My first ever visit to New York Airport was in the summer of 1974, when I visited some friend at Buffalo (up state New York) for a three weeks holiday. This was onboard a Pan American Boeing B707-321 Intercontinental flight direct from Amsterdam. Since then I visited New York many times onboard KLM (1979), Finair (1980), Alia- Jordanian airlines (1982), TWA (1986), Sabena (1987) and Continental (2000). In addition I transited New York many times with local airlines such as Eastern Airlines, National Airlines, Delta-Western Air and America West. On most occasions I used New York as a transit point to onwards destinations. On 2 or 3 occasions I actually got of the plane and visited Manhattan.
Terminal 5, also known as TWA Flight Center was opened in 1962. The terminal designed by Eero Saarinen became a famous landmark at JFK due to its sculptured design. I frequently visited this Art-Deco style terminal and hold special memories for it. Travelling on a shoe string budget during my early days, I had the occasion to spend the night on one of the comfortable benches in the centre arrivals building. On one of my latest visits I visited the TWA terminal as a guest onboard Save-A-Connie crew, coming in from Kansas City. TWA was hosting its 75th anniversary and the SAC Super Constellation crew was invited to JFK. I spend two days with the crew, with the Connie parked in front of the terminal while inside they had a SAC memorabilia sales stall.
World-port was the trade name for Terminal 3 when it was owned and operated by Pan American World Airways (Panam). The terminal was built in 1960 by Panam as a showcase for its International travel. It was famous for its 16.000 square meters Flying Saucer roof. It featured a partial overhang were aircraft could park under, which protected the passengers from the weather. The building also featured a roof-top parking and at the time it was considered one of the largest in the world. At the time it was known as the Panam Terminal. With the introduction of the B747 wide-body Jet it was renamed to Panam World-port. At the time it was well know that the best place to take pictures were on the Panam roof-top building. Most of the pictures taken in this article are from that spot.
|Log - 26-03-1986|