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Question About Old DTW Airport  
User currently offlineJgold47 From Djibouti, joined Mar 2005, 95 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3255 times:

There is a brown brick builidng (not the executive terminal), in the northeast corner of the airport (Meriman and (whatever the east-west road is that all the rental car places are on), its currently pretty busted up looking and surrounded by rental car lots, but does anyone know what that is and what it used to be used for?

http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/download.php?Number=249047

Thats the link to the picture on google earth, sorry I dont know how to post a direct link

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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3138 times:

AFAIK that is the administration building, built to accommodate airline operations and to provide more office space and was constructed in 1939.

Although the airport opened in September 1929 as Detroit-Wayne Major Airport , most traffic was out of DET and YIP. It wasn't until the late 1950's that the airlines started moving to DTW.

"American, Allegheny, Northwest Orient, Pan Am and British Overseas moved to Metro Airport from the Willow Run Airport. American inaugurated air carrier service at Metro on October 1, 1958."

The Airport was renamed Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport in 1958

http://www.metroairport.com/about/history.asp


User currently offlineJgold47 From Djibouti, joined Mar 2005, 95 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3086 times:

hmm....makes sense, there is definately what looks like an observation tower up there. I thought that It might have been the old terminal, or the old maintence hanger. There were a lot of small airports around there back then. I was reading about the Ford field (not the football stadium) in dearborn, YIP, City, wayne county, and a couple of other smaller strips in and around se michigan

User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3080 times:

DTWClipper....Not many people even here in Michigan knew what you posted in reply one.
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User currently offlineMasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 5364 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3060 times:

I asked in another thread and got no answer:

Buried in the GM factory closing notice was the closure of a "logistics center" in Ypsalanti. Does this mean reduced freight ops at YIP?

Maybe GM will merely outsource to job to a freight forwarder. Any thoughts?



I love long German words like 'Freundschaftsbezeigungen'.
User currently offlineDtw9 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1154 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3051 times:

Most freight out of YIP is AD-HOC now anyways. YIP hasn't been a big player for a few years now. Zantop is gone.Really no Kalitta, Transcon gone, only leaves USA Jet and Murrray

User currently offlineJsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2016 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3024 times:

Another DTW-related historical question...

I know that in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, a variety of airlines kept maintenance hangars at DTW. Most of them are now either unused or have been purchased by Northwest:

- the two hangars on the east side of the terminal approach road. One still has its old "Northwest Airlines" sign, the other belongs to Spirit (it says "Fly Spirit" on it.) I seem to remember being in Detroit as a kid and seeing that hangar with a "Fly Delta" sign. Did Spirit buy it and just change the letters?

- The hangars that are now in between the two west-side runways. I believe there are two of them, and one is quite large. Did these belong to United or North Central? Both used to be quite large at DTW.

- Did American keep a hangar at DTW? They also had a reasonable presence at DTW in the pre-Deregulation days.

Thanks for your help!


User currently offlineJgold47 From Djibouti, joined Mar 2005, 95 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2990 times:

88% sure that the Fly Spirit was fly Delta. I grew up around there and used to fly all the time, so I am almost positive, but for some reason I cant 100% Visualize it!

User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2952 times:

Quoting Jgold47 (Reply 7):
88% sure that the Fly Spirit was fly Delta. I grew up around there and used to fly all the time, so I am almost positive, but for some reason I cant 100% Visualize it!

No, this is 100% correct.


User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2935 times:

Quoting Jsnww81 (Reply 6):
Did American keep a hangar at DTW? They also had a reasonable presence at DTW in the pre-Deregulation days

I don't recall AA having an hanger at DTW. UA also had a large operation at DTW including its' own flight kitchen.

As a matter of trivia, the North Terminal, AKA the Davey Termainal, AKA the old Northwest Terminal was built for UA.

UA did indeed have an hanger.

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User currently offlineKarlB737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3094 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2926 times:

Quoting Jsnww81 (Reply 6):
Did these belong to United or North Central? Both used to be quite large at DTW.

One of those two hangers on the west side (and I think it is the one on the north side of the other) was for North Central Airlines.

I can see it on Google Earth but getting the link to this post was not successful.


User currently offlineDtw9 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1154 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2926 times:

AA has or had the cargo building (don't know if its still there) on the East side of the airport by the A concourse of the Smith terminal

User currently offlineGrrtvc From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 275 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2889 times:

I have been hoping the airport would wise up and renovate that building on the NE corner of Merriman and "Rental Car" road. This is the smaller building that used to be the original terminal back in the 30's. Would make a nice airport museum/executive terminal.

I think the Wayne County police use it now.


User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2866 times:

Quoting Grrtvc (Reply 12):
have been hoping the airport would wise up and renovate that building on the NE corner of Merriman and "Rental Car" road. This is the smaller building that used to be the original terminal back in the 30's. Would make a nice airport museum/executive terminal.

There was talk a few years ago that "the Henry Ford" would take it over as a museum, but that never came to fruition.


User currently offlineJgold47 From Djibouti, joined Mar 2005, 95 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (8 years 6 months 4 weeks ago) and read 2762 times:

Quoting Grrtvc (Reply 12):
I have been hoping the airport would wise up and renovate that building on the NE corner of Merriman and "Rental Car" road. This is the smaller building that used to be the original terminal back in the 30's. Would make a nice airport museum/executive terminal.

Not sure if you have google earth or not, but I assume we are talking about the same building, sort of a light orange/brown brick, long builidng, now surrounded by rental cars, This was the original terminal? Thats what I thought!

josh


User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 49
Reply 15, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2655 times:

AA had a hanger, as well as there own flight kitchen also.


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