Step Back in Time: TWA Flight Center, JFK Airport

TWA Flight Center

Last year I finally had the opportunity to visit the TWA Flight Center during Open House NY. I had hoped to visit during previous years but it just never seemed to work out.

With Open House NY starting tomorrow (Oct 11-12),  I thought a photo-tour from last year’s visit would be appropriate. (If you’d like to visit the TWA Flight Center, it will be open to the public on October 11 from 11AM-3:30PM.

TWA Flight Center

TWA Flight Center opened in 1962 at JFK airport. It was designed by Eero Saarinen. The building has a really cool, futuristic look to it both inside and out. If you’re interested in finding out more about the history of this iconic building go here.

We showed up a bit earlier than opening time and got on the small line. While waiting it grew quite a bit and by the time we were allowed to enter, los of people were eager to get inside.

a white building with curved glass windowsOnce we got upstairs we headed over the bridge to get into the TWA Flight Center. This was a lot of fun in itself. Lucas enjoyed running down the red carpet while I was impressed just looking down the tunnel-like bridge.

a group of people walking in a tunnel

a man holding a child on his shouldersOnce we made it to the end, I couldn’t believe my eyes. If I didn’t know better, I would’ve thought that we were on the set of a Jetson’s movie.

IMG_8192 a group of people in TWA Flight Center IMG_8212 a group of people walking up stairs with TWA Flight Center in the backgroundI definitely felt like I was stepping back in time to when flying was a bit more glamorous than it is today.

IMG_8144Check out this incredible information board for departures.

a group of people sitting on a red carpetThe seating for the info board was a pretty popular place during OHNY.

a bar with stools in a restaurantHere’s what is left of this bar.

a row of stools in a roomShoe shine?

a long shot of a hallway

Some seating in what I believe was the lounge area.a room with orange seats

a red neon sign with text

a counter in a hotel

Boy have duty-free shops changed.

a long room with white walls

The empty check-in area. Creepy…

a man and woman standing in a hallway

a man holding a child in a large room with many peopleWe had a great time visiting the TWA Flight Center. If we weren’t going to be away when it opens again this weekend, we most likely would’ve went for a another visit.

If you happen to be in the NYC area, I’d highly recommend that you head over during OHNY for a visit. You won’t be disappointed.

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