Why does Los Angeles International Airport have the nickname LAX?
#22492. Asked by an alias. (Sep 09 02 1:01 AM)
When the Wright brothers first took to the air in 1903, there was no need for |
coding airports since an airport was literally any convenient field with a strong
wind. However, the National Weather Service did tabulate data from cities around
the country using a two-letter identification system. Early airlines simply copied
this system, but as airline service exploded in the 1930's, towns without weather
station codes needed identification. A bureaucrat had a brainstorm, and the three
letter system was born, giving a seemingly endless 17,576 different combinations.
To ease the transition, existing airports placed an X after the weather station
code. The Los Angeles tag became LAX. See:
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