November 17, 1940
A mere 69 years ago, the first NFL team traveled by air. This team was none other than the Green Bay Packers – who traveled to play the New York Giants in a 7-3 losing effort. They must have left their offense on the Green Bay runway. Heyyyy-o.
According to the Packers’ website, the NFL feared the loss of an entire franchise and forced the Packers to split the squad between two DC-3’s on future flights.
The Packers should receive a lot of credit for their forward thinking approach in this matter. Not for the obvious convenience of traveling by air instead of ground, but for predicting that their future cornerstone quarterback would look so damn good strutting out of an airplane with his wife.