• I think this is a klm airplane - Lucyver
  • Original mid-1950's terminal building and control tower. (Period photo here.) Later used as the International Terminal; currently empty and unused. From a development standpoint, however, everything else at SFO radiated out from here.


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Terminal complex, San Francisco International Airport

uzvards, dbcnwa, Ian Fuller, and 68 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. Lucyver 107 months ago | reply

    Been there for 3 visits to my son. Very good connection: Amsterdam (20 min from my place) - San Francisco in one go. Long flight though! About 13 hours.

  2. Automatt 107 months ago | reply

    It has a beauty and symmetry that I've never been able to appreciate when my flight gets delayed 15 minutes at a time for four hours.

  3. Amenon 107 months ago | reply

    Great shot - looks like something out of Star Wars!
    Was this taken from the Cessna?
    If so then so much for checking pax's shoes.....
    Or is that an F16 coming in at 6 o'clock high....

  4. Joey Lopez 94 months ago | reply

    Rest assured, that old international terminal will be lonely no more, it's Virgin America's new home! renovation city!

  5. Telstar Logistics 94 months ago | reply

    Ah! I didn't know that Virgin had dibs on the old International Terminal. Thanks for the update!

  6. flyjetalone [deleted] 94 months ago | reply

    great! so much better than an empty derilect terminal!

  7. Ck152152 85 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Northern Califronia Aviation, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  8. Cinco de Miami 84 months ago | reply

    I love flying Virgin America. It flies out of the International Terminal, never has a line for check in and you can make a play list out of thousands of songs and pass out in the mood lit ambiance. Also, there's a pretty good bar/restaurant in the International Terminal, Firewood Cafe.

    .Evolving Music.

  9. ladybugbkt 80 months ago | reply

    Great capture; just flew through there this past week.

  10. sds70 78 months ago | reply

    Wowwwww, SFO is a huge airport . . . Weren't there plans to redo the runways there so there would be less delays ? ?

  11. Telstar Logistics 78 months ago | reply

    Yes, but adding new runways would have required filling in some of San Francosco Bay, so the plans were dropped. Delays have become somewhat less of a problem at SFO, largely through improvements in air traffic control procedures and technology.

  12. sds70 78 months ago | reply

    Telstar Logistics: I see . . . I guess this will give them some breathing room for awhile . . . Have folks been using BART a lot lately to get out to the Airport vs. driving ? ? ?

  13. Carsten Stann 50 months ago | reply

    awsome...very rare shot to see...i myself am taking flying lessons in the bay area and can't wait for my first trip through the Bravo

  14. Nigel D Christian [deleted] 40 months ago | reply


  15. Quaeckles 40 months ago | reply

    I have flown out of this airport soooooo Many times!

  16. Finger Food 20 months ago | reply

    Wow, I used to work there for Elsinore Aerospace Services cleaning and servicing airplanes in 1985-86. Never even imagined it looked like this! Any chance you could share a larger photo?

  17. tlukec 20 months ago | reply

    beautiful shot!

  18. Rich Snyder--Jetarazzi Photography 9 months ago | reply

    Incredible photo. It looks like a scale model of SFO!

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