There’s a first for everything, from first aircraft toilet to first “spaceport”
To celebrate exactly 100 years since the very first fee-paying passenger was carried by plane to a particular destination, aboard a tiny biplane on 17 May 1911, The Guardian newspaper lists other notable firsts in the history of passenger aviation. The first aircraft with a passenger toilet was the Sikorsky Russky Vityaz, or Russian Knight, which also carried a small cabin, in 1913. The first in-flight meals were offered in 1919 – sandwiches, chocolate and fruit on flights between London and Paris. The first air hostesses were employed by United Airlines from 1930; they had to be no older than 25 and have training as nurses. The first in-flight magazine was Clipper, published from 1947 for Pan American flights.
The latest passenger “first” was unveiled just last week. Spaceport America, “the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport”, is Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic base in New Mexico.
[pictured: still from the film “Air Hostess” (1933)]