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United DC-6 SFO-HNL 1948

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This DC-7 film by American Airlines has to be a close approximation without the acting:

 

 

John

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I've never seen real food on an airline before....

 

Lamb Chops.... *Smacks lips*

Back in those days, you could hardly fly anywhere without a meal being served.  In 1964, I missed a connection and ended up in Nashville, needing to get to Memphis ASAP.  They found a flight and when I went out of the terminal and walked across the tarmac to get on it, there was an old twin engine Beechcraft, I think.  It was a tail dragger and you had to crawl into a small door on the side and there was a sunken isle with one wicker seat on each side per row (maybe 8 rows).  When we took off and leveled out, the copilot got out of his seat, got onto his knees, and slid a crate of Coca-Cola down that sunken isle, opening the bottles with a church key he had on a string around his neck and handing them out.  Usually it was a full meal, but this small and poorly equipped carrier tried their best.  It was all about the customer in those days.

 

John

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