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Any US Airports That Still Have 70s/80's Terminals  
User currently offlineUSAir_757 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 996 posts, RR: 8
Posted (15 years 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3287 times:

I want to know if there are any airports in the USA that have 70s/80s style terminals that have yet to updated but haven't yet. If so then when are they to be updated. I want to get to one before it is updated and take alot of photos of the terminal.


-Cullen Wassell @ MLI | Pentax K5 + DA18-55WR + Sigma 70-300 DL Macro Super
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User currently offlineB-787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 274 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (15 years 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3181 times:

Portions of LAX terminals like the satellite portion of the patially updated terminal 6 and the gate area of terminal 2.

User currently offlineUSAir_757 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 996 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (15 years 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3157 times:

Any others? any in the eastern USA?

-Cullen Wassell @ MLI | Pentax K5 + DA18-55WR + Sigma 70-300 DL Macro Super
User currently offlineOozabooza From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3140 times:

memphis, memphis, memphis, and parts of detroit!

User currently offlineSammyk From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1696 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (15 years 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 3110 times:
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Newark is all 70s, or earlier. Well, except for the Terminal C fingers which are 80s or later.

Terminal C is getting a new section of terminal, they recently built (1996) an International Arrivals Building at Terminal B. Other new things are Parking Decks at Terminal C and Lot E, and a new Tower.

Oh, and the Monorail is relatively new, but the airport was built with it in mind.


User currently offlineBobo2196 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (15 years 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 3085 times:

Detroit is possibly the most old and outdated airport of them all!! The concourses are small and narrow, and hell (when two DC-10 and one 747 flights are at three gates right next to each other). Hopefully the new terminal will be better..

Catch The Spirit

User currently offlineTrvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (15 years 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 3057 times:

Go to SAN. All of the terminals except the terminal 2 extension were built in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. In the old part of terminal 2, I bet a tall person could even touch the ceiling!

Aaron G.

User currently offlinePlanenutz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (15 years 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 3045 times:

I agree Detroit Metro's non-Northwest terminal is very retro 60's/70's.

sacramento's Terminal 2 is as well.

User currently offlineJrlander From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (15 years 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 3038 times:

Kansas City International has not been updated since it was constructed in the late 1970's. It has a wood and concrete interior.

Also, most of Salt Lake City still dates to the Western Airliners era. Delta has done some improvements, but the city is currently building a new terminal, so I wouldn't expect to see too much.

User currently offlineUNDpilot From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (15 years 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 3028 times:

The end of the A concorse at Seattle-Tacoma is pretty old. This is home to the TWA flights. The rest of SEA is prettty nicde with the recently renovated North and South Sattelites.


User currently offlineI_4Got_My_Name From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (15 years 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 3024 times:

Houston Hobby!!!!! Go To The Section Sowthwest Is At And You Can Even See Lines For The Bathroom. Not To Mention The Walkways Are VERY VERY Narrow!!!! Thank God We Just Had A 15Min Stop There!!!!!!

User currently offlineLax2000 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 541 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (15 years 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 3019 times:

How about the TWA terminal at JFK. Beautiful 60's architecture. Also Dulles and Lambert in St. Louie!


User currently offlineNYC Int'l From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (15 years 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 3017 times:

Almost every Major Airport in The United States does.


User currently offlineTWA902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3160 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (15 years 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 3018 times:

IAD's main terminal is 60's, but it looks really awsome, doesnt need to be updated.

ORD (where i live) both Terminals 2 and 3 are vwey 70's and are cramped. American is doing some work on concourse G in terminal 3 right now, Delta is doing some work in the L concourse on terminal 3. Other than that, its pretty old. UA updated its Terminal 1 like 10 years ago, but its starting to look like shit. sorry.


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User currently offlineUALfa@jfk From United States of America, joined May 2000, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (15 years 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 3003 times:

DTW's A & B concourses (non NWA gates) gives you the best feel of 60's nostalgia in all of the U.S. --Coming off of a flight and walking through the concourse, you'd swear you're about to see a bunch beehive hairdos, go-go boots, hippies, and the Supremes all in line to board a TWA DC8.

I love it!

User currently offlineHermansCVR580 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 516 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (15 years 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 3000 times:

Try MKE most of the terminals there were built in the 60's or 70's.

Northwest's terminal is the former North Central terminal and the concourse was built in 1970. This terminal is a big circle but has a really sharpe design to it. I think Northwest may have made some improvements to it I forgot what it looked like when North Central/Republic used it.

The concourse where United and a few MWE gates are were built in 1967. The walls have been redone and the waiting areas have been updated somewhat.

The last concouse was built in 1977 I think its the former Eastern, Ozark and Midstate terminal. I don't think any areas of this terminal have had any improvements other than new carpeting.

The right decision at the wrong time, is still a wrong decision. "Hal Carr"
User currently offlineVersabob From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 9 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (15 years 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2969 times:

Most of the gates at San Jose CA (SJC) terminal C do not have jetways as of July 2000. Passengers walk out on the apron, and climb portable or, for MD8/9X, front stairs extending from the aircraft. In some cases, passengers need to walk around the wing tips to use the rear stairway. For a city which claims to be "capitol of Silicon Valley", this situation is astonishing behind the times. For persons interesting in airplanes, airlines, and their history, it's kinda cool.

User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7856 posts, RR: 14
Reply 17, posted (15 years 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2954 times:

At least the last time I was at ORD, 1994 I think (yes that was a long time ago) Terminal Two still had linoleum floors and those ugly molded plastic seats in the waiting area, and the aging suspending ceiling panels and awful flourscent lights.

TWA902fly... I don't know how you can call United's terminal one sh!t. The openess of the place... you could land a Cessna in the center walkway area, the brightness, the tasteful colors of the tile, the classical Victorian railway styling of the exposed steel. I remember going there when I was 7 years old and staring in awe at a DC-10 parked on the C concourse as we came out of the tunnel. (to a 7 year old it was BIG).

Also.. terminal 2 at Sky Harbor is actually a GOOD piece of 60's architecture. I don't think there ever has been any major remodles there. Each airline has updated their own gate areas. Though as late as 1993 or 94 USair still had some gate signs in the old old colors, from the days after they changed from Alleghany.

Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
User currently offlineFLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (15 years 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2958 times:

Don't even bother with TWA902FLY--every comment coming out of his mouth is anti-this and anti-that...I try no to take 5 year-olds seriously.

To the topic--
Like someone else said, SMF's Terminal "B" is the perfect example of a 60's-era terminal. Original signage, floors, ceilings, shoot--even the JETWAYS date back from the 60's!!

F L Y 7 7 7 U A L

User currently offlineDSMav8r From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 579 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (15 years 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2941 times:

Definetely DSM... The Bee Gee's start playing in my head everytime I walk in there. But at least they repainted the outside from "disco blue" to beige.

To most people, the sky is the limit. To those who love aviation, the sky is home
User currently offlineABQ757 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (15 years 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2931 times:

ABQ. Not the A and B concourses, but the long lost C Gates which are no longer used. TWA used to use the C Gates until the late 80's and the area still has the 70's/80's motif. If you can get up there it is a sight if you want to remember the 70's/80's. If you're ever at ABQ, go to the ticketing level and keep heading towards the west end and it will keep getting older and older, then take the escalator (very 70'ish) up to the C Gates if it isn't barcaded.

User currently offlineBlink182 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 5493 posts, RR: 14
Reply 21, posted (15 years 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2926 times:

in terminal A and C and maybe E at DFW, they have those tight "bucket" molded seats, i have been dying for those to get taken out and get some real seats in there.

Give me a break, I created this username when I was a kid...
User currently offlineI_4Got_My_Name From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (15 years 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2912 times:

Term 2 @ PHX Is Great!!!!
I Love It!!!!!
I Would Rather Fly Out Of The Then 3 Or 4 Becuase The Are Very Few People In There & That Makes It Great!!!!

User currently offlineTULLAMARINE From Australia, joined exactly 16 years ago today! , 1735 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (15 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2896 times:

I flew ORD-LGA last December and it appeared to me that the UA terminal at LGA may predate 1970. I was amazed how antoiquated the place was. Compared to ORD and other airports I have visited around the world it was vintage 60's. UA's Red Carpet lounge in LAX was a bit of a 70s throwback with some truly awful yellow furniture.

User currently offlineN202PA From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1563 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (15 years 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2884 times:

Try CVG's older two concourses, terminals 1 & 2...they're *very* old, dark, and cramped in the 70s style, especially 1. Moreover, the most annoying thing about the place is that the connecting walkways between the terminals have full-size windows facing the parking garage...but only floor-level windows facing the airfield. What? How does that make [i]any[/i] sense?

Also, Cleveland Hopkins is sort of retro-70s in form, except that it looks pretty darn good. I'm assuming it has seen extensive renovation in recent years. However, the reason I say it's retro-70s in form is because the concourses are rather cramped, the food and merchandise selections are slim, and if you look, you can see various old hangars on the airfield, including a NASA one! It's a nice airport, but it desperately needs some expansion.

The observation deck is a nice touch, though! Peeling floor surface and all...  

25 Ab.400 : Detroit´s International terminal is left like it was set up in the early 70´s. Even a Space-Invader video-game can still be played there. But it was
26 ILUV767 : I agree with Fly777Ual on with Sacremento's terminal. But what about the north (United Airlines)Terminal in SFO. It looks old, and feels sort of dirty
27 RayChuang : All I know is that SMC's new terminal is quite stunning and beautiful. As for SFO's North Terminal, which is used by UA--I believe that there are plan
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