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Please Help Identify This Vintage Interior

Sun Dec 04, 2011 1:52 am

I came across this image on the interwebs. I don't own the image and uploading it would be a violation of the terms of service so I'm linking to it:

http://worldofwonder.net/posts/2011/12/02/have-a-great-weekend/

Questions:

Year estimate? Aircraft? Airline? What is the console between the seats and what is it for? Also, what are those round jars and what would have gone in them? Does anybody else notice anything I've missed??
 
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RE: Please Help Identify This Vintage Interior

Sun Dec 04, 2011 2:01 am

From the seat fabric and designs on the wall, I'm going to say TWA coach on a 707 in the mid-60s (also based on the ads in the magazines—Hamilton Beach on the tray would obviously be the USA). Looks like there's some sort of tray that fit over the armrests of the folded down middle seat.
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Sun Dec 04, 2011 2:35 am

I can't make out the logo on the white drink stirrer with the circular head that is sitting right of the glass with the clear liquid and ice in it on the tray. What the heck are those two things in plasic cases to the left of the glass, camera lenses in clear cases?
 
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RE: Please Help Identify This Vintage Interior

Sun Dec 04, 2011 2:46 am

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 1):
TWA coach

Yowzer! This is what coach used to be like? This looks nicer than some/most domestic US first class seats today.
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Sun Dec 04, 2011 2:58 am

The console between the seats is the middle seat folded down to make a table, they used to do that. Looks very much like 707 coach. You got real glassware and silverware, free hot meals and no baggage fee.
 
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RE: Please Help Identify This Vintage Interior

Sun Dec 04, 2011 3:01 am

I got a warning from my malware provider that's loaded on my notebook computer when hitting the link...Just FYI
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RE: Please Help Identify This Vintage Interior

Sun Dec 04, 2011 3:06 am

Quoting RWA380 (Reply 5):
I got a warning from my malware provider that's loaded on my notebook computer when hitting the link...Just FYI

I don't know why you'd get that but it's totally a legit site. There the people who produce all the tori spelling reality shows. Also rupaul's drag race.
 
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RE: Please Help Identify This Vintage Interior

Sun Dec 04, 2011 3:14 am

Quoting loggat (Reply 3):
Yowzer! This is what coach used to be like?

If you ever want to see what coach on a TWA 707 looked like, rent What's Up Doc? with Ryan O'Neal and Barbra Streisand, then fast-forward to near the very end. I'd bet real money they filmed in a real interior, instead of using a set (but who knows?).

Quoting ThirtyEcho (Reply 4):
The console between the seats is the middle seat folded down to make a table, they used to do that.

If you look closely at the armrests, there are no ashtrays, and the tray looks like a bi-level apparatus. Compare to this photo of the center seats folded down:

http://images45.fotki.com/v1424/photos/2/211932/7067669/TWA7072-vi.jpg
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RE: Please Help Identify This Vintage Interior

Sun Dec 04, 2011 3:33 am

That's amazing. It never occurred to me that it might be coach. In a related comment, air travel today really sucks.
 
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Sun Dec 04, 2011 3:44 am

I'd have to agree with the TWA 707 interior. The wall design possibly related later with the "Fifth Dimension" advertising of Balloons in "Up,Up, and away" And yes, the lay down seatbacks IF you had an empty next door was great if the did sit flat. Rermember, that was when it was profitable.
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RE: Please Help Identify This Vintage Interior

Sun Dec 04, 2011 3:45 am

Quoting panpan (Reply 8):
In a related comment, air travel today really sucks.

It's also far cheaper.
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Sun Dec 04, 2011 3:54 am

I'd say TWA too based on images in these two papers:

Photo on page one here:
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...RmCuCg&sig2=D0tNr4MmUGHbdgvqwm3L5A

Photo on page four here:
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...knCKSA&sig2=Js-Yd9PvmZK6a9osrZ5EKw
 
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Sun Dec 04, 2011 4:27 am

The wall balloons are the real clue here. At first I thought a DC-8 because the windows look really large. HOWEVER, the DC-8 had side curtains, and that funny reading light on the seat. The seat - looks awfully wide, esp. the head rest areas. I don't remember them in coach. (Notice, I didn't say steerage.) Several airlines did have fold down middle seats, but this looks REALLY wide. My money is on a 2-2 deal in first, with the aisle seat folded down. The arm rests are really wide, and I don't think they would be compatible with coach 3-3 seating. Anyway, one thing I'm certain of, and that is that the ugly broad with the big glass of booze is my Aunt Minnie, may she rest in peace.
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RE: Please Help Identify This Vintage Interior

Sun Dec 04, 2011 4:34 am

Quoting panpan (Reply 6):
Quoting panpan (Reply 6):
I don't know why you'd get that but it's totally a legit site.

I don't know either just sayin'. Great campy pic anyway ....
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Sun Dec 04, 2011 4:47 am

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 10):
It's also far cheaper.

It's a bit cheaper. It's not "far" cheaper. And first class is actually more expensive even adjusting for inflation. It used to be within the realm of average people to afford. My family used to fly first class all the time, paying regular first class fare. Now it's almost all businessmen and women and frequent fliers.

I still have receipts from 1979 showing that my parents paid about $400 to fly me EWR-SFO in coach. My last trip JFK-PDX, I paid almost $1,000 (flying at the last minute). If anything, there's just more variation in the fares now. You can get a really cheap flight, but you can also end up paying pretty much the same as you would have in 1979 when adjusting for inflation, especially with bag fees and food costs added in (which used to be included). Airlines have learned how to maximize revenue depending on the situation. And obviously they've learned how to maximize revenue per square inch.
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RE: Please Help Identify This Vintage Interior

Sun Dec 04, 2011 4:48 am

I'm going to go with TWA as well. They were the first with the fold down center seatback, and the balloons were a common on bulkheads too. And I have seen that brown/tan burlap like wall covering below the windows on TW's 747's before as far back as 1970.
So I'm gonna say this was a TW 707.
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RE: Please Help Identify This Vintage Interior

Sun Dec 04, 2011 5:01 am

This could help:
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RE: Please Help Identify This Vintage Interior

Sun Dec 04, 2011 6:17 am

Quoting georgiaame (Reply 12):
The arm rests are really wide, and I don't think they would be compatible with coach 3-3 seating.

If you look at the armrest by the window, it's normal coach sized. Plus look at the seat back in front of Aunt Minnie.   It has a coach-sized pull-down tray table. I don't think there was a tray table in the seat back of TWA's 707s in First. The seat pitch was too great (IIRC). There's a comparison of the two seats in this link:

http://images27.fotki.com/v994/photos/2/211932/7067669/TWA707-vi.jpg

Quoting spacecadet (Reply 14):
It's a bit cheaper. It's not "far" cheaper. And first class is actually more expensive even adjusting for inflation.

Tru dat! The round-trip completely unrestricted walk-up fare JFK-LHR was $1,494 in First in 1979. JFK-SFO same type of ticket was $294 each way in First.

I did SFO-EWR/JFK-SFO in June '79 for $102 each way on one of the first deregulated fares.

Quoting 474218 (Reply 16):
This could help:

That's just what TWA's sidewalls looked like. Great find!
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RE: Please Help Identify This Vintage Interior

Sun Dec 04, 2011 6:27 am

One detail I noticed with Aunt Minnie´s picture, is that there seems to be a footrest in her seat. Was that usual on Y in those years?

Now, it is definitely a three seat row. Were there any US airlines out there using thre seat rows in coach?

Just for the sake of throwing something different, the fabric of the seats reminds me of LH´s F during the late 70´s and 80´s. Could this be LH?
 
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RE: Please Help Identify This Vintage Interior

Sun Dec 04, 2011 7:03 am

Quoting AR385 (Reply 18):
One detail I noticed with Aunt Minnie´s picture, is that there seems to be a footrest in her seat. Was that usual on Y in those years?

That looks more like a piece of the seat fabric hanging down from the seat cushion. Wasn't unusual.

Quoting AR385 (Reply 18):
Were there any US airlines out there using thre seat rows in coach?

I believe 3x3 was the standard seating in Coach for all the Boeing narrowbody models (some very early configs could have been different, don't know). Other than the DC-9, the only 5-across Coach seating in a mainline jet I'm aware of was in UA's brief "White Class" between "Red Class" (First) and "Blue Class" (Coach) on the transcon DC-8s—I think that's the order in which they were named. (I can't vouch for the Convairs though, never flew on one.)

Quoting AR385 (Reply 18):
Could this be LH?

No way. We've nailed it. It was Trans World Airlines.

Quoting crAAzy (Reply 11):
I'd say TWA too based on images in these two papers:

Thanks a bunch for posting those links.    I've gone back to read them through now. The second one had an interesting article about the TWA jet order, the biggest aviation order in history then. I'll have to search Google for more issues!
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RE: Please Help Identify This Vintage Interior

Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:25 am

Quoting ThirtyEcho (Reply 4):
The console between the seats is the middle seat folded down to make a table, they used to do that. Looks very much like 707 coach. You got real glassware and silverware, free hot meals and no baggage fee.

No, that's an early first class seat on the left side of a TWA 707. The center table between the two seats is fixed. Many early 707s had first class seats like that. You can also easily tell from the approximate 40 to 42 inch seat pitch that it's F not Y.

See the photo below and read the caption. The seats in the photo above are identical to the seats on the left side of the aisle in the photo below (refences to the left side of the aisle means left side facing foward).
http://jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=6792581

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