Friday, September 24, 2010

One of my favorite timetable cover photos

TWA's timetable dated October 27, 1974 has one of my favorite cover photos, depicting a TWA 747 lifting gracefully from the runway at JFK with the New York skyline in the distance. 

Every time I see that photo, I can remember staring wistfully at it, wishing there was some way I could transport myself to Kennedy Airport to watch 747s of various carriers venture skyward for distant destinations!

(Somewhat ironically, at the time of this issue, TWA had grounded a number of 747s due to the Arab Oil Embargo and general economic recession.  I only find 7 daily 747 departures from JFK in this timetable, compared to 15 in July of 1973.)

In the post-9/11 world, this photo took on added meaning for me.  I see the sun setting behind the World Trade Center, and it reminds me that the "sunset" for both TWA and the WTC came in 2001.


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