Unique images from olden day Kano and Lagos airports

A couple of early and unique images (click here to see the whole set) of Kano and Lagos airports emerged on the net. The images are part of a collection formed by a former Nigeria Airways’ station manager at Lagos and Kano (1957-1968). The third picture shows Friendship 7, the capsule in which the first American, John Glenn, orbited the earth in 1962. The spacecraft was also displayed at Lagos during a global tour, called the ‘fourth orbit of Friendship 7’.

Picture of Kano Airport in 1958 (copyright Jaycee 1)

Picture of Kano Airport in 1958 (copyright Jaycee 1)

West African Airways Corporation - DC 3 arriving at Kano Airport in 1959 (copyright Jaycee1)

West African Airways Corporation – DC 3 arriving at Kano Airport in 1959 (copyright Jaycee1)

Scan of a postcard showing West African Airways Corporation's headquarters at Lagos Airport, 1961

Scan of a postcard showing West African Airways Corporation’s headquarters at Lagos Airport, 1961 (copyright Jaycee 1)

McDonnell capsule No. 13 at Lagos Airport in 1962 as part of a global tour, popularly known as the 'fourth orbit of Friendship 7' (copyrigt Jaycee 1)

McDonnell capsule No. 13 at Lagos Airport in 1962 as part of a global tour, popularly known as the ‘fourth orbit of Friendship 7’ (copyrigt Jaycee 1)

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3 responses to “Unique images from olden day Kano and Lagos airports”

  1. LAF says :

    A surprising aerospace history refresher.

    The real Kano on a beuatiful moning. They sure don’t build them like this anymore. See it here in living colour https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=427430493983752&set=pb.308681192525350.-2207520000.1362487147&type=3&theater (thank you ebay ;-).

    The charm, warmth, friendliness, like living abroad or better. You can find some great video footage on old documentaries in which the airport features.
    There was a Mr Thomas, the airport manager there during the first wave of airport development in the 1970s. He seemed to be a nice guy and well spoken of. More info is welcome if you anyone has it.

    Now what also needs to surface are good photos of the Ikeja Airport building before the fire.That was no mean structure itself. Build quality all the way. It’s also interesting to notice the contrasts with photos of public, and particularly aviation facilities before militarization put a spanner in the works. To the members based at KAN, try and see if you can arrange clearance or rely on wit to get similar airport sots of Kano now. We’ll be ready when you have the images.

    Is the Airways House still in use today? It should be to the country roughly hat the Pan Am building in Manhattan. There was the old Pan Am office in the Domestic area in Ikeja. Any history on how it closed will be nice to have.

    Tips: Ebay is currently advertizing 1941 Pan Am fares to Lagos.

    http://www.ebay.nl/itm/PAN-AMERICAN-AIRWAYS-PRICE-LIST-FIRST-FLIGHTS-1941-GAMBIA-NIGERIA-CONGO-/350728717015?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item51a90f82d7

    WAAC and WT delectable collectables just never stop showing up. It looks like it needs to be kept under close surveillance as only yesterday, there was a cool sticker with the landscap Skypower log, It’s already gone but fortunaltely was saved in time.

    http://www.ebay.nl/itm/BDFL-1301-Bierdeckel-mat-coaster-Fluglinie-Airline-Airways-WAAC-Nigeria-/310606678013?pt=Reklame_Werbung&hash=item485199c7fd

    Only 10 days until te 34th aniinversary for LOS/LAIA. Doing some cooking for new content for the Forum. Squawk if there are suggestions or ideas for content that will help enrich the cultural, historical, tech, the future, everything is welcome.

    Project WT55 is also in works for later in the year. Still a lot of ground work needed but progressing.

    Squawk to los.airportforum@gmail.com, http://www.facebook.com/lagosairportforum or lagosairportforum@facebook.com and lastly on twitter @LOS_Airport.

    V1

  2. Virginia tevendale says :

    Thsnkyou so much for these. I was born in Kano in 1962, my father was a meteorologist at both Kano and Lagos airports..did you know any one there at that time?

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