2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8956 posts, RR: 58 Posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3691 times:
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Tonight, I started to scan another batch of my great uncle's slide collection, and ran across this slide, shot at Detroit Metro in June of 1961:
It's not a.net material, of course, but I thought the photographers among us would appreciate it. A closer look reveals what appears to be a camera bag being carried by the kid's father:
So it seems my great uncle caught a glimpse of a father and son's trip to the airport observation deck for some photography and inspiration.
It's a horrible shame that experiences like this are virtually impossible today.
Here's to the efforts being made to make airports spotter-friendly once again. Specifically, here's to MSP and their efforts to initiate their Airport Watch program. With some hard work and effort on our part, maybe we can return the magic and inspiration of airport trips like this one to future generations.
Anyway, I just wanted to share this photo with everyone, and I hope you all enjoy it.
F4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3536 times:
It is possible that young fellow is Pilot in Command on major airline's wide body. It brings back memories of going to Standiford Field in Louisville to see the first 707 land. Approximately, twenty years later, I am in the back seat of the lead Phantom of a 4:30 am launch during a unit ORI. Today I am riding the jumpseat in one of my former employer's CRJS as I come home to visit my folks. That simple picture evokes a plethora of fond personal memories. Thanks for posting.
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Dendrobatid From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1727 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3499 times:
Superb bit of history. That was taken by someone with an eye for a photo.
I have made this point before, photograph them all. One day you will regret not having done so. I took a lot way back then but nothing like enough, the Tridents, VC10s, Viscounts, Vanguards, 707s etc etc. When I went somewhere new, I did well but it is the local stuff, the mundane, that I am missing. Then, at least we had some sort of excuse, the cost of film and, in my case, the time for processing it, but what excuse do we have today?
I continue to make that mistake with the everyday things around me. I recently found some old negatives taken around my home town and none of it remains today, little bits of history.
Yet at the airport I am still often the only one to lift my camera to the mundane. Even in the past year so many aircraft and airlines have passed into history and it is already too late.
I don't want my words echoing in your ears in decades to come
'I wish I'd listened to Uncle Mick'