Wonderful photos that bring back the memories. I lived in Clovis, New Mexico while stationed at Cannon Air Force Base and flew both the CLV - DAL and ABQ-CLV routes in the Convair 600 of Texas Internatonal and its predecessor - Trans Texas Airlines. (It was exciting to see Texas International fly DC-9 aircraft into the 6,000 ft. runway at Clovis around 1970, I believe.)
A final memory, is that after earning a private pilot's license, my first cross-country trip with my family was to Dallas in a Piper Cherokee 140 and rather land at one of the area's general aviation airports, I chose to mix it up with the beautiful heavy jets at Love Field. The tower controller kept insisting that I maintain my cruising speed while on final as the "707" was rapidly gaining on me. When I protested, he calmly asserted, "son, you've got almost two miles of runway to slow down." After landing, I learned that I was sequenced between the Learjet belonging to James Brown (The Godfather of Soul) and a shiny silver American Airlines Boeing 707 (which you have photographed so expertly).
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