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Dulles Airport 50 Year Anniversary  
User currently offlinePITrules From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3115 posts, RR: 4
Posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1937 times:

Nov 19 marks the 50th anniversary of commercial ops at Dulles airport. It was inaugurated by President Kennedy on Nov 17. Dulles is famous for its iconic main terminal and tower, mobile lounges, initial 'white elephant' status, and Concorde ops.

http://www.metwashairports.com/dulles/4817.htm

Below are random items scanned from my collection of stuff; all of it is from the airport's mid life (late 1980's). Of interest is the plan for two 24 gate midfield concourses, with the potential for up to 4 more. This was of course revised and evolved into the A and B concourses.

http://i644.photobucket.com/albums/uu162/JDawgphoto/SCAN0006-1.jpg
http://i644.photobucket.com/albums/uu162/JDawgphoto/SCAN0007-1.jpg

http://i644.photobucket.com/albums/uu162/JDawgphoto/SCAN0004-1.jpg
http://i644.photobucket.com/albums/uu162/JDawgphoto/SCAN0005-1.jpg

http://i644.photobucket.com/albums/uu162/JDawgphoto/SCAN0008-1.jpg



http://i644.photobucket.com/albums/uu162/JDawgphoto/SCAN0002-2.jpg



A few pics as well from the same era. These were taken from the open air observation deck that was once at the base of the tower.

http://i644.photobucket.com/albums/uu162/JDawgphoto/SCAN0009-1.jpg
http://i644.photobucket.com/albums/uu162/JDawgphoto/SCAN0010-1.jpg
http://i644.photobucket.com/albums/uu162/JDawgphoto/SCAN0011-1.jpg


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User currently offlinetymnbalewne From Bermuda, joined Mar 2005, 944 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1946 times:

Wow! Thanks for this. I worked at Dulles from '97-'99. My first visit was in the mid/late-70s on a NW3 747 service from JFK-IAD (continuing to ORD and TYO)


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User currently offlineFI642 From Monaco, joined Mar 2005, 1079 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1946 times:

All those transported routes from Friendship....


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User currently offlinehhslax2 From Bahrain, joined Jan 2012, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1946 times:

Now if they would actually plan to replace the almost 30 year old "temporary" C/D terminal, I wouldn't need to hang out in the A/B concourse before UA flights.

User currently offlinelows From Austria, joined Oct 2011, 1103 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1946 times:

Quoting hhslax2 (Reply 3):
Now if they would actually plan to replace the almost 30 year old "temporary" C/D terminal, I wouldn't need to hang out in the A/B concourse before UA flights.

...and make the RJ area in A less overcrowded and dark.


User currently offlinelightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12779 posts, RR: 100
Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1944 times:
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Anyone else find it ironic that the CO cutbacks helped UA which eventually merged with CO forming a UA/CO hub at Dulles?   

Quoting PITrules (Thread starter):
initial 'white elephant' status

Amazing how the airport 'stuck it out.' Eventually business will grow around an airport as as the OP post notes, the limits on National eventually 'pushed' traffic to Dulles.

Quoting hhslax2 (Reply 3):

Now if they would actually plan to replace the almost 30 year old "temporary" C/D terminal, I wouldn't need to hang out in the A/B concourse before UA flights.

That just amazes me...

and build the rail. (Stop planning and DIG!)

But overall, I really like Dulles as an airport (for a large city, that is).

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User currently offlinehhslax2 From Bahrain, joined Jan 2012, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1944 times:

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 5):
and build the rail. (Stop planning and DIG!)

Hopefully the May 2013 award date will hold and the building will start shortly after. The mid 2018 estimated completion date is still a long way off.

I'm still surprised at how few people take the Metrobus and Washington Flyer Bus. Marketing maybe? They aren't bad for the price.


User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16793 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1944 times:

Eastern only flew to IAD for brief period, mid-late Eighties ('87-'89) but not during their bankruptcy period (March '89-January '91). The service was 3-4 daily DC-9s to Atlanta. I was surprised they never tried something more from Dulles, like San Juan. In the Washington market Eastern concentrated on DCA and BWI, from BWI they had Ottawa, Bermuda, San Juan etc..


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User currently offlinepanova98 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 302 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1944 times:

Oh the struggles they had to get airlines to serve Dulles. Going to Florida, having to change planes in the Florida panhandle was an intersting Southern Airways DC-9 trip, but not particularly an efficient use of time. National reigned supreme!

But hey, the Concorde era at Dulles was a sight to behold. To be able to go outside on the viewing mezzanine, right there under the tower at the main terminal and to be able to almost touch the craft as it passed by on the taxiway headed for the runway, and then hear and see it power up for a takeoff, run the length of the runway making you wonder if it was ever going to get off the ground, and then up it went. Wow!

And of course, the unforgettable Transpo '72 weekend, ending it shear tragedy. Three crashes, 3 pilots/participants killed. A pilot in a sport plane race clips another racer and crashes to earth. A guy in a hang glider, sort of a "kiteman" is pulled by a car down the runway only to have his craft fail and he crashes to the runway. And then, an Air Force F-4E Thunderbird pilot in a vertical maneuver, has his plane flame out. The plane stalls, then floats and flutters to earth like a kid's paper airplane, crashing into a spectacular fireball. The crowd is stunned, then cheered when they see the parachute open and believe the pilot will survive. Then, the sad truth is learned. He lands directly into the fireball and perishes.

I'm not sure there's ever been another Thunderbird/Blue Angels show at Dulles. The FedEx plane pulls are nice events, but ...!


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24643 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1944 times:

Quoting panova98 (Reply 8):
Oh the struggles they had to get airlines to serve Dulles.

Even as late as 1979, 17 years after it opened, IAD only had about 70 departures a day, and only 2 international destinations (LHR and CDG), compared to almost 400 daily departures from DCA.


User currently offlinekgaiflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 4216 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1914 times:
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Those folks complaining about the condition of the C/D terminal obviously don't remember ACA and "T" terminal.

The "T" made C/D look -- by comparison -- like one of the Trump Towers. Great nostalgia since I used to fly the ACA J31s and J41s frequently [sniff]
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User currently offlinehhslax2 From Bahrain, joined Jan 2012, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1849 times:

Quoting kgaiflyer (Reply 10):
The "T" made C/D look -- by comparison -- like one of the Trump Towers.

1. That doesn't make C/D anywhere near a decent terminal.
2. The terminal was replaced, not talked about as a temporary terminal for a few decades.


User currently onlinebohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2661 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1842 times:

Quoting kgaiflyer (Reply 10):
Those folks complaining about the condition of the C/D terminal obviously don't remember ACA and "T" terminal.

The "T" made C/D look -- by comparison -- like one of the Trump Towers. Great nostalgia since I used to fly the ACA J31s and J41s frequently [sniff]

The "T" Terminal was an improvement over the original "A" Terminal. That was nothing but plywood and a deteriorating carpet with wall-to-wall people and a Starbucks Coffee. More craftsmanship went into a house trailer. Also ACA's ramp looked more like the deck of an aircraft carrier due to the way all the planes were crammed into such a small space. The most amazing part of that operation was that it worked day in and day out. Those were the good ole days.  


User currently offlinekgaiflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 4216 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1834 times:
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Quoting hhslax2 (Reply 11):
not talked about as a temporary terminal for a few decades.

But of course -- that's because it was "temporary."

No, the Z terminal is not the same wooden edifice.


User currently offlinekgaiflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 4216 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1822 times:
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Quoting bohica (Reply 12):
That was nothing but plywood and a deteriorating carpet with wall-to-wall people and a Starbucks Coffee.

Those baristas were good, too. And I haven't seen them at any other location in the airport.  


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