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Los Angeles International Airport

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Hidden : 09/10/2017
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Geocache Description:

No Selfmade Art - No Smiley

The Logging Requirements

To claim this Virtual Cache as a find, you need to

READ the cache logging requirements

BE within the airport.

CREATE some art about geocaching (write, paint, draw)

TAKE a wide angle picture of your artwork in front of something identifying LAX (sign/building/display).

ATTACH the picture to your log.

The point of your attached artwork picture is to proof you took this picture specifically for this Virtual Geocache and you took the picture at LAX. Therefore I need to be able to clearly identify LAX.

No need to message me your picture for approval. If you have a qualifying picture go ahead and log this cache.

No closeup artwork picture! Have a building/terminal/sign or tower in the background.

Your picture cannot be the artwork itself by adding clip art, emojis or digital drawings to a random vacation picture with phone or photoshop.

Installed artwork or design features within the airport are not your artwork, therefore do not count as qualifying artwork pictures. (but it counts as an excellent background...)

Non-qualifying, inappropriate or offensive artwork will be deleted.

Having an art major is not a requirement, so no need to worry about perfection. Just have fun.

I love airports. The excitement to see loved ones coming home or the sorrow to see them leave. The desire to get away or giving in to homesickness. The wonders in little kids eyes when those big "birds" take flight. Not many places stir up that many emotions as airports do.

Los Angeles International Airport

LAX is the fourth busiest passenger airport in the world, second in the United States, and was named Skytrax’ 2017 Top 10 Most Improved Airports. LAX served more than 80.9 million passengers in 2016 an increase of almost 8 percent from 2015. As of March 2017, LAX offers 692 daily nonstop flights to 91 U.S. cities and 1,220 weekly nonstop flights to 78 international destinations in 41 countries on 66 commercial air carriers. LAX handled 697,138 aircraft operations (landings and takeoffs) in 2016. LAX ranks 14th in the world and fifth in the U.S. in air cargo tonnage processed, with more than 2.2 million tons of air cargo valued at over $101.4 billion. LAX is part of a system of two Southern California airports – along with Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund.

Brief History

Originally known as Mines Field, the LAX site began as a general aviation field in 1928. During World War II, it was used for military flights. Commercial airline service started on December 9, 1946, when four major carriers (American, Trans World, United and Western airlines) relocated overnight from Burbank, establishing Los Angeles Airport as the region’s premier air facility. A month later, Pan American Airlines moved from Burbank to Los Angeles. In 1950, it was officially named Los Angeles International Airport and designated “LAX” (the “X” is a space filler for when airport codes expanded from two letters to three to accommodate the growth in aviation). The airport grew in the 1950s, and the Jet Age arrived on January 25, 1959, when an American Airlines Boeing 707-123 landed at LAX. By 1961, more than one million jet flights were logged at LAX. The present Central Terminal Area complex was constructed in 1961, along with a 12-story, 172-foot-tall combination airport administration building and Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control tower. The airport’s iconic Theme Building was built. The era of wide-body jets – B-747s, DC-10s, and L-1011s – began in the 1970s. In the early 1980s, LAX added the Tom Bradley International Terminal, a second-level roadway, concourses connecting terminals with satellite gates, and parking structures. Major growth in air travel and air cargo marked the 1990s and made modernizing the airport for the 21st Century a vital concern. The LAX Master Plan process began in 1994. The LAX Gateway Pylons were lit August 2000. The Master Plan was approved by the City Council in 2005 and construction began on the first Master Plan project, the South Airfield Improvement Project, in 2006. Milestones have been achieved in the LAX Modernization Program that is expected to be completed in 2023.

For more information about LAX, please visit LAWA and on YouTube. All information on this page is from

LAX Theme Building

One of the most iconic buildings at LAX and maybe around Los Angeles is the Theme Building which resembles a flying saucer on four legs. It was designed by James Langenheim and then turned into reality by architects and engineers lead by William Pereira and Charles Luckman. The building opened the doors in August 1961. In 1993 the Los Angeles City Council designated the building a historic-cultural monument. After a few opening and closings for remodels it closed its doors in December 2013 without current plans to reopen.

For more information please visit Wikipedia

Logging Requirement (Detailed)

To claim this Virtual Cache as a find you need to:

1.Be within the LAX Airport. It does not matter where or why you are within the LAX airport. Any terminal, before or behind security, on the runway or parking lot, to drop off, pick up, fly away or come home. And of course also if you are here just to log this Virtual..

2. Create some artwork. Draw or paint, spell, scribble or fold something about geocaching, traveling, flying or vacation on any medium like paper, skin, ticket or tablet.

3. Take a picture of your artwork visible in front of something identifying LAX. That can be a shop, a terminal, a tower, arrival/departure display or a sign within LAX. Usually a wide angle frame makes sure LAX is identifiable. So no close ups of your artwork without any background

4. Attach the picture to your log.

5. Do not turn an old vacation picture or "Social media post picture" into art by "editing" it on your phone or computer. Digital clip art, emojis or drawings on your picture do not count as "picture of your artwork"

Just as with traditional Geocaches where you need to sign a log to earn the smiley, you need to fulfill the logging requirements for this Virtual Geocache. That means you need a picture specifically for this Virtual Geocache and you need to be within LAX. It is not difficult to fulfill the requirements but you need to be aware of them before you take the picture.

I am aware traveling can be stressful, you might be in a rush and maybe super tired, but try to have some fun and enjoy creating something.

Due to many requests I will let pictures of GPS, cellphones with the GC App on the screen or Geocaching branded SWAG in front of something clearly identifying LAX count as well. But it really needs to be clearly Geocaching related.

In case I deleted your log, but you think you fulfilled the requirements and deserve the smiley send me a message and let me know. But please have the courtesy to actually read the logging requirements before you message me and be respectful in your tone and with my time. Thank you

Congrats to benh57 for FTF!

Please feel free to discover the "The Ghost of Flying Ships" Travel Bug in the inventory of this cache.

Virtual Reward - 2017/2018

This Virtual Cache is part of a limited release of Virtuals created between August 24, 2017 and August 24, 2018. Only 4,000 cache owners were given the opportunity to hide a Virtual Cache. Learn more about Virtual Rewards on the Geocaching Blog.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


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