2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8956 posts, RR: 60 Posted (6 years 2 months 5 days ago) and read 2897 times:
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So I've finally gotten around to scanning the last batch of my Great Uncle's slide collection from the '60s and '70s, and I ran across something rather unique. Back in August of 1960, he shot this big mural of the airport:
As interesting as the airport layout is, my favorite part is definitely the afterburner-equipped 707.
Anyway, I thought you DTW fans out there would appreciate seeing this. I wonder where the mural is today...
Isitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2622 times:
[quote=WA707atMSP,reply=5]I'm guessing that development would be a group of T hangars for general aviation aircraft.
Thats exactly what it is. I remember this print on the wall behind the NW counter in that hall way...you Metro folks know the one. After the expansion of THAT terminal, it was moved upstairs near the pool room and excutive offices.
Now, does anyone remember the model of the "Metro of the future"near the print?
The Northwest terminal was not even a dream in 1960. The big dog at DTW was AA.
If two people agree on EVERYTHING, then one isn't necessary.
WA707atMSP From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2264 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2610 times:
Quoting Isitsafenow (Reply 6): Now, does anyone remember the model of the "Metro of the future"near the print?
I remember it well. In the late 1970s, it was on the wall near the DL ticket counters, next to the entrance to Concourses C-D-E-F.
The model had an MCI like terminal complex planned for the area south of 9L / 27R.
In the late 1970s, DTW was so under utilized that there were rarely more than 8 or 9 airplanes on the ground at once in the afternoon - DTW had more than 50 gates at the time. I thought "DTW will never be busy enough to justify building another terminal complex!". Thankfully, I was wrong
NASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3184 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2494 times:
Quoting Tjwgrr (Reply 4): The other curiosity is the development in the lower center of the picture- can't figure out what that is either.
That would be the area of hangars that are across from the Mesaba hangar I assume on I believe Northline Road. It looks as though 3R/21L isn't built yet though. You see the old runway that runs in a northwesterly/southeasterly direction that the GA parks on at ASIG or whatever FBO that is off of Northline Road.
As for what is located then where the McNamara Terminal is now looks like maybe an industrial complex with maybe airfield access for companies to park their jets in hangars - most likely wouldn't be a subdivision with roads leading to the runways - unless they planned on making DTW a subdivision airpark like Spruce Creek in Daytona Beach.- I highly doubt that. You can see roads leading to taxiways - which makes me think it would be an industrial center for aviation companies or companies that have their own aircraft
Quoting Vctony (Reply 3): I think it's a subdivision. My grandparents used to live around that area.
I doubt they would build a subdivision "peninsula" between 3 runways. Your grandparents I assume probably lived in that subdivision that is just south of Eureka Road and west of Middlebelt. There has been a subdivision there for about 50 years I think - I knew someone that lived in there too. There is also an apartment complex if you head west right before you drive under the approach for 3R.
All of that will come down if DTW goes ahead with building that fifth parallel runway, which is supposed to be built 4300 ft east of 3R/21L that would cross Middlebelt and Eureka right through that subdivision.
Michman From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 570 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 2 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2385 times:
The mural is a highly stylized rendering of the DTW of the "future". The reality is that most of the buildings in the mural did not exist. There are some amazingly detailed aerial photography of the metro Detroit region from 1949 - 1997 hosted by Wayne State U. at http://tools.comm.wayne.edu/media/low_res/aerial_photos/index.htm You can see from the photos of the airport area in 1961, that the mural had little in common with reality.