A “Sunday Morning Coffee” for plane spotters, aviation enthusiasts and the general public is scheduled Sunday, June 19, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to for the model aircraft must be present to win. Winners must be 18 years old and have 11 a.m. on the Observation Deck atop the iconic Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). This is timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of LAX’s iconic Theme Building and Jet-Age Airport. A specially-made commemorative coin will be given to the first 300 attendees 12-years-old and above. No additional coins will be ordered after the initial supply is exhausted. You must be present to receive a commemorative coin.
The Observation Deck is in the center of the passenger terminal area and has a 360-degree view of LAX’s terminals and airfield, with telescopes installed for free viewing.
In conjunction with the Sunday coffee, the space-age, retro-themed Encounter Restaurant, located directly under the Observation Deck, will offer a “Plane Spotters Lunch Special” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Frommer’s Travel Guide recently listed the Encounter Restaurant among its Top 10 airport restaurants. The restaurant is open until 9 p.m. on Sundays.
Plane spotters, aviation enthusiasts and the general public visiting the Observation Deck that day can also participate in a free raffle to win a die-cast scale model of the new Singapore Airlines A380 super jumbo jet that will begin service at LAX on July 1. Participants in the raffle
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for the model aircraft must be present to win. Winners must be 18 years old and have government-issued photo identification (i.e., driver’s license, passport, etc.).
LAX is a popular spot for plane-spotters and aviation enthusiasts because the more than 75 passenger and all-cargo airlines plus charter flights at LAX provide a wide range of aircraft types, liveries and frequency.
The Theme Building Observation Deck is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For security purposes, personal belongings are inspected before visitors enter the dedicated elevator to the Observation Deck.
The 50-year-old landmark LAX Theme Building draws travelers from around the world The building, that looks like a space ship landed in the middle of the airport, recently finished a three-year, $12.3-million renovation, which included a unique seismic retrofit involving the installation of a rooftop tuned mass damper (TMD) containing 600 tons of steel (equivalent to the weight of two Boeing 747s) added to the top core. The TMD will absorb violent motion caused by an earthquake by counterbalancing with harmonic vibrations of its own. This was the first time in the U.S. that a TMD was installed at the top of a building.