My first ever airline travel was with my Mum in the 1970's from NZ
to USA and Europe, at the age of eight (three months off school - bliss!). In those days, there were plenty of stopovers and airline changes, eg. Auckland to Honolulu to LAX
with an early morning fuel stop at St Louis, JFK
to Schiphol. Return journey: Schiphol, Brussels,Tehran, Singapore, Sydney, Auckland.
Airlines: NAC (NZ domestic airline at the time), Air NZ
, TWA, Pan Am, KLM, Sabena.
I still have many "souvenirs" I collected from this trip - ie. boarding passes, baggage labels, menu cards, toothpicks, Maori Tiki, travel tickets. Air NZ
presented me with a "Junior Jet Club" badge and Flightlog book, and each subsequent year for several years following, I received a Birthday Card and regular newsletters from the club.
What I'll never forget about TWA was that tomato juice was the only non alcoholic drink on offer (previous forum topic). I hated tomato juice so my Mum drank the juice and I sucked on the three or four icecubes to quench my thirst!! However, they gave me an interesting book called "Flaps Ten" - an informative 32 page book about "TWA's Lockheed L-1011. The most advanced jetliner in the air."
All these items are safely stored in my travel scrapbook folder.
To this day, I have a grand collection of about 30 airline teaspoons, airline cups, flight safety cards, packets of playing cards, sugar/salt/pepper sachets. Thanks to a friend at aircraft engineering workshop, I have a pitot probe from an ATR72 which was struck by lightning, and a perspex B737 window (not sure what series). Am I mad or what???
Does anyone else have unusual souvenirs of interest???