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Vintage Air Travel Photos

Passengers enjoying a drink and a game of cards in the cabin of an Imperial Airways plane in Vintage Air Travel: Scenes From The Air In A Bygone Era (PHOTOS)

The 70s marked the end of the Golden Age of air travel

"I remember when you could bring your favorite Bowie knife on board, finger a stewardess or two and join the Captain in the cockpit for a drink and some Helen Keller jokes.

First class service on board of a DC-8 jet, 1960s. © Air New Zealand. Source. Exhibition “Air New Zealand 75 Years" at Museum of Newzealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington - until July 19th 2015

First class service on board of a jet, © Air New Zealand. Exhibition “Air New Zealand 75 Years" at Museum of Newzealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington - until July 2015

Qantas 747-238B's "Captain Cook Lounge" - the ultimate in 70s travel!

Qantas Boeing VH-EBA "City of Canberra" and its Captain Cook Lounge in the upstairs hump, circa (Image: Qantas Heritage Collection)

TWA 'Great Cities' Ambassador service was expanded to First Class in early 1971. This was the meal spread that could be expected on long domestic flights on the Boeing 707. Two of the seat covers from TW's vast collection of designs are shown here. Let's not forget the bright orange carpet either! (TW had blue, turquoise, gold and red carpets as well). A total nightmare to clean and maintain, according to my TW contacts.

TWA 'Great Cities' Ambassador service was expanded to First Class in early This was the meal spread that could be expected on long domestic flights on the Boeing

I actually remember when there was this much space on a 747

, as depicted in photographs from Keith Lovegrove’s book “Airline: Style at Feet” (right and below). The era has been romanticized in television series such as “Mad Men” (above) and movies such as “Catch Me If You Can” (below right).

boeing 707, 1958 -there's actually a gap between the seats and the passengers are waiting for lunch!

Boeing 707 interior These were the days when flying economy was more comfortable, with more leg room etc. Airlines also offered a menu plus real cutlery! How times have changed!