Archive for October, 2006

Extreme Engineering Update and 1970’s TWA Commercial

Monday, October 30th, 2006

For those of you that didn’t catch the Extreme Engineering on Discovery Channel: You didn’t miss much. It really didn’t show/talk about the original terminal. And as far as the construction went, it went on an on about them putting some air handlers on the roof, as well as contamination of the ground soil. Wasn’t super-exciting.

Now, here is a 1970’s TWA Commercial with the infamous Peter Sellers. This is advertising TWA’s “Trans World Service”. It’s amazing how much different flying in the USA is today. We flew America West a few years ago from Phoenix to Orlando and just received some cookies.

This is an interesting piece, and it’s part 1 of 3. Thanks to TWAviator for providing these on YouTube.

TWA Terminal 5 on Discovery Channel’s “Extreme Engineering”

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

The Discovery Channel is going to have an episode of their “Extreme Engineering” that will cover TWA’s former Terminal 5 at JFK.

It will be playing 10/25, 10/26, and 11/11.  You can check out the times here.

Hope you can check it out, as I will.

TWA & Coca Cola Commercial – 1960

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

Here’s an interesting commercial I found from 1960. Mostly it’s for Coca Cola, but it follows a TWA flight attendant through her day, while, of course, she drinks lots of Coke.

I wonder would you would have received if you would have written the address at the end of the commercial? Anyone know?

January-April 1987 TWA Schedule

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

Here’s the cover and route map from the January to April 1987 TWA schedule. Pretty standard stuff.

This is during the time they had Trans World Express service in California. I don’t know much about it, but it didn’t seem to last long. Anyone know more?

You know the drill. Click for larger images.

January-April 1987 TWA Schedule-Cover:

January-April 1987 TWA Schedule

January-April 1987 TWA Schedule-Routes:

January-April 1987 TWA Routes

TWA JFK Terminal 5 – Early 90’s

Friday, October 13th, 2006

In about 1992, just after graduating high school, I decided to fly to JFK for the day.

Since I was a poor college student at the time, my main goal was to get some shots of TWA’s JFK terminal and aircraft.

Since I was non-rev’ing, I used an upgrade pass to fly First Class both ways. That was great, of course.

This was the same day that Carl Icahn announced he was selling TWA to the employees and creditors. There was a definite ‘upbeatness’ to the employees on that flight, that TWA was finally going to be rid of Icahn.
Here’s a picture I took of TWA’s T5 famous Saarinen terminal. Now closed, it’s supposed to become Jetblue’s new terminal after an extensive remodel.

In this picture, you’ll notice how ‘cluttered’ it appears. I understand later they removed the ‘advertisement’ you see in the large display, and returned it to an arrivals/departures board. Also, the ramp that’s blocking the stairs was also removed, as well as the security checkpoint was moved. This, I’m sure, made it much better, but it’s interesting to see it in this state.

I’ve included an image of the terminal after it’s been closed. You can see the difference.

I’ll have more pictures from this trip in the future.

Click on the image for a larger version.

TWA – T5 – Early 90’s
TWA T5 - Early 90's

TWA – T5 – After Closing (About 10 Years Later)

TWA T5 - After Closing

“Please Observe the Posted Placards…”

Monday, October 9th, 2006

I guess I could have also called this entry “Signs, Signs, everywhere signs..” after a famous song.

This is a few of the placard’s that you’d see throughout the average TWA airplane. Probably the one most people didn’t want to see was the lavatory one.

I used to have one of the seat-back placards (the “life vest under your seat” one) attached in front of the passenger seat in my car.  Had a few weird looks over the years over that…

Click to see it larger.


TWA Commercials..

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

A look back at a few of the commercials that were produced over the years.

First off, the commercial produced by American Airlines to promote the merger with TWA. While the tagline, “Two Great Airlines; One Great Future” is up to debate, the commercial is interesting.

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