Goodbye Pan Am World Port

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What remained of the World Port today, as seen from the plane

Another goodbye for a building, but this is a goodbye for everyone, also for those who stay in New York. Why? Well, in this case the building is going away, not me. We talk of the former Pan Am World Port, aka the Delta Terminal 3, at JFK Airport.

I traveled several times via this beautiful building which I described in my blog of October 11th 2012, see here. I posted this picture at that time. In the blog entry I wrote: "Delta is considering demolishing the building, efforts are underway to save the building, like its colleague, the TWA Flight Center." Unfortunately these efforts were in vain. The last flight departed Delta 3 on the 23rd of May this year, exact 53 years after the building was opened. Demolishing started in June.

Since I still had several vacation days I decided to use these in the US, so I planned a week in the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park. While seated in my flight from JFK to Las Vegas we taxied along the former World Port in the process of being demolished. The iconic saucer was almost completely gone. Such a sad sight!
But that is called progress.... An airport is for planes and no space for an architecture museum...

More pictures below. 

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