Glory Days in New York: JFK in the 1960s

The terraces at New York’s Idlewild Airport (renamed John F Kennedy International in December 1963) offered superb views of a changing era as jets supplanted propellers and a few piston-engined airliners lingered on. These images from Bob O’Brien’s collection capture a bygone era at ‘JFK’


Very few airlines served New York with the Comet, but among them was Aerolíneas Argentinas which operated the type into the airport several times a week. Comet 4C, LV-AIB, was delivered new to the airline in March 1962 and is seen in the company of a Viasa Douglas DC-8 on charter from KLM and a pair of Pan American Boeing 707s parked at the company’s World Port facility.


United Airlines Convair 340-31 Metropolitan, N73110, parked at the United terminal at Kennedy. The aircraft was later converted to a turboprop Convair 580 and delivered to the Panama Air Force in 1974 serialled FAP-206.

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