24 Amazing Historical Photos of Women and the Airplanes They Flied during the 1930s & 1940s

The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) (also Women’s Army Service Pilots or Women’s Auxiliary Service Pilots) was a civilian women pilots’ organization, whose members were United States federal civil service employees. Members of WASP became trained pilots who tested aircraft, ferried aircraft, and trained other pilots. Their purpose was to free male pilots for combatContinue reading “24 Amazing Historical Photos of Women and the Airplanes They Flied during the 1930s & 1940s”

Before Merging With Air New Zealand: 25 Fabulous Photos Show the NAC Air Hostess Uniforms From the 1950s and 1970s

Founded 1947, New Zealand National Airways Corporation, popularly known as NAC, was the national domestic airline of New Zealand from 1947 until 1978 when it amalgamated with New Zealand’s international airline, Air New Zealand. The airline was headquartered in Wellington. By the time of the merger with Air New Zealand, the fleet consisted of 25Continue reading “Before Merging With Air New Zealand: 25 Fabulous Photos Show the NAC Air Hostess Uniforms From the 1950s and 1970s”

Before Laptops, iPads and Seat Back Videos: 13 Vintage Color Photos Show What Travelers Did to Pass the Time on Long Flights in the 1950s and ’60s

What did we ever do to pass the time on aircraft before laptops, iPads, Ipods and seat back videos with 1000 choices of entertainment? In the 1950s and 60s inflight entertainment as we know it today was in its infancy and rudimentary. Although the first film was shown on an aircraft in 1921 it wasn’tContinue reading “Before Laptops, iPads and Seat Back Videos: 13 Vintage Color Photos Show What Travelers Did to Pass the Time on Long Flights in the 1950s and ’60s”

In World War II, Boeing Built a Fake Rooftop Town to Hide Its Factory Beneath From Potential Air Strike by the Japanese

During World War II, a strange, house-filled neighborhood could be seen in the middle of an industrial area from the air. A close-up look would reveal that it was camouflage for Boeing’s Plant No. 2, where thousands of B-17 bombers were produced. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese submarines were spotted off the SanContinue reading “In World War II, Boeing Built a Fake Rooftop Town to Hide Its Factory Beneath From Potential Air Strike by the Japanese”

The Paratrooper’s Selfies : 12 Snapshots Whilst Falling to Earth in 1944

In 1944, Picture Post photographer Haywood Magee boarded an Armstrong Whitworth Whitley bomber at RAF Ringway, Cheshire, England. Already onboard were men of the 10th Battalion Parachute Regiment. As one paratrooper prepared to jump, Magee handed him a camera with the instructions to aim it at his face, don’t drop the thing, and click. InContinue reading “The Paratrooper’s Selfies : 12 Snapshots Whilst Falling to Earth in 1944”

Amazing Photos From Swissair Reveal What It Was Really Like to Fly in the 1960s

Swiss airline Swissair has published photos from its archives ’60s. Passengers in those days we flew like kings: enjoying personal space, gobbling up delicious food, sipping cocktails under a cigarette right in the chair. It looked like “the Golden era of passenger aviation.”

Amazing Vintage Photos Reveal How Babies Used to Travel With Family on Airplanes in the 1950s

Flying with children has never been easy. But before the days of special seat belt attachments and sky nannies parents took a more cavalier approach to childcare, simply placing babies in cradles that hung above their heads. Incredible vintage images, dating back to the 1950s, have emerged revealing that ‘skycots’ were attached to the overheadContinue reading “Amazing Vintage Photos Reveal How Babies Used to Travel With Family on Airplanes in the 1950s”

Canadian Fighter Pilot in WWI Ordered to Go Back to Flight School. He didn’t. Instead, He Went on To Shoot Down 72 Enemy Aircraft

Air Marshal William Avery “Billy” Bishop was a Canadian fighter pilot in WWI who crashed his plane during a practice run and was ordered to go back to flight school. He didn’t. Instead, he went on to shoot down 72 enemy aircraft, making him a legend in his own time and earning him a VictoriaContinue reading “Canadian Fighter Pilot in WWI Ordered to Go Back to Flight School. He didn’t. Instead, He Went on To Shoot Down 72 Enemy Aircraft”

Vintage Photos of 12 Amazing Flying Cars That Really Existed in the Past

Even before the Wright brothers made their first flight in 1903, people have widely imagined a future where flying cars — or aerocars — are a fact of life, whisking us about without the hassles of roads and traffic. A flying car is a type of personal air vehicle or roadable aircraft that provides door-to-doorContinue reading “Vintage Photos of 12 Amazing Flying Cars That Really Existed in the Past”