Four minutes. Before diversity, the world seemed as if there were no limits.
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Film from British Pathe’ via the Rick Prelinger Archives. Great footage of the sole XC-120, a further development of the C-82 Packet & C-119 Flying Boxcar, which never came to fruition beyond the prototype. Since I was a kid in the ’60s, I’ve loved experimental stuff from the ’50s, and this gem is no exception. Be sure to check my channel for the best in VINTAGE & RARE airliner videos!
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This news item is another in a seemingl endless series of posts about bad behavior b nonwhites on airplanes.
27 delightful minutes of beautiful color film promoting air travel. This jewel has racked up a quarter million views since being published.
Published on May 29, 2008
A tour of Los Angeles, San Francisco and other California sites in the early 1950s
Perceptive comment. You’ll probably feel the same way:
1 year ago
This is absolutely SURREAL, nice meals, legroom, wide seats, a cabin that’s full of smiling, polite, well dressed, sub 200 pound Americans who’ve bathed within the last 24 hours, it’s like I’m watching something from an alternate parallel universe.
Hollywood stars go traveling on the latest and greatest airplane in 1940 America in this fragment of a longer film, which you can see in its entirety at the bottom of this post.
Less than five minutes. The color is faded but this is still and enjoyable short film that promoted Transcontinental and Western Airlines (TWA). Mary Martin was Larry Hagman’s (I Dream of Jeannie, Dallas) mother, I recall.
Classic Airliners & Vintage Pop Culture
Published on Nov 14, 2013
AMAZING COLOUR footage of one of only FIVE Stratoliners operated by TWA! Also airborne scenery from aboard a DC-3. The world’s first airliner to feature a pressurized cabin, the 307 utilised the wings & tail feathers from a B-17, with a completely new fuselage. Many thanks to the Rick Prelinger Archives.
Full length version of the same film. 19 minutes. Much more enjoyable than the sample. Rich and famous had its perks in 1940. Air travel was still in its infancy too.
There are an amazing number of things you won’t believe about this little jewel of a film. The 1950s were probably peak America.
Great music at around the 6 minute mark as the big jet airliner takes off. I hope someone finds the end of the film and restores it.
Published on Mar 26, 2014
Re-upped with better colour. Same uniform Mom wore…CHECK. “United” titles on the port wing…CHECK. Early “Black Button” nose…CHECK. P&W JT3C-6 turbojets…CHECK. White horisontal stabs…CHECK. Sorry, the end of the film is missing.
People who watch this sort of material understand what has been lost:
Very quaint indeed. Notice the level of class and breeding among the passengers. Nary a flip flop or cargo shorts in sight. And how about all that swell grub? Was air travel really like this once.
Folks! Those were the days. Started myself 2years after this Promo film from 1959 in SAS ( Scandinavien Airlines System), nowadays called Scandinavian. In 1973-76 I was a Station manager and responsible for our DC8-62 operation in Monrovia, Liberia West Africa. At that time we operated from Copenhagen via Zürich and Monrovia to South America( read Rio De Janeiro, Montevideo, Buenos Aires and Santiago De Chile) and back. In my opinion the DC8 was one of the best, if not the best, commercial jet aircrat ever!
he Boeing 707 was an aerial tanker / refueler – the KC-135 – modified as a passenger jet. The DC-8 was built from the ground up as a passenger jet and was the better plane. The 30 degree wing sweep made for a smoother ride than the 707’s 35 degree sweep. A DC-8 was once flown faster than sound, a feat never accomplished by the 707.
In those days, EVERYONE was treated like they were in first class. First Class, was a place where one was treated like Royalty. The food on the carriers in those days was a delight. And why not, the food was prepared by kitchens dedicated to high quality food while flying First Class, baby. Unless you are a millionaire now, the majority of you wont know what being treated special really felt like.
Before NYC was a ghetto.