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User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 4 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1624 times:

When i was in TPA this past week i noticed that there is some type of building being built off of the A concourse (if you look out the side that Continental is on there is a smaller building just across the way...)...anyone know what that is?


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User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6456 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1592 times:

According to our TPA tour guide, its a new fire station.





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User currently offlineFutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1552 times:

That was the new Fire house that is over on that side. Remember Ozell. We couldn't get over there to see it.



Sean from MCO



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User currently offlineSWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 34
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1543 times:


That dinky little building is going to be a fire station?

We are all curious at work what that thing is.

SWA TPA



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User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1497 times:

interesting...btw...how old is the terminal A? I noticed that it seems rather "new."


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User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6456 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1489 times:

It was either 1994 or 1995. Can't remember which one.

From what I've heard, Continental was dragged kicking and screaming over there.



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User currently offlineMarkTpa From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 97 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1479 times:

The building off the side of Airside A is going to be a new Fire Station. It has been under construction for quite sometime. I have been told by the workers that it is due to be completed sometime before the end of the year.
We used to do our morning run-ups with our tail to that open area, and now we have had to move out on taxiway N holding short of C, can't blast the workers!


User currently offlineTristarenvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1460 times:

Yeah, "A" was new in 94-95. Loved it. Back in those good old pre-9/11 days, one could go have a hot dog and watch planes.

My favorite terminal, was "B". I watched 'em tear the old place down.



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User currently offlineTLHFLA From United States of America, joined May 2003, 593 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1452 times:

It was either 1994 or 1995. Can't remember which one. From what I've heard, Continental was dragged kicking and screaming over there.

It opened in March 1995. I remember American was supposed to move to Airside A to give USAirways room to expand at Airside F. AA even contributed to the design the facility. I guess they managed to get out of the move somehow.



Bill in ATL
User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1432 times:

Are they "remodeling" all of the terminals/concourses?


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User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6456 posts, RR: 20
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1416 times:

Are they "remodeling" all of the terminals/concourses?


Well not to get picky,  Laugh out loud

but it's one TERMINAL connected by monorail to five AIRSIDES


Airside B is now a sorting facility

Airside C is being totally rebuilt and will open in 2005

Airside D will be torn down after C opens

Airside E is brand new

So, the only Airside that would probably need an update would be F.



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User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1394 times:

same difference  Big thumbs up It seems however, that most of the new airports being built/remodeled are being constructed as "midfield" terminals.


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User currently offlinePhatfarmlines From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1359 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1377 times:

Several questions too add to this discussion:

1)Is this new fire station near Airside A a move to consolidate the ARFF operations?

2) [unrelated to the topic] Is the tram rail tracks that used to connect to Airside B still present?



User currently offlineFL1TPA From United States of America, joined May 2004, 258 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1364 times:

Back when E was still standing but not in use, a friend and I went "exploring" by walking from the terminal to the airside between the shuttle tracks. This was at night when the construction crews had gone home. The design was REALLY funky. The concourse itself sat on the 3rd floor and all jetways were on the 2nd. Each jetway was served by an escalator that, during arrival, went up and, during boarding, went down. Elevators were also provided to assist W/C pax. The nose of the A/C would be under the overhang of the concourse. Built in 1971 before security screening was mandatory for all departures, the security checkpoint was very much an afterthought - it was literally crammed between the shuttle lobby and windows. It was kind of weird to see airline signs still on the gate podiums, covered in dust, for Kiwi, Continental, and National.

I was happy to have seen it before its demise.



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User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6456 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1356 times:

1)Is this new fire station near Airside A a move to consolidate the ARFF operations?

2) [unrelated to the topic] Is the tram rail tracks that used to connect to Airside B still present?



1. I thought I she told us that the west station would be demolished when the new runway was built, but I'm not positive.

2. Yes









We covered a lot in this thread from December:
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1306113/6/



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User currently offlineLGA777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1149 posts, RR: 19
Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1354 times:

FL1TPA, that was pretty daring of you, but I am glad you got to experience the original Airside E as it was a very unique Terminal. Back in the mid 70's National had a large operation in Airside E, about 35-45 flights a day, about 1/3 of which were DC-10's plus the occasional 747-135 ! The 10's actually nosed in under the terminal, with a great view from the third or departure level. About the front 2/3's of the forward or First Class cabin was actually under the terminal ! Could not find any great shots to explain but the below should give you the idea.


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Photo © Frank J. Mirande
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Photo © Frank J. Mirande



Thank you Mr. Mirande for uploading those classic shots ! I only have Kodak instamatic snap shots from that era, but I do have Super 8 silent movies I hope to transfer to DVD someday of the great traffic TPA had in 1970's. Lots and lots of Widebodies !


LGA777


User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6456 posts, RR: 20
Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1349 times:

I only have Kodak instamatic snap shots from that era, but I do have Super 8 silent movies I hope to transfer to DVD someday of the great traffic TPA had in 1970's. Lots and lots of Widebodies !



LGA777, sign me up for a copy.  Big thumbs up



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User currently offlineTristarenvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (10 years 4 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1297 times:

Count me in, too, LGA777!

My first flight to TPA was into good old "E" in the late summer of 1979. On a National DC-10, too!

I remember walking to catch a flight in the early 90's, and there was a Russian aircraft(possibly an IL-62)parked in one of the gates. The bird wasn't Aeroflot, and I'd never heard of the airline. No one was around the gate, and I thought about wandering up the jet way to peek in, but a couple of airport cops gave me the evil eye when I headed towards the gate. Wish I'd had a camera.



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User currently offlineFL1TPA From United States of America, joined May 2004, 258 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 4 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1274 times:

LGA777,

Sneakin' around the abandoned Airside E was fun as hell! I even got a transparency that is one of the old "You Are Here" directories. I peeled off the black tape they used to cover airlines that were no longer at TPA and discovered "Air Aruba" "Valujet" and "Eastwind." That poster remains one of the most valuable items in my collection. My friend wanted the metal gate sign for "GATE 69" but was too much of a chicken sh** to carry it out through the terminal!

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User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (10 years 4 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1261 times:

Gate "69" is cool  Big thumbs up


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User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6456 posts, RR: 20
Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1253 times:

Aw yes....gate 69.

The only airline I remember in Gate 69 was Republic. Maybe CO Ex too



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User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (10 years 4 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1250 times:

Doesn't DTW have "69?"  Big thumbs up


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User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6456 posts, RR: 20
Reply 22, posted (10 years 4 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1250 times:

Doesn't DTW have "69?"


You lost me dude.  Nuts He he



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User currently offlineFL1TPA From United States of America, joined May 2004, 258 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 4 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1247 times:

Looks like in TPA Delta's got the new 69 goin' pretty good!

Uh...

Gate 69 that is, with the planes and the people and such.

*cough* *cough*

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