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So wonderful to see this historical event in full color!
I always wondered if the Beatles were the only one on this plane? Does anyone know if this was their owner chartered flight or were they with the general public? Of course they would have been in first class.
Standing right behind Brian, is Phil Spector.
It was a regularly scheduled Pa Am flight from London to New York. Were they in first-class that trip? Can’t recall. They weren’t making a lot of money on that first sojourn to America in Feb. 1964. Just the three TV Ed Sullivan shows, two concerts at Carnegie Hall in NY and one concert in Washington, DC. They always took scheduled trans-Atlantic flights to the USA in the touring years. When they flew domestically around the USA that was a different story.
Chartered trans-oceanic flights are prohibitively expensive, even today. I doubt any rock bands take charter flights across the Atlantic or Pacific.
I don’t recall Phil Spector being on the first flight to New York with The Beatles. Are you sure of that?
Phil is wearing the sunglasses and has his hand to his head. The story is that Phil was leaving England to come back to America. He heard that The Beatles were leaving to go to America too and changed his flight to be on the same plane as them. He thought that they were winners and that their plane could not possibly crash so that was why he wanted to be on that flight.
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