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Nov 16, 2012, 06:58 PM
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I'll be lookin' later
Nov 17, 2012, 12:04 AM
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That Connie reminded me of a flight from Knoxville, Tn to Philadelphia, Pa.
Probably 1959 or 1960.....
McGhee-Tyson was a small facility then, you could go right thru the terminal & up the stairs to the waiting area which had a balcony that overlooked the ramp.
You were maybe 20 feet from the wingtip of airliners loading baggage & passengers!
It was a grand adventure for a young boy to walk up the "airstairs" and show the stewardess my ticket, I recall she asked me where I wanted to sit! (Aisle or window, front, wing or back)
I sat right at the leading edge of the left wing,(the pilot sat on the left, I wanted to see what he did)
my face glued to the window for the entire trip.
I have no idea how long it took, I only knew it was over too soon to suit me!
Just remembering a simpler time......
Mike.
Nov 17, 2012, 12:28 AM
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Found a postcard of KTYS circa 58?
Nov 17, 2012, 06:47 AM
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Cool story and I like that postcard of Knoxville Airport. It was a simpler time, wish we still had that kind of open airplane flying.
Nov 17, 2012, 12:35 PM
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Here is a little flight I got to be on back in 1997. Sky Diving over 42J Keystone Heights Airport from 14,100 feet.

King Air Skydiving 1997 (8 min 14 sec)
Nov 17, 2012, 06:10 PM
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West Tenn jumpers? You had to import jumpers?
Nov 17, 2012, 06:11 PM
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Maybe Florida has softer air?
Nov 17, 2012, 06:42 PM
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Just found this.....
The dedication ceremony at the McGee Tyson airport. The airport is adjacent to an Air National Guard base, and is named after the aviator Charles McGhee Tyson, a Tennessee native who lost his life in World War I. The crowd is watching the landingof "the first twenty-one passenger superliner."
Nov 17, 2012, 06:44 PM
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And this is neat too!

On July 29, 1937, an American Airlines Stinson TriMotor, capable of carrying about 10 passengers, touched down at McGhee Tyson Airport, marking the first commercial flight at that facility.

McGhee Tyson Airport actually traces its history to two earlier airports, Becky Huckaby, spokeswoman for the Airport Authority, said. In 1910, a group of aviation enthusiasts opened a private airfield near the current Chilhowee Park in East Knoxville. Then in 1927, Walter Self, who enjoyed flying as a hobby, opened Knoxville Aero Corp. on the south side of Sutherland Avenue, where West High School and the National Guard Armory are now. The airfield became the city's first municipal airport and Huckaby said apparently held the name McGhee Tyson Airport at some point.

That name came from a noted Knoxville aviator, Charles McGhee Tyson, who lost his life in the crash of a Navy aircraft during an anti-submarine mission in World War I.
Nov 17, 2012, 06:49 PM
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Looking at it today, it's hard to place these old buildings....
Wish I could get bigger prints so I could identify those birds in the last photo...
Nov 17, 2012, 07:09 PM
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I'll bet Roger will regognasize some of them ther birds


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