Jackbr From Australia, joined Dec 2009, 676 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5380 times:
What was the main carrier in LAS in this time period? TWA and United both seem to have had a fairly large presence there. I know Western and Delta flew through LAS too, and Bonanza/Air West/Hughes Airwest
LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 27449 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5330 times:
Well McCarran airport (formerly called Alamo Airport) did not really get a comprehensive terminal complex until 1963. Back then Vegas was still quite a sleepy place.
Due to air service being regulated in the US, Vegas was served only by a few airlines.
For instance in 1974 total of 7 air-carriers served Las Vegas –
Delta – DC-8 to Atlanta and Dallas
Frontier – 737s to Denver and Albuquerque
Hughes Air West – F27 and DC-9s all over the Western US including LAX, Ontario, Burbank, Phoenix, San Francisco, San Jose, Salt Lake, Orange County Reno, etc..
National – mix of 727, DC-8 and DC-10s to Houston and San Francisco
TWA (former Howard Hughes connection) – 727 and 707s to Albuquerque, Chicago, Los Angeles, JFK, EWR, St Louis and San Franciso
United – 727, DC-8, DC-10 to Denver, Chicago, Washington, Detroit, Los Angles, JFK, EWR and Detroit
Western – 727, 707 and 737s to Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Salt Lake, San Francicso and Minneapolis
Plus local operator Scenic was around using Cessna’s.
From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
LV From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 2018 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5147 times:
At the viewing area at LAS there are signs talking about the history of the airport and if I remember correctly off the top of my head it says in 1963 when the current terminal first opened there were only 12 flights a day.
The original terminal (before 1963) was on Las Vegas Boulevard near where the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign is and just south of the Mandalay Bay. The neon enterance sign has been restored and serves as the enterance to some of the FBO's.
n901wa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 501 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5137 times:
Here's a neat photo I bought from Western's emp store back in 1986. It's of the 50th anv of serving LAS. The top photo was at the Western Air Express airport, that is now Nellis AFB. The lower is at LAS.
28L28L From Australia, joined Nov 2005, 459 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4992 times:
I think that the concrete dome type structure to the left of the first photo opened in 1963, and that the two round rotundas opened around 1973/1974. All are still there today.
Does anyone have any data or photos of the temporary PSA, American terminal that was in use after deregulation, until the C gates opened?
m404 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2240 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3354 times:
To quell a popular misconception about the designer of the 1963 central "dome" at LAS I'd like to show an excerpt from the O.N.E. or Online Nevada Encyclopedia web site.
>The new terminal opened on March 15, 1963, and airport operations moved to the new building. An average of 128 daily flights and 1,444,700 passengers used the airport that year. Welton Becket and Associates designed the new terminal structure, in collaboration with John Replogle. Its central structure was a pre-stressed, concrete dome, which housed nearly two acres of space without internal columns. It symbolized the new "jet-age" terminal. The structure, which is still part of the greatly enlarged terminal facility today, was an engineering and architectural marvel when it opened, though many doubted that the area would ever be able to fill its cavernous spaces. The former terminal building, located off Las Vegas Boulevard, became the headquarters for Alamo Airways, a model general aviation facility that George and Peg Crockett continued to operate. In July 1966, McCarran Airport was officially removed from the tax rolls and became totally self-supporting. In 1967, the Crockett's involvement with McCarran Airport ended when their friend Howard Hughes bought their facility.
Eero Saarinen's gracefully iconic TWA facility may certainly have been copied but he, in fact, did not design it.
I was blessed to have worked at LAS from 1965 to 1986 yet am never tired of looking back at all the memories of friiends and facilities.
[Edited 2011-11-23 02:04:08]
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