Flying New York to San Francisco, 1961

Before airline deregulation, before TSA and before the passenger flying experience became synonymous with feeling like tuna in a can, flying used to be an incredible and rewarding experience. The plane featured here is a United Douglas DC-8. The Douglas DC-8 (also known as the McDonnell Douglas DC-8) is a four-engine long-range narrow-body jet airliner built from 1958 to 1972 by the Douglas Aircraft Company. Launched after the competing Boeing 707, the DC-8 nevertheless kept Douglas in a strong position in the airliner market, and remained in production until 1972 when it began to be superseded by larger wide-body designs, including the Boeing 747, McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and Lockheed L-1011 TriStar. United Airlines chose the DC-8 over the Boeing 707.