Long Beach Airport cafe

I’ve blogged about the Long Beach Airport (LGB) before – vintage terminal, free wireless, and happy times on JetBlue. I’ve never been to the cafe before though, so it was time for another round of coffee, pancakes, and bacon.

Long Beach Airport terminal

Pancakes @ LGB cafe

The food was your basic above-average diner quality and the wait staff kept the coffee flowing. The real winner though is the view out of the window where you’ve got a panoramic view of almost all airport operations. I could easily sit here, drink coffee, and stare out the window all day. Did I mention the free Wi-Fi?

Just down the street from the LGB terminal is the old McDonnell-Douglas aircraft plant. Boeing took it over when they they bought out McDonnell-Douglas and renamed the MD-80 descendants the Boeing 717. Boeing shortly phased out the 717 soon enough anyway. Still, the real tragedy is that the giant “Fly DC Jets” neon sign on the roof is no longer lit.

Old McDonnell-Douglas aircraft plant

Older photos of LGB

Hawthorne Airport cafe

I’ve been obsessed with airport cafes lately (yeah, I know I know… “lately”) and I finally have a chance to catch up on some of the local places. First up is Nat’s Airport Cafe at Hawthorne Municipal Airport (a.k.a. Jack Northrop Field). The corned beef hash was perfunctory but amazingly inexpensive – breakfast barely cracked $5.

HHR’s terminal building is classically 1970s civic down to the zig-zag walkway shade out front and the big Saturn mural on the side. There free wi-fi if you need it and a small museum on the northwest side of the field.

Hawthorne Airport terminal HHR corned beef hash

Flying Large

The Airbus A380 is getting all the press for being a mega-sized aircraft (albeit a delayed one now), but fifty years ago there was another double-decked aircraft that arguably set-aside gracefulness for double-decked haulage – meet the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser.

I don’t mean to slag on the A380 though. I do love the neo-Kubrickian interior. I can’t wait to fly one somewhere.


Things I Like (May 2005)

1. The “op-art carnival vs. 1970s futurism” design aesthetic of Braniff Airlines.


2. The “Visual Music” exhibition at MOCA in Los Angeles. Don’t miss the companion book.


3. The ridiculously charming and catchy Volkswagen Jetta ad known as “Independence Day.”


4. The fantastically groovy 1966 cult German television show Raumpatrouille.


5. Logic System. YMO spin off band that circulates around moogsploitation, straight-up technopop, and leftover tracks from the Cosmos television series. I somehow picture this playing at a western-themed truck stop in Japan somewhere.


JFK’s Terminal 5 to reopen

jfk_twaterminalVictory for everyone! JetBlue and the NY Port Authority have agreed to reopen the TWA terminal at JFK airport (one of my fave NYC buildings if not one of my faves period) while building a new terminal directly behind it. Hilariously, the NYT story asks: “but exactly how Terminal 5 will be used, besides as a small diversion for JetBlue passengers walking to and from their new terminal, has not been determined.”

Ummm, that’s enough diversion for me. Construction begins in 2005, but you can check out the building at the Terminal Five art event which conveniently opens just before I arrive in NYC for good.

[via Gothamist]