The Only Reason Why Modern Planes Are Better Than Old Ones

Date: 2020-02-06 17:00:30


Travel by airplane is by far the fastest, but not the most comfortable way to go. It wasn’t always like this, though. Getting to lie down in a spacious bed-seat? Check. Full hot meals, bars, and even pianos on board? Also check. So what else has changed in the past 100 years of human flight?

The first airplane ever was the Wright Flyer made by the Wright brothers in 1903. It made just a few short flights, but those changed history forever. The first commercial airplane in history was the Model 14 Benoist airboat: it took passengers from St. Petersburg to Tampa in Florida, making the journey a dozen times shorter than by train or steamboat. But the true golden era of commercial flights began in the 1950s…

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– Let’s first take a look at one of the most typical airliners of the time: Douglas DC 6.
– With the size of it — 100 ft long and almost 10 ft wide — it’s a bit surprising that it only accommodated 48 passengers.
– The seats were big and comfortable, with plenty of leg room. They also had seat backs that could go all the way down, so you could take a hearty nap if you wanted to.
– There was a real menu and you could order whatever you wanted, be it a rib-eye steak or smoked salmon.
– The average price of a domestic ticket would cost you a month’s wages, and a Trans-Atlantic flight was a luxury for the richest.
– Passengers would dress up for the flight as if they were attending a social event — and in a sense, they were.
– But today’s airplanes have much more to offer in terms of entertainment: personal screens with lots of movies, TV shows, and even games, magazines to read, and of course, on-board shopping.
– Modern jet airplanes usually fly at about 480 mph, climbing as high as 39,000 ft above ground.
– Low altitudes of the old airplanes meant stronger and more frequent turbulence.
– The engines were also awfully loud: the propellers and engines roared together to create enough lift and push the aircraft forward.
– Another distinctive feature of the old airplanes were square windows.
– Even seat design has changed a lot towards safety.
– In the past, an accident could’ve torn the seats from the floor, so you basically traded safety for comfort.
– In older planes, long-haul flights often required them to make stops on the way for refueling and maintenance.
– Airplanes weren’t the only means of air travel, though. Don’t forget about airships! Those were slow, huge, and often dangerous.
– The real age of airships came in the early 20th century, when the German Zeppelin Company made their rigid passenger-carrying dirigibles.
– Compared to the most prominent airship of the time, even Airbus A380, the superjumbo jet that dwarfs other airplanes in size, is like a fly to an elephant.
– Airships couldn’t rival airplanes in speed or passenger capacity, but they were comfortable and luxurious.
– They could’ve become a tourist thing kinda like cruise ships, if not for the 1937 disaster of that same Hindenburg over New Jersey.
– Today, though, there’s plenty of talk about the return of the giant dirigibles. In about 5 years, for example, the first airship will take a hundred passengers on a North Pole expedition.

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