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Air Travel and Airlines

Follies of the Madmen #203

Turkish Airlines - Wingo TVC - English from Robotika Films on Vimeo.



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I don't know... That bird reminds me of too many other incompetent fictional birds. Especially the klutzy Launchpad McQuack. I'm not feeling in good hands--or wings--here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Apr 01, 2013 - Comments (5)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Business, Advertising, Air Travel and Airlines, Europe

Emilio Pucci’s Bubble Bonnet

In 1964, Braniff airlines was looking for a way to differentiate itself from its competitors by adding a touch of glamour and weirdness to its service. So it hired Italian fashion designer Emilio Pucci to design the uniforms of the stewardesses. What he came up with was the plexiglass Bubble Bonnet, aka the Space Bubble Helmet. Its purpose was supposedly to protect the hair of the stewardesses from wind and rain as they crossed the tarmac. Stewardesses complained that it was hard to hear anyone while wearing the things. Read more here and here.







Posted By: Alex - Wed Nov 14, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Fashion, Headgear, Air Travel and Airlines, 1960s

More Giants!



Pitiless beautiful-people giants stalk and dominate mere mortals, making our helpless planet and civilization their careless playground.

And that makes me want to use your airline?

Alex is on to something here!

Posted By: Paul - Sat Sep 29, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Business, Advertising, Giant People in Ads, Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature, Air Travel and Airlines, Asia, Fictional Monsters

The Inflatoplane

Developed by Goodyear in the 1950s, the Inflatoplane could fit in the trunk of a car, and then be inflated to full size in 10 minutes. The idea was that the air force could drop inflatoplanes to pilots stranded in enemy territory, allowing them to fly themselves to safety. But the project was eventually abandoned because of a series of accidents, and the military's concern that the plane could too easily be shot down. Link: bendbulletin.com



Posted By: Alex - Wed Aug 15, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Inventions, Military, Air Travel and Airlines

The Mile-Long Zeppelin

This article about Bob Laws, print-shop owner, and his dream of building a mile-long zeppelin ran in various papers back in 1977. Since it's now 35 years later, we can assume Bob's plan didn't come to fruition. But people keep dreaming of building giant zeppelins. For instance, designer Tiago Barros wants to build a giant, cloud-shaped zeppelin.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Aug 05, 2012 - Comments (9)
Category: Air Travel and Airlines

Unsafest Skies Ever!

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[Click on either half of the image to enlarge.]

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Apr 23, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Confusion, Misunderstanding, and Incomprehension, Surrealism, Air Travel and Airlines

Nuke-powered Planes

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I guess I was too sanguine the other day when I said we'd never have nuclear reactors circling overhead.

Read the article here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 05, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, Air Travel and Airlines, Armed Forces

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