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.
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.
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.