace.
The switch from biplane to monoplane also made the experience feel more spacious and modern. Well-heeled travelers enjoyed feeling like they were a part of the future , a vital part of push to tomorrow.
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