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Trip August 26th, 2012 10:11 PM

Then & now....stewardess & flight attendant
 
When was the first time you flew? Where did you go,and what are the differences in flights of that time and now?

We flew to NYC, in 1968, for our honeymoon, on Eastern. A bit of a bouncy flight, and, my tea, flew out of my cup.:) Thankfully it is a short flight!

Back in the 80/90's the snowbird route from Boston to Florida, had tons of daily flights, and we flew wide body jets....not the flying pencils of today. We had more leg room, could check through an overweight bag, and kept our shoes on ......:cool:

Are you a white knuckle flyer, or, can you sleep like a baby?

Aerogirl August 26th, 2012 10:17 PM

February 4, 1980 to Acapulco, I was 15 years old. I donít remember a whole lot about the flight other than the take off and how fast we were going. To this day I hate to fly but do so to travel.

ToddDH August 26th, 2012 10:31 PM

Mid 60's on a Delta DC-7 4 engine prop.

Years ago when they were all called Stewardesses, you had to know everything from the type of clouds to you name it. Today............................

Lakers Fan August 26th, 2012 10:31 PM

Interesting query
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Trip (Post 1443826)
When was the first time you flew? Where did you go,and what are the differences in flights of that time and now?

We flew to NYC, in 1968, for our honeymoon, on Eastern. A bit of a bouncy flight, and, my tea, flew out of my cup.:) Thankfully it is a short flight!

Back in the 80/90's the snowbird route from Boston to Florida, had tons of daily flights, and we flew wide body jets....not the flying pencils of today. We had more leg room, could check through an overweight bag, and kept our shoes on ......:cool:

Are you a white knuckle flyer, or, can you sleep like a baby?

My first flight was in 1993 .It was to Puerto Rico. I very rarely sleep on flights .

Marc August 26th, 2012 10:58 PM

My first flight(s) was Dec 1957 Augusta - Atlanta - Dallas - Los Angeles. I don't remember much of flight but have heard stories all my life (i was six weeks old).

When I was young (ealry - mid 60s), I flew frequently between LA and San Francisco to visit family. PSA flight attendants had pink hot pants and served coffee, tea, or fruit punch. PSA configured one row with rear facing seats so it was great for a family.

I have accumulated 2 - 3 million miles flying and feel quite comfortalbe on a plane. Commuting between MCO and DCA for seven years before and after 9/11 was actually a great experience.

I have got to fly on some great aircraft (never had opportunity to fly SST) in some great configurations. I have met some great FA and some terrible ones. I have been loyal to Delta for 15 years so feel most comfortable with them. I used to fly Eastern out of Terminal A at Logan and loved it; great to park right above the terminal. Eastern service was wonderful.

AR August 26th, 2012 11:14 PM

August, 1963, American Airlines, Convair 990, Chicago O'Hare to Newark.

Differences: They gave you full meals on most medium-haul flights, complete with a small pack of cigarettes. And when you flew, you dressed. Until at least the mid-1970s--and maybe later--I would never have considered getting on a plane without a coat and tie. I still often wear a sportcoat (no tie). It tends to be a practical thing to do if you need one on the trip, plus I'm convinced you're treated better in many cases when you look even a little better than the average passenger.

The 707s, 990s, DC8s and 727s were no wider than today's narrowbodies, but the pitch between rows was much greater, giving an overall feeling of roominess in coach. DC9s were narrower, much like MD80s and 717s today. Of course, there were no RJs back then, so no comparison can be made. Other popular planes I flew back then pretty regularly included the Electra II turboprop, the DC6 and DC7 piston planes and even an occasional old Super G Constellation (piston). Of course there were no "widebodies" until the 747s came along in the latter part of the 60s. Our first ride on a 747 was on Alitalia to Rome in 1970. On early trips to the Caribbean we used to hop around on Caribair, and they flew mostly Convair 580 turboprops.

I'm decidedly not a white knuckle flyer, and never have been. The only exception is when our son is the captain up front. . .then I'm scared to death. Actually that only happened once, and it was a surprise. Waiting at the gate at DCA with my early morning coffee, a familiar voice said, "Good morning, sir, I'm your pilot. May I take your bag?" He had brought the zero-dark-thirty trip in from New York, so he was well into his work day. Actually, of course, I wasn't frightened at all. . .it was a lot of fun. I'd fly to the end of the earth with that guy.

Do I sleep? Terry gets mad at me because I sometimes fall asleep before we even take off. She's never been afraid of flying either, but she sometimes has a hard time sleeping. Once, flying to Hawaii, I zonked out just after takeoff from LAX. When I awoke and looked out the window the islands were in full view. I asked "Is that where we're going?" She was a little torqued off because she hadn't slept at all.

AR August 26th, 2012 11:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Marc (Post 1443842)
When I was young (ealry - mid 60s), I flew frequently between LA and San Francisco to visit family. PSA flight attendants had pink hot pants and served coffee, tea, or fruit punch. PSA configured one row with rear facing seats so it was great for a family.

PSA in the 60s and 70s was a hoot. In addition to stews (you could call them that then and they didn't mind at all) in hot pants, they flew mostly 727s and painted smiley faces on the noses. They used to look for any excuse at all to give out cake or ice cream or whatever. And since they flew intrastate they weren't subject to all the ticketing rules that applied to interstate flights. When you bought your "ticket" they would ring you up on a cash register like the one at the grocery store, and the cash register slip was your ticket.

They once hired the great Stan Freberg to do some advertising and marketing work for them. Stanley's first idea was to pass out rabbits' feet as you boardied the plane. Even PSA drew the line at that one. Then Stan proposed that they do projections inside the plane to make it look like you were really on a train. That one didn't "fly" either. But you gotta love Stanley. When he signed a contract to do commercials after that, he put in a clause that said: The commercials will be funny. Mr. Freberg shall be the sole judge of what is and is not funny."

It really was fun to fly in those days, and PSA was about the most fun you could have. Used to ride them a lot between LA, San Francisco and Sacramento.

Trip August 26th, 2012 11:40 PM

After reading this, I wanted to be a stewardess;)


http://bks3.books.google.com/books?i...dPcne9Rj-gH6-X

snorklr45 August 27th, 2012 12:27 AM

First time I flew was in the mid 70's and I was just a kid. From Texas to Atlanta. Atlanta to Virginia...round trip. I don't recall a lot except that as children, we were escorted a lot throughout the entire time and stewardesses kept a close eye on us after we boarded. We were handed childrens books, colors and coloring books to keep us occupied. I was a bit afraid of flying as a youngster, but as an adult, I totally got over it and now sleep (usually even before take-off). There was one exception..The puddle jumper I took from Grand Cayman to Little Cayman Island...The plane was tiny and extremely old...Gas fumes permeated the cabin and we had to land on a grassy landing strip..So I was a bit nervous on that flight. Let me just say that I was praying.....

Luanne Russo August 27th, 2012 12:34 AM

My first was from Atlanta to Florida. It took 30 minutes.:D This was before Atlanta airport became as large as a state. I was 20.

The next flight I took was from Atlanta to Frankfort Germany, all by myself.

Do I enjoy flying? No way. I pretend it is a big car, which is why I don't do window seats.:D

If it's an international flight, I will take something to help me sleep, other wise I am wide awake.

Mike M August 27th, 2012 01:15 AM

My first commercial flight was in 1976. Three friends of mine had just graduated high school and were getting ready to start college. Republic airlines had a $290 special from Minneapolis to Seattle. It was a 727 and I still remember the meal. It was trout with rice pilaf and one of the best pieces of cheese cake I can remember. We had five fun filled days exploring the Olympic Peninsula.

Since then I have flown a lot. Not as much as Marc but I am somewhere over 3/4 of a million miles. I flew a lot for business and flew all over the country and the world in everything from puddle jumpers to 777's but it wasn't until 2006 did I fly in a 747. Nothing special but I always thought it strange that all the International flights over the years were either DC10's or Airbus aircraft.

I have no problem on an airplane. I'm like AR, I often fall asleep before takeoff. My wife hates me for it. She isn't afraid of flying but needs to get up and walk around as much as she can. On our last flight home from London we both had to be up at 2:00 a.m. to get a coach from Brighton to LHR for a 9:30 a.m. flight. This is the only flight I can remember that she slept more than I did.

In all the years I have had a few problem flights, cancellations, delays and missed flights but nothing to get worked up about.

I have a hard time understanding how some folks get such terrible flights. Then again there are people like my sister. I flew with her a few years back from MSP to Hawaii. Her husband and her were quite a few rows back from my wife and I so we didn't get too much of a chance to visit during the flight. When we got off my sister was acting like she had just got off "The Flight From Hell". There was one small bit of turbulence about half way through the flight and it was otherwise smooth. She couldn't believe how rough it was and she was in fear the entire flight. She deserved a "Drama Queen" award. I had to tell her to "Knock it off". The flight home was more turbulent but I never heard a bit of "Drama Queen" come out. Her husband was greatful.

I do believe the more worked up you are about flying the more the "little" things are going to bother you.

I have to end by saying that flying isn't as "comfortable" as it used to be and the service isn't as good but the prices are actually less than what they used to be so I look at it as a means to an end. If you want the white glove service of yesteryear then fork over the $7000+ and fly First Class on your next trip to Europe. (Or save up those FF Miles) ;)

Take care,
Mike

CruisinK n J August 27th, 2012 01:47 AM

Then & Now . . . Stewardess $ Flkight Attendant
 
First flight was on a Northwest Airlines Stratocruiser, MSP to NYC.

Judy

Cruznut2 August 27th, 2012 04:56 AM

My first flight was Eastern Airlines from Boston to Orlando in April of 1969. I was staying with friends. Eventually we moved down to Lakeland. Here I fell in love with this city. I left to go back to Boston in November 1969. When I left I said that I would be back to Lakeland to live someday. In June 2007 I arrived to stay.
Trip do you remember the old Eastern Terminal at Logan?

Laura

green_rd August 27th, 2012 09:26 AM

TWA to the New York World's Fair.
I used to fly often enough that I would get sleepy on the way to the airport thinking about the nap I would get. Now not so much and I just can't get to sleep even on long flights.

First "solo" flight included a very short leg from Indy to Cincinnati they actually took drink orders on the ground to be able to serve them as soon as we reached altitude. Now, many of our flights come through Chicago. The return flight is too short for beverage service.

Manuel August 27th, 2012 09:48 AM

My first flight was on a DC3, flown by ONA. That was from Philadelphia to Louisville in 1966.

Since then I have flown may times across the Atlantic and a couple of times across the Pacific and several times across the US.

My most memorable flight was on a Constellation from Baltimore to San Francisco. Since we were flying to get on a Vitenam bound ship the Pilot asked for and got permission to fly at a low altitude so we coudl get a nice view. Those old planes had big windows so did we get to see a lot from the air.
Now the majority of our flights are fro Florida to Connecticut and back.

TM

ToddDH August 27th, 2012 02:30 PM

Manuel,

For what it's worth, I think the Super Constellation was the most gorgeous aircraft ever designed. It's a shame most people don't even know what one looks like. I really think, most would fall in love with it immediately!

Manuel August 27th, 2012 02:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ToddDH (Post 1443976)
Manuel,

For what it's worth, I think the Super Constellation was the most gorgeous aircraft ever designed. It's a shame most people don't even know what one looks like. I really think, most would fall in love with it immediately!

It was comfortable and we had plenty of room. Of course in those days I was a lot slimmer.

TM

green_rd August 27th, 2012 04:25 PM

The only Constellations I have seen were flying in rocket segments.

rayb August 27th, 2012 04:49 PM

Gosh you guys have been around a bunch. But now My membary is comingback.

WW2 I did a bunch of flying. earlier iot was by train or bus in US. Then during the war I was assigned to Carribean Air Command at Albrook AFB, in Panama. As a staff member we had ACs assigned to us to visit most all the stations we had under our command, that included all of he Carribean island and all the countries in South America. We used mostly a C 47 you may call it a DC3. We used a C45 some times. During my service in the Air Force I have flown in many types of AC. Those included C54s, B17s, B29s C124s, and heck I can't remember all of them. I have never been air sick except one time. Right after the WW2 finished I had a crew to take to Galopagas to disarm an ammo dump. I had about 24 service men with me. We hit a hugh turbulance and all got sick. I got sick because I watch all the others do and so same for me.

Since the war I have flown in most of the other Civilian types of AC inluding DC3, 727, 737,747 777, most of the French planes and whats the name of the 3 engine one that dont fly any more? I am for sure loosing my mind. What can you expect for one getting close to 93.

I loved to fly then and now. So thats my story and I am sticking to it.

Paul Motter August 27th, 2012 06:08 PM

Some of you remember Anne Campbell...

She was lucky enough to fly on the Concorde - to a Celebrity Cruises event in Europe back when Chandris owned the line.

The closest I have been is the museum on Barbados - someone here once told me why they have a Concorde there but I don't remember.

I am not a "plane" person like I am a ship person, I don't know a lot of facts & figures, but I do think they are fascinating.

I would love to try the 787 or the A38 (I have those right, right?)

canuckity August 27th, 2012 08:00 PM

The first time I was on an airplane was in the late 60's, it was a DC-9 and I flew them many times and often equated them to a 'sports car'. Since then I have flown many times and on most of the commercial aircraft....MD80's; DC-10; 747; 767; 777, the smaller Airbus aircraft such as the 319 and 320. More recently I've been on some of the newer Embraer aircraft that are becoming popular - I guess for their fuel efficiency. My only regret is that I never flew on an L-1011 and I'm hoping some day to fly on the 787 and A380.

Traveltobehappy August 27th, 2012 11:41 PM

First time I can remember flying was a trip from Dallas to San Francisco. I was 7 years old. I went on American Airlines around 1960. They let me pass out napkins, and gave me a Jr. Stewardess certificate. They told me when I turned 18 I could apply to be a sterwardess. I dreamed of that day forever. I finally did it for 20 years! It was the best experience of my life, the most fun, and oh so many stories!!!!
I wouldn't know where to begin, but in my old manual we had a Stewardess manual, and you rang you stewardess call bell. Then a revision came out, and said, when male stewards are present on the plane, you will refer to them as stewards and the ladies as stewardess's. One of the first jobs on board for the lead flight attendant read,
"after finishing your preflight safety check, please make and offer the captain and the crew coffee."

Do you remember the stewardess call bell (she had a dress on a stick figure with long hair)? don't you dare ring that call bell at takeoff- I'm not coming down the aisle!!!!! ha ha ha

Trip August 27th, 2012 11:47 PM

Travel, welcome to Cruisemates....what a great story! If I twist your arm, will you share some funny, & horror stories? Pretty please? :) Hope to see you around the boards...

Traveltobehappy August 27th, 2012 11:52 PM

I loved the Constellation! I got to fly it one time from NYC to Hartford Conn. My mom was a "Stewardess" during the 40's for KLM and that was the plane of choice. Beautiful plane. I believe there is one in Apopka just sitting out at the airport in Florida, and another at the Boeing museum in Seattle.
They lost a lot of engines coming from Europe over to NYC. She had a few scarry experiences, and also lost some dear friends.

Traveltobehappy August 27th, 2012 11:56 PM

That book was written about the American Airlines Stewardess College in Dallas, Texas. My father actually managed the complex in the late 50's.

they truly did have up 8 foot fences to keep the girls in and the guys out.

Millie Alfred ran the college and was the most well liked person in the world, bless her heart!

Marc August 28th, 2012 12:17 AM

traveltobehappy, what airline?

Manuel August 28th, 2012 09:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rayb (Post 1444007)
.

Since the war I have flown in most of the other Civilian types of AC inluding DC3, 727, 737,747 777, most of the French planes and whats the name of the 3 engine one that dont fly any more? I am for sure loosing my mind. What can you expect for one getting close to 93.

I loved to fly then and now. So thats my story and I am sticking to it.

There two three engine planes that are used mostly for cargo these days. The 727 and the L1011.
It seemed to me that when TWA flew the L1011 to Europe they were flying faster than today's planes.

TM

AR August 28th, 2012 09:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Manuel (Post 1444111)
There two three engine planes that are used mostly for cargo these days. The 727 and the L1011.
It seemed to me that when TWA flew the L1011 to Europe they were flying faster than today's planes.

TM


Actually, there were three three-holers in common use. The Boeing 727 narrow body, which was the workhorse throughout the sixties and seventies, and still in service at some airlines well into the nineties. Then there were two widebody three-holers, the Lockheed L-1011 and the Douglas DC-10 (and later its successor the 11). You can probably find specimens of each of them flying somewhere still today, but they basically succumbed to age and their gross fuel inefficiency.

The 727 has basically been replaced by the 737 and the Airbus 319-320 series. Modern widebodies include the 767, 777 and 787, along with the Airbus rough equivalents. RJs have been added to fleets, with planes made mostly by Embraer and Canadair (Bombardier). I never understood why Boeing never made an RJ.

Sistersolo August 29th, 2012 12:27 PM

The earliest flight I remember was Los Angeles to Dallas, in 1946 so I would have been 5 years old. I don't remember the airline or the craft, but it was a taildragger (DC-3? -6?) and the stewardesses wore blue uniforms, so it might have been Pan-Am. I also got to "help" the stewardesses but then the flight turned bumpy and they made me sit down; just as well because many of the passengers became airsick. I thought it was great! Of course, in those days I used to love roller coasters, too. Funny thing is, I don't remember the flight back.

Mrsrocster August 30th, 2012 12:48 AM

Does anyone remember Braniff airlines? I was an infant when I begin flying, but the first flight I remember was with Braniff from TX to MN in the summer of 1976. We then took a bus from Minneapolis to Fargo, ND and family picked us up for the 1 1/2 hour drive to the family farm. GREAT SUMMER!


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