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TWA/LAX Question

Fri Jan 26, 2007 5:48 am

this is for all the TWAer's.
I am going to be building a model of Terminal 3 at LAX and wanted to know from the TWA experts or LAX experts how different was TWA's gate/parking than the current gate/parking setup. I have an overhead/google earth photo of T3 and some phots of T3 which are recent. I have George Cearley's TWA book and the LAX diagram is from the early jet age. Does anyone have a diagram or photo's of T3 when TWA was using the majority of the terminal? In my LAX visits I flew in and out of both gates 35 and 34 so there location in current photos makes sense to me. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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RE: TWA/LAX Question

Fri Jan 26, 2007 5:21 pm

Wow! I'd love to see the model when you are finished with it. It sounds like it would be pretty great!

Here's some that's on the net:

I know I saw something on the net a while back that had information regarding Terminal 3 in the 1960's and 1970's. Let me look high and low and I'll hopefully have an answer for you shortly. Unless someone else beats me to the punch.

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RE: TWA/LAX Question

Fri Jan 26, 2007 8:05 pm

I will have to check the gate numbering but here's what I know.

The B747's always went from the northerly gates (the LHR flight was nearly always where the Sun Country model is on the link above).These gates were by far the most widely used but also the westerly gates were used for L1011, B767/B727/MD80.

TWA did not use the gates on the east side of the terminal very much. Originally the whole terminal was utilised but as their operation shrank they leased out more and more, particularly to AS, and to a lessor extent, TZ.

I'll see if I can get some more specific information.

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RE: TWA/LAX Question

Sat Jan 27, 2007 8:24 am

thanks for the help, actually last night I found some old satellite photos of LAX, it's an overlay for google earth, pretty interesting. if you go to the external links area they have a history if LAX from 1938-1992
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RE: TWA/LAX Question

Sat Jan 27, 2007 3:31 pm

If you watch Commando with Arnold Schwarzenegger, you can see TWA parking an L-1011 and 747SP on the west gates.
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RE: TWA/LAX Question

Sat Jan 27, 2007 4:36 pm

One the biggest differences between the current set up and that prior is the splitting of many of the westside gates by Alaska airlines.

As I recall there were only about 3-4 gates where today AS has 6+ narrow body ones.
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