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Traveling in a Boeing 747 in the 1970s was pretty awesomeAir travel did have a Golden Age. There was more space, classier interiors and bolder designs. You don't even have to go back to the 50s and 60s to see that. Here are some of the actual cabin interiors for the Boeing 747s in the 1970s. They are awesome. The idea of the Boeing 747 started in the 1960s, when Pan Am asked Boeing for 400-seat plane. Pan Am's chairman Juan Trippe had a flying ocean liner in mind, a double-decker jet. But the design team at Boeing didn't think this was… (sploid.gizmodo.com) More...
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These are the pictures that instilled the dream of commercial flying as a child. Now I am old enough all the fun is all used up. Where is the Piano Bar?
I'm with you 110% on that one. For me it was almost as if Kubrick's "2001" had come to life. Vietnam and Watergate aside, it was a dream come true and inspiration for a kid who'd been growing up watching the space program develop, marveled at Seattle, New York and Montreal world fairs, and then had Dad take him on his first 747 transcons...camera in tow.
Viet Nam was a huge tragedy. Watergate was a pimple compared to the crimes committed by more modern politicians. I need my bell bottoms back and some good music. Lol
As a youngster, I flew on a 747-200SP from San Juan PR to NY JFK that had a low table with high-backed chairs around it. Apparently it was a charter for oil executives (my grandfather was big in the oil industry). I miss the "golden age of Aviation." Remember when people dressed nicely to fly?
They even bathed! Lol
Everybody talks about being cooped up in a tube for a couple of hours listening to cell phone gibberish; it ain't any better having to sit next to somebody that doesn't know what deodorant is for or that hasn't bathed in about a week.