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TWA Hangar 12 At JFK: Dismantling?  
User currently offlineJetboyTWA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 388 posts, RR: 4
Posted (2 years 12 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5864 times:

I work at JFK and during my daily commute on the AirTrain, I've noticed that the Port Authority is in the process of dismantling TWA's former hangar 12 over the past week or two. The entire hangar structure is in the process of being dismantled, although the brick building with the red facade remains (as of now).

Is anyone familiar with what may be going on? Will they be razing the entire facility? I could glance inside slightly to see a giant banner commemorating TWA's 75th anniversary still hanging towards the back. Will be a shame to see this historic facility disappear...

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User currently offlinejfklganyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 3171 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (2 years 12 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5804 times:

Yeh, it is coming down.

So did the old AA hangars.

I think the triple hangars are slated to go.

Demolition has also begun on T6.

All part of the PANYNJs program to create development spaces at JFK.


User currently offlinePHX Flyer From United States of America, joined exactly 13 years ago today! , 521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 12 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 5663 times:

So sad ... the last time I was there was for TWA's 75th anniversary celebration. The hangars were open to the public and one could even enter the aircraft parked inside, including the flight deck. It seems like memories of an alternate universe nowadays.

User currently offlinemoose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2240 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (2 years 12 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5329 times:

Sad to see. My father spent 40 years working there. Every summer, growing up, he would bring me down when he was on vacation and had to pick up his paycheck. We would always take a look to see if there was anything interesting in the hangar. I still remember the first time he took me up into a 747 parked in there. It looked impossibly huge to this 10-year old.


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User currently offlineDL_Mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1907 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (2 years 12 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5306 times:

Hangar 12 is shown at the beginning of this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRUJTheYTCc



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User currently offlineslider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6660 posts, RR: 35
Reply 5, posted (2 years 12 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5266 times:

Hangar 12 became rather iconic.

It housed many management folks from TWA including SOC before it moved to STL.

Of course, no sentimental attachment can really be effective without also pointing out the rats, the leaky ceilings all over the place, the asbestos, the mustiness and general, um, squalor I suppose, of some of it.

But yeah, time marches on.


User currently offlinedbo861 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 860 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (2 years 12 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5266 times:

Quoting jfklganyc (Reply 1):
All part of the PANYNJs program to create development spaces at JFK.

Speaking of development spaces, a couple months back there was a thread about a hotel possibly getting built near T5. Is there any news about this? Maybe the the destruction of T6 will create room for this. There will be the plot of land where the old jetBlue check-in portion of T6 currently is. It has good AirTrain access.


User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2848 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (2 years 12 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5214 times:

Quoting dbo861 (Reply 6):
Maybe the the destruction of T6 will create room for this. There will be the plot of land where the old jetBlue check-in portion of T6 currently is. It has good AirTrain access.

The demolition of T6 is to make room for T5i (which has been discussed in threads on here) which will be the international wing of T5...allowing B6 to vacate operations from T4 and open the door to some of our new international friends that we signed interline agreements with (EI, LH, etc.) to possibly come over to make for easy connections.

The hotel you speak of (also discussed in many threads on here) would go up inbetween the TWA T5 and B6 T5 (inbetween the tubes, basically) IF it were to ever come to fruition.

Quoting jfklganyc (Reply 1):
I think the triple hangars are slated to go.

I really hope so. While they don't look horrible from the outside, as someone who had to go INSIDE of H3 before B6 built H81 to support R.O.N. MX, they were terrible. There are just so many buildings at JFK that need to GO AWAY. I don't care how "historic" they are (and most of them really aren't historic at all, just buildings that had normal operations in them for years and years and years), you can only keep something on life support so long before you pull the plug.

Out with the old, in with the new. Such is life, such is business, such is aviation!

~H81



"If you do not learn from history, you are doomed to repeat it"
User currently offlinetsnamm From United States of America, joined May 2005, 624 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 12 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5186 times:

Quoting B6JFKH81 (Reply 7):
There are just so many buildings at JFK that need to GO AWAY. I don't care how "historic" they are

Agreed...Hangar 7 (the old Alitalia cargo building) is a rusty mess, and Hangars 4,5,6 behind Fed Ex need to go as well....it was ironic that Cargo building 123 (AA's cargo facility) was demolished 1st and within just a few weeks, considering it was much less of an eyesore than some of these others...I assume there was much less asbestos in the structure making for a quick and easy demolition....


User currently offlinenomadic From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 415 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 12 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4826 times:

Quoting moose135 (Reply 3):
Sad to see. My father spent 40 years working there. Every summer, growing up, he would bring me down when he was on vacation and had to pick up his paycheck. We would always take a look to see if there was anything interesting in the hangar. I still remember the first time he took me up into a 747 parked in there. It looked impossibly huge to this 10-year old.

My late father also worked here for decades, in the Dispatch office. I remember visiting many times. In the hangar I climbed aborad everything from a Super-G Constellation to an L-1011. There were Christmas parties for the kids under the wing of a 707 and I even got a peek at the 767 that carried the Pope!. It will be sad to see the building go.


User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16689 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (2 years 12 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4785 times:

The Port Authority announced last April their plans to demolish several obsolete structures at JFK;

http://www.panynj.gov/press-room/press-item.cfm?headLine_id=1277

Page seven here for a complete listing of the structures:

http://www.panynj.gov/corporate-info...df/board_actions_april_29_2010.pdf



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User currently offlinerichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4199 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (2 years 12 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4768 times:

I am witness to the fact there are small bullet holes in the ceiling of Hangar 12...so the legend goes, they were put there by a disgruntled TWA mechanic who came to work to settle a score with his boss.

No idea if that is true. But sad to see a piece of history go the way of the wrecking ball, even if the building was in disrepair.



None shall pass!!!!
User currently offlineLONGisland89 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 708 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 12 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4751 times:

Quoting jfklganyc (Reply 1):
So did the old AA hangars.

AA's hangar (10) is still there and has been there since the 1960's. The building that was torn down was occupied by AA cargo.


User currently offlineIFlyTWA From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 12 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4592 times:

Sad to see it go.  

I was in the LAX TWA hangar the other day and found a remnant of the TWA days. This hangar will eventually be torn down for the LAX expansion.

The TWA logo used to be in between the pair of stripes.




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