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British Aerospace BAC-111 One-Eleven (N5024)


Another "salvaged" photo from yesteryear (lol).
This snap was clicked in 1968 at Greater Buffalo International Airport (now named Buffalo Niagara International - KBUF). This American Airlines BAC 111-400 (N5024), propelled by Rolls Royce Spey turbofans, is at AAL's Gate 9.
Note the men in military uniform who are about to board the flight. When this photo was taken, members of the US Armed Forces were required to fly in uniform. Less than three years later, the military dropped the requirement and military personnel began flying in civilian attire. Why? Because anti-Vietnam War sentiment was increasing across the United States and on an ever-more- frequent basis, US military personnel travelling in uniform were readily identifiable to anti-war protesters and were being subjected to chants, etc. Thankfully, times have changed and 21st century Americans now deeply appreciate the women and men who stand ready to defend them.


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Dave Sheehy
Nice addition Gary!
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Notice there is no jet bridge. Yep, back in the "olden days " (grin) the passengers actually had to be exposed to whatever weather conditions existed when they boarded or when they deplaned. Also, another interesting observation ... none of the passengers are wearing pajamas, crappy T-shirts with obscenities, or shower clogs like is commonly seen on today's flights. As astounding as it is to imagine, back then, passengers took pride in their public appearance.
The view here shows KBUF's runway 5-23 in the background. The former Flying Tigers restaurant, which was the #1 location for watching and photographing aircraft as they rolled along Alpha taxiway toward runway 23, was in the area of those trees on the right. Years ago, the old restaurant went OOB and the building is now the site of Mercy Flight, but although the ownership is different, the location is still the A-#1 prime spotting location.
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Thanks, Dave.
I was curious as to where N5024 ended its days. Turns out it was (and perhaps still is) an airport fire department "crash and burn" practice bird at an airport in England. It even had a new reg: G-FIRE. At least it served a purpose even after its wings were permanently clipped.
Greg Byington
Yup, but the "Olden Days" don't seem that long ago! Thanks for another great pic, Gary!
sam kuminecz
great photo gary, it puts me back in time when buffalo was very different than it is today...
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Greg, thank you for the comment. This is one of several AAL 400 snaps I have. When I was a teen, I hung out at BUF very often; in fact, so often that I was known as "the camera kid." Everyone at American was super friendly to me, so I was able to get lots of shots of AA aircraft. (The folks at Mohawk were awesome friendly too, but the UAL people were a bit less accommodating.)
Sam, TY for your comment. How is your move coming along? When I was stationed at Athens (Greece), we lived right near the end of the runway of Hellenikon airport. One evening in '79, a Swissair liner landed too far down the runway in wet weather and could not stop. It was tragic; fourteen passengers lost their lives. My wife watched it burning from the patio of our second-floor apartment. I was on-duty when it went off the end, and I dispatched the first emergency response vehicle to the scene. The next morning, I ended up at the scene just down from our residence, and I took many Polaroid shots which I needed in order to defend myself as I was facing possible military C/M because I had dispatched that police patrol. (It is a long, but extremely disturbing, incident that occurred in the first moments after the crash when the jet was burning and passengers were attempting to escape. I've made my peace with the lawful military order I was forced to give that night, but it took me a very, very long time to do so.) Anyway, I still have the Polaroids. The wreckage sat in plain view from our patio for quite a few days while the Greek authorities investigated the crash. Other than that one night, I always enjoyed living just off the end of the runway, so I hope you will enjoy doing so at KBUF. Keep your camera battery charged and keep snapping that shutter, my friend. ;-)
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