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User currently offlineSTLtrojan From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 5 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4437 times:

this is for all the TWAer's.
I am going to be building a model of Terminal 3 at LAX and wanted to know from the TWA experts or LAX experts how different was TWA's gate/parking than the current gate/parking setup. I have an overhead/google earth photo of T3 and some airliners.net phots of T3 which are recent. I have George Cearley's TWA book and the LAX diagram is from the early jet age. Does anyone have a diagram or photo's of T3 when TWA was using the majority of the terminal? In my LAX visits I flew in and out of both gates 35 and 34 so there location in current photos makes sense to me. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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User currently offlineWesternDC1010 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 332 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4227 times:

Wow! I'd love to see the model when you are finished with it. It sounds like it would be pretty great!

Here's some that's on the net:



I know I saw something on the net a while back that had information regarding Terminal 3 in the 1960's and 1970's. Let me look high and low and I'll hopefully have an answer for you shortly. Unless someone else beats me to the punch.

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User currently offlineSevenHeavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1193 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 4186 times:

I will have to check the gate numbering but here's what I know.

The B747's always went from the northerly gates (the LHR flight was nearly always where the Sun Country model is on the link above).These gates were by far the most widely used but also the westerly gates were used for L1011, B767/B727/MD80.

TWA did not use the gates on the east side of the terminal very much. Originally the whole terminal was utilised but as their operation shrank they leased out more and more, particularly to AS, and to a lessor extent, TZ.

I'll see if I can get some more specific information.


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User currently offlineSTLtrojan From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 4036 times:

thanks for the help, actually last night I found some old satellite photos of LAX, it's an overlay for google earth, pretty interesting. if you go to the external links area they have a history if LAX from 1938-1992


User currently offlineWesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5778 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 3897 times:

If you watch Commando with Arnold Schwarzenegger, you can see TWA parking an L-1011 and 747SP on the west gates.

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User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 29181 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 3845 times:

One the biggest differences between the current set up and that prior is the splitting of many of the westside gates by Alaska airlines.

As I recall there were only about 3-4 gates where today AS has 6+ narrow body ones.

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