Travelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3374 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2011 times:
Looking through the picture archive here, I came across a great pic of the "old" LAX. If you are familiar with the current LAX as I am, then it's interesting to see how it's changed. Unfortunately this pic only shows the Southern runways (25R and 25L) and terminals 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. Notice the terminals are in an "island" layout, and there is no upper (departure) level. Also, there is still a neighborhood where now there is parking lots and businesses below the approach to runways 24R and 24L. If you look closely you can even see the outlines of the old airfield (it looks like a big "X" between the runways).
Anyway, for you folks who know and love LAX, I thought this would be an interesting pic. (and no, it's not an April fools "joke").
Travelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3374 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1685 times:
There were (and still are) underground walkways with moving sidewalks. I returned from SYD into Terminal 7 a couple of weeks ago, and we had to use the underground walkway to get to Customs. The passageways are still decorated like they were in the '70s, with tiled walls that look like a rainbow.
Kaitakfan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1587 posts, RR: 7 Reply 6, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1678 times:
ohh wow I really didnt think of that! I have arrived terminal 7 and 6 many of times from Australia/N.Z and Asia. I cant believe I forgot about the underground walk way! And yes I agree, still looks very old and worn down!
MDCjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 175 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1606 times:
As of now the only Terminal that has not really changed at all is T3, except for the fact that it is now accessible via above-ground walkway. Does anyone know why this is and if there are any plans to update T-3? It looks ancient inside, although I like it.
ATA L1011 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1367 posts, RR: 7 Reply 10, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1545 times:
That neighborhood that is just North Of Century/East of Sepulveda, to those of you unfamiliar with LA in the Bottom left of the picture is gone. It is now Parking lots and a Transit Center, the one in the Upper Right side is stil their although.
Travelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3374 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1538 times:
Even in 1971 it looks like they were tearing down the homes out of that neighborhood. You can see the vacant lots where there were once homes. I also noticed that only a couple of the parking structures (near T5 & T6) between the terminals are in existence.
Tom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 38 Reply 12, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1505 times:
That picture reminds me of my formative years in Los Angeles. It was interesting to follow the building progress at LAX, particularly in the early 80's when the 2nd level roadway was built, the TBIT (int'l) terminal was built (I still haven't figured out why they named it after Tom Bradley!), and most other terminals had some form of construction on them. Who can forget the inflatable temporary canopies on the north terminals?!
Tom in NO (at MSY)
"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
HA_DC9 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 650 posts, RR: 1 Reply 19, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1337 times:
Great photo! LAX is truly a great airport that has "evolved" over the years. I hope to witness further evolution. Speaking of which, does anyone know the status of LA's plans to expand LAX? I know before 9/11, there was talk about adding new terminals or drawing multiple ideas and plans to improve LAX.
Eraxandaf From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 154 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1313 times:
That's a great pic. My father was transferred from SFO to LAX in 1976 so we moved down and actually lived in Westchester. (Graduated Westchester High School in 1982). By '76, those neighborhoods south of Manchester Blvd. were gone. There used to be a Jr. High there called Airport Jr. High, but it was closed by the time I had to start Jr. High in '76, and I went to Orville Wright JHS above Manchester Blvd (we lived above Manchester on W. 85th place).. In high school, we used the old bought out and torn down section of those neighborhoods as our drivers training course.Someone asked about the underground walkwasys at LAX. I totally forgot about those,I guess now evrtying is accessible from past the ticket counters on the 2nd level, but yes, then you checked in on the ground level (I guess the 2nd level was not built until the early 80's??) I left LA in '82, so it s hard to remember.. But those walkwasy were LONG, stark white, and had NOTHING in side of them except some childrens artwork on the walls, then you took an escalator up to the terminal. Some terminals had connecting walkways to the next one. MY experience was always with Pan Am and Western (which is now where Delta is). PA was in the intl terminal (I think what is now T1 or 2 but looked completely different then) and you could literally go up to the gate and watch everyone board the plane. I do remmeber flying British Airways in 1985 from the 'new' Tom Bradley terminal, which was built to replce the old Intl terminal I assume in time for Olympics.. I don't think the 2nd level was built by '82 though, I have a pic of my flight on UTA French to Papeete and I took a snap of the outdoor signage and I dont' remember seeing that. I ll have to dig it up.. Anyway, thx to the orignal poster for this pic, it brings back memories!!
Travelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3374 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (11 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1244 times:
Actually I believe Terminals 4 (American) and 5 (Delta) are still connected by an underground walkway, and Terminal 6 (Continental/United) may be connected as well. I always thought that they should have an underground walkway (with a people mover or something) connecting ALL the terminals so you wouldn't have to go outside security if you needed to change airlines between terminals.
Yes, the departure level and the Tom Bradley terminal were added for the 1984 Olympics. I don't know, however, when the island terminals were connected to the check-in areas. I assume it was around the same time, but I am not sure.
I believe Runways 24R/L were in existence in 1971, but I do not know for certain. Can anyone clarify? Also, you can still see the streets at the end of Runways 24R/L where a whole neighborhood used to be. They bulldozed all the houses, but left the streets. You can see where the driveways were and some foundations. It is really eerie. But it's a great place to spot!