These Photos Show How Golden the Golden Age of Flying Really Was

These Photos Show How Golden the Golden Age of Flying Really Was

Monday November 13, 2017 Written by amy

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Subtly, every aircraft is different – but there was a glorious, golden era between the 1950s and the 70s, when they were very different. A time when passengers dined on pheasant, there was an onboard sommelier, and champagne flowed like a fountain. Welcome aboard. The seatbelt sign is switched off, so it’s straight to the pub for a bevvy or five.

Take a look at this Continental Airlines commercial from the 70s (is that an Atari Pong coffee table?)

Next up, enjoy the three-hour dinner service… some caviar? Lobster? On Scandinavian Airlines the chefs filleted salmon to order, and carved legs of ham in the aisle. Try doing that with a plastic knife…

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Now you’ve wined and dined, why not retire to the piano bar? Yes. A PIANO. On a PLANE. Believe it – this vid from American Airlines even has Fonzie doing a cameo.

How about a boogie? Some Air Canada planes had a dance floor on board. Get your flares on – turbulence guarantees some signature moves. Cabin lights have dimmed – catch up on some shuteye on your actual horizontal bed. And don’t bother getting dressed for brekky in the morning – it’ll come to you. 

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Of course, the golden age of flying wasn’t all canapes and stewardesses in knee-high boots. The air in the cabin would have been thick with cigarette smoke, and in 1947 flying from Sydney to London took four days and two overnight stops. Plus, a ticket would have cost you half a house – for real. But we reckon it still sounds better than cup noodles and no leg room.