Samizdata has a bit up on flying in old aircraft. War birds and commercial jobs. Here is a bit I added to the discussion:
Way back in the dark ages (early 60s) I got to fly in a DC-3 that was carrying passengers. It was an experience.Cross Posted at Classical Values
Conversation in the cabin was hopeless in flight.
The only reason screaming kids are a problem these days is that aircraft are so quiet. We didn't know how good we had it.