THESE pictures show the luxurious, high-speed vehicles this year's air traveler will use. Pan American World Airways now has the 340 mph Boeing Stratocruiser in service. United Airlines will put theirs in service this fall. Before the end of 1949, Boeing will have delivered the double-decker giants to four other airlines: American Overseas Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines System and British Overseas Airways.
Veteran Pan American engineers consider this craft a revolution in air transportation. They compare it with the change from the 8-seat "egg beaters" of the early 1930's to the 21-seat DC-3's that put the air- lines into big business. Cost of the Stratocruiser is $1,500,000.
Galley supplies reveal some interesting habits of overseas travelers. They drink more Scotch than any other liquor, and by weight do more drinking than reading. Pan American will provide 67 pounds of liquor to 24 pounds of literature. Twenty-four of the 61 travelers will forget toothbrushes. Finally, the babies going overseas will be expected to use up 24 diapers.