7e72004
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PHL History Question

Wed May 10, 2006 11:31 pm

Were the orignal concourses at PHL B, C, D? E had to have been added later because i remember thinking to myself that it looked out of space with the ugly green/blue concourses with the E concourse which was not green/blue.
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RE: PHL History Question

Wed May 10, 2006 11:41 pm

Here is a link to the history of PHL:
http://www.phl.org/history.html
 
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RE: PHL History Question

Wed May 10, 2006 11:52 pm

thanks for the link  Smile I have a few pictures of the old, ugly green/blue concourses...very unattractive *lol*
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RE: PHL History Question

Thu May 11, 2006 12:37 am

Quoting 7E72004 (Thread starter):
Were the orignal concourses at PHL B, C, D?

Correct. At the time (based on looking at old airport plans), the concourses at B/C/D were narrow rectangular shaped buildings. Over time, additions were added to what's presently there. If one looks at an aerial photograph of Concourses B & C, one can easily see where the bump out additions were placed. D's expansions (prior to the recent Hammerhead add-on) occurred nearly everywhere on the building, except maybe one small facade along the western building face (just north of Gate D8).

Prior to A-East (then Terminal A) was built, there was a narrow (finger-like) shaped building that jutted away from the main terminal in a more westerly direction than the current A-East.
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RE: PHL History Question

Thu May 11, 2006 4:58 am

When it was originally opened in 1953, the terminal consisted of the main block (now Terminal B/C) and two concourses, which are today's Concourses B and C. Around 1960, Concourse D was added to the eastern side of the building. For most of the "regulated" jet era, Concourse B was used by American, Allegheny, National and Delta. Concourse C was home to Eastern, TWA and Northeast. Concourse D was used by United, Northwest Orient and Mohawk.

Like PHLBOS said, there was a small pier extending from the west side of this terminal. It was called Concourse A and was used for international flights by BOAC, Air France, Lufthansa, Pan Am and TWA. Customs and immigration were located in the southwest corner of the 1953 terminal building. These facilities were closed in 1972 when international flights moved to the blue overseas "barn" on the east side of the airport.

As the PHL website says, the big rebuild for the terminal came in 1977, when the single terminal (now US Airways' Terminal B/C) was replaced by four unit terminals, each with their own ticketing and baggage claim. Originally there were supposed to be five, but construction on Terminal A was stopped. The building remained a concrete shell for about fifteen years until it was finished out and opened as the international concourse (now A-East) in 1991. Unit Terminals B and C were "re-consolidated" back into a single facility for US Airways in the late 1990s.

When originally opened, Concourses B, C and D were all two stories, although there were no jetways. Passengers walked along a second-level concourse to their designated gate, then took a stairway down to apron level and boarded their gate. Jetways were added to most of the PHL gates starting in the late 1960s and continuing through the 1970s. When Terminal E was built as part of the 1977 reconstruction, all of its gates had jetbridges.
 
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RE: PHL History Question

Thu May 11, 2006 5:28 am

Wow...thanks again for the information  Smile
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RE: PHL History Question

Thu May 11, 2006 2:42 pm

They had great observation decks too. If you check the database of PHL and click "oldest year" first, you will see how lucky the photographers were back then. Only a 4 foot fence separated you from the great scenes of the day. Most of the original concourses all had roof access giving you many different photo vantage points.
 
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RE: PHL History Question

Thu May 11, 2006 2:49 pm

i did notice when i was in PHL the US terminal is 100x better then the others
 
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RE: PHL History Question

Thu May 11, 2006 3:06 pm

Quoting Crownvic (Reply 6):
They had great observation decks too. If you check the database of PHL and click "oldest year" first, you will see how lucky the photographers were back then. Only a 4 foot fence separated you from the great scenes of the day. Most of the original concourses all had roof access giving you many different photo vantage points.

A relative of mine mentioned that back then they had a large, reservations only top scale restaurant on the top level of one of the concourses and people used to come out to the airport just to dine and watch the planes from their table.
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RE: PHL History Question

Fri May 12, 2006 1:22 pm

Vega...That is so true as I dined there many times! The name slips my mind (it may have been the Skyview Lounge & Restaurant), but as a child in the 1960's, my parents would frequently take me there. It was situated on an upper level over the original ticketing area. It overlooked the B/C inside concourse ramp area. During the late 60's and early 70's this pretty much restricted your immediate sightings to TWA DC-9, 727, CV-880 & 707's at 'B' and Eastern DC-9, 720, 727 & DC-8's. Pretty routine back then, but what fun it would be today!!!
 
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RE: PHL History Question

Fri May 12, 2006 10:36 pm

I remember flying on a TWA L-1011 out of the B concourse from PHL-STL---shame i did not get pictures of that  Sad
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