727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6422 posts, RR: 17 Posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2810 times:
To simplify this, I will use eastbound rwy #s only.
Lets hop back to 1950.
The airport was using the quonset terminal. Just south of the terminal, there was a short runway named 9. In 1952, the airport opened a new parallel runway to the south of 9. Rwy 9 became 9L, the new runway 9R. 9R is todays’s 8R. When they were building the Delta-Capital-Southern concourse in the late 50’s, they had to close 9L. Therefore 9R, no longer having a parallel, became 9.
The new terminal would require ATL to have to close the 2 crossing runways, 15-33 and 3-21. The opened a new runway in 1973, I believe. This was a parallel to 9, therefore making 9 become 9L. The new runway being 9R (today’s 9L) Aircraft would land on 9R and then have to make a looooong journey northward to 1961 terminal.
727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6422 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2247 times:
But actually the thanx should go to author George Cearley Jr, and his book on ATL. It's an absolutely amazing book, with hundreds of photos from the 20's to, well, at least there 90's. I really wish the guy would author other airports. He has several airline books, but only one other airport: DAL.
Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.