The Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles Airport LAX was corner-stoned by Mayor Tom Bradley himself in 1982. This man made history in 1973 by being the first black mayor of a major American city.
He won the mayoral election four more times, serving from 1973 to 1993. This terminal - which was named after him - was inaugurated just in time to host the thousands of athletes and officials arriving for the 1984 Olympic Games held in Los Angeles.
The airport is today estimated to be the world's fifth busiest airport, serving some 55 million passengers and more than 2 million tons of freight. It is also the fourth busiest airport in the United States - and the busiest international gateway.
When returning to Europe I arrived – as advised – well in time for check-in and security check, which I made the mistake to pass immediately. This is not a transit terminal per se, so all restaurants and shops are outside the safe area. Which I didn't know...
Surviving on hot dogs and caffélatte I spent more than three hours with nothing else to do, but to observe the airport activities through the windows. These are a couple of American Airlines aircraft at terminal T4 seen between a towed Boeing 747 from Singapore Airlines and an All Nippon Airways docked at a TBIT gate.
I much more appreciate the privileged view of the controllers!
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yekjohn (1890) 2005-01-28 21:12
maphoto (8082) 2005-01-28 22:41
Interesting point of view Kaj, sharp photo and excellent framing, good position of the tails in the picture, you're surely like me, enjoying every airport scene.
I went twice in the tower, like you said there is no comparision as for the point of view, this is the ultimate, you probably missed them ? thanks for sharing.
snuggleaphagus (4146) 2005-01-28 22:56
Very cool photo. I like the tail ends of the foreground planes framing the others further back, a very wise and composition. The man's bright green vest is a great point to start the journey of examining this photo.
Last time I flew and tried to take a photo before take off in The sanFrancisco airport the flight attendant told me it was a security risk.
mitternacht (1839) 2005-01-29 6:20
Nice composition with all the lines stretching for the middle. Good DOF, it seems like all the airplanes are focused and the buildings slightly blurred, but maybe that's just an effect of the hot exhaust fumes. The one person at the front adds a nice element of life to the picture.
Ebbe (9617) 2005-01-29 9:21
This explains some of the delays, how could anyone get to the slot time in time in this mess ;o)
The green guy becomes a center of attention here both thanks to the color and to the fact that the aircrafts are just framework in this shot.
An about your ordeal, yesterday I spent three hours on your airfield, the ordeal there is the same on both sides of the security check meaning you could kill for a latte.
pamastro (7290) 2005-02-01 0:39
Yes, the view from above offers much more but this is great, too. Again it is full of energy. The chaos is perfect here. Just as in the other there is so much to watch. And now, down low, one feels much more helpless in the situation, just as a watcher rather than in charge of things from the perch of the tower. I even like the capture of the heat off the planes here adding to the realism of the scene.
I did not know that about LA's history and that it had had an African American mayor. Detroit also elected an African American mayor in 1973 who also stayed until 1993.
orme (7215) 2005-02-03 2:44
This is a great follow-on from your previous shot, Kaj. You have framed it very cleverly with just the five tail ends of the aeroplanes showing. The two main ones stand out nicely against the soft colour of the sky. Good detail. Well seen.
- Copyright: Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) (2424)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-04-11
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation
- Camera: Olympus C-2000Z, JPEG ISO 100
- Exposure: f/3.2, 1/650 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Southern California in Spring 2003
- Theme(s): Aircrafts II, Airports [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-01-28 18:52