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LAS In The 1960s And 70s  
User currently offlineJackbr From Australia, joined Dec 2009, 666 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 11 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4745 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

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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25737 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (2 years 11 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4695 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
User currently offlineLV From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 2007 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4512 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.


User currently offlinen901wa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 468 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4502 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.


User currently offlinecrownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1934 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4473 times:

N901wa....Great lower shot. Three x 720B & two x 732...If only we could go back in time!

User currently offlineJackbr From Australia, joined Dec 2009, 666 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 11 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4388 times:

When was the terminal expansion in the first photo completed? I believe the 1963 terminal is the one to the left that was done by the same architect as the TWA Flight Center.

I believe TWA had a 707-331B blown up in LAS?


User currently offlineDL_Mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1968 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (2 years 11 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4357 times:

Quoting Jackbr (Reply 5):
I believe TWA had a 707-331B blown up in LAS?

It was a turbojet -331, N761TW. The plane was shown on this album cover:




This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.
User currently offline28L28L From Australia, joined Nov 2005, 459 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 11 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4357 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?


User currently offlinetimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6867 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (2 years 11 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3891 times:

Snapshot: PHX And LAS 1962 (by Timz Apr 5 2008 in Civil Aviation)
Snapshot: PHX-LAS-MCO-FLL 1970, 1975 (by Timz Apr 28 2005 in Civil Aviation)


User currently offlinebeardown91737 From United States of America, joined Jun 2011, 558 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3522 times:

To view the air service levels vs. the development of Las Vegas, here is an interactive map which shows the resorts that existed at different times: http://www.lasvegassun.com/history/map/


135 hrs PIC (mostly PA-28) - not current. Landings at MDW, PIA, JAN.
User currently offlinerichierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4274 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3332 times:

Quoting beardown91737 (Reply 9):
To view the air service levels vs. the development of Las Vegas, here is an interactive map which shows the resorts that existed at different times: http://www.lasvegassun.com/history/map/

That's awesome!

Quoting Jackbr (Reply 5):

I believe TWA had a 707-331B blown up in LAS?
Quoting DL_Mech (Reply 6):
It was a turbojet -331, N761TW. The plane was shown on this album cover:

Totally not what I thought you meant...



None shall pass!!!!
User currently offlineteneriffe77 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 470 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 11 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3265 times:

Has anyone noticed that the photo in reply 1 is reversed? also can someone post more pictures like that from that time period, I'd love to see them.

User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25626 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (2 years 11 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2889 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 1):
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

Approximate daily departures from LAS from the April 1974 OAG (some weekend and other day-of-week variations):

Hughes Airwest - 34
Western - 30
United - 14
TWA - 10
National - 6
Frontier - 5
Delta - 4


User currently offlinem404 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (2 years 11 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2719 times:
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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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