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JFK airport: Battle to save Pan Am's iconic Worldport terminal at New York's air hub

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The futuristic, saucer-like building, which opened its doors in 1960, is an enduring symbol of a more glamorous age of travel.

Short for 'Pan American World Airways', Pan Am dominated US aviation from the 1930s until its demise in 1991. Its air hostesses - characterised by their sky blue outfits - became an iconic symbol.

The Worldport - now known as Terminal 3 - will be dismantled, reportedly in 2015, as part of plans for the $1.2 billion expansion to Terminal 4, revealed in August 2010.

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Tonight, the last ever flight would depart from what was once known as the World Port – the gateway of the jet age. Used by Pan Am until the “Chosen Instrument’s” December 4, 1991 demise, T3 was chock full of history: the inaugural commercial flight of the Boeing 747 originated here in January 1970, the jet-bridge was basically first used here with planes nosing in under the flying saucer to protect passengers from weather, and this terminal was the scene of countless history making flights such as the US-USSR inaugural at the height of the Cold War. Pan Am and The WorldPort were even portrayed in a clip from the movies “Live and Let Die” and faithfully recreated for the former ABC-TV series “Pan Am”. Unlike TWA’s Eero Saarinen designed Terminal 5, the WorldPort hasn’t gained preservation status and is slated to be demolished against the passionate wishes of many preservationists such as Save The Pan Am WorldPort. This historic terminal, the oldest still in operation at JFK, closed 53 years nearly to the day of its opening on May 24, 1960. It’s next use will be that of an apron for aircraft.

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