Dirty Old Boston

Up Up And Away

Courtesy of Barb Hudson

"Go through your phone book, call people and ask them to drive you to the airport. The ones who will drive you are your true friends. The rest aren't bad people; they're just acquaintances."
.....Jay Leno

Once there was a way to get back home. From a kinder gentler airport. Can you believe that Barb Hudson and her mother are standing on actual grass just outside American Airlines at Logan Airport in 1954? Sure the grass could be better manicured but its existence is testimony to a time when air travel was a novelty and a treat, not a nuisance and a task.

Opened on September 8, 1923 Logan was originally called Boston Airport and was mainly used by the Army Air Corps. The first commercial flights started in 1927 and were only between Boston and New York City.

At Logan, 1957. Courtesy of

The April 1957 Official Airline Guide shows 49 weekday departures on American, 31 Eastern, 25 Northeast, 8 United, 7 TWA domestic, 6 National, 6 Mohawk, 2 TCA and one Provincetown-Boston. The agency managing the system for the airport and surroundings, Massport, strained its relationship with nearby communities in the mid-60s and has yet to emerge as a respected institution. Ask any native East Bostonian. Wood Island or Neptune Rd are buzzwords representing bad times for thousands. The agency took control of a parcel of this residential and recreational land near the northwest side of the airfield. This project was undertaken to extend what is now Logan's longest runway. Residents of Wood Island, were bought out of their homes and forced to relocate. Public opposition came to a head when residents lay down in the streets to block bulldozers and supply trucks from reaching the construction zone.

Logan International Airport processed more than 30 million passengers in 2013. Massport predicts more than 33 million in 2014 with the addition of Emirates, Hainan and Turkish Airlines. plus Delta's large expansion at Boston. See how the fluffy clouds move by us? Thank you Susan Cowsill.
Gassing up Northeast, 1957. Courtesy of
Thanks to Wikipedia for stats and figures.

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