There was a time when passenger airplanes wore more sophisticated outfits than they do these days.
If you look back in time, we find elegant typography, minimalistic paint jobs, low-key colors, simple lines and dynamic curves, streamlined lightning bolts, remarkable-yet-discreet logos. The following selection of photos takes you back to the golden age of airliner liveries.
The second Concorde in factory livery, at the British Aircraft Corporation’s airfield at Filton, Bristol, 1971
Photo: Victor Drees/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
A Cubana airliner (Bristol Britannia 318) at Jose Marti International Airport, Havana, Cuba, 1971
Photo: Beverley Reed/AP
Bulgarian Airlines Tu-134A in hangar, c1970.
Photo source: CPCP - Братерство. Мистецтво, Київ, 1972.
An Alaska Airlines DC-3 on sea ice at Tigvariak Island, Alaska, 1949