Eight United Air Lines hostesses in front of a Boeing Model 80 built in 1928.
An interior cabin scene of a Western Air Express Fokker F-32, taken in 1930.
Weighing mail preflight
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines' Douglas DC-2 "Stork" flying over Amsterdam enroute to the Mildenhall Aerodrome in London for the start of the 1984 air race. The race re-enacted the famous 1934 MacRobertson Air Race from London to Melbourne, Australia.
This Qantas retro Boeing 737 was painted in the iconic "winged kangaroo" color scheme, first introduced on the first Qantas 747-200 in 1971.
VH-XZP is the 75th 737-¬800 delivered to Qantas, and the aircraft was named in honor of former CEO James Strong.
Juan Trippe (right), Pan Am founder, chats with aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh. Lindbergh was a technical adviser to Pan Am, having flown many survey flights for the airline in the 1930s.
The Pan American System Airways Martin M-130 China Clipper flying boat is a classic. This photo was taken on its inaugural flight Nov. 22, 1935 over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Calif., which was under construction at that time. See Time Capsule, Clipper Charm.
The China Clipper's crew prepares for the inaugural flight Nov. 22, 1935, during a ceremony broadcast around the world. The destination was Manila and the Clipper made the flight from Oakland to the Philippines—8,210 miles—in six and half days, with 59 hours and 48 minutes of flying time. Along the way it stopped in Hawaii, Midway Island, Wake Island and Guam.
The trip was staffed by seven crew.
Pan Am China Clipper in port in 1935. From Oakland to the Philippines, the Clipper stopped in Hawaii, Midway Island, Wake Island and Guam.
Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7
Not sure what year this is, but it is one of my favorite spectator scenes
Not sure of the year on this one either, but is wasn't one of the cooler shows
This says it all: Wear comfortable shoes!
Caption: Flight dispatchers, meteorologists, crew schedulers and other specialists work as a team to assure the safety and comfort of American Airlines passengers.
Can anyone help with what year this is?
An artist's rendering of the Frontier Horizon Boeing 727-200 paint scheme. The airline had a short life of one year.
The real deal in 1984. The airline only survived one year.
The McDonnell Douglas Unducted Fan does a flyby at the Farnborough Air Show in 1988. The MD-81 testbed is seen in a video here
A company photo of the GE UDF. First flight occurred Aug. 20, 1986 on a Boeing 727-100 testbed. Visit a GE video
Wisconsin Central Airlines President Francis Higgins (L) , Executive VP Hal Carr and Secretary A.E. Schwandt are shown with a Lockheed 10A early in 1948. The company changed its name to North Central Airlines in 1952.
The US Space Shuttle Enterprise, mounted to NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (a Boeing 747), visits the Paris Air Show in 1983. It is the only Space Shuttle that flew overseas.
January 20, 1986.
British Airways flies four Concordes in formation to mark the 10th Anniversary of scheduled Concorde services January 21, 1986. Photograph by Adrian Meredith
An Aeroflot Tupolev Tu-204 on display at the 1989 Paris Air Show
On September 9, 1946 a Trans Australia Airlines Douglas DC-3 took off from Melbourne for the three-and-a-half hour flight to Sydney.
United Air Lines’ flight crew bids farewell to Convair 340 airplane at San Francisco International Airport after its final flight March 1, 1968.
In the Dec. 18, 1972 edition of TWA’s Today employee newspaper, an article announced a new security device being deployed at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. The X-ray equipment was called Saferay and it was used to view carry-on luggage and parcels.
An Aeromaritime Super Guppy in 1970.
The first Boeing 747SP rolled out on May 19, 1975, and its first flight took place on July 4 of that year.
Henson Airlines established a base in Salisbury on the Maryland Eastern Shore as an Allegheny Commuter in 1968 and began using larger 50-seat turboprop de Havilland Canada Dash 7s (shown here) and 30-seat Shorts 330s in the 1970s.
Shown are some of the Air France fleet from the 1980s, including Boeing 737-200, 727-200, 747-100, an Aérospatiale-British Aerospace Concorde, Airbus A300B4 and ATR 42.
Thailand's Air Siam was the first private carrier to compete with Thai Airways International and it only did so for a short time. Pictured is its one and only McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30.
Alaska International Air serviced construction of the Alaska Pipeline using Lockheed Hercules aircraft in the late 1960s.
The Western Air Express inaugural flight from Glendale in 1930 with a Fokker F.32.
Civil Aeronautics Board Chairman Alan S. Boyd graced the second cover of Air Transport World in June 1964. The headline of the cover feature is Alan Boyd: CAB Chairman with a Purpose. The story behind Air Transport World’s first cover personality.
Caption, November 29, 1978: Additions to Braniff International's fleet of intercontinental McDonnell Douglas DC-8-62s will be equipped with Atlantic Aviation’s “wide-body look” interior system, as seen here on one of their eight -62s already outfitted.
We are pleased that reader David Gregor sent this beautiful shot of the rollout of Qantas VH-EBA in February 1959. This is one of three Boeing 707-138s still around.
In February 1929, after eight years of operation, Pan Am CEO Juan Trippe took over Mexicana and opened the carrier’s first international route from its base in Mexico City to Brownsville, Texas via Tuxpan and Tampico.
The first flight drew a crowd not only for its famous pilot but for its new airplane. It was piloted by Charles Lindbergh, shown here in the cockpit of the three-engined, nine-passenger Ford Trimotor, built in 1927.
Caption: In 1959, Northeast Airlines operated its first pure jet service using Boeing 707 "Intercontinental" jet liners. Northeast was the first airline to fly these high speed craft between Miami and New York and had the distinction of being one of the first airlines in the United States to offer pure jet service.
This British United Airways BAC 1-11, registered G-ASJC, was the fourth BAC 1-11.
Shown are summer uniforms worn by the flight attendants in the late 1940s at Challenger Airlines. At the time, uniforms changed often.
But then, so did airlines.
Olympic Airways replaced its aging Douglas DC-3 and DC-6s in 1971 with twin-turboprop Nihon Aircraft Manufacturing Corp. YS-11As.
Re photo 30, QANTAS's first B707. Number 29 off the production line it is the oldest production 707 still in one piece and sits at the Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach, Queensland, Australia, wearing the exact same paint scheme as seen in this photo.
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