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LAX Airliners International 2004 Review

Mon Jul 12, 2004 12:01 am

Good day to all...

Spent a pair of days out at the AI 2004 show in LAX, met up with quite a few airliners.net photographers along the way such as Aaron Mandolesi, Jeremy Irish, Terry Nash, Sam Chui, Bill Hough and Kevin Trinkle.
The legendary Joe Pries and I ran the slide auction on Friday to perfection, running some 250 slides through the motions in under 2 hours, had to be a record for that many!
The show itself was quite well attended. The numerous tours to MHV, Chino and the DC-3 rides seemed to be all well received with kudos bestowed upon Michael Carter, who ran out of his way to assist with minor transportation snafus. He deserved a round of applause and a tank of fuel for helping!
Highlights for me, seeing old friends and congregating on top of the In and Out Burger parking garage for some afternoon shooting Friday, and inside the show, seeing Atlantic Models come out with a great new product, nose sections of Boeing 707s, 727s and C130s painted up in carrier's colors, old and new. I heard lots of people talking about them and they really were a sight!

Anyway, hope LAX gets another crack at this show soon as I think this may be the best place to hold a convention. Loads of things to do and see, great planes to shoot (if held in the Spring or Fall!) and pretty easy to get to flight wise, though some of us non-revs took extra measures to get there!

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RE: LAX Airliners International 2004 Review

Mon Jul 12, 2004 4:03 am

To everyone who snapped up my emirates 345 and virgin 346 herpas...hate you!!  Smile

Otherwise what I liked during my trip:

varig md11 at tom bradley
qantas 744at tb
ATA 1011-500 landing next to T1
the blue southwest 737 with winglets, close up and being turned on a dime by its tug: that plane looks like a little hotrod!
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RE: LAX Airliners International 2004 Review

Mon Jul 12, 2004 4:40 am

Did anybody go on the Long Beach tour? How was it?
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RE: LAX Airliners International 2004 Review

Mon Jul 12, 2004 7:51 am

There was another get together?
 
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RE: LAX Airliners International 2004 Review

Mon Jul 12, 2004 10:08 pm


Matt

No, there was a tour of Long Beach, a tour of the Alteon Training Center, tour of Long Beach Airport, and I think the group also got to see a 717 up close and personal as a brand new 717 was rolled out of the plant!

Matt, if I knew you were going to the show, I would have told you to stop by the Alteon table, oh well.
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LAX AI 2004 Review

Tue Jul 13, 2004 8:56 am

I went and liked the awesome display of models. Pretty much any kind of jet was available. Parking was really bad,though. I should have expected that on a Saturday.
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RE: LAX Airliners International 2004 Review

Tue Jul 13, 2004 9:24 am

If I would have known there was a show, I would've gone.
 
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RE: LAX Airliners International 2004 Review

Tue Jul 13, 2004 10:59 am

Sounds like a great show...too bad I had to miss it  Sad

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RE: LAX Airliners International 2004 Review

Wed Jul 14, 2004 12:54 am

Oh boy...it sounds like you folks had a lot of fun down there. I would have joined you if I were in the United States around these dates, I would have planned a trip to LAX, of course on American no need to say, just for that. What I would have enjoyed the most is the visit at MHV, I would have shot lots of old 727's, DC-10's and Classic 747's with my camera. I don't know if photography is allowed in MHV but anyway I would have enjoyed it a lot even if it wasn't allowed.
Thanks for posting.

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RE: LAX Airliners International 2004 Review

Wed Jul 14, 2004 12:04 pm

Matt, there were several posts about the show.....need to stick your head out of the non-avi more  Big grin

Photography is allowed at MHV, been there several times but didn't do it on this trip.
Met TONS of people, saw old friends, flew on a DC-3, picked up some old Eastern Safety cards and a model here and there, took 200+ pics around LAX, and most importaintly grabbing food at in and out burger. 2005 will be MKE (www.ai2005.com), and 2006 will be D.C. This is something I look forward to every year, really a great time!
 
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RE: LAX Airliners International 2004 Review

Thu Jul 15, 2004 1:30 pm

Justin,

So D.C. got the 2006 show, huh...I had left by mid-day Saturday so I hadn't heard the outcome of the votes. Will be good for the Smithsonian museums of course.
I totally agree about the In and Out Burger grab, though I couldn't believe how busy that place was! At least we didn't get any hassles from shooting on top of the garage.

Jeffrey
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