For many years there was an observation deck on the 16th floor of the Logan airport control tower. It was rigged with an ATC audio feed from the controllers just above and was a great place to observe the airport action. The 1980s were still days of film and on one roll I forgot to change the camera settings from ASA 400 to 200, resulting in some shots being a bit grainy.
Taken from the tower observation area is this shot of a Presidential Airways 737-200. Presidential was founded by a former PEOPLExpress manager and lasted just four years.
Late afternoon gives a peach colored backdrop to a departing Braniff 727 and parked Piedmont 737. Taken from somewhere in Terminal D.
This Empire Fokker F-28 would soon be wearing Piedmont colors. Empire Airlines started out as an upstate New York carrier in 1976. They operated until 1985 when Piedmont bought and absorbed them.
At the end of Terminal E sits a Northwest 757. I have the date as 1986.
Businessman Frank Lorenzo started as an airline analyst at Eastern in the 1960s. He would later form Texas Air Holdings through which he eventually launched New York Air and acquired Eastern and Continental.
An Eastern A300 taxis to Terminal A with a New York Air MD-82 in the foreground. Eastern’s acquisition of the A300 was instrumental in Airbus getting a foothold in the U.S. airliner market.
The same New York Air MD-82 taxis in to the gate.
Lorenzo’s Texas Air Corp merged PEOPLExpress into Continental. Below, a 727 sports the PEOPLExpress livery on the fuselage with Continental tail and name.
A Command Airways Short 330 sits chocked on the ramp as an Eastern 727 taxis past. Command eventually became an American Eagle feeder for American Airlines.
Request. I’d love to grow this post with additional photos and your comments. Have any pre-1990 Logan photos? Scan and send to me and I will post them here with proper credit (assuming the quality is okay). Send to dave (at) planeviz.com.