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Old Jul 22, 2013, 8:59 AM   #1
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Default American Airlines first 727-100

These photos were made from my old slide file and copied with my Minolta 50mm Macro lens. This aircraft was used as a trainer at this time. I had just installed the flight simulator for the 727 in 1966 and was a Link field service engineer responsible for continued support of it. These pics were taken at the old Greater Southwest Airport which was replaced by DFW and is now a business park.
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Old Jul 22, 2013, 10:07 AM   #2
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Great piece of history there, Streets.
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Old Jul 22, 2013, 6:46 PM   #3
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The real history is the fact that I was able to take these pics before we were all assumed to be terrorists. How great it was to stand at the side of an active runway and shoot landings.
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These are classics Streets...I love the livery--much better (IMHO) than AA's newest scheme. Gret compositions...nice that you were able to get so close (and Amen to you comments about that). Thanks for posting these.

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Old Jul 23, 2013, 8:39 AM   #5
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Default Heres another oldie.

I think that this one was taken at Laguardia. One of the last flights of the DC7B. Hard to believe that it was once, along with the Lockheed Constellation, the largest passenger aircraft of their day. Note how the cockpit crews used to greet the boarding passengers. Damn good food too!
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The pictures are part of the American Aviation history. When these planes are gone, they are gone! Unlike the smaller one which you can still them in some aerospace museums. Thanks for bringing back the memory! Speaking about good food on airplanes, this is also history too! I don't think you can get food near the quality of the olden days.
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Great photos.
This reminds me of when I was a kid living just a few miles away from LAX. I remember seeing planes from the mid 60s era coming in to land. The turbo props and loud jets of that time. Great that you kept all these photos.
I read that there's a restored DC7B thats flying the air show circuit this summer.
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Default American Airlines Convair 990 instrument Panel

This cockpit makes todays commercial aircraft look sissified. The 990 was the fastest passenger aircraft in the world until the Concord arrived many years later. Tell me, what was better than a mess of analog gauges on the mustang of passenger planes of the world? Top speed 615 kts. When you were in the left seat of this bad boy, you were an aviator.
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