From: email@example.com (Phillip Byrd) Organization: Mordor International Date: 29 Dec 95 22:22:24 References: 1 2 3 4 5
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I, too, flew the Electra to and from college in the 1960's- on American Airlines (between Little Rock and Dallas Love Field) and Braniff (Love and Denver Stapleton). That was back when students could fly standby for half price. Sometimes I wound up in coach, but occasionaly in first class. Coach was in the front of the plane, first in the back. And let me tell there was quite a difference in the noise levels. In coach, right up there with those four big Allison turboprops, was pretty darned loud. Those really were the "cheap" seats. But in the back of the aircrart, the seats were wider, the ride was smoother and the noise level was way down. If I remember correctly, the first class section was the larger of the two. Flying was truly a different experience back then. During that same period, I occasionally flew on a turboprop equipped Convair- the 580 with Allison engines (I think) and the 600 with RR engines. I also had a few flights on the DC-6, DC-7 and even once on a Vickers Viscount (old Capitol aircraft flown by United from Memphis to Philadelphia). Flying was certainly different back then. People dressed up to fly. Food was often good. And service was gracious. Of course, if we look at what it cost to fly back then (adjusted for inflation), we understand why a lot of things were different.