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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Eastern Airlines: The Wings of Man

Eastern Airlines: The Wings of Man

Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Detroit, MI. Year unknown.
Up until the late 1970s, Detroit Metro Airport had a small lot where citizens could park their cars (for free) and watch plane arrivals and departures. DTW has grown exponentially since, and you can’t even see a runway, due to sprawling new terminals and acres of parking. (The streaky clouds are actually deep scratches)
Image courtesy of the Box of Curly Photos from my parents. View full size.

Willow Run?

Eastern didn't schedule DC-4 flights to Detroit Metro-- they stayed at Willow Run until 1966, maybe eight years after they sold their DC-4s.

On the other hand they didn't move to Willow Run until 1946, so conceivably it's Detroit City Airport.

Douglas DC-4

American industry could barely produce jet engines fast enough to keep up with military demand during the 1950s. That's why piston engines still dominated domestic air travel throughout that decade. This is a Douglas DC-4, the backbone of the U.S. Air Force's Berlin Airlift. Piston engined planes like this quickly fell out of favor (by about 1960) for a few reasons: jet engines were finally becoming available for civil applications, jets were faster, and jets produced FAR less vibration than their piston predecessors-- greatly reducing the maintenance volume per hour of operating time.

 
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