Saturday, September 29, 2012
Planes, trains, and automobiles! No, not the movie... those are three subjects that I know little about, and yet I have a sort of layman's appreciation for them as things; masterpieces of industrial design, in the best cases. I'm always happy to find vintage slides of airports - because of the planes, but also because of everything else that one associates with travel. Adventure, reunions with distant loved ones, exotic locales, stuff like that.
In this first picture, we see two beautiful Lockheed Constellations with their distinctive triple tails. Dwight D. Eisenhower's presidential aircraft was a Constellation, you know. The fuselage is described as "porpoise-shaped", and coincidentally, the planes made high-pitched porpoise noises and ran on fish. They were popular for many years, but became obsolete once jets made the scene, daddy-o.
Hey, another Constellation! This one is a "Super Constellation", a "stretched" variety that could hold an additional 23 passengers. Remember Eastern Airlines? They went kaput in 1991.
This colorful photo was from a teeny tiny slide that was only about 1/2" wide, presumably taken with a Minox camera. Who knows what kind of plane this is? I sure don't! But the "Flagship Lake Ontario" sure is a beautiful machine.