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User currently offlineKCmike From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 537 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 6573 times:

I did a search, couldnt find anything regarding the topic. I used to visit MCI all the time when TWA was there. Since TWA has left, what has become of the facility they had there? Does AA use it now?

Thanks,
Mike


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User currently offlineRamerinianair From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 6545 times:

I only know a little bit but, I will ask my grandfather for more info. He was w/ TW mx in LGA and JFK.
They used to have their hub there but moved to St. Louis in the 80s-i think 80s. Anyway, they had a state of the art mx facility there and quite a few flights even though it wasn't a "hub". They did a lot of overhaul work at MCI. I think that they had simulators too.
-SR



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User currently offlineN867BX From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 339 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 6535 times:

Last time I flew to MCI was on Braniff International. I bet you could spot tumble weeds quicker than airplanes nowadays.

User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 6431 times:

That great big hanger and complex across the field toward the east of the C terminal building(NW, CO) was the TWA maintenance center. Its now AA but bets are AA will pedal it off within the next three or four years. The state of Missouri gave AA some great incentives to keep it open but does AA NEED it is another topic.

safe



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User currently offlineTWAAF9 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6346 times:

Don't forget there's also the former TWA Administration Building on the east side of I-29 right across from the overhaul base--called KCAC (Kansas City Adminsitrative Center) that housed employee benefits, telemail (tickets by mail), and who knows what else. The last time I drove by it was up for sale. About 500,000 square feet of office space...any takers?  Smile


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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6340 times:

Did TWA still have that F/A training center (Breen?) off Nall in Mission KS, or did they get rid of it? I remember when they were building the thing back in 1969 or so...

User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6320 times:

Yeah they did, OPNLguy. Lamar and old US 50 or 63street.
It was opened in the 60's and I believe closed in the eighties sometime.
The buildings are still there but not linked to any airline. I don't know what it is now.
ALSO only a quarter mile away across the four-lane to the north was offices for Vanguard although not at the same time TWA had their complex.
safe



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User currently offlineRogerThat From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 566 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6226 times:

Was there a pilot training facility in KC? I believe it was named for former TWA president Jack Frye.

Does anyone know what happened to it?


User currently offlineILSApproach From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 6129 times:

I remember sitting in the C terminal waiting for my MCI-MSP flight in 1996 ...........looking across the field over towards the TWA hangar......a couple of 747's and a bunch of DC9's sitting there!

For some reason I never took a pic (probably due to distance)......sure wish I would have!! I like others thought the airline would be around forever.

Mike @ MSP


User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16862 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 6063 times:

I found this after doing a search..

http://www.gaco.com/02aps_06pfr_ch1.html



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User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4896 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 6005 times:

As a semiannual visitor to KC, and as someone who for some reason always land next to that base, it's now AA. Usually you'll see some 757's and MD-80's, and if you're lucky, bigger stuff Big grin


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User currently offlineMdl21483 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5918 times:

Having lived in KC for a number of years, I kept track of the events involving the merger and such. Still have the articles from the KC Star in a box somewhere... AMR Corp did inherit the base, which was at the time to be used for heavy maintence purposes(D checks I assume) for anything from their F100s up to the 772s. I did see a few silver birds over on the ramp, one of which was a 772 in the bay, however that was back in the early 2000s. Since then economics have changes quite a bit, so owning anything is expensive. The KC maintence base has been on the chopping block before, as was the STL hub several times, as was the hundreds of ex TWA workers that were axed a few months after the merger completed.

Honestly, AMR should have kept TWA around as a wholy owned seasonal/charter subsidary. As for the maintence base, contracting out to other airlines will help out for a bit.

~Mel~



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User currently offlinePilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3150 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5815 times:

AA just announced they're laying off a ton of mechanics at MCI and STL effective 12/3. I recall it's about 150 here at STL and around 400 at MCI. All are ex-TWA.

The last I heard, they were upgrading the old MD-80s with new EFIS systems at STL and MCI. I guess they're finished with that or they canned the program again. It's been an on and off thing for about 2 years.



DMI
User currently offlineKkfla737 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1033 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 5721 times:

TWA reduced its presence in Kansas City around 1983. I was wondering if they made some sort of deal with Eastern? Eastern began their KC hub in late 1983, abondoned St Louis as a connecting city completely leaving it to TWA and Ozark, and at about the same time TWA and EA linked up their FF programs for a while? WAs this all just coincidence?

User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 14, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 5701 times:

I interviewed with TWA at the KCAC back in early 1981. They came to my junior college (Mt SAC in Walnut, CA) to recruit reservationists. We did the interview testing and physicals at the KCAC. TWA gave us passes to fly LAX-MCI for the interview. The eastbound portion was on a 707 (a rather empty flight), my only ride on a 707.

Was one of the three of us (out of fifteen in my group) who got hired. Couldn't complete the training due to college commitments.


Tom at MSY



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User currently offlineIlsapproach From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 5660 times:

Very, very sad indeed! One of my favorite airlines!

Mike @ MSP


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User currently offlineMdl21483 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 5628 times:

"AA just announced they're laying off a ton of mechanics at MCI and STL effective 12/3. I recall it's about 150 here at STL and around 400 at MCI. All are ex-TWA."

Looks like they're getting rid of ALL the ex TWA staff  Sad A few more years of layoffs, and there will be noone left from TWA. Pretty disgraceful to have killed such a passionate Airline in such a way. Whats worse is how they repeatedly promised to keep them as part of the "family," Only to be backstabbed right after things were all said, done, and set in stone. Forget USAir, Hawaiian, and United workers protesting, Ex TWA members need to protest and get their airline back!

~Mel~



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User currently offlineGoingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 16
Reply 17, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 5589 times:

Did TWA still have that F/A training center (Breen?) off Nall in Mission KS, or did they get rid of it? I remember when they were building the thing back in 1969 or so...

It's not TWA anymore - the complex is used by Waddell and Reed investments.


User currently offlineElwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 5584 times:

Last time I flew to MCI was on Braniff International. I bet you could spot tumble weeds quicker than airplanes nowadays.

We don't get tumbleweeds in Missouri. And you'd be surprised how busy the airport is, even now that NJ is gone...

Don't forget there's also the former TWA Administration Building on the east side of I-29 right across from the overhaul base--called KCAC (Kansas City Adminsitrative Center) that housed employee benefits, telemail (tickets by mail), and who knows what else. The last time I drove by it was up for sale. About 500,000 square feet of office space...any takers?

Last time I drove by (almost a year ago) there were people inside. Perhaps the last vestiges of the TW crew there, perhaps new tenants...?

Did TWA still have that F/A training center (Breen?) off Nall in Mission KS, or did they get rid of it? I remember when they were building the thing back in 1969 or so...

That was replaced with a facility on airport grounds which later became HQ for Vanguard, and is now the TSA offices. Last time I drove by, there was still some NJ equipment parked outside. Again, that was a year ago...



As for the facility, if I recall AA only wanted to keep it open because it could handle doing a D-check of a 777 (or MD-11, if they'd still had them) from inside the facility, something that their Tulsa facility wasn't constructed to do.

I also remember one of their PR people "promising" that they wouldn't change the old TWA logo on the face of the building. That lasted...

Ah, well....



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User currently offlineMoman From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1054 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (9 years 9 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5467 times:

I am saddened to hear they (AA) are laying off more ex-TWA people.

AA entered into a (IIRC) 25 year lease with the state of MO and Kansas City for the maintenance base at MCI. AA has three bases, DFW, TUL, and MCI (former TWA). It was obvious to all which one would be shut down as AA kept saying they only needed two.

The state of Missouri pretty much paid AA to keep the MCI base open, and they agreed to it. And now they are laying off many of the workers there. What a suprise?

It kind of pisses me off that my home state has paid so much money to a company to keep operating there and then they take the money and run. No wonder Gov. Holden (who I despise greatly) turned down a subsidy deal with AA that would have kept the STL hub largely intact.

STL maintenance base was only around to move the TWA MD83 cockpits over to the AA super 80 standard; supposedly TWA had the switches the opposite way.

Good luck to all of you at MCI & STL.

Moman

[Edited 2004-12-02 00:31:51]


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