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Leaving on a Jet Plane …

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This was the “Main Gate” at the old terminal at Pensacola Airport back in the 1950’s through the 70’s.  I can remember this very vividly.  I wish I had some photos of the interior of the airport to share with everyone.  If anyone has any, please feel free to email them to me and I would be happy to share them with you.  This is a new post from this wedding … I posted a photo of this couple standing at the back of the plane on the old site, so I will find it and post it later.  Thanks for looking …

By the way, I believe that the old airport was named ” Haigler Field ” after our state legislator, Jack Haigler.  If I am wrong on this, please correct me.  I did not think of it until after I had written the top part and was getting ready to post this.

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August 9, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Pensacola Regional Airport …

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Back in the 1950’s, Pensacola’s airport was known as a regional airport and you only had two airlines servicing the airport – Eastern and National Airlines.  Now, both airlines are out of business and Pensacola is known as an ” International ” airport, even though there are no international flights out of the airport.  I can remember sites like this very well at the airport and I can remember the airport looking like this.  If anyone has any memories that they wish to share about their experiences at the Pensacola ” Regional ” Airport, please be my guest.  Thanks again for looking …

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February 28, 2012 at 9:38 am

Liberace Arriving in Pensacola …

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This is Liberace arriving in Pensacola back in the 1960’s.  He used to come to Pensacola to buy antiques from several dealers in the area.  One of them was my father’s friend, Ada Wilson, who would always tell my dad when Liberace was coming to town so that he could take some photos of him.  I will share a story  that my father shared with Liberace about seeing him in Chicago in the late 1930’s when I have more time.  Thanks for looking …

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August 14, 2011 at 11:16 am

Pensacola Regional Airport Guests …

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No clue who most of these people are … I believe that the man closest to the plane was our Mayor at the time – Barney Burks, but I could be wrong about that.  Whoever these people are, they must have been some VIP’s.  These photos are not really about these people, but about our airport at the time.  Next is a photo of the plane out on the tarmac …

The only markings that identify the plane is the ” Pensacola, Florida ” on the side, so maybe this was a private plane owned by a company or business.  I doubt that the City of Pensacola ever owned a private plan, but you never can tell with Pensacola or for that matter Escambia County.  The next photo is my favorite …

I can remember these covered walk-ways that led you into the terminal … there were only two or three of these walk-ways.  I have some other photos of the airport that I will post in the future.  If anyone recognizes any of these people, please let us know who you think they are.  Thanks for looking …

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August 10, 2011 at 8:15 pm

John Wayne Arriving in Pensacola …

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Here is John Wayne arriving in Pensacola,  where he is scheduled the make the movie ” Wings of Eagles “.  I believe he made the part of the movie that was filmed out at the Pensacola Naval Air Station in 1955, since the movie came out in 1957.  The movie itself was rather depressing to me and the part with him in Pensacola only took up the first ten minutes or so of the movie.  It shows an exciting little piece where he flies a plane through a hanger and it has some nice views of Pensacola Bay, but it goes downhill to me from there.  If you are a hard-core John Wayne fan, I am sure you will love it.  I wish I could identify the fellows in the background, however no such luck.  If anyone knows, please let me hear from you.  I have several more photos that my father made of ” Duke ” and even have an autographed photo to Frank that I will post later.  As usual, all comments are welcomed …

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July 31, 2011 at 10:11 am

Pensacola Regional Airport …

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This photo is from the old site … an Eastern Airline Silver Falcon Turbo Prop Jet unloading at the Pensacola Regional Airport sometime in the 1950’s.  I can remember flying in this type of plane when I was younger.  My father and I used to fly to Chicago to visit his brother back in the 1960’s in this type of aircraft.  We also flew several times to the National Convention of the Professional Photographers of America.  The one thing that I always remembered was how the cabin would fill with a low level smoke when the air conditioners would cut on … it must have been condensation on the cooling elements being blown out into the cabin.  Now, if something like that was to happen, everyone would think that the plane had caught on fire!  One more thing, look how the men are dressed coming off the plane, no casual wear among any of these men.   Anyone wishing to share their past flying experiences from the Pensacola Airport are welcome to post them here.  Thanks for looking …

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June 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm

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