The golden age of flying

The ’50s and ’60s are often referred to as the golden age of flying. Fancily dressed passengers, couch-sized seats and glamorous flight attendants – or air hostesses as they were known back then – certainly lend credence to this moniker.

But then flying in the ’50s and ’60s (and even a little later) also meant there were more clouds inside the cabin than out (we’re referring to smoking being allowed in plane cabins, of course) and the cost of a flight was all but prohibitive.

This video from Weird History pokes holes in the notion that this truly was the golden era for airlines, as it examines some of the more undesirable elements of  air flight in the ‘Elvis era’.

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.


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