Airline Expansion and Innovation(1927 - 1941)

Who Flew?

Mostly pilots. Most early airplanes could carry only a single extra person, if any. Few passenger-carrying airlines existed, and none survived for very long. Those that did catered to wealthy travelers who could afford the expensive ticket prices. Except for the occasional hop in the spare seat of a barnstorming Curtiss Jenny, few Americans flew as passengers.

Aeromarine Interior
National Air and Space Museum Archives

Interior of an Aeromarine Airways airliner. Note the wicker chairs.


A female passenger in flying coveralls stands in the cockpit of the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line's Benoist airplane, perhaps discussing her flight with the photographer standing in front of her.