Wednesday, January 6, 2016
1950 and the skies are open for travel, at least to western Europe. In the background you can see one of the most iconic aircraft of the fifties. The Lockheed Constellation was the first big time airliner. It crossed the Atlantic to Paris and London carrying 95 passengers, a number that would make the big airlines of today squeal and want to charge $500 a bag for carry on luggage. Ah, but this was a different time, a time before the "shut up and sit down" model practiced by the airlines today. It was a time when TSA wouldn't tazer you into submission for approaching the fence separating the tarmac from the public parts of the airport. A simpler, more civil time and a perfect kickoff for travel season.