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July 1, 2014

Awesome Vintage Aviation Photos, Part One: The Midwest

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(Editor’s note: Welcome to Time Travel Tuesday, a nine-part series celebrating the airports, airlines, and aircraft of yesteryear, through the photos of William J. Armstrong. In Part One, we explore the some vintage aviation photos of Midwestern airports, including DFW, MKC, MCI, OMA and several others.)

It is indeed an honor to introduce this series of aviation photos taken by my good friend William J. Armstrong. Our friendship spanned almost a half century, and blossomed because of our common interest in aviation. As time went on, we found common interests in many things, and at one time our professional careers crossed paths and I had the privilege of working with Bill.

We see Bill here because of his aviation photography, and he was among the few who would spend time at an airport for the sole purpose of taking photos of airplanes and observing operations. Bill began doing this during the late 1950s, and continued into the start of the Jet age. His photos are a look back in time, to when propellers were the order of the day, and when you walked across an often oil stained tarmac to your waiting plane. In those days, weather radar and instrument landing systems were the latest revolutionary developments in air travel.

Bill was interested in aviation, but in actuality if it moved he was interested. His knowledge of transportation systems, whether they traveled by rail, air, sea, or road, were legendary to his friends and fellow professionals. He also had keen interests in history, classical music, opera, swimming, travel, and the list goes on. He was a graduate of Columbia University, and Iona College with a masters degree. But for all his varied interests, Bill was always a humble person, never once forgetting the friends he met along the way.

Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW)

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Kansas City: Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport (MKC) & Kansas City International Airport (MCI)

 

The Rest of the Midwest

This collection was curated by NYCAviation Associate Editor Ben Granucci. All images are copyright John F. Ciesla, all rights reserved.

 



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  • Mark Brauninger

    The MCI photos are of MKC, the downtown airport, not Mid Continent International (MCI)

    • Benjamin Granucci

      Thank you, Mark, you are very much correct about that. It has been changed to reflect the proper information.