The grounding of Icelandic budget airline Wow at the end of March didn’t just end the days of another low-cost, no-frills carrier.It meant the demise (for better or worse) of those head-turning Airbus A320s with the fuchsia paint jobs.Americans hadn’t seen anything that big and that fuchsia since Barney the Dinosaur.The sudden disappearance of Wow’s purple fleet might call to mind the last time a carrier whose planes were that colorful had its own wings clipped—and just as suddenly.We speak of the late, great Braniff International Airways, which halted operations 37 years ago.Like Wow, Braniff halted operations abruptly, stranding thousands of passengers wherever they happened to be.
Photo of first class seats on a Braniff Airways flight in the late 1970s, and an excerpt from the flight attendants manual Braniff Airways Foundation, Braniff Flying Colors Collection, Dallas, Texas Trump supporters claim that airline armrests are the key to proving Donald Trump couldn t have sexually assaulted a woman on a plane in 1979.But the aviation nerd community keeps debunking their bullshit.The Braniff Foundation, a nonprofit organization that documents and preserves the history of Braniff Airways, just released a flight attendant manual from 1979 proving that armrests on Braniff s Boeing 727 airplanes could move.Other airlines from the time also had first class seats with moveable armrests.The 1979 manual for Braniff flight attendants explained that the arm rests in first class are removable by pulling up.