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Vintage photos show what air travel looked like in every decade

INSIDER Logo By Ciara Appelbaum of INSIDER | Slide 2 of 11: <p> The 1920s was <a href="http://www.century-of-flight.net/new%20site/commercial/Commercial%20Aviation.htm"> the first era where aircraft existed that were designed exclusively for passengers.</a> Planes during this time usually held fewer than 20 passengers, reached a cruising altitude of 3,000 feet or less, and were slower than traveling by train because they were flying at <a href="https://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/what-international-air-travel-was-like-in-the-1930s-1471258414"> speeds of around 100 mph</a>, had to stop to refuel often, and could only travel by day.</p><p> Flying in the 1920s was also an uncomfortable experience for passengers because it was super loud and cold, as planes were made of uninsulated sheets of metal that shook loudly in the wind. The cabins were also completely unpressurized. Nonetheless, air travel continued to gain popularity.</p>

1920s

The 1920s was the first era where aircraft existed that were designed exclusively for passengers. Planes during this time usually held fewer than 20 passengers, reached a cruising altitude of 3,000 feet or less, and were slower than traveling by train because they were flying at speeds of around 100 mph, had to stop to refuel often, and could only travel by day.

Flying in the 1920s was also an uncomfortable experience for passengers because it was super loud and cold, as planes were made of uninsulated sheets of metal that shook loudly in the wind. The cabins were also completely unpressurized. Nonetheless, air travel continued to gain popularity.

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