• LOOKING BACK • 11.16.17

November 1938

2,000,000 now “Fly the Air with the Greatest of Ease.” The recent celebration of National Air Travel Week dramatizes the amazing development of airline transportation of passengers, mail and express during the last 10 years since the famous author paid $400 for 33 hour flight from Los Angels to New York. During National Air Travel Week at least 50,000 flew 21 domestic transport lines and Pan-American. The airlines now carry more than 2,000,000 passengers a year plus millions of pounds of airmail and express.
Flying mail in 1918, and in 1926, did take passengers by airplane but air transport was still an experiment. The pilots of these ships weren’t too happy to have passengers and felt the extra responsibility of their safety. They rode on mail sacks or crouched down in small cockpits. Then, in 1927, came “Lucky Lindy.” Charles A. Lindburgh, the former airmail pilot, made the flight across the Atlantic and the whole world “flung his name against the stars!”
By the end of the year, air transportation emerged from experimental stage with the development of large, multi-engine equipment.
Then, John Monk Saunders, American author, paid $400 for a one-way ticket to Los Angeles from New York. He became the first paying passenger aboard the first regularly scheduled flight in a multi-engine transport plane. This marked the real beginning of modern passenger transport. That year, 47,840 flew in various large and mostly small planes.
In those days, in order to start an airline all that was needed was a few pilots and a few small planes. Coast to coast passengers sat upright in a small metal chair with little upholstery. The plane landed every few hundred miles for fuel, little food if any was served over 33 hours. By 1938, the trip was reduced to overnight with comfortable birth aboard a soundproofed transport and cross-country fare was reduced to $150. They were served a hot full course meal without any extra cost. In 10 years, airfare reduced from 12 cents/mile to 5 and one half cents/mile and speed has more than doubled.
The Roman Theater: “Keep Smiling” with Jane Withers. “The Lone Ranger; and “No Man of her Own” starring Clark Gable and Carole Lombard.


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