1976. President Ford disembarks at Springfield Municipal Airport. He's at the top of the stairs. Click the photo to see a larger version.
Today's visit of Vice President Joe Biden reminds us that presidential visits have changed a bunch. Time was whenever the president or vice president visited the airport crowds were able to get very close — to both the man and Air Force One.
Take a look at these photos of President Gerald Ford during a 1976 campaign stop at the airport. See how close everyone is?! These days everything is done on a remote corner of the airfield that's nowhere near the passenger terminal or the public. Over the years security has gotten tighter and tighter— especially so since September 2001.
President Ford works the crowd. The old control tower is in the background. Click image for a larger version.
70s hair anyone? The old terminal at 5000 W. Kearney is in the background. Click image for a larger version.