The superliners of the world (1946)


New commercial transport planes, shrinking the United States to 1/200 the size of a century ago in terms of time, are incorporating a brand-new concept of comfort for the passenger. When airliners began operations in the late 1920s, the mechanics of operation were a primary consideration with designer and air-carrier companies. Today cushion-rubber chairs, modernistic lounges, and temperature controls are deemed as important as the navigational devices up front. To those are added speed; transcontinental flight in the Lockheed Constellation, for instance, is a matter of 10 hours, and crossing the Atlantic Ocean between Washington, D. C., and Paris, France, takes less than 13 hours. Designers and engineers are preparing other titans to speed the new era of air travel — Douglas' DC-6, the huge Stratocruiser by Boeing, and the gigantic Model 37, by Consolidated Vultee. Soon a passenger may breakfast in London, enjoy a late lunch in New York, and go to bed that evening in Los Angeles.

In Convair's Model 110 (below), Henry Dreyfuss has made good use of indirect lighting, polaroid windows, reclining chairs, in interior design.


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