Couzinet 70 “Arc en Ciel III”: Way Up High.


The 70 was the ultimate expression of René Couzinet’s incredibly beautiful Arc-en-Ciel (Rainbow) family. Powered by a trio of Hispano-Suiza 12 Nb engines, the third Arc-en-Ciel made its first flight on February 1932.

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Northwest Orient Airlines DC-8 – Good looking but short lived

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Northwest Airlines Douglas DC-8 N804US II CREDIT: Dave DeBace

Northwest brought 5 new DC-8s on board mid-1960 and less than a year later they were looking to move them on to someone else.  I can only presume the reason was to acquire the nifty and new Boeing 720B of which they acquired 13 over the next 3 years or so.

Smoke’em if ya got’em!

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American Airlines Boeing 707

Obviously the “No Smoking” sign only applies in the cabin

I’m old enough to remember smoking from the engines AND the passengers being perfectly acceptable.

I won’t say it was a better time but I also won’t apologize for preferring the old 4 engine models to the new, quiet twins.  It’s hard to run outside and look up like when I was a kid if I can’t hear ’em…