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Memphis Int'l Airport: The Two Towers  
User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 3773 posts, RR: 5
Posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3390 times:

Hi A.netters!!!

Today I had my first experience of Memphis International, returning to MSP from JAX on business (but not in business    ). In fact I am posting this from aboard Delta flight 2770, currently, 37,989 feet over Hannibal, Missouri!! 

I was exploring the various concourses around MEM (including Concourse A and its bizarrely short escalators    ) and I noticed (from a different concourse) that the airport seems to have not one but two I say two, that's deux control towers. Also there was some construction going on outside somewhere in that vicinity.

Why are there two towers at Memphis? And, can anyone tell me what they are constructing? I hope maybe it's a neato automamated people-mover.


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User currently offlineJohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1726 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3369 times:

What you're seeing with regard to the towers is work in progress. The active tower is the shorter one; the taller tower is sitll under construction but nearing completion. I believe the smaller one will be demolished when the new one comes online. If you look in the A.net database for KMEM pictures you can find one that captures the scene you're describing.

The other project in front of the towers will completely change the exterior appearance of the facade of the airport, unfortunately. It's going to be a transportation center, a 7-level parking structure that will also incorporate the rental car facilities, which are now located offsite.

There are other smaller projects going on now, such as a hydrant fueling system being built for Delta.

[Edited 2010-11-20 15:12:22]

User currently offlinePITrules From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3619 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3343 times:

The larger tower has just been built. Not sure if its operational yet. Also not sure if they will tear down the older one (like ATL did), or use it for some alternate use such as a snow/ice removal command post (like ORD did)

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Coincidentally, MEM did use two towers for a long time. The older one in the photo above in conjunction with the airports original tower which was by the FBO. The original one was for a couple short cross runways on the north side used by general aviation, while the 'newer' one was for the air carrier runways. The two shorter GA runways were closed when FedEx expanded their ramps.

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