Transportation

Moveable ramp stairs
were used for all flights, at all airports. The first jetway bridge in the U.S.
was installed at San Francisco International Airport in 1959.
Moveable ramp stairs
This photo is of The Beatles' arrival in New York in 1964.

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Posted by LoyalTubist at 2:40 pm (PDT) on Wed October 5, 2016   
Growing up around San Bernardino, we used them for years at the airport at Ontario (Calif.) which was really small until it was greatly enlarged about 20 years ago. Then they got the bridges/tubes there.

I remember using stairs like this at the old Don Muang Airport in Bangkok in 1984, which I think was the last time I saw them at a major airport. It was such a long walk in that muggy heat to the terminal...
Posted by freddo30 at 11:12 am (PDT) on Wed April 20, 2016   
Sure, the tarmac ... we could also use the rear tail entrance on 727 and 737 models at least as late as '71. And the captain would offer to let you come up and check out the cockpit while on the ground, which of course I always did ... Flying is lousy now.
Posted by GlenEllyn at 5:59 pm (PDT) on Mon October 29, 2012   
Remember when you used to walk across the tarmac to get to the stairs? Life was simpler then. And more fun.

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