MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6565 posts, RR: 51 Posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 11208 times:
Just curious, but did DL have the decency to put up some sort of a small display in Terminal 3 honoring Pan Am? Are there any visual reminders of the Pan Am days at JFK? You'd think the airport would have at least something for the public to look at (besides the terminal itself obviously) to bring back memories of the Clippers.
I've yet to make it to JFK but I need to get there sooner or later and take a stroll through the Pan Am Worldport.
Quite a few...A lot of the bathrooms are still in old Pan Am colors, when you are pulling up to T3 the curb on the roadway was still in Pan Am colors last time I checked, there is an old baggage belt that is no longer used near the entrance that is vintage Pan Am...
If I remember correctly, somebody said that there are still remnants in the employee locker areas....I imagine you would also find other remnants in the ground ops area.
Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter): I've yet to make it to JFK but I need to get there sooner or later and take a stroll through the Pan Am Worldport.
You definitely should...I went a little out of my way to fly from T3 a few months back and did not regret it one bit...I arrived a few hours early and just explored every corner of the terminal, sat in the rotunda during sunset having dinner while flights were leaving to all over Europe...it was fantastic
JFKLGANYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 3450 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 10780 times:
The European bank at T3 is awesome! Go visit anytime between 4 and 8 pm and you won't be disappointed. With all those planes going all over the World, the announcer with the heavy European accent, and the rotunda filled with people, the spirit of Pan Am at JFK is alive and well.
On another note, I'm pretty sure the mx hangar on the end of 13R that United uses still has a Pan Am name on top. At least it did until a few years ago.
DL4EVR From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 10705 times:
The walkway from the TSA checkpoint to the rotunda alone is historical. I feel like I'm taking a trip back into the old PanAm days (which I wasn't even alive for...) every time I walk through it. I just posted a trip report w/a few pictures of it. It's really a spectacular place.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13091 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 10576 times:
I have worked in the PanAm building (200 Park Avenue) in NY City since 1990. In a side entry lobby is a sculpure of wire suspending a globe that was a gift to Pan Am. It was retained with a sign noting the past history of the building as once the headquarters of Pan Am. I believe the website for the building also makes reference to that history.
You may also see some signs and references to Pan Am or their 'flying boat' history in parts of the Marine Ocean Terminal at LGA, used for Delta for their DCA and BOS shuttle services. that was originally built in the late 1930's for the Pan Am flying boat services, using ramps to Long Island Sound.
Continental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5517 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 10461 times:
Thanks DL4EVR for the pictures. I was actually in T3 in December 2004 when I was flying in from MSP on Sun Country. I remember walking into the terminal (took a long time to walk from the aircraft to the terminal because the jetway/walk-in area is VERY long) and agreeing with my family that this place was a dump. I specifically remember the narrow corridors and blue tile in the bathrooms and walkways. I would have appreciated it A LOT more if I had know it was old Pan Am stuff. Regardless, on the way back I had time to just look around the terminal and enjoyed it very much. Hopefully I can go back and visit soon!!
RJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 10447 times:
Quoting Panamair (Reply 4): The actual name plaque (or whatever you call it) has been removed, but you still see the imprint of the PAN AM name there...
Yeah, I remember being sad when they took it down...You can still barely see the PAN AM imprint when you are driving into JFK from the Belt Parkway but I imagine it will be completely gone as nature kicks in...
Clipper002 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 679 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 10372 times:
I have some very, very vivid memories of that old building. I spent the first 21 years of my 41 year career in aviation at the Worldport and its predesesor, the UTB. IN fact that's where I met my wife who also worked for Pan Am. I've only been back once since leaving in '85 and I'd probably get lost getting around the field these days, so much has changed.
Panamair From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 4898 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 10323 times:
Quoting Clipper002 (Reply 10): I've only been back once since leaving in '85 and I'd probably get lost getting around the field these days, so much has changed.
Actually, you'd be surprised how much the place HAS NOT changed. Of course DL has spruced up the departures area quite a bit and the post-9/11 security set-up has really messed with the building's interior asthetic, but basically many things are still the same. The gate numbers have changed (to be a bit more logical). For example, during the PA days, Gate 1 started with the Worldport extension building (starting with the 747-capable gates) whereas Gate 1 now starts with the first gate in the Worldport rotunda area. Gates 1-7 in the old days is basically Gates 4-10 today. Gates 10-12 are now Gates 12, 14, 15.
Gunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3503 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 10294 times:
The only time I flew into JFK (1999) it didn't occur to me to look for anything like that (I probably wouldn't have noticed anyways), but I can remember there being a few PanAm baggage carts lurking around the terminal at SEA during the late 1990s.
HAVIK747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 10272 times:
FYI the SFO Airport Museum is currentlly having a display on Pan American .... very nice if I say so! And the old Pan American logo is still visable on the old Pan Am offices in Honolulu! Sure do miss the Clippers!
Aviateur From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1352 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 9592 times:
Quoting JFKLGANYC (Reply 3): The European bank at T3 is awesome! Go visit anytime between 4 and 8 pm and you won't be disappointed. With all those planes going all over the World, the announcer with the heavy European accent, and the rotunda filled with people, the spirit of Pan Am at JFK is alive and well.
You know, nobody is a bigger aero-romantic than I am, but the old Pan Am Worldport is a disgrace. It's filthy, dungeonous, and ludicrously undersized for the number of passengers DL funnels through there. The lower-level immigration facilities are the worst of any airport in North America, and during the afternoon departure push the check-in lines become truly unbearable.
DL finally got smart and moved its BizElite check in to Terminal 2, but up until recently even premium pax were forced to deal with those horrendous lines.
Worst of all, you can't plane-spot from the roof anymore. When I was in eighth grade, a friend and I made a pilgrimage to the Worldport all the way from Boston for a day of planespotting. It was 1979. I remember an Iran Air 747 docked at one of the PA gates.
Turpentyine From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 8738 times:
Quoting Aviateur (Reply 14): You know, nobody is a bigger aero-romantic than I am, but the old Pan Am Worldport is a disgrace. It's filthy, dungeonous, and ludicrously undersized for the number of passengers DL funnels through there. The lower-level immigration facilities are the worst of any airport in North America, and during the afternoon departure push the check-in lines become truly unbearable.
I agree a hundred percent. The main international check in area in the back has the line stretching outside almost all the way to the bottom of the hill during peak hours. Every few days somebody faints in that line because of the unbearable summer heat, and then there is fist fights between passenegers...
The way Delta is managing the place is a disgrace. If I was a passenger going through there during the peak hours I would never fly the airline again after that experience.
Speaking of Pan Am. On top of the closed roof parking lot there is a huge sign that says Welcome to Pan Am World Port.
LHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 8564 times:
The Worldport is my favorite airport terminal ever, and I am a total terminal junkie. I love the haphazard nature of the structure, built while folks were just getting a feel for the Jet Age, and expanded when people were just learning how to deal with widebodies. I love those little niches into which the PA 747s would poke their noses, and the short jetways that mated so perfectly with the big jumbos.
Some of my earliest and greatest aviation memories were of that terminal. It's probably coming to the end of its useful life, but it'll always be surrounded by blue and white in my memories.
"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
Tbear815 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 704 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 8534 times:
Quoting Jetdeltamsy (Reply 15): There is very little, if any reference to PanAm in the Delta Worldport.
It is perfectly normal and acceptable for one company to eliminate reference to the brand they have purchased and integrated into their system.
Nostalgia is fine, but it's hardly an ethical requirement for an acquiring company.
It's understood that when DL acquired PA, PA had horrible management. But PA's legacy is something DL could have gracefully and stylistically incorporated in their marketing. To create new, we must learn from the old. Now look where DL is. They once had a wonderful reputation. With DL, PA, and WA all mixed up, the whole thing seems messed up.
Management styles and philosophies change. But why is it that the airlines are so full of illogical actions? I've only flown into the Worldport when it was PA. Never flew out (other carriers) and haven't been there since it was PA. What a shame that such evolution happens. Oh well, whatever....