Yap, 1969, Old Airport

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Cinza on June 14, 2010

This old WW II strip was the commercial strip in 1969. At that time Continental Air Micronesia flew the route with DC-6 aircraft. The buildings to the right of the pond were the terminal and support buildings at the time. The aircraft was started by a generator cart pulled by ground crew to the aircraft parked on the apron. There were remains of shot up Japanese aircraft caught on the ground in a raid on both sides of the runway and over grown protective bays with the remains of aircraft still resident.

®mene on June 14, 2010

...that looks like it is not really a touristic attraction ;)

Cinza on June 15, 2010

There were almost no tourist in Micronesia at the time. The Continental Air Micronesia service was less than a year old and I don't think there was a tourist on any leg of the flight in 1969. Philippe Cousteau and the crew for Ghost Ships of the Truk Lagoon were on the Hawaii to Truk leg and had the cargo space pretty well full. We had to get the airline president to pull a priority to get us and our much smaller cargo aboard. Tourism was actually restricted at many islands, requiring Navy approval to visit places such as Midway. I am glad I got out that way before it all changed with tourists and the real characters hanging out in the old Royal Palauan Hotel were displaced with holiday types.

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