Here's another scene that highlights the difference between the way things were and the way things are.
In this case I was given the run of DC-9-14 N3305L for no reason
other than that I asked. Today such a request would likely be
met with hostility and the threat of gunfire.
See a blue object
on the ground to the left of the boarding stairs? That's my old
Pan Am flight bag. I had completely forgotten about it ages ago,
but even at this distance the shot is enough to bring it back
into focus. I could have called it my "airport bag"; I
carried it to the airport every time. What I don't
remember is what was in that old bag or why I needed it -- all I had
was a little 35mm rangefinder camera and at times a spare roll of
film. Perhaps it was full of timetables and other goodies
collected from obliging airline staff at the ticket counters?
The photo shows the aircraft, only a few months
old, during a time of relative quiet. Its next flight, coming up
in an hour or so, was to Atlanta via Baltimore, having just replaced
the CV-880 schedule that had served the route in the previous years.
Philadelphia, March, 1966