JetboyTWA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 382 posts, RR: 5 Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1118 times:
Growing up in St. Louis, I can say that STL was full of TWA heavies. There were always several 747s, L1011s, and 767s parked at the C-concourse. I sure do miss seeing those when I fly into STL (I go to school in Daytona Beach). STL really is a ghost-town these days.
Boeing nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1075 times:
Yea, it really has changed at STL. I remember the days of frequent heavy visits too.
Regarding the 747 photo, I didn't get one of one landing, but several years ago, a friend of mine worked for the Operations department for the airport authority. (A position that I also had recently until I was laid off, but thats another story... ) Anyways, I got permission to be in the "opposite end" approach lights. I got the most incredible shot of a rotating 747 that I have ever seen. A little biased yes, but to this day, I think it's one of the best shots of a 747 I had ever seen. The 747 used a good 9,000'+ of runway on 30L. I was so close that the wind damn near knocked me over it was so strong.
Now the sad part. I have no clue as to what I did with this photo. I had it made up onto a slide because I entered it in an Aviation Week & Space Technology photo contest.