Review: TWA Hotel at JFK

Opened in 1962 at the peak of the jet age, the Trans World Airlines Flight Center at New York City’s JFK Airport is the epitome of 1960’s design aesthetic. Designed by Eero Saarinen, it housed TWA’s operations at the airport from its opening until TWA was purchased by American Airlines in 2001 when it shuttered its doors along with the airline. The building has since been surrounded by JetBlue’s new terminal, and has been sitting empty ever since. Until now.

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Photos: Space Shuttle Atlantis at Kennedy Space Center

space Shuttle Atlantis, c Nick Leghorn

A few weeks back, I stopped in at the Smithsonian’s hangar outside Dulles airport to visit the Space Shuttle Discovery in her new digs. It was pretty impressive, and I wanted to check out how the other shuttles were fairing in their retirement. So, while in the Orlando area and with a little time to kill, I stopped over at the Kennedy Space Center to check out their new exhibit showcasing the shuttle Atlantis.

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Plane Spotting at San Antonio International Airport

Delta Boeing 757-200 N633DL at KSAT, c Nick Leghorn
Delta Boeing 757-200 N633DL at KSAT

The San Antonio International Airport (KSAT) looks great from the air and has some great approaches into the city, but getting a picture of the action on the runways is difficult at best. There really aren’t any good places around the airport to sit and watch the planes go by, but I found an excellent spot if you’re willing to spend a few dollars.

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Visiting KDWH

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My wife’s family lives in Spring, TX so I’ve been visiting David Wayne Hooks (KDWH) as long as we’ve been together. It has always been a great treat to swing by on the way out of town on a sunny Sunday afternoon, break out the scanner, and watch some planes take off and land. Until last year, you could actually drive to the airport grounds (marked below), roll down the windows and watch planes all day.

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Pictures: Space Shuttle Discovery at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Space Shuttle Discovery, c Nick Leghorn

Last week I had some time on my hands and found myself near the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center next to Dulles airport. I needed to burn about two and a half hours, but still found that I didn’t have enough time to see everything I wanted. One thing I did focus my photographic endeavors on was the newly installed Space Shuttle Discovery that replaced the Enterprise in the space hangar. And man, was it awesome.

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Visiting KUVA


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I recently took to the cold waters of the Frio near Concan, TX as part of a boy’s weekend, but found that supplies had run low (as they sometimes do). Uvalde being the nearest source for groceries and beer, I loaded up in the truck and headed south. A funny thing happened on the way though. You see dear reader, Uvalde’s Garner Field (KUVA) is ¬†absolutely one of my favorite airports to visit. And even though it was not on the way, I had to stop.

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Visiting 50R

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On a recent trip to Lockhart to shoot some guns, and filled with delicious BBQ from Kreuz Market, I headed over to Lockhart Municipal (50R) to check out what was there. Twenty minutes later, I can confidently report that it has fuel, an instructor, a mechanic, and a courtesy car. That last part is muy importante as Lockhart bills itself as the BBQ Capital of Texas. And if you fly to Lockhart, you’ll need a car. Because there’s BBQ there and it needs to be eaten.

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American’s New Livery is Growing On Me . . .

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I wanted to hate American’s new look. The boring grey. The arial font. The apparent lack of imagination on the part of the designers, lazily draping the word “American” across the fuselage instead of stylizing it. But despite a style that might be more at home with other stellar designs such as the Yahoo! home page, I find that I hate it less and less every time I see a plane all dolled up in the new colors. It’s clean, modern, and hopefully over the years the scuff marks from the apron of the jetway won’t be as apparent as it is on the current fleet.

I still think they should have gone all retro and gone back to the 1930’s design . . .