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ATL 30th Anniversary 9-21-1980  
User currently offlineCAMPBELL From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 27 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3087 times:

Happy Birthday to the Atlanta Midfield Complex! 30 years of going from Concourse T, A, B, C, D, and E.

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User currently offlineRL757PVD From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4646 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3068 times:

Quoting CAMPBELL (Thread starter):
Happy Birthday to the Atlanta Midfield Complex! 30 years of going from Concourse T, A, B, C, D, and E.

Not so much E... Concourse E opened in the early 90's I believe

Let's have a toast to celebrate with some of this... http://www.absolutad.com/gallery/atlanta.jpg

[Edited 2010-09-21 14:28:54]


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User currently offlineImperialEagle From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2529 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3068 times:
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I remember looking down the length of Concourse B at the "Open House" ceremony and wondering how they would ever utilize all those gates!  


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User currently offlineWesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5647 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2988 times:

Quoting ImperialEagle (Reply 2):
I remember looking down the length of Concourse B at the "Open House" ceremony and wondering how they would ever utilize all those gates!

..and now we're wondering when a BIGGER ATL will ever open! lol, kudos to ATL. I bet the liveries of then have DRASTICALLY changed up to now... 



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User currently offlineGSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3011 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2973 times:

....and I'm STILL bemoaning the loss of a gritty, down & dirty REAL airline terminal and the advent of a sterile, boring, UGLY new terminal, 30 years later.

My God, the observation deck at ATL's 1960's-era terminal was the CENTER of the freaking universe for me as a kid! Thank God I have those memories... So many people will never know what that was like...

[Edited 2010-09-21 15:11:59]


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User currently offlineWesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5647 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2897 times:

Quoting GSPSPOT (Reply 4):
My God, the observation deck at ATL's 1960's-era terminal was the CENTER of the freaking universe for me as a kid! Thank God I have those memories... So many people will never know what that was like...

The obs deck at SLC was my start, it IS a shame airports, like ATL, especiall ATL dont have obs decks anymore. I wonder how many more kids would have been interested in aviation if they were still aorund?



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User currently offlineGSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3011 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2839 times:

Quoting WesternA318 (Reply 5):
The obs deck at SLC was my start, it IS a shame airports, like ATL, especiall ATL dont have obs decks anymore. I wonder how many more kids would have been interested in aviation if they were still aorund?

MSY (closer to my home city/airport of MOB) was my entree into commercial aviation. Very similar observation deck setup, but not nearly as busy. But busy enough.... And, oh! The variety of airlines & types back in the day! All I can say is that by comparison to today's youth, I was VERY lucky in this regard...



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User currently offlineImperialEagle From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2529 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2768 times:
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Quoting GSPSPOT (Reply 4):
the observation deck at ATL's 1960's-era terminal was the CENTER of the freaking universe for me as a kid!

Yes! And the quonset-hut terminal as well!



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User currently offlinebcoz From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 368 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2763 times:

We can't celebrate ATL without celebrating HAL! The sound of my aviation childhood!

http://www.sunshineskies.net/atlrobotvoice.html

bcoz


User currently online1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6447 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2703 times:

Quoting bcoz (Reply 8):
We can't celebrate ATL without celebrating HAL! The sound of my aviation childhood!http://www.sunshineskies.net/atlrobotvoice.htmlbcoz

After the new Concourse F opens, I am curious to know what will the new voice will sound like. I was told it will be a female voice and will continue to use the NATO Phonetic Alphabet, however, I personally would like to see sound effects added back. I think some smooth jazz guitar chords would be nice.



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User currently offlineFrostbite From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 396 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2693 times:

Quoting bcoz (Reply 8):
The sound of my aviation childhood!

I'll second that. Great link!


User currently offlinemicstatic From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 776 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2618 times:

Quoting 1337Delta764 (Reply 9):
I think some smooth jazz guitar chords would be nice.

Yeah. They should pull a page from Denver and atleast make it interesting!



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User currently offlineMiAAmi From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 571 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2580 times:

This is a great video of ATL just before the opening of the Midfield Terminal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxCOLr0LQu4

Kind of miss those days!


User currently offlineDeltaRules From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3730 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2463 times:

I share a birthday with the ATL terminal...awesome!  

I had never heard the "HAL" voice before tonight. I must say it's creepy in a unique way. I always thought it would be funny if they'd use George Lowe as the voice of the train (for those unfamiliar, he's a voice actor known for playing Space Ghost in Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, has provided voices for characters on several other shows from ATL-based Williams Street on Adult Swim, and I guess loaned his voice to MARTA for a few years.)



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User currently offlinejfklganyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 3392 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2451 times:

What a stunning success it had been for ATL! Few airports in the world see a realization of potential such as ATL did.

Happy Bday!


User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2141 times:

It's quite impressinve looking at ATL from 40/40/50 years ago and today. Location played a HUGE role in its growth. I mean even in 1980, there was so much land south of the field to build and ENTIRE airport.


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User currently offlineGSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3011 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2053 times:

Quoting DeltaRules (Reply 13):
I had never heard the "HAL" voice before tonight. I must say it's creepy in a unique way.

I always thought it sounded more like the Cylons from Battlestart Galactica....



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User currently offlinelitz From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1757 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1868 times:
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I remember going down there as a kid, and the whole family riding the train back and forth, just because it was so darned cool the thing ran by itself.

In 1980, that was true science fiction come to real life.

- litz


User currently offlineBNAOWB From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 396 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1771 times:

Here is an interesting link showing a map of the 1961-1980 ATL terminal:

http://www.sunshineskies.net/atlanta356.html

For the sake of comparison, which current airport facility is about the size of the pre-1980 ATL airport building?

Also, where did the old terminal stand in relation to where the Delta headquarters building is now? Was access to the old airport from the Virginia Avenue exit on 75/85?


User currently offlineGSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3011 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1701 times:

Quoting BNAOWB (Reply 18):
Also, where did the old terminal stand in relation to where the Delta headquarters building is now? Was access to the old airport from the Virginia Avenue exit on 75/85?

It was on the north side of the airport.... Somewhat between the Renaissance Hotel and the Delta Corporate campus. The larger hangar to the west of the Renaissance Hotel was the former Eastern Airlines hangar. And, yes, I do believe access to the old terminal was from Virginia Ave.



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User currently offlineFlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7004 posts, RR: 11
Reply 20, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1638 times:

Quoting BNAOWB (Reply 18):

Also, where did the old terminal stand in relation to where the Delta headquarters building is now? Was access to the old airport from the Virginia Avenue exit on 75/85?
Quoting GSPSPOT (Reply 19):
It was on the north side of the airport.... Somewhat between the Renaissance Hotel and the Delta Corporate campus. The larger hangar to the west of the Renaissance Hotel was the former Eastern Airlines hangar. And, yes, I do believe access to the old terminal was from Virginia Ave.

   The former tower and admin building sat directly in front and south of where the Renaissance now sits with the concourses spreading further south from there to what is today 8R-26L. 8L was built over pretty much where the old concourses sat and in front of the admin building.

The entrance and exit ramps are still there but are no longer connected to anything. One is to the east of the Red Roof Inn Parking lot in a grass patch and the other is to the west of the Delta training center also in a grass patch and the parking lot.



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