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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.

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Throwback Thursday: Jaunted's Own First Flight Memories

March 6, 2014 at 2:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't 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.

A trip down memory lane is always fun, and for this Throwback Thursday we're taking a stroll down our own. We asked a few of our own contributors to think way, way back to the first time they stepped foot on a plane and share what the experience was like.

Whether it was a family trip to Disney World or seeing Grandma for Thanksgiving, the memories involve some airlines no longer in the skies and some that've endured the test of time:

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Why 20,000 Well-Dressed Guests Took Over Disneyland for 'Dapper Day'

February 24, 2014 at 4:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

For lovers of fashion, history, and a bit of good fun, there are plenty of "throwback" events in the year's social calendar. These primarily happen on the east coast—for example there are vintage baseball games and NYC's summer-favorite Jazz Age Lawn Party—but sometimes the west coast gets in on the retro fun as well.

Case in point: Dapper Day at Disneyland. The event began in 2011, with a few hundred amusement park-goers donning their best vintage duds to enjoy Disneyland the way Walt Disney envisioned it: with families dressed in suits and skirts instead of fanny packs and cargo shorts. Now, Dapper Day attracts around 20,000 (the "dapper" folk nearly outnumber regular visitors) in the one day, and it's spread to include the Disney parks in Orlando and Paris.

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Throwback Thursday: The 1970s Sure Were 'Qantastic'

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January 23, 2014 at 9:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't 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.

We can probably all agree that the 1970s weren't exactly a standout decade for fashion, hairstyles and politics. However, it was during this time that many international airlines hit their stride with jet travel, just as it became the fashion for the average person to dump their disposable income into discovering new corners of the planet.

We can look to Qantas for some of the biggest milestones of the 70s and, no doubt, they're ready to celebrate via Instagram.

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Throwback Thursday: Did You Know United Airlines Once Had Helicopters to Disneyland?

January 16, 2014 at 10:31 AM | by | Comment (1)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't 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.

A collection of National Geographic magazines from decades past may take up shelf space, but it’s hardly something to take for granted. We recently leafed through a few mid-1960s issues from the small library in the lobby of Miami’s Freehand Hotel, and struck retro travel ad gold in this United page touting their helicopter transfer service from LAX.

These were the days of Boeing 707s, United’s campaign as “the extra care airline,” and obviously putting far too much text in magazine ads. The fine print explains it all:

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How to Ride New York City's Historic Subway Trains and Buses During December 2013

December 3, 2013 at 10:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

'Tis the season for New York City to unearth its transportation gems in the name of holiday fun, as the Big Apple again runs their special annual historic subway trains and city buses.

The subway train is the main attraction, and though it's technically called the "Nostalgia Shoppers' Special Train," you'll hear it referred to as the "vintage train" much more often. Clanking down the rails between Queens and the East Village, the train is an amalgam of rolling stock from the 1930s through 1950s.

A ride on the train costs the same as every other MTA ride—$2.25—and passengers are allowed to hop on/off at any stop just as if it were a normal subway train; the big difference is that the vintage train quickly turns into a party!

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Throwback Thursday: a Peek Inside the Hindenburg, in Color!

October 24, 2013 at 1:32 PM | by | Comment (1)

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.

When anyone talks about Zeppelins, the most famous that comes to mind is the The Hindenburg that took its last flight in 1937. But the year before the tragedy, these German rigid airships were considered the future of air travel, with the biggest of them performing multiple transatlantic flights from Europe to the US and even a few to Brazil.

Technically the largest aircraft to ever take the skies, Zeppelins have a special place in aviation history regardless of flight duration and cost. Even though we might recognize them better in current day hovering over football stadiums with Good Year tagged on the side, we can appreciate the vintage travel of these babies!

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A (Possibly Final) Look Inside the TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport

October 14, 2013 at 10:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

There are no other buildings that show the romance of travel like the TWA Flight Center at New York’s JFK Airport. The Saarinen-designed terminal was completed in 1962 and closed in 2001 following TWA’s financial deterioration. Countless starry-eyed travelers were lucky enough to pass through the doors and check-in to their flights under the vaulted ceiling while it was operational.

The rare opportunity to visit inside the structure this last weekend was thanks to the openhousenewyork festival. Plans are in the works to convert the terminal to a hotel and convention center, so this might have been your last chance to see it filled with people as it was meant to be.

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What You Need to Know for Sunday's TWA Flight Center Open House at JFK

October 11, 2013 at 2:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!

The TWA Flight Center at New York's JFK Airport will again be open to the public for this one day: Sunday, October 13. And it may be the last time to view the building in as close to Saarinen's original plans as possible, since rumors of hotel development are approaching fact.

The reason? The 11th annual openhousenewyork festival (OHNY), a weekend event that flings open private doors to showcase typically hidden gems of the city. Last year was only the second instance of the TWA Flight Center welcoming hoards of the curious and, even better, access was (and still will be) free!

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Throwback Thursday: United Brings Back the 'Friendly Skies'

September 26, 2013 at 10:35 AM | 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.

This week United Airlines launched a new ad campaign. Okay, it's not exactly new. In fact, it's like a little Throwback Thursday for themselves because it borrows one of their more famous taglines from yesteryear, "Fly the Friendly Skies."

History on the original motto dates all the way back to 1965 when advertising firm Leo Burnett (another company calling Chicago home) came up with the slogan for a growing traveling public. The tagline was used until 1996 when the airline began to play on the word "united."

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The TWA Flight Center at JFK Has a New Name and, Perhaps, a New Future

September 9, 2013 at 10:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

This weekend brought even more news on the fate of JFK Airport's TWA Flight Center or, as we may soon call it, The Standard, Flight Center.

The NY Post' s Page Six reports that hotelier Andre Balazs has more to celebrate than just the 5th anniversary of his Standard Hotel in NYC's Meatpacking District, as his plans to develop the Terminal 5 Flight Center into a 150-room hotel and convention center move forward.

The final proposal hasn't yet been approved by the Port Authority and, as we recently reported, they aren't having the easiest time agreeing that Balazs' design plans are the right ones for the space. Thus, this is the ideal time for Balazs to leak details in a bid to gain more publicity and garner excitement over the possible "Standard, Flight Center," while its neighbor, the old Terminal 3 Pan Am Worldport, is reduced to rubble (sharing a fate with the I.M. Pei-designed Terminal 6 Sundrome, demolished just two years ago).

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Throwback Thursday: A 25 Cent Tipple on the B&O Railroad

September 5, 2013 at 2:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't 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 paid $8 for a domestic beer while riding an Amtrak train.

In 1941, that price would have been the small sum of 25 cents on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, or the B&O for short.

Perhaps you recognized the railroad from playing games of Monopoly, as it's one of the four railroad properties. In real life, however, the Baltimore and Ohio was the Unites States' first passenger railroad, founded in 1828. While expanding beyond the east coast to connect into the Midwest, it operated through the Great Depression and the World Wars and eventually merged and merged again to become what is now known as the freight train operator CSX.

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