Nostalgia: A story of airs and graces

Crowds say farewell to King Olav V of Norway after his state visit  in 1962

Crowds say farewell to King Olav V of Norway after his state visit in 1962

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thousands of wellwishers packed into a viewing area at the then-Turnhouse – now Edinburgh – Airport in October 1962 to bid King Olav of Norway a fond farewell at the end of his state visit to Scotland.

It has long been the scene of glitz and glamour, of arrivals and departures – and earlier this week the Evening News revealed the challenges facing the transport hub as it looks to continue its success story.

Turnhouse airport strike - Two stewardesses arrive from London

Turnhouse airport strike - Two stewardesses arrive from London

Concorde was one particularly welcome guest in 1986 when it landed to promote the Commonwealth Games with athletes Allan Wells and Tessa Sanderson on board.

Three years earlier, the airport marked the inaugural arrival of a British Midland flight, which touched down from London and was welcomed to Edinburgh by Irish comedian Frank Carson.

A fresh-faced Prince Charles was a regular passenger at the terminal in the 1960s while a pupil at Gordonstoun school in Moray.

It was all smiles in April 1976 as passengers on the first Edinburgh to London shuttle flights were piped aboard.

Allan Wells and Tessa Sanderson welcome Concorde in April 1985

Allan Wells and Tessa Sanderson welcome Concorde in April 1985

But it’s not always been happy days at the airport, as in December 1964, frustrated passengers faced delays during a 24-hour unofficial walkout by cabin staff.

That, combined with technical faults on one plane, left these commuters to wait it out in the comforts of the airport restaurant.

Frank Carson welcomes British Midland

Frank Carson welcomes British Midland