Before There Were Tourists, Outside Baggage Claim, 1969

Selected for Google Maps and Google Earth

Comments (4)

Cinza on May 8, 2008

Positive mapping this photo is very difficult with the great changes that have taken place. On Yap I looked and looked at the airport in Google Earth and could not make matches. Then I noticed a strip some distance away and there was the airport I knew--abandoned. The complex of buildings where I've placed the pointer are very similar in arrangement and location to what I remember. Continental/Air Micronesia flew a DC-6 into a dirt strip dating from the war. Customs and immigration were set up on a folding table by a jeep. Baggage claim was in the basement of a shot-up, burned building to the right. Lee Marvin and Toshirô Mifune were huge hits on the island and had become very popular during the filming of Hell in the Pacific the year before.

gabf1 on May 14, 2009

is that a trabant?! a well travelled car brand...

Cinza on May 14, 2009

Trabant? Unlikely. The one on the left is a Datsun, the one that was being used by the people I was working with who met the flight. The one on the right looks almost like a sedan with a welded on pickup extension and is almost certainly one of the 1960s Japanese types.

I recall seeing nothing on the island, other than some government vehicles, that were not Japanese. I'd been familiar with those on the streets of Tokyo, but it was here that I realized they were rugged little vehicles as well.

MoMof4 on March 23, 2010

This is the greatest landmark I've seen on Panoramio...

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