I’ve heard of the “golden age” of air travel, but having not taken my first flight until 1980 (Eastern DC-9, RDU-DCA, flight 390 for those keeping score), I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced it. The closest I’ve ever come is The Pan Am Experience in Los Angeles, an unforgettable total AvGeek immersion experience I should write a blog post about for sure.

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My Pan Am 747 Boarding Pass

As a student of the airline industry for as long as I can remember, I’ve seen many a picture of upper deck lounges and piano bars in flight. However, being a pedestrian domestic business traveler in 2015, it is sometimes difficult to believe that airlines really were (OK, still are) cool.

That’s why sharing a New York Times article that caught my eye seemed like a fun thing to do this Saturday morning. Take a look at “When Airlines Looked Cool and Showed It” if you’re feeling a little nostalgic for a different era in air travel. Check it out. I have a handful of historic marketing posters like those in the article. Time to head to the frame shop, I think! Do you remember air travel’s golden era? What do you miss most about it?

-MJ, August 29, 2015