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.
is that a trabant?! a well travelled car brand...
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.
This is the greatest landmark I've seen on Panoramio...
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Photo taken in Airai, Airai, Palau
Misplaced? Suggest new location