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TPA Question

Wed Jun 02, 2004 12:46 am

When i was in TPA this past week i noticed that there is some type of building being built off of the A concourse (if you look out the side that Continental is on there is a smaller building just across the way...)...anyone know what that is?
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RE: TPA Question

Wed Jun 02, 2004 2:47 am

According to our TPA tour guide, its a new fire station.


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RE: TPA Question

Wed Jun 02, 2004 8:20 am

That was the new Fire house that is over on that side. Remember Ozell. We couldn't get over there to see it.



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RE: TPA Question

Wed Jun 02, 2004 8:37 am


That dinky little building is going to be a fire station?

We are all curious at work what that thing is.

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RE: TPA Question

Wed Jun 02, 2004 9:44 pm

interesting...btw...how old is the terminal A? I noticed that it seems rather "new."
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RE: TPA Question

Wed Jun 02, 2004 10:12 pm

It was either 1994 or 1995. Can't remember which one.

From what I've heard, Continental was dragged kicking and screaming over there.
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RE: TPA Question

Wed Jun 02, 2004 10:40 pm

The building off the side of Airside A is going to be a new Fire Station. It has been under construction for quite sometime. I have been told by the workers that it is due to be completed sometime before the end of the year.
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RE: TPA Question

Thu Jun 03, 2004 12:37 am

Yeah, "A" was new in 94-95. Loved it. Back in those good old pre-9/11 days, one could go have a hot dog and watch planes.

My favorite terminal, was "B". I watched 'em tear the old place down.
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RE: TPA Question

Thu Jun 03, 2004 12:48 am

It was either 1994 or 1995. Can't remember which one. From what I've heard, Continental was dragged kicking and screaming over there.

It opened in March 1995. I remember American was supposed to move to Airside A to give USAirways room to expand at Airside F. AA even contributed to the design the facility. I guess they managed to get out of the move somehow.
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RE: TPA Question

Thu Jun 03, 2004 2:37 am

Are they "remodeling" all of the terminals/concourses?
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RE: TPA Question

Thu Jun 03, 2004 3:34 am

Are they "remodeling" all of the terminals/concourses?


Well not to get picky,  Laugh out loud

but it's one TERMINAL connected by monorail to five AIRSIDES


Airside B is now a sorting facility

Airside C is being totally rebuilt and will open in 2005

Airside D will be torn down after C opens

Airside E is brand new

So, the only Airside that would probably need an update would be F.
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RE: TPA Question

Thu Jun 03, 2004 4:50 am

same difference  Big thumbs up It seems however, that most of the new airports being built/remodeled are being constructed as "midfield" terminals.
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RE: TPA Question

Thu Jun 03, 2004 6:24 am

Several questions too add to this discussion:

1)Is this new fire station near Airside A a move to consolidate the ARFF operations?

2) [unrelated to the topic] Is the tram rail tracks that used to connect to Airside B still present?

 
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RE: TPA Question

Thu Jun 03, 2004 6:43 am

Back when E was still standing but not in use, a friend and I went "exploring" by walking from the terminal to the airside between the shuttle tracks. This was at night when the construction crews had gone home. The design was REALLY funky. The concourse itself sat on the 3rd floor and all jetways were on the 2nd. Each jetway was served by an escalator that, during arrival, went up and, during boarding, went down. Elevators were also provided to assist W/C pax. The nose of the A/C would be under the overhang of the concourse. Built in 1971 before security screening was mandatory for all departures, the security checkpoint was very much an afterthought - it was literally crammed between the shuttle lobby and windows. It was kind of weird to see airline signs still on the gate podiums, covered in dust, for Kiwi, Continental, and National.

I was happy to have seen it before its demise.
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RE: TPA Question

Thu Jun 03, 2004 7:05 am

1)Is this new fire station near Airside A a move to consolidate the ARFF operations?

2) [unrelated to the topic] Is the tram rail tracks that used to connect to Airside B still present?



1. I thought I she told us that the west station would be demolished when the new runway was built, but I'm not positive.

2. Yes









We covered a lot in this thread from December:
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RE: TPA Question

Thu Jun 03, 2004 7:15 am

FL1TPA, that was pretty daring of you, but I am glad you got to experience the original Airside E as it was a very unique Terminal. Back in the mid 70's National had a large operation in Airside E, about 35-45 flights a day, about 1/3 of which were DC-10's plus the occasional 747-135 ! The 10's actually nosed in under the terminal, with a great view from the third or departure level. About the front 2/3's of the forward or First Class cabin was actually under the terminal ! Could not find any great shots to explain but the below should give you the idea.


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Thank you Mr. Mirande for uploading those classic shots ! I only have Kodak instamatic snap shots from that era, but I do have Super 8 silent movies I hope to transfer to DVD someday of the great traffic TPA had in 1970's. Lots and lots of Widebodies !


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RE: TPA Question

Thu Jun 03, 2004 7:33 am

I only have Kodak instamatic snap shots from that era, but I do have Super 8 silent movies I hope to transfer to DVD someday of the great traffic TPA had in 1970's. Lots and lots of Widebodies !



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RE: TPA Question

Fri Jun 04, 2004 12:07 am

Count me in, too, LGA777!

My first flight to TPA was into good old "E" in the late summer of 1979. On a National DC-10, too!

I remember walking to catch a flight in the early 90's, and there was a Russian aircraft(possibly an IL-62)parked in one of the gates. The bird wasn't Aeroflot, and I'd never heard of the airline. No one was around the gate, and I thought about wandering up the jet way to peek in, but a couple of airport cops gave me the evil eye when I headed towards the gate. Wish I'd had a camera.
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RE: TPA Question

Fri Jun 04, 2004 3:17 am

LGA777,

Sneakin' around the abandoned Airside E was fun as hell! I even got a transparency that is one of the old "You Are Here" directories. I peeled off the black tape they used to cover airlines that were no longer at TPA and discovered "Air Aruba" "Valujet" and "Eastwind." That poster remains one of the most valuable items in my collection. My friend wanted the metal gate sign for "GATE 69" but was too much of a chicken sh** to carry it out through the terminal!

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RE: TPA Question

Fri Jun 04, 2004 5:02 am

Gate "69" is cool  Big thumbs up
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RE: TPA Question

Fri Jun 04, 2004 5:29 am

Aw yes....gate 69.

The only airline I remember in Gate 69 was Republic. Maybe CO Ex too
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RE: TPA Question

Fri Jun 04, 2004 5:31 am

Doesn't DTW have "69?"  Big thumbs up
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RE: TPA Question

Fri Jun 04, 2004 5:34 am

Doesn't DTW have "69?"


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RE: TPA Question

Fri Jun 04, 2004 5:47 am

Looks like in TPA Delta's got the new 69 goin' pretty good!

Uh...

Gate 69 that is, with the planes and the people and such.

*cough* *cough*

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