7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4554 times:
I was never inside the old PHL overseas terminal but i was wondering a couple of things...how many gates did it have, what did it look like on the inside, was there a separate entrance to get to the overseas barn vs. the domestic terminal? I am just interested in any information anyone can share. thanks and cheers
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IADPax From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4332 times:
I went through customs there in the late 1980's after arriving on a military charter (ATA?). I don't remember much about it except the street side was kind of "barn" like-a lot of open space. One end must have been used for domestic, I remember AIG planes (yes, the car rental/insurance company) planes parked at one end.
Jetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7456 posts, RR: 49
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4289 times:
I used to fly out of the old Overseas Terminal. It was very dark, very old. It had some foriegn flags hanging from the rafters. It had a Ellis Island type customs and immigrations hall. It had one jetway for a 747. It had busgates for all others. It was closed March 1st, 1991 when Terminal A opened. It's basically been a transient line for non-contract visitors
Airlines /Aircraft that used it:
BOAC/British Airways-707/747/Tristar, PHL-LHR
Air France-707/747, PHL-CDG
Air Jamaica-DC8/727, PHL-MBJ
Pan Am-707, PHL-LHR-FRA, Charters
American Trans Air-707/727/Tristar, AMC Charters
World Airways-707/747/DC8/DC10, AMC Charters
Crownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2057 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4166 times:
Lrgt & Jetjack74,
You bring back great memories! As for the flights, the original #40/41 did start as a DC-9-30 and later went on to a combination of DC-8/727 operations. To add to the list, don't forget about the following:
Alitalia #686- DC-8 to Rome
American Flyers 727/DC-8
TransOcean/Guf Air 727/DC-8
Jet America 707
The old terminal was a large cavernous building similar to a hangar. It was open and airy. There was only one jetway on the north end. The rest of the "gates" were simply glass doors at ground level that led to the ramp. The location was the former Penna. ANG hangar that United later used. The down side to this terminal was the lack of a connection to the main terminal. Although shuttle buses connected the two, passengers resisted having to transfer their luggage on their own making connections at PHL for 20 years quite difficult. Pan Am resisted so much so that they were one of the few "International" carriers to operate from the main terminal. When the "A" terminal finally opened, it made connections at PHL much more convenient. Having flown out of this building many times in the 70's & 80's, it was quite unique as a U.S. style terminal and reminded me of older European terminals from Europe.
ARCJET From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4010 times:
I arrived at the Overseas Terminal on November 29, 1989. I came in on a Hawaiian DC-8 Military Contract Flight from Keflavik, Iceland. There were no
jetways, just the basic airstair trucks. When our DC-8 arrived and pulled up to the building, all of us departed the aircraft, went thur customs and took the shuttle back to the main terminal. I went to catch my American Airlines Flight to RDU en route to CAE.