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


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!


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…