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Author Topic: A question for all plane spotters...LHR=London Heathrow. But LAX=Los Angeles...  (Read 1052 times)

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Weird. Illogical. Why not LAN for Los Angeles?

Why the X in LAX? What idiot put it there?
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The IATA designation LAN is assigned to the  Capital Region International Airport, Lansing MI. How logical is that?

In my days cruising the shortwaves as a telegraphist we had several abbreviations to shorten longer common words, eg TX, RX, and WX, transmit(ter,ission) receiver etc and weather. I dont think these were officially promulgated but were universally recognised.

I had a personal one for occasions when someone was spouting a load of cobblers - BLX!
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The IATA designation LAN is assigned to the  Capital Region International Airport, Lansing MI. How logical is that?

In my days cruising the shortwaves as a telegraphist we had several abbreviations to shorten longer common words, eg TX, RX, and WX, transmit(ter,ission) receiver etc and weather. I don't think these were officially promulgated but were universally recognised.

I had a personal one for occasions when someone was spouting a load of cobblers - BLX!

 ;D Thank you for the first laugh of the day, Ant! BLX indeed. Shoulds been for Blackpool Airport instead of the boring BLK.

I suppose the use of an X in telegraphy to mean "+ any other letters " is similar to the use of an * to mean "insert any other letter(s)" when I first started keyboarding on my state-of-the-art, chest-freezer sized Wang computer way back in the early 70s.
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 ;D Thank you for the first laugh of the day, Ant! BLX indeed. Shoulds been for Blackpool Airport instead of the boring BLK.

I suppose the use of an X in telegraphy to mean "+ any other letters " is similar to the use of an * to mean "insert any other letter(s)" when I first started keyboarding on my state-of-the-art, chest-freezer sized Wang computer way back in the early 70s.

Just to showi how the brain slows down with aging - it took me a couple of days to work out what the heck FX stood for in the visual media context.
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