Daily 70s Spot: Western Airlines ‘Lion Tamer’ commercial (1975)

'The only way to fly!'  (Western Airlines, 1975)

‘The only way to fly!’ (Western Airlines, 1975)



Today’s Daily 70s Spot is for Western Airlines (which went out of business in 1987).

This animated commercial, captured in November of 1975, features the “Wally Bird” mascot well-known for his catchphrase “Western Airlines. The oooonly way to fly!”

Daily 70s Spot #4: Western Airlines ‘Lion Tamer’ Commercial (1975)

Previously, on Daily 70s Spot: Wendy’s Hamburgers ‘Hot & Juicy’ campaign, ‘Cowboy’ (1979)

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2 Responses to Daily 70s Spot: Western Airlines ‘Lion Tamer’ commercial (1975)

  1. Steve H. says:

    What a blast from the past. I saw a lot of these commercials in Phoenix in the ’70s as our airport, Sky Harbor, was a major hub for Western Airlines, along with Hughes Airwest with their bright yellow-painted planes. It sounds like Jim Backus doing the voice of the bird.

  2. David Moore says:

    Yeah. Love these. The voice does sound Backus-like. According to Wikipedia the voice actor is Shepard Menken.