Disclaimer: In exchange for full expo registration, I am writing this review.
Celebrating its 41st annual 3-day expo, Airliners International 2017 took place in Denver, Colorado from 14-17 June at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center. In addition to this airline collectibles event – the largest of its kind in the world – there were also parties, airport tours, and contests. But there was no mention anywhere of D.B. Cooper.
Although I only had time to attend the show, which was separated into three banquet rooms at the hotel, as someone who used to amass airline playing cards, silverware, and amenity kits as a hobby, I was curious to see how much…weirder aviation anoraks’ collections could get. As it turned out, the answer is “not much.”
Perhaps the most amusing part of the show hit me right at the beginning…airline safety cards. It wasn’t just the sheer volume of them, or that there were ones from airlines and aircraft hailing from the world over, but I got a kick out of the illustrations, and language used on each card.
Is it a mirror image? Is it chiral? No matter what we think it is, I see lots of magnets.
Airline timetables, some from before airport security
theater was introduced.
Model planes. Didn’t see any Stratolaunch, though.
Braniff was a Dallas, Texas-based airline that operated from 1928-1982. The name was also adopted by two different airlines thereafter, but the original still captures the hearts of many. What do I mean by that? Today, there’s a Braniff Airways Foundation which tries to preserve the memories of Paul Revere Braniff’s 1920s brainchild.
Other one day shows take place throughout the world, generally in the US, Canada, and Europe, so don’t fret if you were unable to attend the Denver expo.