Douglas DC-6 Interior

National Air and Space Museum Archives

Overflow Seating in the Cockpit

Passenger, 1953

Stationed at Keesler AFB, Mississippi, in 1953, I bought a ticket for a charter flight from there to New York to get home for the holidays. They stressed that the ticket was only good for a particular flight. There were so many charters that commercial aircraft came right on the base, but my flight was at 2:00 a.m. and I fell asleep waiting. I woke up a few minutes late, called base ops and they were waiting for me. They sent a bus to pick me up, threw my duffle bag aboard, and started rolling before I had a seat. This was a DC-6, and the hostess (flight attendant) had me sit on a jump seat on the door until we were airborne. For some strange reason she then could not find a regular seat for me, and I stayed on the jump seat. She then told me I could use the jump seat on the door to the cockpit. There was a light and magazines there, but I found it too busy a place, as I had to keep getting up to let crew members pass, so I went back to the old seat. She felt sorry for me and came back to tell me I could use the engineer's seat in the cockpit, where I thoroughly enjoyed the long trip to New York for my connection to Cape Cod. How times have changed!
   — Bob Santos

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