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User currently offlineLoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3867 posts, RR: 34
Posted (4 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 9894 times:

I saw this new City of Dallas website posted on a local Dallas Urban Development forum where I sometimes participate. Some of the renderings I've seen before but most are new. There's also some cool historical photos and an animated walk-through. I think the walk-through video was posted last summer on one of the local TV station's websites, but that version was a small screen version, whereas the one on this site lets you see it as a full-screen version and you can see things a lot better. I've also included some "current" photos I've taken (from January, November, & December 2009) You can click on any of my photos (the ones with specific dates out to the side) to see a larger version.

http://www.lovefieldmodernizationprogram.com/

Current West Concourse exterior (December 22, 2009)
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff158/LoneStarMike/Airports/DAL007.jpg


Current East Concourse exterior (December 26, 2009)
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff158/LoneStarMike/Airports/DAL008.jpg

Current aerial layout: (December 26, 2009)
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff158/LoneStarMike/Airports/DAL012.jpg

Zoomed in on terminal and passenger concourses: (December 26, 2009)
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff158/LoneStarMike/Airports/DAL013.jpg

Future Aerial layout




1970 Main Lobby:


Current Lobby (November 28, 2009)
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff158/LoneStarMike/Airports/DAL004.jpg

Future Lobby:


I noticed a rather large circular design on the floor in the above rendering. I don't know if it's perhaps the current World Map in the lobby restored or possibly a new map updated for the 21st century. I hope it's some sort of map because I always liked the current one Also, it looks like those offices currently in the mezzanine will be ripped out and the main lobby will be opened up to light again.

Future entrance to concourse after going through security


1957 Ticket Counters:


1961 Ticket Counters:


Future Ticket Counters:


Current Baggage Claim (January 10, 2009)
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff158/LoneStarMike/Airports/DAL003.jpg

Future Baggage Claim:


Current Gate (November 28, 2009)
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff158/LoneStarMike/Airports/DAL006.jpg

Current Concourse (November 28, 2009)
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff158/LoneStarMike/Airports/DAL005.jpg

Future Main Terminal to Passenger Concourse Connector*:


*(Note: Although the description of the above rendering says "Concourse Departure Hall" on the website, the URL of the rendering indicates it's the Arrival Stem. I think it may actually be the portion that connects the main terminal to the passenger concourse. From this angle, it looks as though arriving passengers would walk straight ahead towards the mezzanine & escalators down to the Main Lobby. Off to the left you can make out a "Do Not Enter" Sign. I believe that is where departing passengers enter the connector after passing through security and going up a different escalator. The actual passenger concourse renderings on Corgan's website appear to be much wider)

1964 Mezzanine & Observation Deck:


Future "Greeter's Mezzanine"


I'm glad to see the old mezzanine will be re-opened and think it's the perfect place for meeters and greeters. If you watch the walk-through video, it looks like all deplaning passengers have to go through the mezzanine area to get on the escalators to the ground floor before making their way to baggage claim. It actually reminds me of an "upside down" version of ELP's meet and greet lounge. At ELP, theirs is on the ground floor with security directly above. At Love Field, security will be on the ground floor with the meeters & greeters lounge directly above.

For those who missed it the first time around, here's the other website from Corgan (the architectural firm doing the work)

http://www.corgan.com/#/projects/aviation/lfmp

LoneStarMike

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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6428 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (4 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 9879 times:



Quoting LoneStarMike (Thread starter):
It actually reminds me of an "upside down" version of ELP's meet and greet lounge. At ELP, theirs is on the ground floor with security directly above. At Love Field, security will be on the ground floor with the meeters & greeters lounge directly above.

LOL, the terminal design actually looks like a carbon copy of ELP, and the interior design looks almost identical  Smile



Celebrating the birth of KELPkidJR on August 5, 2009 :-)
User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5947 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (4 years 11 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 9686 times:

Thanks, Mike, for taking the time to do this.
I was so disappointed when flying through Love for Thanksgiving and Christmas that none of the work has been started. The only change that I can see is the demolition of the Legend terminal, which was arguably the stupidest point of the entire plan.
But Laura Miller rarely got told 'no, ma'am'.

Anyhow, thanks for all the photos!

My one surprise comes in the (apparent) complete gutting of the brand new baggage claim. That last carousel opened in... what, 2008? The roof and skylights are brand new, too.
Weird.


User currently offlineLoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3867 posts, RR: 34
Reply 3, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 9297 times:

Southwest Airlines has a cool entry on their blog today that shows some more historic Love Field photos circa 1977 of their ticket counters, gate areas, and the moving sidewalk that led to the old North Concourse, along with a little history.

Flashback Fridays - A Look Back At Dallas Love Field

LoneStarMike


User currently offlineCommavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 11973 posts, RR: 62
Reply 4, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 9272 times:

Locks pretty slick for Love Field. The airport could use it - especially the Southwest concourse. The now-empty (until 2014!) AA gate area looks really nice, if a bit barren, but it's so frigging far from security. The Southwest concourse is a short walk from the checkpoint, but man you feel like you've stepped back into 1973 with the low ceilings, cramped feel and those hideous walls covered in mirrors with that ugly marble-looking effect over them - I have no idea why that was ever considered fashionable, in any decade.

Also interesting to note from that rendering where AA's and CO's gates are slated to be. Looks like they're slating to have the four gates immediately to the left when one enters the midfield concourse from the connector from the main terminal. I'll be curious to see if AA puts an Admirals Club at Love Field. Knowing AA, I wouldn't be surprised. Plus, if they really are going to try and cater to high-end traffic with targeted flights to O&D-heavy markets like Chicago, New York and L.A., it might be justifiable.

Quoting LoneStarMike (Thread starter):
I don't know if it's perhaps the current World Map in the lobby restored or possibly a new map updated for the 21st century.

I so hope they don't get rid of that floor. It is so damn cool - really recalls a bygone era in air travel.

[Edited 2010-02-01 19:20:03 by commavia]

User currently offlineAaway From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1560 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 9133 times:

What's being constructed in the vicinity of where Braniff's old routunda stood?


With a choice between changing one's mind & proving there's no need to do so, most everyone gets busy on the proof.
User currently offlineAloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4525 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 9063 times:

It appears to me that much of the historic structure of the building is being retained, which makes me happy. Reading about DAL on the oldterminals site was really fascinating and I'd be upset to see them tear the entire thing down. I'm already sad about what happened to the Braniff side. Overall i think it's a nice update, but I also dont understand the redoing of the baggage area, the "future" rendering looks less modern than the "current" baggage claim!

User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5947 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 8906 times:



Quoting Aloha717200 (Reply 6):
Reading about DAL on the oldterminals site was really fascinating and I'd be upset to see them tear the entire thing down. I'm already sad about what happened to the Braniff side.

That very fact nearly broke my heart... I have a lot of family history built into that terminal, so it was kind of personal for me, even though I'm too young to have traveled through it myself.

Quoting Aloha717200 (Reply 6):
Overall i think it's a nice update, but I also dont understand the redoing of the baggage area, the "future" rendering looks less modern than the "current" baggage claim!

I agree completely- the most recent carousel opened in 2008, and the new skylight windows make the whole place feel very modern. I notice that it's the last item scheduled for construction, IIRC.

Quoting Commavia (Reply 4):
The now-empty (until 2014!)

It isn't empty- there are three DELTA flights each day operating from one of the gates.

Quoting Commavia (Reply 4):
The Southwest concourse is a short walk from the checkpoint, but man you feel like you've stepped back into 1973 with the low ceilings, cramped feel and those hideous walls covered in mirrors with that ugly marble-looking effect over them - I have no idea why that was ever considered fashionable, in any decade.

The terminal interior is severely dated, yes. Oddly, this is not a 1973 design- Southwest did a remodel of it in the late eighties.

Quoting Commavia (Reply 4):
I'll be curious to see if AA puts an Admirals Club at Love Field. Knowing AA, I wouldn't be surprised. Plus, if they really are going to try and cater to high-end traffic with targeted flights to O&D-heavy markets like Chicago, New York and L.A., it might be justifiable.

I would actually be surprised. AA's plans for Love Field always seem to be just that- PLANS. "We're going to...." rarely seems to carry much weight behind it. Notice that they have abandoned the airport completely at present, subleasing their gates to Delta. Uh.... okay.
If Continental can make DAL-IAH work with 10-15 flights a day (depending on season and day-of-week), then AA should be able to make something work at DAL with ERJ's, too.
I really thought Chicago would work- but it was a miserable failure.
LEGEND did New York and LA- the revenue wasn't there for them, it seems.


User currently offlineLoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3867 posts, RR: 34
Reply 8, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8783 times:



Quoting Commavia (Reply 4):
Quoting LoneStarMike (Thread starter):
I don't know if it's perhaps the current World Map in the lobby restored or possibly a new map updated for the 21st century.

I so hope they don't get rid of that floor. It is so damn cool - really recalls a bygone era in air travel.

Not to mention many of the countries depicted on the current map have changed their names now. On the old map you can see Rhodesia and Persia to name a couple.

Quoting Aaway (Reply 5):
What's being constructed in the vicinity of where Braniff's old routunda stood?

I can't make out the letters in the aerial layout, but it doesn't look like anything new. It has the same basic footprint as the current AA gates.

The other pink building to its right is Southwest's General Use Building I think it had to be completed first, so they could then tear down all those buildings clustered around the North Concourse.

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 7):
Quoting Commavia (Reply 4):
The Southwest concourse is a short walk from the checkpoint, but man you feel like you've stepped back into 1973 with the low ceilings, cramped feel and those hideous walls covered in mirrors with that ugly marble-looking effect over them - I have no idea why that was ever considered fashionable, in any decade.

The terminal interior is severely dated, yes. Oddly, this is not a 1973 design- Southwest did a remodel of it in the late eighties.

Here's some late 1960's footage taken at a gate in the West concourse when it had the red carpet. At about 1:30 you can see the podium of another gate with the old 60's AA logo, plus there's footage of an AA 727 in the Astrojet livery at the end.

Gibbs Family at Love Field - 1969

Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 7):
Quoting Aloha717200 (Reply 6):
Overall i think it's a nice update, but I also dont understand the redoing of the baggage area, the "future" rendering looks less modern than the "current" baggage claim!

I agree completely- the most recent carousel opened in 2008, and the new skylight windows make the whole place feel very modern. I notice that it's the last item scheduled for construction, IIRC.

I like the current look better than the future look, but at least the new one will be a lot bigger. I don;t think the current one would be able to handle everything when the Wright Amendment is repealed. It always amazes me to come in on a full flight from AUS into DAL, yet when I get to baggage claim, there might be 20 people from my flight picking up luggage. Everyone else has carry-on and/or is a business traveler making a short day trip.

Here's some more recent footage of the main lobby. (I know it's fairly recent because you can see the "Grab Your Bags. It's On!" banner.

Love Field Main Lobby

Note that at about 1:20 the camera zooms on on the AA - American Airlines logo. It's like AA's gone....but they're still watching you. Also note the black letters at the entrance to the three concourses "To All Gates." The letters used to be red, but said "To All Planes." In the future rendering of the escalators that take you up to the terminal-to-concourse connector, the red "To All Gates" letters look like the original ones did.

Anyone remember the old entrance sign?

The red, yellow, and green colors designate the three concourses at Love Field when it opened in 1958. Green was the West Concourse, yellow was the North Concourse and red was the East Concourse.

LoneStarMike


User currently offlineCO777DAL From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 627 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 8696 times:

Quoting LoneStarMike (Thread starter):
Future Aerial layout




I see TWO Continental 737s. I can only hope after Wright is gone CO will fly some 737s into DAL and also add EWR. I can see with the addition of EWR, IAH would get some 737s thrown in for fleet utilization. I also like the location of CO gates, right next to the main concourse so the walk is not far. Can't wait for this to be completed. I also like the current look of the baggage claim over the proposed look.

[Edited 2010-02-02 11:21:03]


Worked Hard. Flew Right. Farewell, Continental. Thanks for the memories.
User currently offlineWilliam From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1352 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 8601 times:

Just like the new HOU terminal. I guess they will construct the stem next to the tower first and then the right side of the concourse. Of course the scattered buildings there now will have to be demolished. This way they can construct half of the new concourse and move part of SWA ops there and gradually demolish the present SWA concourse while keeping ops going. Thats similar to what they did in HOU.

What reallly going to be interesting and I know SWA is probably running simulations is how to maximize flights out of only 17 gates. If SWA could turn flights every 20 minutes it will be possible for SWA to operate over 300 flights from Love once the WA goes away. Now if thunderstorms should pop up............


User currently offlineLoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3867 posts, RR: 34
Reply 11, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 8556 times:



Quoting William (Reply 10):
I guess they will construct the stem next to the tower first and then the right side of the concourse. Of course the scattered buildings there now will have to be demolished. This way they can construct half of the new concourse and move part of SWA ops there and gradually demolish the present SWA concourse while keeping ops going

Here's a pdf file from last February of each phase of the construction project

Love Field Construction Phases


LoneStarMike


User currently offlineAaway From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1560 posts, RR: 18
Reply 12, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 8520 times:



Quoting LoneStarMike (Reply 8):
Quoting Aaway (Reply 5):
What's being constructed in the vicinity of where Braniff's old routunda stood?


I can't make out the letters in the aerial layout, but it doesn't look like anything new. It has the same basic footprint as the current AA gates.

It's been about 5 years since I last visited Love. In your aerial overhead, there's a white building between the old East Concourse ramp tower and the corporate hangar situated further east. That particular buliding wasn't there when I last visited. Is that the new cargo building mentioned in the redevelopment plans?

Edit - Never mind. Just referred to your renderings - saw it labelled as "General Use"

Thanks!



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User currently offlineBNAFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 8465 times:



Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 7):
I would actually be surprised. AA's plans for Love Field always seem to be just that- PLANS.

Based on the years I lived in Dallas, from the early 80's to early 00's, I've come to the conclusion AA could care less about serving DAL. They just don't want anyone else to. They can't get rid of WN, but they will fight tooth and nail to keep others out.

IMO, DAL could easily expand by another 12-16 gates, open to all comers, and not make much if any of a dent in DFW's traffic. I'm not 100% convinced the WA amendment going away, and the agreement reached, will be the last we hear of the legal wrangling as 2014 approaches.


User currently offlineDCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4528 posts, RR: 34
Reply 14, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 8428 times:

Thank you LoneStarMike, and all, for all the great information and links. Little time to comment today, but I enjoyed reading and viewing very much.

I had seen the terminal interior animation before but didn't mind looking at it again. I had hoped for something a little more retro-looking, but it looks like it will be roomy, bright, airy, and efficient. If all goes well, I'll be visiting Dallas in the spring, and have an always-welcome opportunity to fly into DAL. According to the construction phase PowerPoint, it looks like I'll get to use the Green Concourse again before it's gone. Despite the mirrors and low ceilings, I enjoy the brief trip into the past.  

Jim



Need a new airline paint scheme? Better call Saul! (Bass that is)
User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5947 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 8371 times:



Quoting DCA-ROCguy (Reply 14):
I had hoped for something a little more retro-looking

I think DAL is making a concerted effort to KICK THEIR RETRO image to the curb. They've already got more retro than is fashionable (by means of having gone retro in the 1980's, and not updating it since).

I always prefer flying into DAL, but this past Thanksgiving holiday, as I walked from the gate to the baggage claim, I realized just how badly new facilities are required. The current ones could have been kept, but they'd need to be gutted.
And the new design seems to have a lot more of the stuff people like (CONCESSIONS) than the current terminal allows for.


User currently offlineDCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4528 posts, RR: 34
Reply 16, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 8317 times:

I think DAL is making a concerted effort to KICK THEIR RETRO image to the curb. They've already got more retro than is fashionable (by means of having gone retro in the 1980's, and not updating it since).

Yes, it's likely that they're doing that. They ruined the look of the historic main building in the 80's by cladding it over with office-building band windows and silver-gray panels. I'd like to see something of the bright red and two-tone green look of the 50's, and maybe replicating the old Mondrian entrance sign, too. The original look can easily be updated, of course, with elements such as big windows and high ceilings, as are common today, and as are featured in the chosen design. But I like to think that history, functional layout, and spacious, bright public spaces can all go together.

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Jim



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User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5947 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 8154 times:



Quoting DCA-ROCguy (Reply 16):
Yes, it's likely that they're doing that. They ruined the look of the historic main building in the 80's by cladding it over with office-building band windows and silver-gray panels. I'd like to see something of the bright red and two-tone green look of the 50's, and maybe replicating the old Mondrian entrance sign, too. The original look can easily be updated, of course, with elements such as big windows and high ceilings, as are common today, and as are featured in the chosen design. But I like to think that history, functional layout, and spacious, bright public spaces can all go together.

Could you put that in a letter to the mayor/board of directors/Southwest?

I'd love it to be just that way- give more than a nod to the immense history of this airport, while still being a modern, efficient, passenger-friendly airport.

In fact, I think that the airport's greatest resource in that matter is... the passengers. Ask us- we'll let you know what works best for us, and you let us know what's feasible.


User currently offlineBNAOWB From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 400 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 8039 times:

Looking at the overhead shot of DAL, does anyone know where on the property LBJ was sworn in? Would the aircraft have been near the present terminal? I presume the aircraft would have been in the same place then as earlier in the day when Kennedy arrived?

User currently offlineLoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3867 posts, RR: 34
Reply 19, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 7890 times:

If the plane was at the same place as when it arrived, it would have been parked at Gate 28 based on all the accounts I've read. IIRC, back then Gate 28 was near the far end of the Yellow Concourse (Now North Concourse.) I think Gate 30 was the last gate on the even # (east) side of the Yellow concourse. This was before later additions to the concourses were made in the late 1960's

In this footage of President and Mrs. Kennedy arriving at Love Field, you can see a crowd gathered behind the fence at Gate 28 about 1:45 into the clip.

LoneStarMike


User currently offlineJsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2074 posts, RR: 15
Reply 20, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 7827 times:



Quoting LoneStarMike (Reply 19):
f the plane was at the same place as when it arrived, it would have been parked at Gate 28 based on all the accounts I've read. IIRC, back then Gate 28 was near the far end of the Yellow Concourse (Now North Concourse.)

Gate 28 is where the plane was parked, but in those days Gate 28 was on the Red (East) Concourse. The gates were renumbered in 1967 when American opened the first phase of the Green Concourse expansion. From 1958 to 1967, gates 1-8 were on the Green, 9-23 were on the Yellow and 24-28 were on the Red. Gates 27 and 28 were outdoor fenced gates used by Eastern, Mexicana and occasionally by TTA.

After the renumbering in 1967, gates 1-15 were on the Green, 22-39 were on the Yellow, and 41-70 were on the vastly expanded Red.


User currently offlineBNAOWB From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 400 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 7733 times:



Quoting LoneStarMike (Reply 19):
If the plane was at the same place as when it arrived, it would have been parked at Gate 28 based on all the accounts I've read. IIRC, back then Gate 28 was near the far end of the Yellow Concourse (Now North Concourse.) I think Gate 30 was the last gate on the even # (east) side of the Yellow concourse. This was before later additions to the concourses were made in the late 1960's

In this footage of President and Mrs. Kennedy arriving at Love Field, you can see a crowd gathered behind the fence at Gate 28 about 1:45 into the clip.



Quoting Jsnww81 (Reply 20):
Gate 28 is where the plane was parked, but in those days Gate 28 was on the Red (East) Concourse. The gates were renumbered in 1967 when American opened the first phase of the Green Concourse expansion. From 1958 to 1967, gates 1-8 were on the Green, 9-23 were on the Yellow and 24-28 were on the Red. Gates 27 and 28 were outdoor fenced gates used by Eastern, Mexicana and occasionally by TTA.

After the renumbering in 1967, gates 1-15 were on the Green, 22-39 were on the Yellow, and 41-70 were on the vastly expanded Red.

Thanks guys. DAL certainly has some fascinating history, especially related to that fateful day in November, 1963. I would guess the practice of Presidents arriving in such a "public" fashion at commercial airports was dramatically reduced after that day? It would seem inconceivable for a modern President to arrive at a gate in a large airport surrounded by a huge crowd.


User currently offlineMrSkyGuy From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 1214 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 7698 times:

I'm torn. On one hand, I'm sad to see what's left of Braniff's "Terminal of the Future" replaced. But on the other hand, it's clearly the terminal of the past and it's in need of a revamp. I don't think anyone expected Love to last as long as it did following DFW's construction, but last she has and we all know who to thank for that!

I fly through DAL quite a bit, and despite the local area having seen a significant drop in ... quality, I still prefer WN through DAL than AAL or the others through DFW. Call me crazy, but WN turns planes.. and for a business traveler like me, that's critical.



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User currently offlineBNAFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 7688 times:

For Love Field fans, I would highly recommend the book "Dallas Love Field - A Pictorial Picture of Airline Service" by George W. Cearley, Jr. Regrettably, all of the photos are in black and white, but it is 200 pages crammed with history, photos, diagrams, airline timetables. It's great.

User currently offlineJustPlaneNutz From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 553 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 7657 times:



Quoting BNAOWB (Reply 21):
I would guess the practice of Presidents arriving in such a "public" fashion at commercial airports was dramatically reduced after that day?



It may not be "modern," but in 1976 my father took me to meet Gerald Ford when he arrived at DAL in similar fashion. I remember it being a ground level gate, so I had also ways presumed it was the North Concourse. However, after digging the invite out, a note on it says he arrived at "Gate 9 area, enter through SW concourse." So, more than a decade later not much had changed.

Quoting MrSkyGuy (Reply 22):
I'm sad to see what's left of Braniff's "Terminal of the Future" replaced.



One of my earliest/fondest memories of aviation was looking up in awe in the Braniff rotunda watching the arrivals/departures boards manually flip around--it was like a room full of dominoes going down when they started to change. Surprisingly, that fondness for Braniff was not diminished by the $$ I lost being the last fool to buy their stock before they tanked.


25 AA737-823 : Unfortunately, this book is VERY EXPENSIVE on Ebay. I, too, regret that the small remainder of the Braniff building is nearing the end of its storied
26 Post contains images Jsnww81 : I've heard some unsubstantiated rumors that George Cearley may be authorizing a re-print of some of his books. Maybe he sees what they're selling for
27 Post contains images DCA-ROCguy : I've heard some unsubstantiated rumors that George Cearley may be authorizing a re-print of some of his books. Maybe he sees what they're selling for
28 BNAFlyer : Yeah I looked it up. I was looking to replace my tattered copy, but glad I got it when it was just $20. I've seen his other work, he does a good hist
29 LoneStarMike : I only walked down that way once a few years ago when I had time to kill before my Southwest flight. I felt so sorry for the concessions down there.
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