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15 Hilarious Ads From The Golden Age Of Aviation

Fly solo in 1 hour! How about flight lessons for $5? Or maybe you want $1 Million of aircraft insurance for $50. Check out these awesome ads from the golden age of aviation...

The following ads were found in vintage copies of AOPA Pilot, The Curtis Wright Review, and Aero Digest.

1) Can You Imagine Buying A 3-Year-Old C172 For $9,000?! (1969)

2) How About Lessons For $5... Or $10 Lessons In The Iconic Ford Trimotor? (1930)

3) Try Finding Engine Instruments Today For Under $200 (1970)

4) Almost Everything You Need Is Now On Your iPad (1968)

5) Imagine Buying A Fly-In Property In The Bahamas For $30 Down/$1,995 Monthly (1970)

6) Yep, Real Leather. Not The Faux Stuff. (1969)

7) I Can't Think Of Anything That Could Go Wrong... (1970)

8) If Only Insurance Rates Looked Like This Today (1970)

9) Are You Tired Of Paying Off Flight Training Loans? (1932)

10) Even In The 1930s, You Needed The Gouge (1932)

11) Again, What Could Go Wrong?

12) I'll Take 2!

13) Even With Inflation, This Is Still Ridiculous (1929)

14) Imagine Paying For 28 Cent Fuel

15) If One Thing Never Changes In Aviation... It's New Pilots Desperate For Their First Job

What do you think of these? Want to see more vintage aviation content? Tell us in the comments below!

Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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