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Fri Mar 12, 2004 10:33 pm

A friend of mine was sharing his journal from a trip around the pacific back in 1965. They flew UTA from LA to Papeete, Tahiti. In his journal, he mentions they listened to sterophonic music and watched "astro vision" during the flight.

Can anyone help fill in the blanks?

1. What was astro vision?
2. What type of plane did he probably fly on? 707, DC-8 ?

Thanks in advance.
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RE: Astro-vision

Fri Mar 12, 2004 11:24 pm

If he flew UTA, he was probably on a DC-8. Astro Vison has me stumped, sounds like something on American Airlines in the '60's like Astro Jets, etc., so not much help there. The DC-8 part, I'm positive about.  Smile
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RE: Astro-vision

Fri Mar 12, 2004 11:31 pm

American came up with the word when it started In flight Entertainment where they had TV's between the two seats in front, but nothing for UTA I may remember.
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RE: Astro-vision

Sat Mar 13, 2004 12:00 am

You sure it was UTA he flew on? As American DID have south pacific flights out of HNL then.

AstroVision was an AA trademark for their IFE in the 60s. Each First Class pair of seats had a TV screen in the armrest of the seat ahead, and Economy had TVs hung out of the over head racks on their 707s, 720s and CV 990s.

They showed movies in flight, and had a nose wheel mounted camera for take off and landing. (!)
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RE: Astro-vision

Sat Mar 13, 2004 12:15 am

Thanks for the input. It was a long time ago, and he does not remember the details. However, he did fly from Dulles to LA first. So possibly this trip was on an AA 707. But he clearly wrote that after a 6 hour layover, he flew UTA from LA to Tahiti.