Ultra Swank - Retro Adventures

Jet Age photos

Written by Christopher Alm • October 12th, 2006
Jet Age photos

So far we have stayed on the ground, exploring the past. Now it’s time to take to the skies and go back 40 years or so when air travel was considered a privilege and the first travel choice for any international jet set person.

My personal airline favorites are Pan Am and Braniff, seeing I really like the Pan Am logo and the cool airplane paint schemes Braniff used. In fact I really love the whole Braniff concept with their colors, design, clothes, air strip and what not. On with the photos, look how neat and cozy everything was back in the late 1960s, early 1970s.

That was back in the days, when you could get free layovers if you scored with one of the stewardesses. Oh, well… Sadly, both airlines had problems during the strikes and high oil prices in the late 1970s which ultimately lead to their decline and downfall.

Source Braniff Pages   

Christopher Alm

Christopher founded Ultra Swank in 2005. Has a crush on mid-century graphic design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and the Century 21 Exposition. Is a collector of easy listening music from the 60s and 70s and a Swedish expat living in Barcelona, Spain.

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  • Steven Altis

    Is that Dennis Franz?

  • Chris

    I have no idea, nemo434. Anyone else who knows?

  • Kangoon

    And everybod got nicely dressed to travel. Not like these days when it is just slob-a-rama all the time everywhere.
    I dig the interior of the plane.

  • Wow fantastic photos. Awesome poses. Colors are striking yet beautiful

  • Zanyartist4u

    I'm a Braniff brat. Dad and his co-workers got paid double time to paint planes after working their regular jobs. Braniff had a big unveiling of it's “end of the plane plane” advertising scheme, with a big family dinner and tours. I had hoped to work for Braniff too, but they went under in 1981. The reasons: they expanded too quickly, the top brass had huge benefits (until just a few years ago, what remained of the company was still paying for resort condos for the brass), and dear old American airlines had the Sabre system which was placed with travel agents and rigged to have American as the first choice for ticketing.
    It was an amazing airline, with quality everything. We still have a few Braniff stuff from flights. As employees, we often flew first class (not many people would pay for it even then) since we flew “space available.” I didn't fly again for years and my first flight was on Southwest airlines…It felt like I was flying on a bus in a third world country…expected to have chickens and such running around.
    Still have some of Dad's wings, they are treasured.

  • Wow, great inside information. Thanks for sharing this! :)

  • ohhh What kind of pose is it ? Looks like funny………

  • constancia33

    I flew on Braniff from Panama to NY, stopover in MIA in 1964 and 66.  Even the food was good… when you fly today you can’t believe it’s become so casual and it’s a good thing but it is too bad you can’t choose flight experiences deluxe or regular.  Those memories are part of who I am, they were emblematic of the new world i.e., mod and international!

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