See what United Airlines flights in the 50s were like

See what United Airlines flights back in the 50s

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Back in the fifties, United Airlines worked hard to let passengers know they stood above their competitors. Their ads noted that the company had the latest technology, the best meals, comfortable seats and all the other pluses that we actually still care about today.

Here’s a look back at what UAL flights were like — or were supposed to be like — back in the fifties.

United Airlines flights in the 50s: Radar means extra care on every Mainliner

Captain Jack Holst tells how United’s radar works. “With radar, United pilots can look 150 miles ahead, X-ray cloud masses, and avoid centers of turbulence without long detours.

On United — with radar on every plane — we can give you smoother flights, more on-time arrivals. United is the only coast-to-coast airline with radar on every plane.” First Class or Air Coach, you can enjoy United’s Extra care — all the way!

Vintage United Airlines 1958 (5)

The airline that’s most like home

On United, you enjoy a feeling of at-homeness that’s found on no other airline. You’ll sense it when you make your reservation, when you board your Mainliner.

Aloft, a deep, soft seat, a delicious meal invite you to relax in a warm, friendly atmosphere. Nice to know, too, that United is the only coast-to-coast airline with radar on every plane. You pay no more on United, but you get so much extra!

Vintage United Airlines 1958 (4)

United Airlines flights in the ’50s: Red carpet service costs no more

Your celebrity-style welcome is only the beginning of United’s famous Red Carpet service. You get extra speed — on the DC-7, fastest airliner coast-to-coast by half an hour.

And you get extra service, too — deluxe seating accommodations, luxury meals and refreshments, special baggage handling. Also Red Carpet Service, fastest along the Pacific and to Hawaii. Yet there’s no extra fare!

Vintage United Airlines 1958 (3)

United Airlines in the ’50s: Only coast-to-coast all-radar fleet

You’re sure of more on-time arrivals and smoother, more comfortable flights on United’s radar-equipped Mainliners. United, the Radar line, is the only coast-to-coast airline with radar on every plane.

Radar X-rays weather up to 150 miles ahead, shows where storm centers are, helps the pilot avoid turbulence and detours. Next time, call United — or your travel agent.

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Vintage United Airlines 1958 (2)

The right-at-home feeling you have on United Airlines

Vintage United Airlines 1954

You’re in a roomy “home in the sky” when you fly United Air Lines


ALL INTERIORS are designed to give you more room, more comfort…. you have the impression that you’re a welcome guest, being entertained in a roomy, comfortable “home in the sky.”

Vintage United Airlines 1953

The air is yours… use it to travel above the bad weather: United Aircraft Corporation (1950)

Vintage United Airlines 1950

Best from the East to all the West! United Air Lines

1952 United Airlines - bowl of fruit

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UAL in the fifties: It could only be one airline …With mainliner luxury and comfort

Leadership has a style all its own. You see it in the beauty and comfort of United Mainliner interiors. You enjoy other evidences of United leadership, too. Luxurious Red Carpets service, for example, on the DC-7, nation’s fastest airliner.

Delicious meals… table-served. The only coast-to-coast airline with radar on every plane. And it’s all yours to enjoy at the regular fare.

Vintage United Airlines 1958 (1)

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2 Responses

  1. What was the fare on United Airlines in the 50’s? My recollection is $400 from Los Angeles to Chicago. Was that right?

  2. N63283::DC7 used in a UAL advertisement was lost in a mid air collision over Nevada. So m7ch for radar.

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