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History

1920-1929: The Los Angeles City Council selected 640 acres for a new city airport. Hanger No.1 was one of the first buildings built. You can still visit the hanger today.

In 1930, Mines Field opened as the airport of Los Angeles. Municipal airfield in 1937. The name became Los Angeles Airport in 1941 and Los Angeles International Airport in 1949. 

1960s: An architecture firm Pereira & Luckman was in charge of rebuilding the airport for the jet age. The plan was to build terminals that were accessible via a tunnel. This happened during the construction of the Theme Building. Terminal 7 was the first concourse to open. 

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Hanger No.1 one of the first buildings built

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LAX airport during the 1960s with Theme Building in the center

In 1980s, LAX began a $700 million expansion to prepare for the 1984 Summer Olympics. The horseshoe  got a second level and the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) was build to accommodate large air traffic.  

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LAX airport renovating for the 1984 Olympics 

2000: A new century has begun and plans for a third expansion has been reviled. During that time, The LAX Beautification Design Team, which included LA artists, designed an public art piece that would be an welcoming landmark for the airport. LAX Gateway Pylons is an art piece that still stands here today. 

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LAX Gateway Pylons LAX's masterpiece

Today, LAX is working on major renovation projects for the 2028 Summer Olympics. In 2010, LAXWA opened the new renovated TBIT. The terminal includes a modern roof, more gates, and more space in general. Recently, the airport opened Tom Bradley West Gates. It is a midfield concourse that is accessed (via a tunnel) from TBIT.  Currently, the airport has five more terminals to refurbish, plus a new people mover connecting to Metro Rail.

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