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Throwback Thursday: The Private Planes of Yesteryear

March 20, 2014 at 7:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't get that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

Last week, we detailed the pluses and minuses of all five major Los Angeles area airports and that was a lot of fun, but you know what's even more fun? Flying out of one of the many other airports almost wholly dedicated to LA's private jet traffic.

A sky full of Gulfstreams, Citations, Learjets, and Hawkers no longer phases us, but once there was a time when private aviation meant boarding a tiny prop much like the Cessna pictured above.

Note the presence of the girl. Is she a personal secretary, mistress, or perhaps a business partner? Either way, the body language of the man leaning reads clearly; he's anxious to get this show on the road. And wouldn't you be too, if traveling once again meant this glamor and ease?

Another fun historic Cessna picture, just for good measure:

[Photos of photos: Jaunted]

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