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Old Jul 29, 19, 12:42 pm
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WHBM
 
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Originally Posted by jlemon View Post
These are the last group of windows on both of these Electras….Now what do you suppose is the reason for these three tightly spaced windows?
They weren't on all Electras, they were an option - some others had regular windows throughout. At that time aircraft were commonly single class only, presented as "First Class" (or "First Class Propeller" once two-class large jets came along). The Electra had 3+2 seating, but the fuselage narrowed at the back, so rather than work down to 2+2, and then maybe 2+1, Lockheed offered the sort-of semi-circular seating, which was meant to appeal to travelling business groups to sit and discuss things. I don't know if extra was charged for them. Typically 4 on one side, and 2 plus an emergency exit door on the other.

It was a good place for a discussion group because it was as far away from the plane of the props as you can get. Propeller aircraft in those days often had galleys and washrooms directly in the propeller plane, close to the front, because of the noise there, so these seats were the best positioned. The Boeing 377, for example, offered a single stateroom, which was also at the very back of the cabin for the same reason. On some types which were refitted for an F/Y configuration, F was at the back.

Southwest had a couple of blocks on the 737 of 3+3 seats facing one another at the front and the rear of the aircraft, which I think went about the year 2000. Reason was the same, a group together. I haven't been on Southwest for quite some years but they did seem to be occupied by business groups, who had been picked off and boarded first in the free seating.

I don't think you would get away with side-facing seats nowadays because of their incompatibility with the Brace Positions for forward or rear-facing seats, to absorb longitudinal shocks.
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