A 1968 PR video of what flight in 1975 would look like. In virtually every aspect, Braniff got it wrong. *Real* wrong. In fact, most of what they promised 44 years ago is still futuristic today… or, more probably, ain’t-never-gonna-happen. For instance: the fashions. Helmets? Where did that get that dress, it’s awful, and those shoes and that coat, jeeeeez!
Much of it looks like bad sci-fi from the 1930’s through the 1950’s, with robotic everythings, space-consuming extendable and self-moving furniture and pedestals, lots of plexiglass and yards of legroom. And while a few minor details have come about, they have done so in ways far less cheesy that shown here. The video phone, the option to watch one of *three* movies, etc.
This film displays one of my pet peeves with much of sci-fi these days: set a very few years in the future, displaying *massive* cultural, social and technological change. Movies like “Demolition Man” and “Strange Days” were explicitly set just a few years down the line, but showed technologies that were decades away.