Amazing Photographs of the Tuskegee Airmen at an Air Base in Italy During WWII

The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of primarily African American military pilots (fighter and bomber) and airmen who fought in World War II. They formed the 332d Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group (Medium) of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). The name also applies to the navigators, bombardiers, mechanics, instructors, crew chiefs,Continue reading “Amazing Photographs of the Tuskegee Airmen at an Air Base in Italy During WWII”

Vintage Photographs Capture Everyday Life at the McConnell Air Hostess School in the 1940s

“To be an air stewardess is hard work and not to be recommended to someone who just wants to see the world,” said chief stewardess Anna Lönnqvist, who had a degree from Uppsala University. “To underline that, it should be remembered that we’re only allowed to do two flights to America each month and thatContinue reading “Vintage Photographs Capture Everyday Life at the McConnell Air Hostess School in the 1940s”

Breakfast in Bed: 24 Extraordinary Color Photographs Revealed the First Class of Air France in the 1950s

Air France, in full Compagnie Nationale Air France, French international airline originally formed in 1933 and today serving all parts of the globe. With British Airways, it was the first to fly the supersonic Concorde. Headquarters are in Paris. By 1948 Air France operated 130 aircraft, one of the largest fleets in the world. BetweenContinue reading “Breakfast in Bed: 24 Extraordinary Color Photographs Revealed the First Class of Air France in the 1950s”

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”