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National B747-135s N77772 & N77773, DC-10, Bud Maytags Turbo Commander N8LB and the Francis Telesca designed National hangar
Early 1973 Sunbird Photos by Don Boyd

National B747-135's N77772 & N77773, DC-10, Bud Maytag's Turbo Commander N8LB and the Francis Telesca designed National hangar

National Airlines Base, Miami International Airport

A fairly rare shot of both of National's B747's (N77772 and N77773) in the same location, with a new DC-10 along with National Chairman Lewis B. "Bud" Maytag's Turbo Commander N8LB (parked closest to the hangar) and an unknown aircraft. The hangar was designed for two B747's and one DC-10 to be parked inside and the hangar doors can be closed behind them.

The hangar's cantilever roof is not supported by the electrically powered hangar doors; they can all be opened at the same time and the roof is supported by an 11-story office tower on the other side. This beautiful and very functional hangar was designed by my good friend Frances Telesca when he was in private practice as an architect and prior to his being hired in 1986 as the Aviation Department's Chief of Design. Frances retired in 2003 and died on December 8, 2005. The hangar is currently leased by American Airlines and they occupy a portion of the office tower on the other side.

The National B747's were sold, a year or two after this photo was taken, to Northwest Airlines and they became N620US and N621US respectively.

Why you won't see this photo on I occasionally get e-mails from aviation fans all over the world asking me why I don't post most of my old photos on

The reason is that instituted anal screening standards lacking consistency where certain favored people have inferior shots accepted while better shots from others are rejected and I don't have the time to waste manipulating photos over and over to meet their nitpicking lack of standards for everyone. I would rather get as many photos as possible up onto the net on my own site where people can find them by doing Google, Yahoo, whatever searches based on airline name, aircraft type, tail number, etc.

Instead of selecting reasons to reject a photo should be selecting reasons to accept a photo. In addition, it wasn't until 2005 or 2006 that the owner of at the time finally developed a brain and decided that he was missing out on a tremendous amount of historical photos by rejecting photos that weren't perfect in the minds of his screeners. He then changed his years-long policy and started to waive the screening standards for old photos, after rejecting them including some of mine for years. Unfortunately a number of old photographers have passed on to the big airport in the heavens and their works will never be displayed unless their heirs take the time to preserve those photos and scan them someday which is doubtful. And, also unfortunate, is that a number of still-living old photographers like me were so turned off by rejecting their current and old photos that they will never re-scan their works and resubmit to so the owners can make money from them by advertising and other means on the site.

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Sunbird Photos by Don Boyd22-Jun-2013 22:08
Thank you for writing, Martyn. I ditched them many years ago and haven't regretted it one iota because I don't have time to waste in getting my photos up onto the net. I have more than my fair share of paying customers and I'm content. They'd rather have fifty shots of the same boring X airline's 737 Nxxxxx than an aircraft not in their database. Fortunately they pulled their crap on me years ago and they will never get some of my old and best photos yet to work on or ones I've put up on this site.

I suggest that you start your own site, perhaps on Flickr which gives you an incredible amount of storage space for free or a site like this one where it only costs $23 a year for more space than I have used on this site. If you don't get your photos up on a site then Google will never find them and list them in search results for people needing a specific aircraft or airline or whatever. Good luck to you in the future!

Martyn Covey 16-Jun-2013 04:51
I just love the last paragraph "Why you won't see this photo on Airlinersnet". Last year I started uploading photos to a historically orientated organisation in England. As I visit family in Thailand regularly and spending several days photographing airliners in Bangkok, I was getting a lot of aircraft not on their site. Same thing happens to me. Good shots rejected even they are unique to their collection. I did contact them regarding the fact that it was a livery variation or first photo of that aircraft on their site, but no reply from them. Looking through their site there are many poorer photos from the favoured few that get accepted . No not sour grapes just trying to help them increase their data base. I also have thousands of photos of Australian aircraft which I was prepared to slowly upload and again some were rejected by over zealous, dare I say little Hitlers of screeners. I now keep my photos to myself, you are lucky enough to have your own site, which I am glad to of discovered.