Vintage PhotosVintage Photos of Airplane Travel and Celebrities11.21.11Vintage PhotosVintage Photos of Airplane Travel and CelebritiesFlying was once comfortable and glamorous; now it's a hassle. In honor of Thanksgiving, we look back at the golden age of airline travel and the celebrities who flew. 11.21.11 6:00 AM ETHulton Archive / Getty ImagesWhen Airplanes Had LegroomOnce upon a time, flying was fun, comfortable, and glamorous. This was before travelers suffered invasive pat-downs, folded their bodies into yoga positions to get comfortable, and paid for everything from in-flight beverages to carry-on bags. Just in time for the hellish experience that is Thanksgiving travel, we’ve put together a gallery of photographs that will make you long for the earlier days of flying. Travelers didn’t know how good they had it in the 1960s. Passengers aboard a Braniff International flight circa 1967 enjoy their personal space while drinking coffee and reading magazines in a lounge. Bettmann / CorbisMake Yourself at HomePassengers got cozy aboard the short-lived Boeing Stratocruiser. Complete with spacious, bunk-bed-style cabins and a VIP lounge and bar, this double-decker plane made long, intercontinental trips a breeze. Bettmann / CorbisThe Glamorous CrewFlanked by two stewardesses, Captain L. L. Treece makes his way to the crew lounge after a quick flight from Chicago to Washington, D.C. Bettmann / CorbisBehind the ScenesA stewardess offers a female passenger a sneak peek at the men—and gears—controlling the flight. Bettmann / CorbisThe Picture of ComfortHere is a mockup from 1956 of the first jet-transport interior to be created in the United States. Stewardesses pose inside the 98-seat Boeing Jet Stratoliner, complete with air-conditioning, running water, ovens, refrigerators, reading lights, and emergency exits. Bettmann / CorbisAt EaseA comfortable passenger smiles at a helpful flight attendant on a flight circa 1945–1955. Underwood & Underwood / CorbisFlight FashionFlight attendants model uniforms from 1930 to 1955. Corbis / BettmannIn-Flight MealsAir France passengers are treated to a delectable spread and smiling service. Pictorial Parade, Archive Photos / Getty ImagesPrivate PartyA couple enjoys both privacy and attentive service in an airplane’s private suite in the 1940s. Gaston Paris / Getty ImagesTeamworkA stewardess gives a pilot a hand as they disembark in France. Bettmann / CorbisDon’t Get UpChildren enjoy the chairs that fold out into beds aboard a transatlantic flight in 1948—during which they are served breakfast in bed. Bettmann / CorbisBalancing ActWestern Airlines stewardesses practice serving meals to each other aboard a mockup plane at the airline’s Los Angeles Training Center. Stewardesses were taught to graciously navigate tight quarters of the plane carrying trays of food, but to not waste time doing so. Bettmann / CorbisFirst ClassMarilyn Monroe mugs for the paparazzi at New York’s Idlewild Airport (now JFK) as she boards an American Airlines flight headed for Hollywood in 1956. Bettmann / CorbisRelocatingPat Boone and family bid farewell to New York as they board a flight for their new home: Hollywood. Hulton-Deutsch Collection / CorbisAcross the PondFrank Sinatra looks pleased after landing at a London airport in 1956. Bettmann / CorbisRomantic TravelRock Hudson carries Ann Blyth as they get off a plane in New York City in 1952. Bettmann / CorbisOn the RoadIn 1950, a railroad strike required professional baseball teams to fly in order to keep up with their schedule. Here, Yankees Yogi Berra and Phil Rizzuto are seen playing cribbage as they wait for their TWA flight to take off. Bettmann / CorbisCelebrity SightingsHugh Hefner showed off Cynthia Maddox—both on his arm and on the cover of his Playboy magazine—while on a flight from Chicago to New York to attend a party given by Ella Fitzgerald. Bettmann / CorbisBaby’s First Transatlantic FlightAudrey Hepburn and son Sean, 7 months, head for Rome on their way to join the actress’s then-husband, Mel Ferrer, in Yugoslavia. PoodlesRock / CorbisBon VoyageA 1950s advertisement shows a man kissing his wife and child goodbye as he boards a commercial jet for a business trip.