A theme that threads its way through
of this site is the easy access to aircraft we enjoyed in earlier
times, and it's
exemplified by this shot. Standing under number 4 engine is a
little girl, my kid sister Debbie who was about six at this
I don't recall the specific circumstances -- there may have
last-minute babysitting assignment that was in conflict with my planned
trip to the airport, or more likely I had a notion to be a nice big
brother and take her along without a parental "request."
Either way, it's plain that
the gate agent who let me out on the ramp was unconcerned.
key to being turned loose was to only ask about aircraft that
were between flights -- through stops were always hurried and everyone
was busy -- they just weren't on the ground long
enough to let outside a lad with a camera who was looking to
half a roll of film. Of course maximum politeness and a clean
britches were never overlooked as "can't hurt" factors. In
example, N7501A, American's first jet, is at rest while operating AA's
daily LAX-PHL-LAX turnaround.
Philadelphia, August, 1966