Skydrol From Canada, joined Oct 2003, 972 posts, RR: 10 Posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2953 times:
Typical situation, the radio played a song I haven't heard in more than 20 years, so I searched Google with parts of the lyrics to identify the artist and song title... what I find next, the video is on YouTube.
Looks to me like parts of this video were filmed in the abandoned Surfridge neighborhood to the West of LAX. It's been years since I've driven west of LAX to the Dockweiler beach area, so I can't be certain, but I believe it looked like this. Can anyone can confirm if I am right or wrong?
chrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2116 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2471 times:
Yep, that's Surfridge. Nice to see LAWA is so concerned about those butterflies that they let a film crew traipse around up there. Pre-9/11 you used to be able to drive up there on a couple of the roads that connect Pershing Drive to Vista del Mar.
Started life as a 747-200, converted to -200(SUD) in 1984 according to the remarks for the photo on the left. The view of N1295E takeoff in the video is likely only months after the conversion to SUD, but from the angle it is impossible to tell.
Newark727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 1361 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2047 times:
Quoting nutsaboutplanes (Reply 7): I had no idea that they did that to 747's.........after 20+ years of being an commercial aircraft enthusiast.......this is the first that I have heard of a 742 upper deck conversion program!
Guess you never stop learning
Not many frames were converted in this way. I've only heard of UTA and KLM doing it. But maybe there were other customers, and it's my chance to keep learning.
aa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 12, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1665 times:
I lived in El Segundo for a year then Playa Del Rey for a year, drove past this area daily on my way to work. I was told it was supposed to be a neighborhood, but the idea was scrapped when the real estate developers had the wise idea not everyone would have enjoyed living 1,000 feet off of RWY 24/7. Then they opted to eventually turn it into a 'sanctuary' of sorts.
Well, at the point the photog went in there, most of the houses had been vacant for some time.
Plus it was originally built in the 1920s through to the 60s. I can assure you if there were houses on that site today, they wouldn't look at all like they did in the 1960s. They'd all be as big as possible, butting right up against one another...a la Manhattan Beach.