Everyone loves to complain just how much flying sucks these days and there is no better time for whining about air travel than the holiday season. And you know what, people have every right to be as upset about it as they want to be — air travel even in the 1970s, to say nothing about the 50s and 60s, was nothing like the torture it is today.
Back then passengers had much more space, classier interiors and designs. Here are here was more space, classier interiors and bolder designs. You don’t even have to go back to the 50s and 60s to see that. Here are some of the actual cabin interiors of Boeing 747s from the 1970s, shared with us by Gismodo‘s Jesus Diaz. As they say, these are simply awesome.
Diaz tells us something I didn’t know — that the idea of the Boeing 747 was conceived in the 1960s, when Pan Am asked Boeing for a 400-seat plane. What Pan Am’s chairman at the time Juan Trippe had in mind was a flying ocean liner, a double-decker jet. As that wasn’t an option back then, they had to settle for a simpler but similar version, one with the same seat configuration and headroom. In fact, we are told that other planes of that era and later had a similar headroom because they didn’t have overhead bins.
And then we have the 747’s first and business class upper deck and the famous upper deck. What Boeing initially proposed to Pan Am ended up being not much different than the actual upper decks, which you will see below.
Anyway you look at it, this is nothing like the cramped cylinders of today, which sometimes seem as though they’ve been designed with the explicit goal of torturing us.
1. Great airplane travel service and experiences existed in the 1950s and ’60s, but it was incredible around the 1970s.
2. From a spacious business class…
3. …to a fun stewardess crew.
4. Flying was something people looked forward to, not something to dread.
5. Even though they had less overhead space in economy, no one felt nickled and dimed when they checked their bags for free.
6. Don’t you wonder if we’ll ever get this back?
Share the way air travel looked and felt like in the 1970s with your friends, even if that makes them whine even louder about the torture they have to endure today.