Airports Before & After
I've always been a big fan of now & then, before & after comparison photos. A modern day recreation of an old photo lends extra perspective and context to both images and the juxtapositions can be startling. Thanks to Google Earth, Photoshop, and the Before and After app, I've created several of these comparisons for the website.
I'm currently working on histories of Key West International Airport and Jacksonville's long-closed Imeson Airport and plan to post them in the next few weeks. Here's a preview of some of the then-and-now comparisons that will appear on the new pages. Move the sliders left and right.
Modern day Key West International and the newly constructed gravel runways in 1928. The original Pan Am hangar can be seen in the first view.
Jacksonville's Imeson Airport in 1963 and the current Google Earth view of the Imeson Industrial Park. Commercial flights moved to the present-day JAX when it opened in 1968 and Imeson was closed the following year.
Here's a golden oldie that appeared on the website several years ago. This is a 1920 view of the old Candler race track that was located on what is now the north side of Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport along Virginia Avenue. Delta's headquarters now occupies the site.
Check the updates soon for the histories of airline service at Key West and Jacksonville Imeson.
Why did several thousand people simultaneously Google their way onto the Sunshine Skies website?
Thank you Final Jeopardy!
THE ANSWER HERE, OF COURSE
Marco Island Updates
A wealth of new material has made it necessary to split the history of airline service of Marco Island into 3 pages. There are lots of great new images courtesy of the Marco Island Historical Society (including the one above), Gordon Werner (who runs the Fly PBA and Marco Island Airways pages) and a few photos and advertisements from old newspaper clippings.
Part One: 1965-1972 Temporary airports, Naples Airlines, AAT
Part Two: 1972-1979 A new hometown airline and a new airport
Part Three: 1980-1987 Things go wrong
A total of 10 new photos, courtesy of Blaine Peters, have been added to three Georgia airport pages. You can follow the links below. Thanks Blaine!
PBA DC-3 Updates
PBA DC-3s - Where Are They Now?
A long overdue update on the latest status of former PBA DC-3s with a half dozen new photos.
The 8 Decade History of DC-3 N28AA
DC-3 N28AA is now at the Shannon Air Museum in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Museum President and owner Luke Curtas sent an update and several photos that have been added to the detailed history of this former PBA aircraft. Thank you Luke!
Air South timetables
Florida Air Lines timetables added
Airways Magazine Article
The January-February 2022 issue of Airways Magazine features an excellent article about commuter airline "empires" written by David H. Stringer that includes a half dozen images from the Sunshine Skies collection. (Hope they don't mind me posting this lo-res image here!) Plus, the cover story is about Mikey McBryan's Plane Savers DC-3. Great stuff!
Updated link: You can purchase a copy of this issue over at the Airways store.
More Air South timetables
New AAT and Aerosun photos
New photos on the website today sent in by readers. David Silvera sent a photo of an AeroSun / Red Carpet Convair 440 at St. Petersburg. Peter Tyson sent four photos taken of American Air Taxi's Heron N510FW on the ramp at Miami in 1972. Thanks guys! If you'd like to share material on the website, you can reach me (David) through the CONTACT page or the email icon at the bottom of every page.
These photos are linked to the respective pages. Just click or tap on them.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport's terminal opened 40 years ago this morning. In honor of this occasion, and because overkill is sometimes a good thing, the ATL History section of the Sunshine Skies website has undergone a major update and expansion with 22 new pages and 292 additional images. Tap or click the Eastern advertisement to begin your journey.
Six new pages on the history of airline service at Chattanooga spanning nearly a century from 1928 to the present day. Over 130 images! While my intention for the website has been to focus on Florida and Georgia, I was sent such a wealth of great material that I couldn't let the opportunity pass. (Besides, CHA is only two and a half miles from the Georgia state line.) Thanks to Bill Peterson for prompting me to do this. The links for the individual pages are listed below.
Part 1: 1920s-1940s
Part 2: 1950s-1964
Part 3: 1964 Jet Age Terminal
Part 4: 1970s-1980s
Part 5: The old terminal in 1990
Part 6: The new terminal 1992-2000s
A new page about the history of airline service at Waycross, GA. Eastern Air Lines pioneered air service at this south Georgia city in 1948 and was followed by Air South in 1969 and Atlantis Airlines in 1983.
Loads of new material added this morning: 4 new Georgia airports, 6 new pages, 129 new images, 2 new videos! Vintage photos, old postcards, timetables, route maps, newspaper articles. Dig in and geek out.
Here are the links:
Albany, GA - History of Airline Service 1930s - 2020s
Atlanta PDK - History of Airline Service
Augusta, GA - Part 1: 1930s - 1960s
Augusta, GA - Part 2: 1970s - 1980s
Rome, GA - History of Airline Service
The history of airline service at Columbus, GA has been split into 2 pages. New material has been added to both.
Columbus, GA - Part 1: 1920s - 1970s
Columbus, GA - Part 2: 1980s - 2020s
More Columbus, GA photos
New material has been added to the history of airline service at Columbus, GA including this early 1950s photo of Delta DC-3 ship 42, NC28342 (s/n 3279).
Commutaire International Airways operated shuttle flights between points in south Florida during their brief 4 month existence in 1976. New material has been added to the Commutaire page on the Sunshine Skies website including this beautiful photo of N856JA on the gravel ramp of the long closed Port Largo Airport in Key Largo.
Aero Coach photos
Don Faber sent in a half dozen photos from a flight aboard an Aero Coach Cessna 402 between Ft. Lauderdale and North Eleuthera in 1989. Don asked if anyone can identify the pilot. "I’m sure he would appreciate the pic!" These and the other photos have been added to the website.
Lots of new material on the Panhandle Airways page including several photos and a timetable courtesy of former Panhandle pilot Tony Diez. Tony sent in this photo of DC-3 N4996E in action along with some shots of the airline's Beech 18s.
Timetables added February 24, 2020
November 15, 1981
January 1, 1982
June 28, 1982
March 15, 1980
May 1, 1980
July 15, 1991
October 17, 1991
Undated circa Summer 1984
Undated circa Fall 1981
December 15, 1981
Busily scanning slides. Here are some of the photos added to the website this week. Each photo links to its respective page.
AeroSun International Convair 440 N920RC at Miami in 1982.
Skybus Express GAF Nomad N418NE at Atlanta in 1991.
Slocum Air Britten Norman BN-2 Islander N67HA at the gate in Miami circa 1984.
GP Express Beechcraft C99 N113GP at Atlanta in 1992.
I'm finally getting around to scanning and uploading over a hundred new slides and photos I've accumulated in the last year and a half. Lots of great stuff on the way.
Very excited to have finally found a color photo of Vero Monmouth's DH-114 Heron N14146, which was later re-registered N6VM (msn 14146). Here she is pictured at Miami in February 1974. Check out the Vero Monmouth page.
I'll be presenting an hour-long journey through the history of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport at 10am on June 22 at the Delta Flight Museum as part of the Airliners International 2019 event. I'll cover 9 decades in 60 minutes with 100 photos showing the transformation from dirt race track to world's busiest airport. Museum admission will be $7. More details in this snazzy poster below. Hope to see you there!
The latest additions
Timetables from Cape Air, Florida Air Lines, Mackey International, Marco Island Airways and State Airlines have been added to the site as well as a few Mackey International airline issued postcards. Much more on the way!
I have been adding images from my slide collection in the past couple of weeks. A few favorites:
Pinehurst Airlines YS-11 N112PH at Atlanta in 1981. Beautiful!
Southeastern Commuter Airlines Riley Dove N808RH at Atlanta circa 1982.
Atlantic Gulf Airlines Vickers Viscount N140RA at St. Petersburg circa 1983-84.
The "timetable a day" continues. Here are some of the recent additions to the website.
Dolphin Airlines - May 1, 1983
Executive Airlines - October 26, 1969
Pinehurst Airlines (4 timetables)
Phoenix Airlines - April 8, 1980
Shawnee Airlines (3 timetables)
Southeastern Commuter Airlines (7 timetables)
Sunbird Airlines - April 1, 1985
Many of these timetables are filled with great aircraft photos, route maps, vintage terminal diagrams and advertisements in addition to the flight schedules. These are a few highlights. The photos link to the corresponding pages.
Shawnee Airlines fleet overview from the February 1, 1972 timetable.
Pinehurst Airlines - 1960s airplanes, 1980s hair!
An ATL terminal map from the August 14, 1981 Pinehurst timetable showing the original layout with 4 1/2 concourses.
A wonderful air-to-air photo of Phoenix Airlines' de Havilland DH-114 Heron, an odd and beautiful 4-engine beast.
Route map hidden away in the back of a Dolphin Airlines timetable from May 1, 1983 showing the airline at its peak. The airline began to rapidly downsize after this and went out of business eight months later in January 1984.
And finally, from the same Dolphin timetable, something you're unlikely to ever see published by an airline again.
The latest news and additions to the Sunshine Skies website.