Up, up, and away,
The friendly, friendly waaaaaaay! *
It's an homage to air travel here today. Not boring humdrum discount air travel, but the days of highballs, smoking sections and Pucci miniskirted 'Stews'. Glamour. When people dressed up to travel, the food was real food, the flight attendants were glamazons and the young Brioni blazered exec in 12B was a likely candidate to join the Mile High Club with.
- Braniff International were one of the first luxury airlines. Vibrant sexy uniforms by Pucci (and later, a more subdued Halston) were just one of their trademarks. Sadly the days of shag carpeted aircraft and upstairs bars on 747s are a thing of the past. Look back in awe on the Braniff International official site, and a Braniff tribute site and the Braniff pages.
- Gail Salenius runs a customised Barbie doll site, but was a Braniff hostess back in the day and has kept all her Pucci designed uniforms.
- Speaking of uniforms, Cliff Muskiet is a purser with Dutch airline KLM, and has a huge Stewardess Uniform Collection.
- Look back on the glory days at The Airchive, a comprehensive museum of commercial aviation, old and new.
- Search through AirlineMeals.net and compare the plastic wrapped lunch boxes of today with the Wedgewood china Chicken Kievs with Chef Salad of the past.
- Remember Pan Am? Here's a fab Pan Am tribute site (with a sobering list of accidents).
- Eero Saarinen built a fabulous one or two, but check out some other beauties at Old Airline Terminals (shield your eyes, the webpage design is a little horrendo and bright.)
There are some passionate collectors of airline memorabilia out there. Both fabulous and strange:
- The Airline Bag Lounge has a great collection of vintage airline carry-on bags. (I'm ancient, and therefore remember some of these.)
- Speaking of bags, Anan has an Airsickness Bags Collection. No, I don't know why. Nor do I know what this says about their ability to travel.
- Dieter the kleptomaniac collects airline spoons of the world and posts them on his Flickr photosets.
* With apologies to the late, great Aussie airline TAA.