Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some
form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle
my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which
all began in Mayo, MD
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Vintage Airline Advertisements Saturday Evening Post February 19, 1949
The Saturday Evening Post February 19, 1949
of Contents] These articles are scanned and OCRed from old editions of the The Saturday Evening
Post magazine. Here is a list of the
The Saturday Evening Post
articles I have already posted. As time permits, I will be glad to scan articles for you. All
copyrights (if any) are hereby acknowledged.
wasn't until the mid 1930s, thanks largely to Douglas Aircraft's DC-3, that the public began taking to the airways
in large numbers. It was a combination of trust in a rugged, proven airframe and the low (relatively) operating cost
of operating the aircraft that made passenger travel affordable. By 1949, when these advertisements appeared in
The Saturday Evening Post, the airline industry
was in full swing worldwide. Successful jet airliners were still a few years off, as evidenced by all the airplanes
in the ads being propeller driven. De Havilland's Comet claiming the title of 'first' in that realm, but the
in-air breakup of many due to window failures soured the public on jetliners. Boeing's 707 restored the trust and
went on to become the first 'successful' commercial jet airliner.