I just saw this picture on facebook..... It's labeled as Economy class on a Pan Am 747 in the 1960's....
Hey you airplane geeks... iahflyr, pluto77
Today's planes don't have that much room in First Class! What a difference half a century makes?!! And, what is on those trays? Is that "food" being served to economy passengers? Look how nicely everyone is dressed too! Let's go back in time!
The airfare was probably $500 back then, too! You had to have $$$
Hmm, in the 60s, there was there was the 707 which was considered a jumbo jet, late in 1969 the 747 was having final testing, That looks like a studio shot of what may come, the people look 1964 ish and happy, Narrow ties etc. Kind of Walt Disney like. The first 747s crammed them in, Pan am included, not quite as bad as now but that has about a 45 inch pitch, that never happened on a 747 in economy which would be the only plane that could go 3 4 3 seating.
Looks more like the waiting lounge than on a plane.
Somewhere I have a photo of my dad with some colleagues sitting at the bar in the upstairs lounge of a Qantas 747 circa 1973-4.
I recall on several transpacific flights during the 70s finding an empty middle row. Made a great place to sleep when I was a kid. Put up the arm rests and stretch out with room to spare. It didn't happen all the time, but I'm sure my parents appreciated a well-rested kid at the end of a marathon journey from SYD-NAN-HNL-SFO
Right peymanagement they should have been dressed like this
I NEED that grey/green outfit with the yellow mustard shirt...
I dig the 1st pic, outfit in the center. That jacket is amazing.
Pretty swanky for econ! Now it is...how many people can we charge to cram into one plane...AND then charge absurd amounts to change pluto77
Great photo and one plane I still have yet to fly on! Heck that's more room than I have in the house!
At least when I fly I dress up, jeans, pullover shirt and deck shoes.
I have had the pleasure of flying in a 747 several times. The "bubble" upper deck is quiet & more exclusive with a higher flight attendant to passenger ratio. Sadly, United is retiring theirs by year-end, but Lufthansa still has a bunch.
That looks like Wizzair to me! (This is just for brightlybob) All the " customers" on there are 4ft 9 anorexic midgets.
It looks like a 747 mock up to me also... which would be circa 1970's at earliest... It actually looks like 2x4x3 seating in the photo... That's some pretty nice pitch!
Here's a photo of the inside of the first "Air Force One," a 707-120 at the Seattle Museum of Flight. You can see that's it's not nearly as wide as a 747.
The Concorde was a very narrow aircraft, with 2x2 seating. I was surprised at how un-luxurious it seemed (but a short flight, so...)
There is an old commercial aircraft in the Seattle Museum of Flight (fantastic museum, btw) that still has the seats and you can walk in and sit down in them, to get a feel of how it was back then. I can't recall the aircraft. I might have photos somewhere...
For TIPPLE II'ers, the National Air and Space Museum at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (out at Dulles) Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center | National Air and Space Museum is amazing. I LOVE that place!
pluto77 Great pictures. The concord looks pretty uncomfortable!
It does, yet all the rage in it's day and so expensive!
Love the Seattle Museum of Flight, maybe more than the Smithsonian yet have to toss the Udvar-Hazy in the middle for me.
Speaking of narrow cabins......the B707, B727, all B737's and B757 all share the same cross section of the fuselage making them all the same cabin width? Yep, that's fuselage type has been around for some time.
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