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rare photo - September 23, 1956

Mon Feb 02, 2009 12:49 pm

September 23, 1956

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Mississippi

Re: rare photo - September 23, 1956

Mon Feb 02, 2009 12:56 pm

Just getting off the plane at Memphis with Nick Adams in the background.

Great photo.

Re: rare photo - September 23, 1956

Mon Feb 02, 2009 4:51 pm

Incredible photo!

Re: rare photo - September 23, 1956

Mon Feb 02, 2009 4:58 pm

Very nice. Thank you for posting this!

Re: rare photo - September 23, 1956

Mon Feb 02, 2009 5:13 pm

You are welcome, The fool.

Mississippi

Re: rare photo - September 23, 1956

Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:08 pm

Great picture. Thanks for sharing.

Re: rare photo - September 23, 1956

Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:29 pm

Thank you Mississippi, for that rare one
New to me
Looks like Elvis from the '50 with '70 pants :lol:
sincerely
Lior :smt006

Re: rare photo - September 23, 1956

Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:38 pm

would love to have this one

Re: rare photo - September 23, 1956

Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:24 pm

thank you Mississippi
Goodbye Ebay :mrgreen:
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Re: rare photo - September 23, 1956

Mon Feb 02, 2009 11:22 pm

GREAT photo!!! Thank you very much ::rocks

Saturday, September 22, 1956, Elvis had arrived back from Hollywood for a week's visit with his parents and to do two shows in Tupelo. He use American Airlines, Los Angeles and flew to Memphis, together with Nick Adams and Gene Smith. On this trip he used the name Clint Reno, just like the character from his last movie, Love Me Tender.

Here's another two photos:
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Re: rare photo - September 23, 1956

Mon Feb 02, 2009 11:36 pm

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He probably flew on one of these, a DC-6. I'll bet that flight took awhile

Douglas DC-6 - The Douglas DC-6 was American's answer to the Lockheed Constellations of TWA. The DC-6 proved to be an outstanding aircraft and was the backbone of the American fleet in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The DC-6 was the last piston powered aircraft American used; both passenger and cargo versions of the DC-6 served into the early 1960s.

http://www.aa.com/content/amrcorp/corpo ... raft.jhtml

Re: rare photo - September 23, 1956

Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:59 am

Real great shot.

The photo of Elvis taking a nap on the flight indicates that he took a very late flight out of Los Angeles. Probably around midnight.

In August of 1958 an American DC7 took a little more than 5 hours direct from L.A. to Dallas. Another flight took 6 hours for the same flight. Dallas-Memphis would make for another 1,5 - 2 hours.

Question is if there was a direct flight Los Angeles-Memphis back in 1956 or if he would have to switch flights in Dallas or somewhere else.

This would probably make for an arrival sometime around 10 a.m. on January 23.

Sincerely
Brian
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Re: rare photo - September 23, 1956

Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:11 am

bripet56 wrote:The photo of Elvis taking a nap on the flight indicates that he took a very late flight out of Los Angeles. Probably around midnight.

American Airlines transcontinental flights to Chicago and New York would typically depart late in the evening from LA and were operated by a DC-7 instead of DC-6's in 1956.

But since the cabin lights are still on and the curtain is open, I doubt the picture was taken around midnight (airlines normally dim the cabin lights during or after the last service round).Having spent a good deal of my time as a PIC (747) this was nornal procedure at many airlines..And the nap could also indicate that it was a very early flight. This could also explain why Elvis departs the airplane during daytime (other pic) ??

But since we don't have a copy of his flight details we can not be sure.

However, the seat (and row nr 15) seems to indicate that a coach class seat was booked for his return trip.

bripet56 wrote:In August of 1958 an American DC7 took a little more than 5 hours direct from L.A. to Dallas.

Must have included the 2 hrs time difference, or was an a -typical flight, because normal flying time with a DC-7 (avg cruising speed at 300 Kt and moderate head wind) from Los Angeles to DFW in 1956 would be less than 4 hrs

bripet56 wrote:Dallas - Memphis would make for another 1,5 - 2 hours.

Correct and of course we have to add the minimimum connection time.
it realy does not matter too much whether you fly from Memphis to DFW or to ORD, because the distance from Memphis to both places is ca the same, so it really depends on connection time, type of aircraft and availability what works out best.

Though a direct flight from Dallas to LA (DC-6) would be one hour shorter, a transcontinental flight from Chicago - Los Angeles with the newer DC-7 was more comfortable,10 % faster and safer..perhaps that was important to Elvis.

bripet56 wrote:Question is if there was a direct flight Los Angeles-Memphis back in 1956 or if he would have to switch flights in Dallas or somewhere else..

Probably there some kind of AA sponsered flights to Memphis (AA invented the codesharing flights and the "Sabre" system) but I dont' think there were any non-stop flights from Los Angeles to Memphis at the time. Quickest way was to fly thru Dallas but most comfortable way was to book the DC7 from Chicago - but it sure depended on connection times in 1956

Re: rare photo - September 23, 1956

Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:55 am

Here's a pic of a DC-7
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If I had to guess (which I am), I would say that he's getting off a DC-6, mainly because the proximity of the cabin door in the Elvis photo looks closer to the wing as on the DC-6 than the DC-7. But there really isnt enough detail in the photo to determine.

Re: rare photo - September 23, 1956

Tue Feb 03, 2009 9:08 am

JamesVRoy wrote:If I had to guess (which I am), I would say that he's getting off a DC-6, mainly because the proximity of the cabin door in the Elvis photo looks closer to the wing as on the DC-6 than the DC-7.

How can you tell (or guess) that the proximity of the cabin door in the Elvis photo looks closer to the wing as on the DC-6 than the DC-7 ?

Re: rare photo - September 23, 1956

Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:15 pm

I'm not guessing that the wing is closer to the door, I'm guessing that the plane Elvis is getting off is a DC-6.
The door on the DC-6 looks closer to the wing than the one on the DC-7 (to me from those two pictures) which looks like the same relative position of the door and wing in the photo with Elvis. The numer of windows on the planes themselves differ as do the position of the "American Airlines" relative to those. There isn't enough of those details visible in the picture with Elvis of the plane to be certain which makes it a guess.

Re: rare photo - September 23, 1956

Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:54 pm

WOW! :o Can anyone make this bigger?

Re: rare photo - September 23, 1956

Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:57 pm

sheila wrote:WOW! :o Can anyone make this bigger?


sure, this ok?
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Re: rare photo - September 23, 1956

Tue Feb 03, 2009 7:01 pm

just kidding,
This is 200% but you start to lose quality
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Re: rare photo - September 23, 1956

Tue Feb 03, 2009 8:49 pm

JamesVRoy wrote:
sheila wrote:WOW! :o Can anyone make this bigger?


sure, this ok?

Hee hee...Thanks But I was talking about the photo of Elvis getting off the plane!

Re: rare photo - September 23, 1956

Tue Feb 03, 2009 8:55 pm

sheila wrote:
JamesVRoy wrote:
sheila wrote:WOW! :o Can anyone make this bigger?


sure, this ok?

Hee hee...Thanks But I was talking about the photo of Elvis getting off the plane!



right, see above

Re: rare photo - September 23, 1956

Tue Feb 03, 2009 10:20 pm

Jesus, what a great shot!

Re: rare photo - September 23, 1956

Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:25 pm

Yes E-Cat, you're absolutely right. The flight from LAX-DFW would take approximately 3 hours and then the 2 hours time difference between Pacific and Central time would make 5 hours on the watch.

Sincerely
Brian
www.brian56.dk

Re: rare photo - September 23, 1956

Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:33 pm

JamesVRoy wrote:just kidding,
This is 200% but you start to lose quality
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Very cool shot.