Yflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1116 posts, RR: 1 Posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 38509 times:
I have this strange fasination with old, unused buildings. I was looking at the website for the Detroit City Airport and noticed they have photos of the passenger terminal. (Scroll down to the "Passenger Terminal" heading and look at the links where it says "take a tour" to see them for yourself.) Seeing those vacant ticket counters, the idle baggage carousel, and the empty waiting areas just has this sort of erie yet intreguing quality that makes me wonder what it was like there when they had scheduled passenger service.
So now I'm wondering if you guys can point me to pictures of other "dead" airports (to borrow a phrase from deadmalls.com). Either picurres of airports that formerly had passenger service but no longer do, airports that have been closed completely (like Stapleton or Kai Tak), or pictures of unused coucourses in formerly busy hubs like PIT or STL.
I have flown in and out of this airport many times
What about that fantastic hotel that was linked to the terminal ?
You have to walk over glass walkways with water running underneath, it was fascinating
Jsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2110 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 37672 times:
Quoting Someone83 (Reply 12): Oslo Fornebu FBU, closed October 1998. These photos was taken in May 2006
Great shots of Fornebu. Looking at Google Maps, there doesn't seem to be much left of the FBU airfield.
The "abandoned airfields" site has data on hundreds of small and mid-size airports that have been abandoned, but there are very few "big" airports that have been closed. Probably the best known -
* Oslo Fornebu
* Munich Riem (almost nothing left of it today apart from the old control tower)
* Athens Hellenikon (some of the runways are left and the terminals are still standing)
* Denver Stapleton (ditto for Munich Riem)
* Austin Bergstrom (most of the runways are still intact, for the time being... terminal is demolished)
* Guangzhou Baiyun (old runway is now an expressway)
* Jakarta Kemayoran (both runways are now major roads and the terminals are long gone)
* Hong Kong Kai Tak (almost nothing left)
* Fort Worth Greater Southwest
* Gothenburg Torslanda (not much left here either)
* Malmo Bulltofta (completely redeveloped; literally nothing left except the old radar tower)
Avalon2862 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 37534 times:
Your post reminds me of my childhood growing up in Greenville, SC. There is an old US Air Force base in Greenville that was formerly known as Donaldson Air Force Base. It was once used as a B-25 training base and later on as a MAC base with a substantial fleet of Globemasters. My father was a pilot stationed there at the end of his military career and he retired soon after the base was closed in the late 60's.
When the base was closed, the Air Force pretty much left it to rot... a few companies moved into the property (Proctor & Gamble, 3M, LTV and Lockheed) in the early 80's but in the 20 years between, it was pretty much a ghost of an air base! 2 extremely large runways, several large 50's era hangars and lots of abandoned base offices. I learned to play golf at the old base golf course and I even learned to drive a car on the miles of abandoned taxiways there!
What I remember the most were the abandoned underground air-raid/bomb shelters sprinkled all over the base. As kids, my friends and I used to explore the old base and, in particular, those underground bunkers! Those were great days!
When I was 15, my father taught me to fly at that base (the runways are still open to this day) and I earned my pilot's license at that very field. That old abandoned Air Force base was the catalyst that fueled my love of aviation! I spent so much of my childhood playing there - dreaming of speeding down the runwy in my own plane, then lifting of into the beautiful southern sky and buzzing my parents house less than a mile away!
About 5 years ago, I flew my own plane back to that very field for a visit to see my aging father in Greenville. After parking the plane, I spent a couple of hours just wandering around the base, re-living my childhood memories of the place! There are a few large companies with manufacturing facilities there, but it still remains a very large, un-spoiled country-side airbase. There are farms on all sides of it and it looks very much as it did when I was a child!
Some pictures of the new Denver International Airport as well as Stapleton just after it closed.
Also, if you google map and satellite Denver, Colorado, you will find that parts of the old Stapleton are still visible. The pictures are a bit outdated, but it shows how suburbia is taking over the area like kudzu vine.
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Yes very sad , I have seen it myself and its not nice.
Quoting GMUAirbusA320 (Reply 3): That's amazing that the Cyprian airport was just ABANDONED like that. AMAZING!
Not really amazing!!! If troops were invading and dropping bombs them I'm sure you wouldn't stay !!! The airport is abandoned because its near the ceasefire line between the Greek and Turkish part. It would be great if one day a peace settlement happens and that Nicosia could be opened to serve both communities!!!
You may want to search for the Cincinnati Subway. Cincinnati is the the only city in the US that built a subway system and then never used it. There are a few good sites about it, including the history and some "urban infiltration" photos.
Other good abandoned projects are the Rochester Subway and the Chicago Tunnels
In addition, I think Dulles has a fully completed railway station under one of the terminals that has never been used.
If you cannot do the math, your opinion means squat!
Another great site. I never really knew much about the old ATL terminal until I found out about that site. Some of the history of some major airports on there are quite interesting to read. I had actually never knew about Fort Worth Greater Southwest International Airport (GSW) until I visited the site (I actually found myself looking for the bits and pieces of that airport the last time I flew into/out of DFW.). As a fan of Mid-Century architecture, the site also appeals to me in regards to the architecture as well.
It was a fully functional Naval Air Station until the 1995, with an 8,000 foot runway in the middle of North Shore suburbia. In the later part of it's life, it was used mainly for staging P-3 Orions for North Atlantic ASW.
Anywho, it was decommissioned, torn down, and turned into a very nice development known as "The Glen." There's a bunch of really nice houses and apartments, along with a long street (named Patriot Blvd.) with many restaraunts, bars and shops. It's very quaint.
767Lover From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 36569 times:
Quoting Srbmod (Reply 23): I never really knew much about the old ATL terminal until I found out about that site.
I have some memories from childhood where I was in an airport. A couple of years ago, when I saw that site, I realized my memories were of the old ATL. I distinctly remembered the two-level atrium and the rotundas.
: Hey guys, fantastic links. I'd never imagine I would stumble upon so many people who share my fascination for abandoned buildings. Nice to see I'm not
: Those are some great links...thanks! I wish there were some pictures of the insides of some of them. Obviously, the only way that would happen, would
: P.S. Anyone have any old IND pictures?
: Assuming you meant Mueller, the runways are mostly gone now too. In its place are shops, apartments, and a huge hospital. I think some of the only si
: Someone better start taking some pics of the current IND, because it won't be around much longer either. No, only you.
: Well, I was watching a video about Aviation before WWII in Los Angeles, and I learned something LAX was not the main airport serving Los Angeles, it w
: Hong Kong (Kai Tak) International Old Airport Fire Station
: To take your fascination off at a tangent, how about 'dead' ski areas? http://www.nelsap.org/
: I really miss Mirabel... It was (is) such a nice, airy terminal, and you didn't have to walk miles to get to your aircraft, a cool bus would do the jo
: That's truly fascinating. I've spent lots of time at Delta's offices in ATL and had no idea that I was on or near the site of their old terminal. I've
: The site is very interesting, I've had it bookmarked for some time. What is more interesting however, is many of the building they talk about have be
: I have plenty of pictures of the current IND terminal. But i think it will be around for a while, even when the new terminal opens. It will be weird t
: This has been a very fascinating read! I have many fond memories of the Old International Terminal (Terminal 2) at SFO. I loved the area were you coul