That was the same time period and place I started plane spotting. In the late 1960's my older sisters would drive me to the airport for me to spend hours watching and photographing. Then in the early 1970's when I got my own drivers license, I was a pretty regular visitor to Cleveland Hopkins.
Additionally, my house was about 15 miles NW
of the airport and under the take-off pattern of most westbound departures. I knew all the wide-body departures and most of the DC-8, and could identify them as they passed over.
As I've lamented before, I threw out cartons of photos from those days when I grew up and moved out. Never realized anybody else would ever be interested in such crazy photos. A fair amount of them were taken with an old SpeedGraphic Graflex camera with roll-film adapter for some stunning details in photos from large negatives.
Yeah, I immediately recognized the Sunbird sign. Remember when CLE
grew to a 747 and CLE
was a DC-10?