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Pic Of LAX In 1971!  
User currently offlineTravelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3420 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2153 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").


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Photo © AirNikon



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User currently offlineIbizajet A330 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1920 times:

Man nice shot.

AirNikon must be over the hill.  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 4878 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1902 times:

Nice pic! And my message is too short so I'll say it again: Nice pic!


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User currently offlineKaitakfan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1588 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1850 times:

I was curious... how did passengers then get out to the island like terminals then?

User currently offlineBoeingrulz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 465 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1827 times:
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I remember LAX in a very similar state in the mid to late 1970's. Infact I havn't been there since 1080! I wouldn't recognize it NOW.

BTW Kaitakfan, the island terminals were accessed by pedestrian tunnels.

Carolyn
I'm over the hill too.


User currently offlineTravelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3420 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1827 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.

User currently offlineKaitakfan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1588 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1820 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!

User currently offlineMDCjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 175 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1748 times:

Excellent Picture!
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.


User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1722 times:

How awesome would it have been to live in that neighbourhood?!

LH423



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User currently offlineSpitfire From France, joined Feb 2001, 801 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1697 times:

Boeingrulz,

"...Infact I havn't been there since 1080! ..."

I have some doubt concerning the presence of an airport there in this time (just for the fun  Wink/being sarcastic )

Rgds.
Spitfire



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User currently offlineATA L1011 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1374 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1687 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.


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User currently offlineTravelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3420 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1680 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.

And of course, no 105 freeway!


User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 35
Reply 12, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1647 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)
Also over-the-hill



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User currently offlineRooinc From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1626 times:

A side note--I was watching Airplane! with commentary and they pointed out that it was LAX before the second level was built. Pretty cool to see it via film.

--TJ


User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6260 posts, RR: 34
Reply 14, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1565 times:

Hey now IbizajetA330, I remember LAX looking like this.


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User currently offlineAgnusBymaster From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 652 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1533 times:

I've been told that the changes to LAX were made primarily in anticipation of the 1984 Olympic Games.

User currently offlineQANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1887 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1515 times:

Are there runways 24L/R??? Or were they added later?


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User currently offlineLax From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 2290 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1511 times:

Gee! That pic doesn't look like me at all. My taxiways are MUCH wider than that!!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineDL Widget Head From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2071 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1511 times:

Notice how they docked some of the DC-8's sideways or parallel to the terminal; can't afford to waste that space now-a-days.

User currently offlineHA_DC9 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 652 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1479 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.

User currently offlineEraxandaf From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 154 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (12 years 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1455 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!!

User currently offlineTravelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3420 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (12 years 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1386 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!


User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6708 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (12 years 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1330 times:

One of the 24's (the left, I think) dates from the big circa-1961 rebuilding of LAX, when all the island terminals were built. But the other one opened years later-- maybe 1970?

User currently offlineTravelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3420 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (12 years 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1315 times:

Well, here's a pic of AA's terminal 4 in 1979. It looks like it was the first terminal to be connected to the check-in areas. Look at all the DC-10s!


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User currently offlineAirNikon From United States of America, joined exactly 14 years ago today! , 290 posts, RR: 37
Reply 24, posted (12 years 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1272 times:

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User currently offlineChrisair From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2001 posts, RR: 3
Reply 25, posted (12 years 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1227 times:

You died and came back? That explains a lot!

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