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Mexican Civil Aviation In Life Mag Pics Archive  
User currently offlineMayaviaERJ190 From Mexico, joined Jan 2008, 391 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3659 times:

Since Google is making Life Magazine's Photo Archives available now online at http://images.google.com/hosted/life , I decided to go look for images of Mexican Aviation Events of which I have only heard of but have never seen.

You have to know some history in order to do the right search for the pics, but once you find them they become amazing exhibits of the long gone golden era of glamourous civil aviation.

I post this thread for the Mexican Aviation fans to add as much of their findings related to Mexico in LIFE's archive as 97% (reported by AP) of it was never published. I also invite others to start new threads for this amazing archive which will give us light on many topics, some unsuspected ones.

Here are my first findings:

AM's DC-8 crash at Idlewild, NYC (JFK) in 1961: http://images.google.com/hosted/life...ource:life&imgurl=a4ce22ccf035e68b

President López-Mateos welcoming President Eisenhower at ACA in 1959: http://images.google.com/hosted/life...ource:life&imgurl=bda58249865c535e

Eastern Airlines and Lacsa counters at MEX in 1958: http://images.google.com/hosted/life...ource:life&imgurl=9c7d9195f2a25cb9

MEX rampside in 1958: http://images.google.com/hosted/life...ource:life&imgurl=b9a83f628352f1c2

Mexican Air Force bi-planes guarding Baja California from Japanese attacks in 1942: http://images.google.com/hosted/life...ource:life&imgurl=a32a1ff02950cd47

AA counter at CJS in 1967 (Did they ever fly there?): http://images.google.com/hosted/life...ource:life&imgurl=1d75411ea40aea21

Interior of Cantinflas' private plane in 1955: http://images.google.com/hosted/life...ource:life&imgurl=ae9a0d8f9fadfea8

Off topic but an example of an amazing pic of an airborne Braniff B727 with rear-hatch open: http://images.google.com/hosted/life...ource:life&imgurl=174571217af9436f

So far, 2 million pics have been scanned and they expect to scan the aprox 10 million pics from the archive.

I've so far seen AI's F/As, PA 707 no-nose-gear landing at FRA, CCS in the 50's and many others, this is an amazing archive. Enjoy.

My other plane is an A380.
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User currently offlineRNOcommctr From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 834 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3614 times:

Great photos! Thanks for posting them. My wife is from Mexico and my favorite airport in the whole world is MEX.... but it's interesting to see other Mexican airports, too.

Regarding the last photo of the Braniff 727 with the rear door open, modifications were made to 727's following the infamous D.B. Cooper hijacking, in which Cooper parachuted through the extended rear door at about 10,000' taking the ransom money with him. After that incident, modifications made it impossible to open that door in flight.

Active loading only, ma'am, keep it moving!
User currently offlineGhost77 From Mexico, joined Mar 2000, 5299 posts, RR: 48
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3414 times:

Wow, amazing pictures! I'm totally speechless.

MEX in the late 50s is A M A Z I N G!!! To what it is today...


Ricardo Morales - flyAPM - ¡No es que maneje rapido, solo estoy volando lento!
User currently offlineN405MX From Mexico, joined May 2004, 1378 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3365 times:

Quoting Ghost77 (Reply 2):
MEX in the late 50s is A M A Z I N G!!!

We can say... Ah the good old times.....

Thanks for sharing, great photos  Smile


Life is what happens when you have other plans.....
User currently offlineNAVEGA From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 741 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 3301 times:

Great Photos Mayavia,


User currently offlineJuventus From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2835 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3236 times:

Thanx Mayavia ERJ190, great photos. I'm obsesed with the 50s, 60s, I like everything about that period, airlines, airplanes, etc.

I like the one about Cantiflas

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