What was flying like back in the past? Piano Parlor at 35,000 ft! “You won't believe you're on an airplane!” ― that could’ve been the slogan of American Airlines. They pulled 50 seats out of each Boeing 747 and used the space to create a passenger lounge with armchairs, cocktail tables, and even a Wurlitzer electric piano. Their passengers could sing their favorite songs to the tickled ivories during long flights across the country.

Or how about luxury in economy? In the early 1980s, Continental Airlines installed so-called “Polynesian Pubs” in some of its DC-10 jets. It was a small bar with snacks and drinks, round tables, and swivel chairs. There was also a video pong console. Continental took an approach worth appreciating ― this kind of luxury was for economy class passengers. Imagine what First Class was getting! Let's find out what it was like to fly in those days compared to flights today.


Piano Parlor at 35,000 ft! 0:01
Luxury in Economy 0:27
Fine Dining and Flying 0:54
Flowers to prove a point 1:12
Full-sized beds 1:37
Wacky Colors 2:03
The Flying Barrel 2:36
9-Winged Super Boat-Plane 3:04
A Wingless Plane 3:32
The Spruce Goose 3:57
The Flying Umbrella 4:23
The Flying Pancake 4:52
An Inflatable Plane 5:15
The Super Guppy 5:47
The Antonov An-225 6:16
Miniature Aircraft 6:37
Backward Wings 7:03
The Chopper-Cycle 7:34
The Boomerang Plane 7:59

Combo-Craft Airship 8:31
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Grumman X-29A: By Clemens Vasters,
AirVenture 2011, Oshkosh WI: By Ken Mist,
Hughes H-4 Hercules Interior looking aft: By Clemens Vasters,
An original Atari Pong video game console: By ProhibitOnions, CC BY 2.5 ,
CC BY 3.0 , By RuthAS:
(Braniff Douglas DC-8-62), (Braniff International Douglas DC-8-62), (Boeing 707-320C)
The Tacit Blue (Whale) aircraft: By S Kaiser/Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0 ,
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Wurlitzer Electronic Piano model 112: By Wurli112,
Clipper Spreeathen at Zurich in 1985: By Eduard Marmet,
Dornier Aerodyne E1: By Baier,
Cargo bay Super Guppy: By Duch.seb,
Burt Rutan at the 2011 EAA Airventure fly-in in Oshkosh, Wisconsin: By Steve Paluch,
Rutan Model 202: By FlugKerl2,
Groenhoff in the cockpit of the Lippisch Storch V, probably in 1929: By Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-13690, CC BY-SA 3.0 de ,
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DORNIER Do 31 E3 and VFW-Fokker VAK 191 B: By GraphyArchy,
Vought V-173 "Flying Pancake": By Michael Barera,
Three-view image of XF-85 Goblin: By Kaboldy,
Rutan Boomerang: By FlugKerl2,
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