Photo Tour: TWA Flight Center + Visit For Last Time

TWA Flight Center

I recently wrote about how you could visit LaGuardia Airport’s Marine Air Terminal during Open House NY on October 17 & 18, 2015. You can also check out our full plans for Open House NY 2015.

(Find out more about OHNY here.)

The TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport will be opening as part of OHNY Weekend for the last time today, Sunday, October 18 (11am-3pm).The building will be turned into a lux hotel which should be completed by 2018 according to CNN. The property will also be home to  “a museum focusing on New York City as the birthplace of the Jet Age of intercontinental travel… It’ll also focus on the history of TWA, once among the premier carriers in the world, and the modernism design movement“.

Before deciding if you’d like to visit the TWA Flight Center on Sunday, I’ll try to entice you to do so by taking you on a photo tour from our visit a couple of years back!

(My photo tour was originally posted on October 10, 2014 and has been modified for this post.)

Step Back In Time: TWA Flight Center JFK Airport

a building with a fence and a fence

A couple of years back 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. I thought a photo-tour from our visit would be appropriate.


a man and woman holding a baby

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, lots of people were eager to get inside.

a white building with curved glass windows

Once 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 shoulders

Once 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.

Step Back in Time: TWA Flight Center, JFK Airport 6

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I definitely felt like I was stepping back in time to when flying was a bit more glamorous than it is today.

a large display in a building

Check out this incredible information board for departures.

a group of people sitting on a red carpet

The seating for the info board was a pretty popular place during OHNY.

a bar with stools in a restaurant

Here’s what is left of this bar.

a row of stools in a room

Shoe 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 people

We had a great time visiting the TWA Flight Center. While I’d love to visit one last time, we have other plans for this year’s Open House New York. We visited  a bunch of places around Queens on Saturday and we might make one stop in Brooklyn on Sunday.

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

Do any of you plan to visit the TWA Flight Center (or anything else during OHNY) this weekend ? If you’ve already been to the flight center, let us know what you thought.

Find out more about visiting the TWA Flight Center during OHNY here.

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