I've flown exactly once in my life. It was in 2004, with a commercial jet. Not a "jumbo", but a normal-sized jet plane in common use for cheap flights in that year. (Well, twice if you consider the trip back home as well, with a similar or identical plane.)
I found the experience quite scary. especially as it was going up and up, seemingly turning off the engines every now and then. The plane was "creaking" in a scary manner and it felt like the entire "main body" of the aircraft would snap in half at any moment, or that it would go too steeply upward and thus "turn around" and fall down on the ground or the sea.
Still, I wasn't hysterical and making a scene or anything. It just felt really scary in my stomach, perhaps understandably so since I had not grown up flying like most people seem to have. I was 18 when this experience happened.
I've many times watched old movies and documentaries and read about old airplanes, the "classic" kind which used propellers instead of the jet engines. I also assume that there must be multiple very different "generations" of jet-based airplanes as well, each one becoming more and more "comfortable" and "less scary" to travel in. Is this a correct assumption?
My question is: did old airplanes, for example ones in commercial use in the 1970s or 1950s, shake and creak more than modern ones, which would make them feel "scarier" to somebody like myself? I have this idea, which may or may not be accurate, that a jet engine is more "even" and that it perhaps has more "strength" to go through stormy weather and whatnot in a less "jerky" manner.
But on the other hand, older airplanes seemed to have way more room, less people and way better service, and not built with cost-cutting due to "ultra-cheap" tickets (I still find them expensive for my wallet), so maybe the overall experience was still more comfortable in those days?
I'm wondering about both the technical facts as well as the general perceived experience.