Tom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 31 Posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6198 times:
Reading the ongoing DAB USAirways thead, I got a bit nostalgic for my days at Embry-Riddle in the early 80's, and thought I'd post a few of the airport pictures I took during my time there. A couple of these are posted on jsnww81's fabulous Old Terminals website, but the majority of these are more airline related:
This was the old terminal. Eastern operated out of the left-most gates, Delta to the right of them, and Piedmont to the far right in the area beyond the baggage claim:
This was taken from the terminal roadway looking west. For reference, the Daytona International Speedway would be just off the right edge of the photo:
The ticket lobby area with Delta in the foreground, and Eastern in the background:
Eastern's flight board:
An Eastern DC-9 in the foreground, with a Delta 727 in the background:
A Delta 727 from the passageway between the departure lounge and the baggage claim area. There was a common departure lounge for all airlines, except Piedmont. There was a passenger-only passageway that ran along the back odf the terminal, and took passengers to and from their respective gate access doors. These next three pictures look from the general passageway, through the departure/arrival passageway, out to the aircraft:
A Delta DC-9:
An Eastern DC-9:
An Eastern 727 landing on what was then runway 24R, taken from the Embry-Riddle flight ramp...note the Piper Seminole tail on the right side:
Another Eastern 727 at the terminal, taken from some Riddle airplane that I was an observation flight on:
Dolphin Airlines began DAB service while I was there. Here's an EMB-110:
I've got some Riddle aerials that I took from those observation flights, and I'll see if I can't load them up into another thread this afternoon.
Tom at MSY
"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
Cleco From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 569 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6153 times:
I just graduated from Embry-Riddle myself. The airport has really changed. They've really updated the terminal since then, and it appears as if they now have smaller planes flying to fewer destinations.
Typhaerion From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 619 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6132 times:
I flew through DAB back in November and I like the "new" terminal they have over there. It is amazingly easy to get through, there is never a line through security, food on both sides, baggage claim is open and the bags don't have far to go so they usually get to the belt fast. I feel that DAB is a much better airport to fly through then the likes of MCO and JAX. Even though the fares tend to be $30-$50 dollars higher, I think it is worth it.
I love those photos though. They remind me of an aerial shot I saw of the area at the Hunt Library on campus before the terminal was constructed. It was all baseball diamonds in that area, and real open.
I would love to see your aerial shots. I would also love to see some current ones in contrast if any of the ERAU students on the boards have any. With all of the new construction, I but it would paint a very different picture, what with Apollo Hall and the new College of Business building being complete and Spruance Hall being gone. Though your aerials may not contain Lehman or the College of Aviation building either if they are from the eighties.
Thanks for posting, it is always nice to hear from other Riddle Grads.
ERAU Alum, Spring 2007
For some, the sky is the limit. For us, it is only the beginning... -- Jack Hunt
DALMD88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2727 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6029 times:
Quoting Typhaerion (Reply 2): would love to see your aerial shots. I would also love to see some current ones in contrast if any of the ERAU students on the boards have any. With all of the new construction, I but it would paint a very different picture, what with Apollo Hall and the new College of Business building being complete and Spruance Hall being gone. Though your aerials may not contain Lehman or the College of Aviation building either if they are from the eighties.
Spruance Hall wasn't even a thought in the early 80's. The Admin Building was an old WW2 building in the shadow of turn 2 of the speedway. I'll bet the library wasn't even built yet. I think the first phase of the library was done in 85. Where it sits was the remains of a old runway. The runway ended right where the Wright Flyer sits. We used it as the main parking lot until the late 80's.
Pilotboi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2366 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5997 times:
I've been working on creating a detailed history of DAB all the way from the beach to present day. The info in this thread really adds to the info I've got, thanks to Tom and others. Thanks for sharing!
Quoting Cleco (Reply 1): They've really updated the terminal since then,
The terminal pictured in the above pictures is not the same one as the current one. The current one was completed in 1991.
Crownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2088 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5487 times:
How about some shots of those EAL L-1011's that use to fly in there! Tom in NO, I feel your pain...Most airports in the U.S. that once had service of this nature (DC-9's, 737's and 727's) have been downgraded to RJ domination. With the cost of fuel, you will either see a resurection of bigger equipment, or complete termination of air service at many cities...
AAflyguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 376 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5342 times:
The current terminal is about 15-years old now, so it's hardly new, but it still looks incredibly good. Part of that is because of the relative lack of use the facility gets. When it was under construction, business was robust. But, by the time it opened, airlines had begun slashing service @ DAB, and the hemorrage continued for years. It is probably only being used at 10-15% of its capacity. So sad, but the growth of service at MCO, and even at SFD, has really hurt DAB's ability to hold onto service. What's interesting, though, is that SRB was in the same situation as DAB for a few years, being so close to TPA. But since AirTran has come onboard, the airport is throttling forward. Things are looking up, way up, while DAB continues to lag behind.
I'm also a Riddle grad, from the mid-90's. Last visited in Fall 2006 when the new Business Admin Building groundbreaking was held. Need to go back and see how it has changed in the last 1 1/2 years. There are great expansion plans for campus, and I hope they are realized in the future.
Tan Flyr From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1943 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5287 times:
Hey Tom...Thanks...those photos brought back a few memories. After graduating from college and finally having a few dollars to spend on air tickets, a few fraternity brothers and myself would fly down to DAB from either FWA or IND in the 79-81 time frame.
IIRC, Everytime we were on EA they used a 727QC from ATL. I didnot see any mention of National (Pan-Am) in your photos, so I guess by the time those were taken they had pulled out of DAB.
Imisspiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6440 posts, RR: 31
Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4972 times:
Yes, those bring back memories. I wish I still had my pictures of the L-1011s struggling to stop after landing. We used to sit out behind the old library and the wing tip would be right over our heads as the turn was made off the runway. I bet you can't even get within 1500 ft of that area now.
[Edited 2008-03-13 18:24:26]
I am glad I was around to fly before de-regulation.