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Once upon a time I did a considerable amount of flying — in aircraft, to be sure. That was back in the 1960s. Two of the various conclusions I reached via those experiences are: The best airline ever was National Airlines, based at Miami in Florida; and the best airliner ever was the Douglas DC-8, not the Boeing 707. Both the airline and the airliner are gone now, but they remain my all-time favorites in their respective categories.
(The observant will notice I’ve ripped off the National Airlines "Sun King" logo for use as my avatar! That airline’s livery was beautiful.)
Here, then, is a tiny (4¼ inches in length) reminder of what passenger air travel once was and will never be again. It’s a 1:400-scale metal model of a National Airlines DC-8, manufactured by model-builders Gemini Jets of Las Vegas in Nevada.
When it comes to passenger air travel, there really were "good old days" — when seats were wide, leaned way back, had footrests and provided plenty of legroom; when blankets and pillows were offered; when meals were free and were served with actual tableware; when passengers could walk through airline terminals to gates without getting undressed; when friends or relatives of travelers could watch the goings-on from observation platforms; when airlines strove to help customers rather than avoid them.
Image by npicturesk
*Model AM at Tamiami Airport in Miami, FL.