#FlashbackFriday - Vintage Aviation Sales Brochures

Aviation History

Chris Sloan, editor-in-chief and founder of AirwaysNews.com runs a site that offers news and analysis of the industry, originally started as a digital museum to Sloan’s extensive collection of commercial aviation memorabilia. The last time we highlighted his collection was in the post #FlashbackFriday - 8 Classic U.S. Airline Route Maps.

This time, look at the vintage aviation sales brochures from the AirwaysNews.com collection. Below are ten brochures from Sloan’s archives.

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    This is a brochure highlighting the American Airlines Flight Academy. The academy opened in 1970 near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The facility houses flight simulator, cabin trainers, classrooms, ditching pool training, dormitories, cafeterias, a company store and a massive collection of the airline's memorabilia. 

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    This aircraft was Boeing's version of supersonic transport (SST) and an answer to Concorde, being built by the Great Britain and France. The Boeing SST was intended to carry 250 passengers (more than twice as many as Concorde), fly at Mach 2.7 - 3.0, and have a trans-Atlantic range of 4,000 miles (6,400 km). At 306 feet, it would be some 60 feet longer than even the 747, and it would be a widebody 2-3-2 cross-section in economy similar to the much later 767. The SST project was canceled on May 20, 1971. At the time, there were 115 unfilled orders by 25 airlines while Concorde had 74 orders from 16 customers. 

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    Air France and British Airways launched Concorde services the same day on January 21, 1976. On May 24, 1977, both airlines began their first scheduled service to the U.S. flying trans-Atlantic routes out of Washington Dulles International Airport. New York JFK Airport would not come online until 1977 due to continued noise abatement and environmental protests.  At the time of a July 2000 crash, Air France had six Concordes in regular service. Air France ironically, was never an enthusiastic Concorde operator and was down to one sole regular roundtrip flight per day, Paris-JFK, when it discontinued services to little fanfare, unlike BA, in May 2003. 

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    This is an Aeroflot sales brochure from 1970. Sloan noted that it's worth a read for its propaganda-like text and hilariously poorly translated Russian to English. 

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    The brochure touts the benefits of the regional jet, including the ability to take off and land on shorter runways usually restricted to turboprop aircraft.

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    This 1959 brochure put the spotlight on the carrier's Constellation, a propeller-driven, four-engined pressurized aircraft built by the Lockheed Corporation between 1943 and 1958.  

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    This Miami-based carrier was known as "The Airline of the Stars." In 1971, it became infamous for its sexy and controversial "Fly Me" campaign after the National Association for Women called the ads sexist. The carrier merged with Pan Am in 1980.

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    This 1970 ad from the Winston-Salem, North Carolina -based carrier was touting its Boeing 737 cargo service. The carrier was merged into USAir (originally Allegheny Airlines) in August 1989.

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    Beriev Aircraft Company, founded in 1934 is a Russian aircraft manufacturer that specializes in amphibious aircraft. This proposed aircraft was a variant of the Be-200 that could seat up to 100 passengers.

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     This Los Angeles-based carrier created this ad in 1972 to spotlight its service to Hawaii. The carrier was acquired by Delta Air Lines on December 16, 1986.