Starliner hits Times Square

The fuselage of L-1649 Starliner N8083H in Times Square on 23 March, close to the spot where, in 1955, the airline erected an eight-storey billboard with a two-fifths-scale Constellation model at the top.
TWA HOTEL

The fuselage of Lockheed L-1649 Starliner N8083H Star of America was moved from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Times Square, New York on the night of 23 March for a documentary film, The Rebirth of the TWA Flight Center. The production will chronicle the transformation of the 1962 TWA terminal into a new, 512-room TWA hotel, and tell the story of Finnish architect Eero Saarinen’s concrete ‘shell’ neo-futuristic building. Once reunited with its wings, the 61-year-old propliner will be positioned next to the spectacular terminal/hotel building — which is due to open on 15 May — where it will become a cocktail lounge. The building was designated as a New York City landmark in 1994 and went on to be listed on the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places in 2005.

Once reunited with its wings, the 61-year-old propliner will be positioned next to the spectacular terminal/hotel building

JET AGE MUSEUM EXPANDS WITH NEW BUILDING

On the north side of Gloucestershire Airport, a major extension to the Jet Age Museum is now well under way, which will see a 68 per cent increase in floor space. The new building will enable visitors to witness restoration work, and accommodate an education room, art gallery and expanded archive.

Although the Gloucester Environmental Trust has made a substantial contribution to the project, the museum still needs to raise £1 million to complete the project. A fundraising campaign was due to begin on 8 April. For more information, go to www.jetagemuseum.org.