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A Spotting Moment In 1961  
User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8956 posts, RR: 60
Posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3184 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:


http://2h4.smugmug.com/photos/395200331_eiZzQ-XL.jpg



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:


http://2h4.smugmug.com/photos/395200322_xtGGe-XL.jpg



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.

2H4


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User currently offlineNWA783 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3154 times:

Those are some terrific shots!

What exactly is MSP doing in this Airport Watch program? I am a local to MSP but am at college right now so i haven' t been around to hear anything new going on at the airport.

- Josh -



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User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5576 posts, RR: 63
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 3132 times:
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Hello

Yes, great images.

Just makes you wonder what is on film in that camera and who the little guy is.

Regards

Gary


User currently offlineDaleaholic From UK - England, joined Oct 2005, 3208 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3082 times:

Great photo. Shame we don't know more about it but it does give you a good impression of the days when aviation was new and even more fascinating than it is now!  Smile


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User currently offlineVzlet From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 839 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3081 times:

And it's amazing how many people back then drove classic cars!


"That's so stupid! If they're so secret, why are they out where everyone can see them?" - my kid
User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8956 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3052 times:
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Quoting NWA783 (Reply 1):
What exactly is MSP doing in this Airport Watch program?

It's a program that the airport initiated (!) to provide approved locations and procedures for aircraft spotting. Read all about it here:

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/aviation_photography/read.main/320247/

2H4



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User currently offlineF4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3029 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.

Gary
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User currently offlineGranite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5576 posts, RR: 63
Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2998 times:
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Hello

Forgot to say the quality of the slide and the scan is fantastic, better than some digital stuff of today that I see in the queue!

Is that Batman's car on the right?

Regards

Gary

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User currently offlineDendrobatid From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1682 posts, RR: 62
Reply 8, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2992 times:
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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'  Smile

Mick Bajcar


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