1185-Los Angeles International Airport – Los Angeles, CA

Janine and I had the opportunity to go with the Photo Club from Saddleback College to the Los Angeles International Airport for a private VIP tour. Who would have thought you would get the chance to run around on the tarmac snapping pictures on the taxi way at the fifth business airport in the world. Our small group scored a private bus tour of every part of the airport along with an extended time on the tarmac within rock throwing distance from an active taxi way and about 100 yards from the north runways. It was an amazing experience – and loud!!!

Our trip culminated with a tour of the old control tower on the East side of the airport. Twelve stories up surrounded by active runways, we were eye-ball to eye-ball with the planes as they landed.

A great photo time was had by all. Thank you LAX!

For more photos, click on the LAX gallery link below.

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XXX_3461Old control tower from across the South runways.

XXX_3714View from the old control tower looking West and the North runways.

XXX_3720View from the old control tower of the new tower that is 100 feet higher.

XXX_3722View of the new control tower and the iconic LAX restaurant satellite.

XXX_3761Looking East along Century Blvd. from the old control tower.

XXX_3463This is the original control tower for LAX from the 1920s.

XXX_3519This is the new control tower built 100 feet higher than the old tower so that tower controllers could see the entire airport as airport footprint expanded.

XXX_3521Iconic satellite restaurant that used to rotate while you ate. No longer in use.

XXX_3852The original control tower.

XXX_3845View from the original control tower looking South East.

XXX_3759View of the new tower looking West towards the ocean.

XXX_3566For more airplane photos, click on the Gallery Link at the top of this post.

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XXX_3851Model of the entire airport for the next twenty five years.