50th anniversary of first commercial jet flight
Numerous media types have taken note that yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the first transcontinental U.S. flight by a commercial jet -- an American Airlines Boeing 707 from Los Angeles to New York's Idlewild Airport (now JFK International). The trip cut three hours off the trip on propeller planes, and the fare was a lot more expensive, in 1959 dollars, than it is today. The most interesting coverage I've seen was in the business-travel blog of one of American's local newspapers the Dallas Morning News, where reporter Terry Maxon did the cost-of-living difference calculation. Another story can be found at that link.