Flying in the Old Days

By Robert Mark on January 17th, 2008

Another editor for a world-famous aviation magazine told me not long ago that he actually read my Jetwhine piece about the classic airline menus from a few decades back. Actually I think they harkened back to another lifetime in this industry.

Beside being impressed with this man’s excellent taste in blogs, he also sounds like the kind of guy I need to hit up for lunch the next time I’m in the Frederick, MD area.

Of course there are always a few curiosity seekers and old folks who will find this video of great interest. Flying TWA goes way back in my memory banks because the old Boeing 707 you’ll see here was the first airliner I flew on at the ripe old age of nine. Those Boeings may have been environmentally unfriendly by today’s standards, but boy or boy when a 707 took off heavy, the rumble made the dirt those old Pratts spewed out almost worth it.

Enjoy.

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4 Responses to “Flying in the Old Days”

  1. Tom Appleton Says:

    I remember riding on board TWA ‘F’ class from LAX to Naha, Okinawa (via HNL & Guam)in the late 60’s/early 70’s when the F/A’s offered fried eggs and bacon breakfast to order from the galley. Perfectly cooked, too!

  2. Bill P. Says:

    Funny that all the outside shots of the plane are B-707, but the cockpit shot during takeoff is a DC-8! (notice the center winshield pane) Love the guys flying with their uniform coats and hats on too.

    What happened to the bacon and eggs is:
    – cutthroat deregulation
    – Five fold increase in the price of oil
    – People shop for price only. Ask someone how much more he would pay for a meal and the answer is usually – zero. Orbitz, priceline, etc only show two things: schedule and price.
    Sad.

  3. Rob Mark Says:

    The question too is where are we headed from here. If Delta and NWA merge, people talk about that sucking capacity out of the system.

    How would that happen? If the merger occurs they aren’t suddenly going to get rid of airplanes and people, yet having them all sitting around not making money is no answer either, right?

  4. Nostalgia : The Digital Aviator Says:

    […] Flying in the Old Days: “Of course there are always a few curiosity seekers and old folks who will find this video of great interest. Flying TWA goes way back in my memory banks because the old Boeing 707 you’ll see here was the first airliner I flew on at the ripe old age of nine. Those Boeings may have been environmentally unfriendly by today’s standards, but boy oh boy, when a 707 took off heavy, the rumble made the dirt those old Pratts spewed out almost worth it.” […]

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