Later this summer I'm finally resigning myself to liquidating some stacks of old aeronautical charts and approach plates I've collected over the years. So I figured I'd scan some of the more interesting ones and share them. As someone who grew up around DFW aviation I thought these would stir up some interest.
I remember distinctly around 1980 watching the planes overhead in Fort Worth. One interesting observation is that the neverending procession of westbound 707s and 727 departures were almost always on a roughly-280 deg heading, bearing right for Carswell AFB, and they'd pass almost the exact same point in the sky, plane after plane, day after day. They were already up at about 8000-9000 ft, but there was still a pretty good roar from those JT3Ds and JT8Ds that you never hear these days. My guess is the departures were handed off to ZFW with clockwork precision, right-turned, and perhaps funneled directly to BEGGS (see the 1974 chart) perhaps keeping them neatly out of the Carswell arrival/departure corridors. I don't have old SID plates, so I'm not really sure if this is how it worked. By the 1990s that clearly changed and the STARS fanned traffic out to several exit points, as the 1991 SID here shows. Then of course in 1995 the DFW goalposts, corners, and VORs were all completely changed, and DFW airspace looks nothing like it did back then.
Interesting footnote: as you can see, in 1970 there was an airways VOR east of Plano in Murphy, which had shifted to GSW by the 1974 chart. I wonder if any old timers remember it.
A good thread related to all this is the Love Field Approach And Departure Routes discussion from a year ago.
Low altitude chart from 1974. This was probably the very last chart cycle for GSW before DFW was opened in the same year:
Sectional chart from February 1970, a few years before.
A much newer chart: westbound SID from 1991 before the 1995 airspace changeovers. Strange how 1991 charts seem like new stuff, but if you were born in 1991, you can buy booze. I'm still wrapping my head around that one.
And the eastbound SID from 1991:
And to show Austin and Houston a little love, here's what the routes looked like in 1974.
[Edited 2013-06-25 11:16:11]
[Edited 2013-06-25 11:16:26]
[Edited 2013-06-25 11:17:14]