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User currently offlineYflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1030 posts, RR: 1
Posted (6 years 11 months 16 hours ago) and read 37327 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.

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User currently offlineTuRbUleNc3 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 16 hours ago) and read 37338 times:

Funnily enough, i have some pics of the abandoned airport in Nicosia, Cyprus

Here ya go

User currently offlineGMUAirbusA320 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 243 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 16 hours ago) and read 37271 times:

That's amazing that the Cyprian airport was just ABANDONED like that. AMAZING!

User currently offlineSimairlinenet From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 916 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 16 hours ago) and read 37271 times:

Here's DCA, my former employer: http://mwaa.com/reagan/about_reagan_national/dca_photo_gallery

User currently offlineCharliedelta From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 16 hours ago) and read 37164 times:

Know what you mean about the evocative, eeriness of abandoned buildings. Have you seen the Fabulous Ruins of Detroit? There are a couple of sites. OK, not airports but you may still be interested:



User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6383 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 16 hours ago) and read 37169 times:

Great site for abandoned airports here in the US, with plenty of pictures:



Celebrating the birth of KELPkidJR on August 5, 2009 :-)
User currently offlineJoness0154 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 667 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 16 hours ago) and read 37122 times:

Yflyer and others, I think you will enjoy this website immensely, I know I have:


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User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17066 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 16 hours ago) and read 37039 times:

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 6):
Great site for abandoned airports here in the US, with plenty of pictures:

Great link.

All this pics of abandoned airports makes you cry.  crying 

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User currently offlineSilentbob From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2101 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 15 hours ago) and read 36988 times:

I can't believe there haven't been any PIT jokes yet.

User currently offlineCF105Arrow From Canada, joined Oct 2007, 319 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 15 hours ago) and read 36866 times:

No doubt that Montreal's Mirabel Airport is the biggest and newest dead airport and probably died the quickest.  tombstone 

The following link has pics and its history.


User currently offlineTango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3805 posts, RR: 29
Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 15 hours ago) and read 36822 times:

Here is a link to an excellent site having photos and descriptions of airport terminals of the past in the U.S.:


User currently offlineSomeone83 From Norway, joined Sep 2006, 3386 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (6 years 11 months 15 hours ago) and read 36736 times:

Oslo Fornebu FBU, closed October 1998. These photos was taken in May 2006


User currently offlineAntonovman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 720 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (6 years 11 months 14 hours ago) and read 36513 times:

Quoting CF105Arrow (Reply 10):
No doubt that Montreal's Mirabel Airport is the biggest and newest dead airport and probably died the quickest. tombstone

The following link has pics and its history.


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

User currently offlineJsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2036 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (6 years 11 months 14 hours ago) and read 36490 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)

I'm sure I've forgotten a few here.

User currently offlineAvalon2862 From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 11 months 14 hours ago) and read 36352 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!

You should look it up.. it has a great history!

User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (6 years 11 months 14 hours ago) and read 36246 times:


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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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26978 posts, RR: 57
Reply 16, posted (6 years 11 months 14 hours ago) and read 36196 times:

Quoting B747forever (Reply 2):
Really horrible pictures.

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!!!

User currently offlineA350 From Germany, joined Nov 2004, 1100 posts, RR: 22
Reply 17, posted (6 years 11 months 13 hours ago) and read 36169 times:

Quoting Jsnww81 (Reply 14):

Soon we'll have to add THF to your list  crying 


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User currently offlineJeremy From United States of America, joined May 2001, 668 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (6 years 11 months 13 hours ago) and read 35937 times:

Quoting Jsnww81 (Reply 14):
* Austin Bergstrom (most of the runways are still intact, for the time being... terminal is demolished)

Gosh, I hope not!

You are probably meaning Mueller?

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User currently offlineCygnusChicago From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 758 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (6 years 11 months 13 hours ago) and read 35875 times:

Quoting Yflyer (Thread starter):
I have this strange fasination with old, unused buildings

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!
User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3936 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (6 years 11 months 13 hours ago) and read 35815 times:

Quoting Someone83 (Reply 12):
Oslo Fornebu FBU, closed October 1998. These photos was taken in May 2006


My god... It's so strange to see the airport abandoned liked this. brings back so many memories...

These pictures are a bit old though. There is alot of new developments taking place at the spot now.

User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (6 years 11 months 12 hours ago) and read 35716 times:

Hadley Airport, South Plainfield New Jersey.

It was still there when I was a kid, but all that's left is the name of Hadley Road.


You can pull up where it used to be on Google Earth but no more is left of the place.

Other favorites are MCAS Tustin, MCAS El Toro annd Terminal Island NAS

User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (6 years 11 months 12 hours ago) and read 35679 times:

Quoting Joness0154 (Reply 7):
Yflyer and others, I think you will enjoy this website immensely, I know I have:


Great site there. I actually found out about an old airport right by my office. Like many old airports, it's got a subdivision on it now.

I also found out stuff about the airport that was five minutes from where I lived at from 1986-1995.

Quoting Tango-Bravo (Reply 11):
Here is a link to an excellent site having photos and descriptions of airport terminals of the past in the U.S.:


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.

User currently offlinePlanespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3527 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (6 years 11 months 11 hours ago) and read 35435 times:

I live about 2 miles away from the former NAS Glenview.

NAS_Glenview" target=_blank>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAS_Glenview

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.


They kept the control tower up and I believe it's on the national historic registry.

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User currently offline767Lover From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (6 years 11 months 11 hours ago) and read 35387 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.

25 Post contains images Toast : 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
26 7E72004 : 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
27 7E72004 : P.S. Anyone have any old IND pictures?
28 Skywatch : 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
29 Post contains images Tornado82 : Someone better start taking some pics of the current IND, because it won't be around much longer either. No, only you.
30 Post contains images LAXspotter : 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
31 Post contains images YLWbased : Hong Kong (Kai Tak) International Old Airport Fire Station
32 Post contains links BristolFlyer : To take your fascination off at a tangent, how about 'dead' ski areas? http://www.nelsap.org/
33 Post contains images SB : 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
34 ScarletHarlot : 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
35 Dtwclipper : 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
36 7E72004 : 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
37 Post contains links and images Msl747 : 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
38 Post contains links DMAJ7TH : http://phlairline.com
39 Post contains links Himmelstormer : Fascinating thread. I too have a fascination of empty, abandoned places. I often think of what went on?, what happened?, who were the people? And what
40 Post contains images Thenoflyzone : Lol
41 QF108 : What is left at El Toro today? Caught the Surfliner from Anaheim to San Diego with an Ex-Girlfriend about 6-7 years ago, and you could tell that it h
42 Pellegrine : I find the Mirabel story especially odd and fascinating in a way. A whole airport built for nothing...or at least built decades too soon. A proper hi
43 PITops : Give it time.
44 FXRA : I also have some vague memories of the old ATL terminal. I mostly remember the rotundas. I also remember looking out the windows of the "new" termina
45 Post contains images 7E72004 : Does anyone remember the Eastern Airlines gates at PHL. If i remember correctly, the gate areas had these ugly brown walls with white print listing th
46 Ualcsr : Maybe someone can shed some light on this. A few years ago, I remember watching a segment on "60 Minutes", "20/20" or some show about a big airport bu
47 Flybynight : It's too bad Fornebu wasn't improved. They could have extended the runways and made it a world-class airport a helluva lot closer to Oslo.
48 Post contains links and images Phatfarmlines : I believe the airport you are talking about is BLV. As you can see, it is currently used by Cessnas. View Large View MediumPhoto © Gary Chambers
49 Yflyer : In all seriousness, I would be interested in seeing pictures of what PIT looks like nowadays. I've read descriptions of it here, but I've never actua
50 BHMNONREV : You are speaking of Mid-America Airport (BLV) in Mascoutah, Illinois which is about 15-20 miles east of St. Louis on I-64. It is co-located with Scot
51 Glareskin : Today I ´had to walk from T3 to T1 in SFO. Terminal 2 is out of use, almost nobody there, empty halls, brown seventies counters. Sad....
52 Msl747 : Terminal 2 was used as the international terminal from 1974 up until 2000, when the new one opened. There have been plans to renovate T2 since before
53 Post contains links ODAFZ : you should also seek on pictures of old terminal on google , for example there are beautiful pictures of CROYDON air terminal which was one of London'
54 Post contains links Rampart : And as you probably know, you can still visit the old terminal, hangar, and control tower, with a movement to preserve the building as a historic lan
55 Rampart : Does anyone in the New York metro area know the whereabouts and status of the original (1920's?) Newark terminal and control tower that existed in EWR
56 Post contains links Qf74 : Not aviation related but a long fascination of mine, check out this site for pictures of disused London Underground stations and history http://underg
57 Post contains links Scouseflyer : Liverpool airports old terminal building has been restored somewhat brilliantly into a hotel http://www.fola.org.uk/current.html - there's a picture n
58 Post contains images TruemanQLD : Not tottaly deserted (still some freight a/c on runway and training facilities) but this is the old BNE international terminal
59 DAL767400ER : Different people have different tastes. Started to get fascinated by abandoned buildings and the like around 4 years ago when I went to Denver and sa
60 Faro : Anyone have picture of the old Cartierville airport in Montreal? It was the Canadair base and saw production of F-86's, challengers and Boeing sub-ass
61 Post contains links LTBEWR : I believe that part of the original building was moved about 1000 feet to make room for parking lots. There should be more sites via Google that coul
62 Post contains images DH106 : " target=_blank>http://www.pbase.com/alexis/nic Great piccies - look at that poor derelict Trident The first piccie on the 2nd row shows the wreck of
63 Kieron747 : There's a fellow A.Netter whos hobby is visiting and photographing derelict airfields etc. I'll try and dig out his profile as it contains a link to h
64 AAJFKSJUBKLYN : " target=_blank>http://forum.scanair.no/read.php?TID...11311 These pictures remind me of LGA....
65 Rampart : Hey, that's fantastic! Nice restoration they've done. Nice building. Thanks for the link, I'll have to locate it, so long as they don't mind history
66 Post contains links and images Dvincent : Let's not forget South Weymouth NAS in Mass... the largest blimp facility in the northeast. The Navy closed it down in the late 90s but not after buil
67 Chase : The other day I went to Lafayette Aviation for the first time (training facility) but accidentally wandered into the former passenger terminal at LAF.
68 Someone83 : Not reallt an option. Not only would they needed to have build a second and longer runway, but also needed a new and much bigger terminal, with the r
69 Post contains links Uclax : http://oldterminals.topcities.com/ I didn't see this mentioned. It's the best site I've found on the subject.
70 Post contains images Austinairport : Google Earth shows the Runways are still there!!!! Thats Crazy!!!!
71 Post contains links and images SNAFlyboy : http://oldterminals.topcities.com/ , I believe, was already mentioned in this thread, but it truly is a facinating read! I was glancing through the pa
72 Post contains images Viaggiare : And does the fascination tend to pick up towards the end of October every year?
73 United787 : You should the read the book "The World Without Us" by Alan Weisman; I just finished it, it is a little off subject but an interesting look at what w
74 Ramprat74 : Remember, SFO was served by over twenty international airlines during that time. 1/3 of the counter space was used by United. Some how they all used
75 Post contains images Viscount724 : This is the only Cartierville photo I can find. It's undated by would guess it's from the 1960s or so. Most of the runway is visible. Many thousands
76 Post contains links ReidYYZ : Check out: http://www.worldwithoutus.com/did_you_know.html I may just pick up a copy.
77 Post contains images 7E72004 : This concourse at PHL is still in use, just a much different view   [Edited 2007-10-25 19:03:18]
78 Ualcsr : Was TW still around when this was built or was AA already in place?
79 Post contains links and images WA727 : Talk about dead..and buried ! This is the former WH Bramble Airport on the island of Montserrat. It was destroyed by the Soufriere volcano in the late
80 Post contains images 2H4 : Great thread, Yflyer. Here are some shots I took at Lunken Field in Cincinnati: If anyone would like a large version of any of these, just let me know
81 PITops : All stores in the core are still there. The only ones that moved out were the few toward the end of A and B concourses. Who knows whats to come once
82 Faro : Many thanx, it's nice to see it again! I spent long hours of marching drills in a hangar near one of the aprons as an air cadet in me youth, and ofte
83 Post contains images 7E72004 : This is taken from inside of Stapleton. I think it is concourse E if i am not mistaken. If not, it was the concourse that Midway airlines #2 was in d
84 RampRat74 : That was taken from the new E concourse. Those hangars in the background were the original ones that United and Continental used.
85 2travel2know : I can think of the original PAC, Paitilla Airport, Panama City - now lots of condos and a shopping mall and La Sabana in San José, Costa Rica. The cu
86 FlashFlyGuy : So have I, used that terminal many many many times. I remember the first time I flew in there and happened to look up from the baggage claim and saw
87 Snoopy : The old Athens airport is now an exhibition center. When I was there last year I saw that there are still 4 ex-Olympic (I think) jets that were abando
88 YOW : DET would seem like a great place for Skybus to set up shop.
89 Post contains links Emseeeye : How about KCK? This is the Fairfax airport - closed in 1985 - that was adjacent to MKC just over the river to the NW. Here is a Wikipedia link on the
90 Viscount724 : Does anyone know what happened to the passenger terminal at Dhahran airport (DHA) in Saudi Arabia when passenger services were moved to the new airpor
91 Post contains links Fanofjets : I have a prurient fascination for the aesthetics of abandoned buildings and vehicles. I have used http://www.airfields-freeman.com/ to locate several
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