The Sky's the Limit

German luggage company Rimowa takes to the skies for a 1950s-themed event to remember.

Backstage // Sari Anne Tuschman // 07/13/12
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These days, taking to the friendly skies can be anything but friendly—long security lines, delays and hours upon hours without food or entertainment. Well that was not the case Wednesday night in LA when several members of the media, as well as tastemakers, stylists and some other lucky passengers, flew among the clouds above La La Land as part of the luxe German luggage company Rimowa’s 1950s-themed event celebrating the JU52 voyage across the Atlantic.

Guests showed up at Van Nuys airport to find several antique, colorful planes parked in the small airport hangar as well as long dinner tables set with dramatic candelabras. Brave attendees were treated to a sightseeing flight around LA in an original Junkers JU52 aircraft from the 1930s branded by Rimowa, a company renowned for its iconic, lightweight hard-shell luggage.

Before boarding the small plane, flight attendants dressed in vintage-inspired outfits offered Cracker Jacks, peanuts, candy and waters to passengers on the sweltering-hot summer night. Once inside, everyone buckled into their tiny seats for a 30-minute ride that provided a scenic tour of Los Angeles that included views of the Rose Bowl, Dodger Stadium, Downtown’s high-rises, and The Hollywood Sign from approximately 1,800 feet.

The evening wound down with a decadent several-course dinner of ravioli, pear salad, steak, sea bass and more, all set to the tunes of songstress Nicole Simone.

We’ve done a lot of cool things in our time, but an evening flight around LA in a vintage plane just might top our list as one of the most memorable ways to spend an evening.

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