Flying a PANAM Boeing 707 in the 60's

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What happend to air travel, wish my flights were like that!:( (without the chess!)

Did all Americans talk like that in the 60s and 70s. They have a very distinctive tone. Or maybe it was just the same bloke who did all the voice overs!:notme: Just seems to me that all films, adverts and TV have that same tone! You never hear that now!
 
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It is interesting how the men all appear to be dominant and the ladies subservient. Notice the husband and wife playing chess and the man takes a piece as the lady looks on helplessly. :(

Those really must have been the good ole days. :rolleyes:
 
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I couldn't help but notice that the passengers were all in dresses and coats and ties. Now, well, tank tops and flip flops seem to be perfectly acceptable, and the flops help get you through security faster.

And, gee, the stewardess even smiled.

Are you sure that was an airplane and not an alien spacecraft?
 

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I'm pretty sure the film was from a mockup cabin and cockpit - my memory of a 707 was not enough room for cameraman and camera of the era to have taken those shots.

I do remember the "cocktail lounge" setups in some long distance aircraft of the era. When we got the "jumbos" (747, DC10, etc.), I recall "cabaret" setups, including pianos, on coast-to-coast and overseas flights. The flights from Chicago nonstop to Hawaii were one long luau!

I recall, also, it being a "big deal" if a man even loosened his necktie on a short city-to-city flight. If the flight would be more than 2 hours, stewardesses would take suit jackets and hang them in a closet on shaped hangers, not hooks. There was always a closet for overcoats during cold weather.

I also remember very orderly and polite disembarking - none of the shoving and cursing so common today. Carryons rarely contained more than stuff for in-flight use or briefcases for businessmen. Nobody even dreamed of carrying overnight luggage into the cabin. Conversations with seatmates were common - no movies or in-flight MUZAK to isolate passengers from each other.

The pitch (distance between seats - leg room) seemed a lot larger back then. A seat could be reclined without crushing the passenger immediately behind it.

Meals started off good and gradually deteriorated over years to the point of being the object of bad jokes.
 

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What happend to air travel, wish my flights were like that!:( (without the chess!)

Did all Americans talk like that in the 60s and 70s. They have a very distinctive tone. Or maybe it was just the same bloke who did all the voice overs!:notme: Just seems to me that all films, adverts and TV have that same tone! You never hear that now!
that was the narrative voice I grew up with watching films and filmstrips in grade school.

I guess now it's more fashionable to talk with some sort of accent that represents your region or heritage.

The guys that still do the classic voice stick to being game show announcers.
 

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We flew Pan Am to London and back in the late 60's, on a 707 with a name painted on the nose, "Princess of the Isles" or something, as I remember. I still have my metal pin the pilot gave me , the Pan Am logo with wings, as a "Junior Pilot". The stewardess too me to the cockpit where the captian talked to me and showed me the view out the front windows. Pretty cool to a young kid. Of course those days are long gone, but quite memorable.
 

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Same experience here, but I don't have the Junior Pilot wings any more. I'm not sure what I was searching for that brought this old thread up, but is was kind of freaky - I had just watched a documentary on the Queen Elizabeth 2. In it they had a few clips of the 707's as they told how it was finally completed right at about the time the Boeing 707's were rolling out and about how the 707's devastated transatlantic ocean travel - 8 hours on a 707 vs 4.5 days on Cunard's QE2.

I never sailed on the QE2, the largest ship in the world at the time (and the fastest). I did sail on the SS France (Compagnie Générale Transatlantique) twice which prior to the QE2 was the largest ship in the world (1994 and 1995).
 
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