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The Resurfacing Of A 60-Year-Old Video Compares Commercial Flying In 1950s To Now

A fascinating promotional video from the 1950s showing what commercial flying was like in the early days of aviation has resurfaced 60 years after it was first released, giving an insight into the differences between travelling then and now.

The video, made by American airline Pan American World Airways in 1958, was released to show how luxurious flying had become since the introduction of commercial air travel.

Pan American World Airways, commonly known as Pan Am, was the largest international air carrier in the United States from 1927 until its collapse in December of 1991.

In the video we see passengers being treated to luxury meals in chairs with plenty of room to move around in, a far cry from what most passengers of commercial airliners will be used to today.

“Delicious food adds to the enjoyment. It’s prepared in four simultaneously operating galleys where dishes can be cooked in five minute ovens.”

They can also be seen playing board games and gathering around a small table, something which is unheard of on most commercial flights nowadays.

The narrator also boasts that there is “no feeling of movement at all, no vibration” from inside the plane during the flight, despite the fact the plane is travelling at approximately 650 miles per hour.


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