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Behind The Scenes At The TWA Flight Center At JFK  
User currently offlineTL925 From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 68 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6385 times:

I came across this website which has some great shots of the TWA Flight Center at JFK in 2012. Considering it's been inactive for quite a while, the terminal looks to be in immaculate condition. The article also talks about the current preservation efforts in addition to future development plans (potentially a hotel).

Hope you enjoy the photos!

http://newyork.untappedcities.com/20...-twa-flight-center-at-jfk-airport/

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User currently offlinespacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3624 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6178 times:

None of those areas he claims were off limits at the open house actually were  

Still, cool photos without a million other people in them, as all the photos from the open house have. I like both with and without people; the photos from the open house (including all the ones I took) give a sense of a vibrant and functional building, whereas photos like these can really give a better sense of the architecture itself.



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User currently offlineFI642 From Monaco, joined Mar 2005, 1079 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 5626 times:

Last weekend I had an extended layover, courtesy of Delta, so I wondered over. It was locked up tight. It does look amazing though! Now to save the WorldPort.


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User currently offlineTWA772LR From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 1912 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 5374 times:

They should have found a way to keep the view of the ramp from the ginormous window in the Flight Center, to still give it that glorious aviation feel, but beggars can't be choosers. It is an immaculate structure and I wish I was around in its hay-day to experience it.


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User currently offlinenomadic From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5126 times:

Beautiful photos. They bring back memories of when I had REAL behind the scenes access to the building. My Dad was a TWA dispatcher for 36 years. In those pre-security days, every time we flew non-rev out of JFK (or 'New York International -Idlewild' as it was known when the terminal was new) we enterd the building from the staff parking lot behind the ticketing lobby, next to the ramp at 'Flight Wing 2'. I remember all of the 'back of the house' operations areas. While Dad chatted with the pilots, I watched the flight crew and cabin attendants (TWA 'Hostesses') go through their pre-flight check-in. Several times, we boarded our flight using the crew stairs from the ramp, before the passengers (.....although I usually prefered walking through the long carpeted tubes to the departure gates.)

The Flight Center looks strange without any peope. But I am old enough to rember having a private tour before the building officially opened in spring of 1962. There were no people around then either. It was very quiet and our footsteps echoed. I still recall the smell of fresh concrete, new carpets and paint.


User currently offlinerampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3127 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5041 times:

One of my favorites, too. Had an opportunity to utilize the whole terminal along with its functioning piers just before TWA shut down. The long tubes were like smething of science fiction.

Quoting TL925 (Thread starter):
(potentially a hotel).

I can't see how a hotel can be built into this structure without totally compromising the architectural open space. Unless it comes as a new structure, multistory, outside of the building.

Quoting FI642 (Reply 2):
Now to save the WorldPort.

I'm with you!

-Rampart


User currently offlineN62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4452 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5002 times:

Great pictures - thanks for posting the link.

User currently offlinenomadic From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3297 times:

Quoting rampart (Reply 5):
I can't see how a hotel can be built into this structure without totally compromising the architectural open space. Unless it comes as a new structure, multistory, outside of the building.

I understand one plan that has been discussed is to put a hotel structure between the Flight Center and the new jetBlue terminal. It would have to be low so as not to overpower the TWA building. It would also eliminate the view from the big windows that used to look out on the ramp. It is bad enought that the scenery has already been limited to jetBlue's arrival and departure roadways.


User currently offlineBA174 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2009, 757 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3245 times:

I thought the place was now used by B6 or am I missing something?

User currently offlinenomadic From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3104 times:

Quoting BA174 (Reply 8):

The new T5 is behind the old TWA terminal. The original flight wings were demolished but the concrete tubes remain connecting the two structures. Originally the plan was to use the old building as a secondary check-in area for jetBlue flights but the idea proved to be impractical. I believe B6 may still have rights to use the TWA terminal for something but for now nothing is in the works.


User currently offlinespacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3624 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3086 times:

Quoting nomadic (Reply 9):
I believe B6 may still have rights to use the TWA terminal for something but for now nothing is in the works.

There was still fresh construction going on during the open house (not on that day, but it looked like there was still equipment etc. in active use), so it seems they're doing something, or planning to. Many areas of the terminal seemed to have active work going on.



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User currently offlineFI642 From Monaco, joined Mar 2005, 1079 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2620 times:

Having saved the TW terminal, certainly the PA terminal can be saved. I have been told that it is still structurally sound (albeit the roof leaks), and could be restored and used as a great centrepiece for DL. It would require a lot of work, but it could and CAN be done.


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User currently offlinemoose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2314 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2581 times:

Quoting nomadic (Reply 9):
Originally the plan was to use the old building as a secondary check-in area for jetBlue flights but the idea proved to be impractical.

Talking to some folks during the Open House last October, part of the problem was B6 would have to leave the place pretty much as it is - which meant no signage, or B6-themed colors for carpeting, walls, etc. They didn't want passengers to enter a terminal with TWA colors and logos, rather than B6.

Quoting spacecadet (Reply 1):
None of those areas he claims were off limits at the open house actually were

The only place shown that was supposed to be off limits was the Duty Free shop - a bunch of us went in through an open doorway, saw that and went down to the baggage claim area. After I had taken a bunch of photos, someone from Port came running in, chased us out, and locked the door.



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