Aeri28 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 709 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 5 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6318 times:
Found this clip out of sheer luck recently which was a promo from Pan Am back in 1958 called "Six and a half Magic Hours" featuring their new 707 Jet service to London from New York. It's a great ~12 min clip and shows the glory days of flying. Clip also has info on the new 'soon to be completed' Pan Am terminal at JFK (then Idyllwild) and on board service. Great shots of air to air filming of the 707 in flight.
I found I had problems on the 'stream' function, (it ran 'fast' and garbled) but instead opted to download it. I downloaded the 256K mpeg4 file (just a random choice) and opened it while in Apple Quicktime (windows). I guess you'll have to see which one works for you.
Anyway, for the Pan Am lover of yesteryear. Enjoy!
Vivek0072 From India, joined Jun 2005, 284 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6172 times:
Also check out this page , right click on the pic to save us and open with media playesr. Shows AI's first flight to London.....but it is in Hindi....
"The date was Tuesday, June 8, 1948 and Air-India's aircraft - Malabar Princess, a 40-seater Lockheed L-749 Constellation, registration number, VT-CQS, with Captain K.R. Guzder in command - was in the final stages of preparation for its 5,000 mile journey from Mumbai to London via Cairo and Geneva. The flight's time of departure was late in the evening and of the 35 passengers that were to board the flight, 29 were bound for London and six for Geneva. "
Bkkair From Thailand, joined Aug 2001, 409 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5806 times:
Thanks Aeri28 and Vivek0072 for these.
It took me a minute to figure out what they were showing at check-in - the paper baggage tags with their city codes neatly hanging on the wall, in alphabetical order so the agent could pull off AMS, ORY or LON as the passengers checked their baggage.
Notice flight attendant bringing around the selection of magazines.
The 4 people sitting at the dining table in the lounge, being served from those magnificent silver trolleys.
Special notice was made of the economy class meal which covered every bit of the tray table since there was so much quantity and quality of food - in economy.
Four full service galleys.....and the "powder rooms", which were as nice as you'd find in your home (I don't know about that statement).
The Air India clip was great. The "girls performing their preflight rituals", the control tower abrubtly cutting through Captain Jatar's thoughts "Air-India Malabar Princess, this is London. Begin your descent now.."
It is amazing that 47 years later, it still takes the same amount of time to fly transatlantic - whilst the comfort and service has gone down.