Remembering the glamour of air travel in the 60s and 70s

It was only a few decades ago that flying was considered a glamorous experience. The cabin crew and pilots donned exquisite and eye-catching uniforms. Passengers had to walk across the tarmac to board a plane, where they were greeted by hostesses in mini-skirts and knee-high boots.

Travel was an upper-middle-class experience and people dressed up to fly. Air hostesses served full meals and baggage was included in the cost of a ticket.

The good old days of airline travel are behind us, but it’s always a joy to revisit the fantastic fashion and flying experience of yesteryear.

So let’s take a walk down memory lane tonight as we reminisce about the glamour of flying. What are your fondest flying memories?

Trans Australian Airlines 1958 ticket

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Qantas economy passengers in 1960s


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First class food and wine

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Uniform 1959


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Qantas 1965 hostess


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Colourful Qantas airline uniforms from the late 1960s

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Blue uniform from the 1960s


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Qantas airline uniforms 1971

qantas 1971

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TAA hostess evolution


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What memories do you have about flying in the 60s and 70s? Do you miss this fabulous, fashionable era?