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User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 7231 posts, RR: 7
Posted (7 years 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2313 times:

Maybe all you guys have seen these, but they were new to me--


Idlewild's original three-runway layout-- I guess the field's not open yet, but the 6/46 date is probably wrong? They can't be two years away from opening? No quonset-hut additions to the terminal building yet.


Says 6/48-- maybe that's right? 4L under construction.


Now seven runways, but 1L and 7L were never? used as runways--note the aircraft parked on the NE end of 7L, and the oil stains suggest that was usual.


Busy terminal.


Looks like PA-- is it an 049 or a 749? The markings show 31R and 25L to be 8000 ft but 19L is 6000; 4L is still under construction? In the second pic, note how close to 31R people lived (?).


LGA is busier.


Runway 36 is still open. Note the gas tank in the distance.


And one shot looking S over Flushing Airport-- note the same gas tank.


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User currently offlineAircellist From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1936 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2268 times:

So, LGA was once a four-runways aiport? Didn't know that...

Interesting to see the original layout at what is now JFK, which is a bit similar to LHR's original plan: three sets of parallel runways, terminals at the center of the field... And the evolution has been quite similar, apart from the fact that LHR is down to two main runways, whereas JFK still has two sets.

"Make the rules, But break 'em all 'cause you are the best" -Prince
User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 22177 posts, RR: 59
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2210 times:

Back in the prop days, the more runways the better, to minimize crosswind component and maximize headwind component.

Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
User currently offlineRampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3202 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2208 times:

Nice find, thanks for sharing!

Some of the archive descriptions are a little comical. But, they probably have so many to do that they have to streamline the fact-finding. The C-121 "landing at an unidentified location, possibly Staten Island".  Wink


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