|Quoting Joemac547 (Reply 3):|
Quoting MtnWest1979 (Reply 2):
Will they ever redo the North Terminal (UA) or whatever its called now?
Even tho it was built in the 70's, for some reason Terminal 3 still looks and feels good IMHO.
The North Terminal er I mean Terminal 3 is in great shape. I remember when it opened. I have a small ceramic plaque that celebrated the opening of UA
's new terminal that my father gave to me. When was that the late 70s? The selection of shops and restaurants in Terminal 3 are far superior than what was there up until several years ago. I remember when the International Terminal opened with an amazing food court full of respected local restaurants. I would walk over there from T-3 just to visit the new food court. I couldn't get enough dim sums at Fung Lum. Then much to my surprise, they shut down the T-3 rotunda food court (NW side) removing a Peets Coffee (or was it Starbucks?), Noah's Bagels, a so so Asian restaurant and a juice stand if I remember correctly. When they finished construction, all the same great restaurants in the International Terminal opened up counters in the new T-3 food court. I still can't get enough dim sum. And the roast beef sandwiches on sourdough at Boudin Bakery are excellent.
I flew out of the old International Terminal (T-2) once in 1992 while flying FAI
. That was one of my first trips overseas and to catch a flight out of that terminal was quite a thrill for me. The first time I ever spotted a Chinese carrier was when I saw a CAAC 747-SP parked at T-2 back in the late 70's when my father transferred from UA
station to SFO
. There were always tons of exotic Asian airlines parked around the triangular shaped terminal. Plus the ubiquitous PanAm 747's
Now for some more old SFO
nostalgia, Terminal 3 replaced two old terminals that UA
operated out of up until the (mid to) late 70's. One included the first terminal designed for jet aircraft. Jetways were set up to access the front and back doors of the DC-8. There was another terminal to the north that included an underground gate area for passengers waiting for UA
's DC-8's and 747's to leave for HNL
and ITO (Hilo). The gate was full of posters and mementos from Hawaii including a large Menehune doll. When it was time to board the aircraft, you rode an escalator up to the jetway. I was younger than 10 years old back then but I still remember those terminals. I have hunted the web for pictures of the old UA SFO
terminals but can't find much. Next time I have a long layover, I plan on visiting the SFO
Airport Museum in the International Terminal. I have visited the museum in the past. It is a great place to spend time and the volunteers running the facility are retired airline employees that have worked at SFO
for many, many years.
I'm leavin on a jet plane. Don't know when I'll be back again....