The Golden Age of Air Travel: A LEGO Tribute to the 1970s


In the early 1970s, the experience of flying was a symbol of luxury and comfort, particularly evident in the design of aircraft like the American Airlines DC-10 “Luxury Liner.” This era, often referred to as the golden age of air travel, has been meticulously recreated by BigPlanes, a skilled Lego modeler.

BigPlanes’ American Airlines DC-10 Luxury Liner is a striking model, assembled from approximately 20,000 Lego pieces. This model is a tribute to one of the first DC-10s that began service in 1971. During that time, American Airlines’ fleet was characterized by their gleaming silver exteriors, a feature that BigPlanes has impressively replicated, despite the limited availability of silver Lego bricks.

What makes this model extraordinary is not just its exterior but also the detailed interior that reflects the vibrant colors and style of the seventies. It even features a motorized retractable undercarriage. The highlight of the model is the in-flight lounge designed for coach class passengers, a feature that epitomizes the luxury of the era. This level of opulence in air travel was short-lived, however, as airlines soon shifted towards maximizing seating capacity, marking the end of this glamorous era.

BigPlanes’ Lego model is more than just a replica; it’s a window into a bygone era of air travel, where comfort and luxury were paramount, even in coach class.

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