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Mini-Me Jetways

Fri Nov 21, 2003 3:59 pm


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Please take a look at the jetways in the background of these photos. They are all from MIA circa 1966. If you notice, the jetways are much shorter than what you would find today. How come you don't find these anymore? While I'm on the subject of jetways, when were the first jetways installed? Any prior to the advent of jets? Which US airport was the first to use them? And, what year?
 
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RE: Mini-Me Jetways

Fri Nov 21, 2003 4:14 pm

The reason for the short jetways back then was there were only 2 or 3 types of jets that used them - the DC-8, B-707 and B-727. The jetways didn't have to move much to accomodate any of these three types. Now, with more and more different types and sizes of jets, the jetways have to be able to accomodate everything from a DC-9 to a B-747 - quite a size difference in where the bottom of the door is. For that reason, you couldn't use a short jetway on both (because one would be an alpine climb up, and the other would be a parachute drop down, or vice-versa).

Hope this answers at least part of your questions.

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RE: Mini-Me Jetways

Fri Nov 21, 2003 6:00 pm

When I flew into MIA in, Oh Geez, I think it was '93 (It was when I was in 4rd Garde, during Spring break), I believe these short jetways were still in use, as I remember, coing off the plane, making a sharp right turn, and being shicked that I was alread int he terminal. This thread reminded me of the experience.

And I had come in on I a USAir DC-9? (It had a 2-3 configuration I do remember that), at the H terminal.
 
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RE: Mini-Me Jetways

Fri Nov 21, 2003 6:15 pm

LHR T1 for many years had that type of short jet way - I can remember if they've been replaced or not - on the old domestic pier (now mostly used by BD I think).
 
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RE: Mini-Me Jetways

Fri Nov 21, 2003 11:02 pm

The older Termnal A at DCA still has some of these jetways.
 
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RE: Mini-Me Jetways

Fri Nov 21, 2003 11:24 pm

To answer your question about the 'first' jetbridges:

They started popping up almost immediately after jet flights began in the United States... American Airlines had them at its JFK and SFO gates, Delta in ATL (they installed two at the 1948 terminal that closed in 1961).

From then on, most large terminals included jetbridges at some (if not all) of the gates - Atlanta's 1961 terminal had eight jetways for Delta and six for Eastern, Chicago O'Hare had almost 40 of them.

I kind of like the short stubby jetbriges. Reminds me of the olden days.
 
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RE: Mini-Me Jetways

Fri Nov 21, 2003 11:26 pm

Didn't Pan Am have sort of ramps rather than jetways, at the Worldport terminal in JFK ? I remember seeing them in a Doris Day movie (I'm so old !).

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