The Golden Age of Flying: A Look Back On Air Travel In The 1950s And ’60s

The 1950 and 1960s have become known as the “Golden Age” of flying. It was a time of glamorous air hostesses and gourmet meals, and of great leg room for all.

Delta Airlines
The Golden Age of Flying: A Look Back On Air Travel In The 1950s And '60s

While it might have become known as the Golden Age of flying, taking to the air in the 1950s and 1960s had its downsides. For a start it was much more dangerous, and far more expensive. Then there was the smoke from all those cigars, cigarettes and pipes. And, once you’d looked out of the window there was not a lot to do but twiddle your thumbs. But there were upsides to flying back then too – like ever-flowing drinks and a party atmosphere.

These old photos will give you a glimpse into the air travel during this era.

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PanAm Boeing 747
The Golden Age of Flying: A Look Back On Air Travel In The 1950s And '60s

A view from the control tower of the Greater Cincinnati Airport
The Golden Age of Flying: A Look Back On Air Travel In The 1950s And '60s

American Airlines
The Golden Age of Flying: A Look Back On Air Travel In The 1950s And '60s

Boeing 707 and 720
The Golden Age of Flying: A Look Back On Air Travel In The 1950s And '60s

Columbia Metropolitan Airport, Columbia, SC
The Golden Age of Flying: A Look Back On Air Travel In The 1950s And '60s

Continental 747 Ponape Lounge, Airline Attendant
The Golden Age of Flying: A Look Back On Air Travel In The 1950s And '60s

Continental Airlines
The Golden Age of Flying: A Look Back On Air Travel In The 1950s And '60s

Continental Airlines
The Golden Age of Flying: A Look Back On Air Travel In The 1950s And '60s

DC-6 Mainliner United Airlines 48
The Golden Age of Flying: A Look Back On Air Travel In The 1950s And '60s

Delta Airlines Convair 880
The Golden Age of Flying: A Look Back On Air Travel In The 1950s And '60s

Eastern Airlines Falcon Lounge
The Golden Age of Flying: A Look Back On Air Travel In The 1950s And '60s

Houston International Airport
The Golden Age of Flying: A Look Back On Air Travel In The 1950s And '60s

Moisant International Airport, New Orleans
The Golden Age of Flying: A Look Back On Air Travel In The 1950s And '60s

Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) Electra Jet
The Golden Age of Flying: A Look Back On Air Travel In The 1950s And '60s

Pan Am Airlines
The Golden Age of Flying: A Look Back On Air Travel In The 1950s And '60s

United Air Lines DC-6 and DC-6B Mainliners
The Golden Age of Flying: A Look Back On Air Travel In The 1950s And '60s

United Airlines DC6 Airplane Meal Service Club Car Section
The Golden Age of Flying: A Look Back On Air Travel In The 1950s And '60s

United Airlines Red Carpet Service
The Golden Age of Flying: A Look Back On Air Travel In The 1950s And '60s

United Airlines
The Golden Age of Flying: A Look Back On Air Travel In The 1950s And '60s

United Airlines
The Golden Age of Flying: A Look Back On Air Travel In The 1950s And '60s

Western Airlines
The Golden Age of Flying: A Look Back On Air Travel In The 1950s And '60s

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