Category: Airliners & Travel
Sirkorsky S-43 gases up in Hawaii
In the 1950’s, it was against the law to travel by air looking like you couldn’t afford it
Once upon a time, there were these things known as “luggage stickers.” This be one of them.
June 1980, Delta inaugurates non-stop service from Atlanta to MacDill AFB
I was stationed at MacDill when this occurred and we all got a good laugh out of it. The next day, I talked to a security cop who had responded to the 727’s unexpected arrival as a security breach and a possible hijacking. When he went aboard the airliner, some of the passengers, seeing men with guns surrounding the aircraft, assumed they had been hijacked (to Cuba). On the local evening news, the reporter stated “the aircraft eventually departed MacDill and flew non-stop to Tampa International.” That was a good dig – anyone watching knew Tampa Airport was only 8 miles from MacDill.
Alaska Coastal Airlines was in business from 1939-68 and operated a variety of aircraft suited to the Alaskan frontier. One of their mainstays was the Grumman Goose, as seen here
707 of Cunard Eagle Airways on a test hop over the San Juan islands in the early 60’s.
Continental Airlines 707 cruising northbound over Puget Sound in 1959. Below is Vashon Island.
Lockheed Super Constellation (N86531) of Modern Air Transport basks in sunshine at Boeing Field in the early 1960’s.
Very pretty Boeing 720 of Braniff Airlines.
Varig Airlines of Brazil
It’s time for a Clipper-rama
Boeing’s first three 314’s bob along the shores of Lake Washington in 1939. From that same year, the fourth 314 is seen tied alongside log rafts on the Duwamish River next to Boeing’s plant in Seattle.
By the time this ad ran in 1941, the Boeing 314 had been in service for two years, and things were doing so well it was time for more Clippers
Years ago, I knew a man who had twice been a passenger on the 314. Of course it was the most luxurious flight imaginable, but he also said it was much noisier than he expected. Bumpy too. Makes sense though: it was unpressurized and had to fly low.
For the Boeing Clipper fanatics
This is a whole lot of photos, and no doubt appeal to only the most jaded of Pan Am Clipper fans (and a fine jaded bunch they are), but these interior shots of the Boeing 314 are, at least in my estimation, rather rare. All are from a Boeing tech manual that was rescued from the trash many moons ago, but now in my possession. The aircraft photos (1st and last) were not part of the book, but they are too nice to ignore.
Wary passengers accept the hospitality of Western Airlines
The way everyone is looking at the stewardess, you’d think they were told to beware of her habit of smashing food trays over the heads of unsuspecting passengers. Anyhoo, an original promotional poster for Western Airlines and their new wonder plane, the Lockheed L-188 Electra.