AVIATION: Saucer Terminal

When the $120 million Terminal City at New York's Idlewild Airport is completed in 1960, none of its structures will be as startling as the saucerlike oval sheltering Pan American World Airways' passengers and planes. In plans for Pan Am's $8.000,000 jet-age terminal, announced last week, the chief feature is a four-acre cantilever roof of prestressed concrete that extends 110 ft. over the aircraft parking apron. Protected by the overhanging roof, travelers will board their planes directly from second-floor waiting rooms along level gangplanks 10 ft. above the ground. Incoming passengers who...

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