Time Travel to Golden Age of Airlines | The Pan Am Experience in Los Angeles CA

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What's up everybody? And welcome back to the channel.

I'm Alex.

I'm Marko And you are watching Vagabrothers.

Today is a very special episode And that's because we are traveling back in time.

We're going to the Golden Age of air travel here at Air Hollywood.

It's a movie set that's been recreated to be an exact replica of a 1973 Pan Am flight.

So if you guys know us, you know that our mother used to fly for Pan Am.

So basically we're going to treat her, taking her back in time with us, bringing our dad as well and seeing if this little slice of deja- vu is what it was really like to fly in 1973.

Are you ready? I'm ready.

Let's go Who are you guys? We're your parents.

Really? This is our mom.

Jill and Roberto.

When did you start flying for Pan Am? That is a good one.





I know.

And Dad, where did you meet our mother? I met her on a train in Switzerland on September 12, 1980.

I'd bought a one-way ticket from New Zealand, and I was traveling around the world and I met as I was changing trains.

I saw these three women getting on a train, and one of them was your mum and the other two were her siblings.

We were traveling together for a month on Pan Am.

When you weren't married, they gave you $25 tickets to go around the world with your siblings So we were the four of us traveling together when we ran into this guy who followed us onto the train in Switzerland.

As you might tell, it's like something out of a Bollywood movie.

Our parents really did meet like that.

So any of our globe-trotting skills come from these two people.

Thank you both.

You guys ready to travel back to the year 1973 and board a Pan Am flight?.

We are.

We are ready.

So first things first, we've got to check in.

Then we've got 30 minutes here in the lounge before the flight departs.

She's this one.

Oh my god.

How cool is that? Wait a second, Mom.




you could smoke on the plane? You could smoke in the plane, and it was divided in half, and when I had to work on the plane, the junior people always had to work in the smoking zone because you'd get off the plane and you'd be coughing.

I remember doing a transatlantic and we were one row behind the smoking behind the smoking row.

OMG You'd might as well be in the smoking zone.

What about a doobie? Did anybody ever take doobies on there? No, they didn't.

Yeah, they did.

That's a yes.

I would have.

We should just give a massive thank you to our parents for the opportunity to travel when we were young.

so thank you Pan Am and thank you Delta Air Lines for all those Buddy passes and all the standby tickets and for giving us, you know, a sense of the world at a young age.

The flight crew and the pilots have just arrived.

That usually means the plane's going to take off pretty soon.

First thoughts, Bro? This is like nostalgia porn.

This is like something that's really cool for us because not only is it extremely accurate, but it's really crazy for us because we've grown up hearing about the glory days in Pan Am with our mom telling stories, which we've never really seen ourselves.

Are you excited? I'm excited to enter Pan Am's world.

It's only been over 25 years since I stepped on a Pan Am Clipper.

What made you want to be a flight attendant? I wanted to be a flight attendant because I loved studying foreign languages Hello, you two.

I studied them in high school and in college.

I had never left the U.


, and I wanted to be able to see the world.

I thought the only way to do that is to become a Pan Am stewardess, and I was hired because I spoke Italian at the time.

I went to New York , flew to Rome, flew to Venice flew everywhere speaking Italian.

At this time I'd like to invite our First Class and Clipper Class passengers to board.

We also invite any Pan Am FT members board at your leisure.

You guys will be sitting in the Clipper Class this evening, which is right back behind us.

But until we take off, you're welcome to check out the upper deck or the main cabin.


Thank you for flying Pan Am.

Look at this.

This is great.

Great to see your mother in an element that she used to enjoy.

This is the interior of a 747, and they've given it the name of Juan Trippe, which was the founder of Pan Am.

And that was the first 747 off the assembly line at Boeing, which is I think pretty cool.

This is a picture of my training class.

We were all trained in New York, and then the whole class was shipped to London as for our first base.

Pan Am gave us three nights in a hotel, and then we had to find our own place to live.

Where did you live? I lived with one gal next to the airport, and I didn't like it.

So finally I found my other friends, and they had an opening in the house they had just rented, and we were called the Fulham Five.

I don't think I brought that picture.

So this was where I lived in London, and that was right before a trip.

Here we are upstairs.

This is the upstairs dining.

There I am.

When I first met your mum, she was flying.


she was based in New York and she was flying New York-Tokyo, Narita.

In the course of that, they first released the Walkman I'm not sure what year this was.

I think it's actually.




I think it's 70s, but it's the first Walkman ever.

Here we are on the plane in the Pan Am Clipper going to Europe where we were in Switzerland.

Yes, my sisters and I are here, and Rob sees us standing there and follows us onto the train.

There we are talking.

He's already explaining life to me.

You can see she doesn't quite understand me, and already I really like him.

How do you date someone when you travel? How do you date? Because back then there were no cell phones, no internet.

No instant message.

No Facebook.

We would write each other letters on aerograms, those blue things that you fold into one another and send.

We would have to go to American Express to pick up the letters.

So you never really knew if anything was going to happen, but I would say I'm going to have a layover in London or in Frankfurt, and this is the date I'll be there ;and this is the hotel; and then he showed up.


So after I left your mother, I went down to Greece and then N.


We agreed that we were going to meet two months later in Rome in November.

That's for the second time we met each other.

And then after that we had a week in Rome together.

And then and after that we met in London.

Rob came in with his backpack, and we went walking that afternoon.

It was freezing cold and the ducks were skidding off the Thames, and he says, “How about I come to California for Christmas?” This is a 1980, and I said, “Sure, why not?” So he came, and he never left.

He did not leave, no.

Cheers to Pan Am.

Without the airline, you guys would never have met.

Right, exactly.

All I've got to say is what happened? What happened to the airlines? This is amazing.

We ought to bring it back.



the good old days.

The good old days.

Make air travel great again.

Tell us about luxury.

What was the luxury level like then? We had a stand-up bar, and we would make cocktails out of big bottles, not the little minis, but you know you mix the drink, you do it.

I learned how to cook in a really small area.

And we would get raw meat, raw filet mignon.

It wasn't a microwaved meal? No, you had to cook everything and even in the back for economy.

There was a huge galley in the back and you'd get big tin pans full of food and you'd heat the food and then you would actually.




we call it “dishing up.

” You'd stand in the back galley, and you'd say vegetable, meat, salad, whatever.

You'd put it on the plate, and you would hand carry the trays up to hundreds of people in the back.

All right, we've landed safely back in Los Angeles, and it's time to deboard.

Thank you.


What was your favorite part of the evening? The meal.

It was so authentic.

The cart, the roast beef, everything fresh carved in front of us.

And also the uniforms, and all through the ages.

They look absolutely great.

What made you the most nostalgic, Mom? I guess the interior of the airplane.

Just knowing that I was on those planes for so many years, and now they're gone.

Everything was super immersive.

I think having grown up with photos of our parents, especially our mom on Pan Am airplanes ( with Jimmy Carter).

This was such an authentic experience I actually felt like I was in the 1970s.

Really authentic.

I think like you said it kind of gave gravitas to all these photos and kind of took a scrapbook and made it real.

Mom back in the day, this would have been gold.

I'm kind of sad that the glory days of air travel are gone because the service was impeccable.

the fashion show was great.

I think that was a really fun, unique experience.

So big thanks to Air Hollywood for hosting us.

If you want to check us out for yourself, there're links down below.

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