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Thread: JFK TWA Flight Center Terminal 5 Open House Sunday October 16

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    i really, really, really wish i could've made it but it was my mom's bday and that took priority. were the period cars parked out front as well?
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    Nice collection Moose!
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    dumb question .. is this terminal still in use, or is it kept around for historic / nostalgic purposes? Everything seemed so clean, and crisp. Like a time warp.

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    It's closed and hasn't been used and has hardly been touched much at all over the past decade. According to wikipedia, there was a fashion show in there in 2004, which is probably the last gathering of people since it closed over a decade ago.

    Port told me yesterday that they still intend to try to make it a hotel. How, I don't know. But hats off to them for keeping it in such great shape. :)
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    Visiting the Flight Center on Sunday, I had mixed feelings. As a photographer, I kept thinking "How can I get good photos with all these people in the way..." As a TWA Brat, I kept thinking "It's great to see so many people in here again..." I imagined they were all waiting to board those big red and white TWA jets parked outside, and head off to exciting, exotic, faraway places.

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    Lrusso and I stopped by. We got lunch in T4 and took the Air Train over to T5. Admittedly I don't know too much about the history of TWA but I enjoyed the trip.

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    Thanks for sharing the restoration photos. The terminal looks great. Sadly, that great view from the main waiting area has been destroyed by the terminal's extension; probably Jet Blue. On my last visit, the visitor could see out past Rwys. 22R and 22L and see all of those arrivals/departures. The view now is very limited.

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    The TWA Terminal was briefly seen in the film "The Terminal" starring Tom Hanks. However most of the scenes were filmed in Palmdale,CA. I heard that Spielberg built a replica of the old TWA Terminal out there but I have no confirmation of this.

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    Looks like Moose and Mark (maybe some others) made it on Wikipedia

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...A_Terminal.jpg (not my photo)
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    It was awesome to go back to visit T5.

    I first flew out of T5 in 1975 on my 2nd trip to Italy (my first with TWA). I was around 6 years old, but the images of the terminal stuck with me. For some reason I remember there was a small airplane suspended from the ceiling back then. I don't remember the details but I do remember the airplane. Chances are it might have been a Spirit of St Louis replica. Anyone remember this way back then?

    I flew out again in 2000 on a business trip to DFW but I pretty much ran through the terminal to make my flight and didn't have time to take any pictures.

    Last time I was at JFK was in 2002 when I flew jetBlue to Long Beach, CA, and took some time to take pictures of the exterior of the building. So sad.

    So when I saw the newsfeed on Facebook about the open house I jumped on it. It was a gorgeous day too.

    I wasn't paying attention, though, did the Sundrome (T6) get completely demolished? I took a picture of an old TWA Terminal 6 sign but I don't remember seeing the building anymore, though honestly I wasn't paying attention.

    Anyway, that got me thinking about the Pan Am Worldport (Delta T3) that I just found out is also slated for demolition in a few years. Unfortunately I found out after I got home and didn't think to go over to T3 and take some pictures. Anyone get any shots/video from T3 they'd like to share?
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    I've posted some of my photos here:
    http://caryliao.com/blog/2011/10/20/...er-open-house/

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