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In addition, my late brothers, Bill and Bob, spent time there and we all took pictures. The pictures appear in chronological order by year.
Click on individual images for a larger view. This particular DC-3, delivered as a wartime C, flew with the airline from It is marked Flight to San Diego. NH crashed in bad weather near Wright, Wyoming in A forward view of the same airplane. The same A, being fueled in preparation for departure.
Seen there are a trio of different Connie models under the tail of a Super-G: Before returning to San Diego, sister-in-law Ann Proctor and I sat on the railroad tracks in front of Runways 25 Left and Right, watching airplanes land right over our heads. Brother Bob shot the following pictures, all in ; he only noted years, not specific dates, and some of his slide frames were not date-stamped by the film processor.
This airplane went to World Airways in in April and crashed four months later, shortly after takeoff from Agana, Guam. A busy ramp scene seen from the observation deck reflects the heavy presence of propliners early in the Jet Age.
By mid-morning, most of the gates are empty, except for Continental Viscount NV and an American It was lost during a training flight west of Montauk, Long Island in January An early delivery Air France heads for the departure runway.
Unfortunately the registration is only partially visible. It was scheduled for 2 hour, 15 minutes block-to-block, back when speed took priority over the price of kerosene!
Western leased the pair from Boeing while awaiting its first Bs. The AA hangar in the background was recently torn down to make way for a new taxiway.
Satellites 7 and 8 were exclusively occupied by United Air Lines. The two Pacific Martin s sit at temporary gates while awaiting completion of Satellite 6. There was plenty of piston-powered equipment in evidence during the early part of the Jet Age.
Along with Satellite 2 on the north side of the terminal complex, it lacked Jetways early on. Brother Bob took this picture of American B Astrojet NA seen earlier on this pageawaiting inspection in March, just a few days after another company tragically crashed shortly after takeoff from New York-Idlewild with the loss of all aboard.
American Airlines B NA approaches the gate in this December 26, photo; check out the window shades on the control tower, slanted to form a cross for the Christmas season, before it was considered politically incorrect. Terminal 6 was still under construction, hence the Continental and Pacific aircraft parked at temporary gates adjacent to the ticketing building.
Another Astrojet, NA is unhooked from its tow tug and about to taxi to the departure runway. Continental Golden Jet N caught my lens passing between Satellites 4 and 5. There were no casualties, except for the airplane.
United DC-6s were still pulling yeoman duty in July when this picture of N was taken.
NC rests between flights. I did manage to get a few rides on Continental Bs. I believe it was operating to Latin America via Mexico City.
SE-DBB is a bit fuzzy in this telephoto shot. A rare quiet period at the airport on the day after Christmas just as the sun was setting. Incidentally, I had my first legal drink in the Theme Building on my 21st birthday eight months earlier, with brother Bill and his wife Ann.
It was a vodka martini, the last one I ever drank!
It was later corrected. What a classy carrier Western was back the day. Behind the jet a DC-6B in its original colors, probably operating a Thrift-Air service to San Francisco, appears ready to leave the gate.Danny Ferry was a hot commodity in before signing on to turn around the languishing Atlanta Hawks.
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