Category:
Air Travel and Airlines

Heaton’s Aerocommuter

Back in 1974, David Heaton spent $50,000 pursuing his dream of building an "aerocommuter" -- a two-person flying saucer that would "cost no more than a medium-priced American car," thereby allowing everyone to fly to work.

He claimed to have all the engineering problems worked out, but it doesn't sound like one of these things ever managed to leave the ground.



Aiken Standard - June 6, 1974

Posted By: Alex - Mon Feb 27, 2017 - Comments (6)
Category: Inventions, Air Travel and Airlines, 1970s

The Sky Is Your Target!



"Air Flash from the Joneses!" What if they had to deal with drones?

Posted By: Paul - Tue Feb 14, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: War, Civic Duties, Air Travel and Airlines, 1950s

Follies of the Madmen #299

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Not sure what the slugger prowess of stews has to do with running an airline. Nowadays, they could use a baseball bat for drunk-passenger control.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Dec 15, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Business, Advertising, Sports, Air Travel and Airlines, 1960s

Most continuous time on commercial flights

In 1978, Thomas Crowder set a record for "time spent aboard commercial planes" by traveling back and forth between 91 U.S. cities for 21 days. He never spent more than three hours on layovers between flights.

As far as I can tell, Guinness never recognized this record. Nor can I find evidence that anyone has ever tried to top it.

I know that Guinness tries not to track records that encourage unhealthy or life-endangering acts. So maybe Crowder's record fell foul of this policy. Because spending 21 days sitting on commercial flights seems like a great way to develop deep vein thrombosis.

The Alexandria Town Talk - Oct 27, 1978



Mattoon Journal Gazette - Nov 2, 1978

Posted By: Alex - Sun Oct 16, 2016 - Comments (7)
Category: World Records, Air Travel and Airlines, 1970s

Bensen Gyrocopters



Aren't drones a little wimpy, when you could be flying your own Bensen Gyrocopter?

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Original ad here.

Heck, even Batman had one!

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Posted By: Paul - Tue Aug 23, 2016 - Comments (10)
Category: Hobbies and DIY, Comics, Air Travel and Airlines, 1960s

Flying Wings

In some alternate timeline, the skies are full of flying wing-type airplanes.




Posted By: Paul - Fri Jul 22, 2016 - Comments (6)
Category: Inventions, Air Travel and Airlines, 1940s, Armed Forces

An Airplane Trip by Jet



Real meals! Plenty of leg room! A separate lounge in the front of the plane! What weird alternate world is this?!?

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jun 15, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Air Travel and Airlines, 1960s

Capturing Lions by Aeroplane



"The odor of gasoline indicates great wealth and to this they show due respect." So then: nothing has changed in the Middle East in nearly 100 years!

Cautionary note: numerous lions were hurt in the making of this film.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 28, 2016 - Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Hunting, Trapping and Other Wilderness Activities, Air Travel and Airlines, 1920s

Airline Shirt

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Yes, all my clothes are styled by airline companies.

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Mar 08, 2016 - Comments (9)
Category: Fashion, Air Travel and Airlines, 1960s

Flying Fish a Hazard

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[Click to enlarge]

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Feb 07, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Fish, Air Travel and Airlines, 1980s, North America

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