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Thread: Where to post nostalgia stories ?

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    Senior Member Speedbird1's Avatar
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    Where to post nostalgia stories ?

    I don't see anywhere where enthusiasts can post interesting stories about how easy spotting was pre 9-11. It was very different than nowadays. I often think back about those great days with nostalgia and could share with others. How about a discussion of past days, but where to post these? I bet those spotters from the 60's and 70's up to the present have stories to share and bring perspective to those who think spotting is a more recent activity. We had no internet back then to share our experiences.

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    Senior Member JHNA57's Avatar
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    This is not about 70's-80's era spotting at JFK (However I did spend spend many hours on the rooftop Pan Am parking lot in the late 70's early 80's).

    I have just discovered that on Google you can read entire back issues of FLYING Magazine. The issue I highly recommend is the October 1973 issue with an article called "June 21st at JFK". It is the story of the tower dealing with a typical stormy summer day at JFK involving all the major players of the period (Pan Am, Eastern & Braniff...), and all the equipment failures, wind shifts and emergencies to be dealt with on a controllers shift.

    Reading these will give the younger members a feel for what it was like to read a real magazine, with well written, informative articles by aviation writers like Ernest Gann and Gordon Baxter. The ads alone a quite fascinating, especially the "Weight and balance" calculators that cost as much as an I-Phone today, or the portable emergency radios that are the size of a briefcase. In addition there are the ads for luxury cars like the "Chrysler Cordoba with real Corinthian leather" and even cigarette ads.

    I think you take the time to look these up, you will find them as informative, entertaining and addicting as I have.

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    Senior Member Gerard's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by JHNA57 View Post
    This is not about 70's-80's era spotting at JFK (However I did spend spend many hours on the rooftop Pan Am parking lot in the late 70's early 80's).
    I remember my dad taking me to the observation deck at LGA!! Oh man what great views there!! When did they shut that down? 80s?

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    You're absolutely right, we don't have a forum that sticks out as being a place for these kinds of stories. I could see them going 2 places. This forum (General Discussion) is kind of a catch all for anything that doesn't fit the other forums. I could also see them fitting in the "Spotting Planning and Review." After all, it is a review of spotting, just from a long time ago.
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    Senior Member megatop412's Avatar
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    Some of us have posted shots taken pre-9/11 which naturally invites commentary about who remembers what/where/when/etc.

    See my "JFK Time Machine" thread for an example of how that started a nice series of posts

    Then there was Moose's beyond awesome thread:

    So, I don't think separate area is needed for these...just post up and chat away!

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    Senior Member 727C47's Avatar
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    The best spotting I ever did was from my grandparents/cousins house in South Ozone Park under the Canarsie approach about 1 mile from the 13L threshold at JFK , I was born in that neighborhood, and mia familia was there from 1956-1989, I spotted everything from the last of the big props ( Connies !!!) to the Concorde and beyond. Whenever I am on a JFK layover I walk those streets with a smile in my heart, you can go home again !!!
    The beehive hummm of the JT9D and GE CF680C2,the thunder of the JT8D-17,the rumble of the PW1830 and the high ,thin whine of the PW 545A are all music to my ears!


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