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Flying In The Old Days

Wed Dec 06, 2006 9:02 pm

What was it like to fly say 40-50 years ago? Do we have any members who can compare those days to present?

What were the aircraft like? Noise level, altitude, speeds, power etc...
What was the comfort level? Seat pitch? Seat width? IFE?
What was the service like? Meals, portions, drinks etc..
How were classes? Y, C, F I mean. Better or worse than today?
How about the prices compared to today?
How longer were the flights? Lets say NYC-LON flights..
How about cabin crew layovers? Were they longer than today? A TK pilot once told me they used to stay in ZRH for almost a week long time ago. Or did I misunderstand him?  Smile

The only info I have of those days are from the book "Coffee-Tea or Me?"

I am very curious as to know about past experiences... Any input will be highly appreciated  Wink

P.S: I am not sure if this thread belongs in here. If not, you are welcome to change my dear moderators  Smile
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RE: Flying In The Old Days

Thu Dec 07, 2006 7:51 am

Human beings were more like human beings. Doesn't mothers teach their hippy, ear ringed punk kids any manners, anymore?
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RE: Flying In The Old Days

Thu Dec 07, 2006 7:55 am

Check out this book named Airline by Keith Lovegrove

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RE: Flying In The Old Days

Thu Dec 07, 2006 11:17 am

Transatlantic travel in the 1960 s to LHR or LGW was in a DC8 or 707 and flying time was no that much more than today. IFE was a good book, looking out the window, or seeing a movie from a drop-down screen (started by TW).
Flying in a charter DC8 JFK/LGW was no more cramped than a 757 today. Food may not have been better, but at least it was offered on even short flights. F and Y was offered, as C class came much later. Flying was an event, and everyone "dressed up".
Times sure have changed!
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RE: Flying In The Old Days

Fri Dec 08, 2006 2:52 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 2):
Check out this book named Airline by Keith Lovegrove

Love that book, someone got it for me for xmas few years back.

Quoting TurkishWings (Thread starter):
What was it like to fly say 40-50 years ago?

Hello TurkishWings,
I thought this might be interesting. My dad, in the early 60's, travelled many times from Istanbul to El Paso, Texas in military prop planes. He was in the Turkish AF those days, and I think the planes were NATO. They were doing some military training over there in Fort Bliss. He always used to tell us how long those flights were. Usually over 36 hours. First stop was usually Madrid or the Azores, then onto Bermuda. From there to NYC and to El Paso. I can totally see them being young and having a great time. During all those long hours they were probably struggling to hear each other, and smoke cigarettes.

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