People are still in awe of the Concordes in late 2001 as they resume their trans-Atlantic flights, so the first one must have been an incredible sight in 1968, when this photo was taken. The Jeep appears to be a Hotchkiss JH102 (see Jeeps in France.)
See the complete photo (40K JPEG).
This dramatic view shows the Concorde rolled out of its hangar in Toulouse for the first time, for brake tests in 1967. Two Jeeps can be seen, apparently pulling generators. See a larger copy of the photo (100K JPEG).
The photos are by Jean Dieuzaide, who in his youth dreamed of becoming an airplane pilot rather than a professional photographer. One of his aviation photo accomplishments was documenting all the stages of the Concorde project. Mr. Dieuzaide died in 2003 in Toulouse, his birthplace, at the age of 82.
Here's an expanded selection of Mel Lawrence's photos from Tokyo's Haneda International Airport. Mitsubishi Jeeps have long been common at airports in Japan, as the Willys vehicles once were in North America. This Japan Airlines Douglas DC-7C(F) was attended by two CJ-3Bs, presumably Mitsubishis, in February 1961.
Another DC-7C(F), this one belonging to KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines), was caught by Mel Lawrence in March 1961, with a red CJ-3B beside the red carpet.
Mel Lawrence recalls that this Aerolineas Argentinas Comet, arriving in December 1961 on the occasion of a visit by Argentinian President Arturo Frondizi, was the first trans-Pacific flight to Tokyo by the airline. Frondizi was one of several different presidents of Argentina during the tumultuous years following the exile of Juan Perón in 1955 (shortly after Peron signed an agreement leading to the construction of the Kaiser Jeep plant in Argentina, by the way.) A "Follow Me" Jeep leads the Comet in from the runway.
Mitsubishi's newsletter Jeep News in 1956 included a photo of a Mitsubishi station wagon with an Air India Super Constellation (200K JPEG).
Tokyo photos courtesy of Mel Lawrence and Airliners.net, the largest searchable online database of aviation photos. Thanks also to Jean-Louis Martin and to Makoto Hirakawa. -- Derek Redmond
See also Airport Jeeps of the 1960s.
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