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Welcome to part five of our continuing posts on our airport’s history. Why the look back? Well, we’ve got a birthday coming up! On May 6 the airport’s current terminal will be ten years old.

But there’s something else as well …

Airport terminals are special places. It doesn’t have anything to do with brick and mortar. It’s about emotion. It’s about our connections to each other, and distant places.

Think about it — an airport terminal is special because …

It’s where family reunions take place …

Where you took your first airplane ride …

The departure point for the journey of a lifetime …

Where you embraced the person you haven’t seen in 15 years …

A place where arriving passengers are sometimes greeted with marriage proposals …

It’s where a journey begins and where it ends …

It’s home.

Our photos this week begin where the last post ended: an aerial view taken August 8, 2006. It’s on the west side of the airport, looking east. The control tower is in the middle of the photo. Below the tower is the dirt turned area where the current terminal will rise. Above the tower you can see the 1964 terminal. The road leading from the top of the 1964 terminal is West Kearney Street. Keep that dirt turned area in mind as you look at the rest of the photos.

Take a good look at the last photo. It's late January 2008. On the west side of the building looking southeast. The dirt turned area is transformed. The terminal is firmly rooted and rising. The outline of the entire complex is now visible: parking lots. Roads. Aircraft taxiways and ramps.

It’s hard to believe that the grand opening will happen in just 16 months.

More next week.

 

Photo 1: August 8, 2006. On the west side ofthe airport,
looking east. The control tower is in the middle of the photo.
Below the tower is the dirt turned area where the current terminal
will rise. Above the tower you can see the 1964 terminal. The
road leading from the top of the 1964 terminal is West
Kearney Street. Keep that dirt turned area in mind
as you look at the rest of the photos.

 

Photo 2: August 21, 2007. It’s a milestone day for the current
terminal because iron workers are swinging steel for the first time.
The building is now rising from the dirt turned area. It's the point

where a foundation starts to look like a building.

 

Photo 3: August 21, 2007

 

Photo 4: August 21, 2007

 

Photo 5: August 21, 2007. Watching the steel rise.

 

Photo 6: September 24, 2007.

 

Photo 7: October 30, 2007

 

Photo 8: November 2, 2007.

 

Photo 9: January 5, 2008

 

Photo 10: Late January 2008.

 


 

In just three weeks our airport’s current terminal will be ten years old. It opened May 6, 2009. We’ve spent the past few weeks posting photographs of terminals that came before.

Last week’s post ended with photographs of the airport’s second terminal, which opened in 1964, and closed May 5, 2009.

This week’s post begins with an aerial view of the 1964 terminal as it appeared in the 1970s. Take a look. Check out the control tower. The current terminal is located behind the tower. Geographically speaking, the 1964 terminal (located at 5000 West Kearney) is on the east side of the airport. The tower, along with the current terminal, are located on the west side of the airport.

Move on to the second photo. This shows the site of the current terminal about six weeks before the ground breaking ceremony. The camera is looking east.

The third photo is the ground breaking ceremony. It was a beautiful spring day, May 17, 2006.

The fourth photo is on June 22, 2006 — a day marked by the arrival of heavy earth-moving equipment.

Photo five is June 22, 2006. The big Caterpillars move tons of rock and millions of square yards of dirt.

The final photo is an aerial take on August 8, 2006. It’s on the west side of the airport, looking east. The control tower is in the middle of the photo. Below the tower is the dirt turned area where the current terminal will rise. Above the tower you can see the 1964 terminal. The road leading from the top of the 1964 terminal is West Kearney Street.

In next week’s post we’ll see the current terminal start its rise from the ground. See you then!

 

Photo 1: An aerial view of the 1964 terminal as it appeared in the 1970s.
Check out the control tower. The current terminal is located behind the tower.
Geographically speaking, the 1964 terminal (located at 5000 West Kearney)
is on the east side of the airport. The tower, along with the current
terminal, are located on the west side of the airport.

 

Photo 2: April 2006. This shows the site of the current terminal about six
weeks before the ground breaking ceremony. The camera is looking east.

 

Photo 3: May 17, 2006: breaking ground for the airport's current terminal.

 

Photo 4: June 2006. Big Cats arrive to prepare the
ground for the airport's current terminal
.

 

Photo 5: June 2006.

 

Photo 6: An aerial take on August 8, 2006.
It’s on the west side of the airport, looking east.
The control tower is in the middle of the photo. Below
the tower is the dirt turned area where the current
terminal will rise. Above the tower you can see the
1964 terminal. The road leading from the top
of the 1964 terminal is West Kearney Street.

 


 

The 10th anniversary of the airport’s current terminal is on May 6. To mark the birthday we’re spending the next few weeks looking back at the airport’s previous terminals.

In last week’s post our photos ended in the mid-1970s, so that’s where we’ll start this time.

The first seven photos in this post show the 1964 terminal in the 1970s and 1980s. Notice the photo showing the lone man watching TV in a lounge area. Look at the Zenith Television display. This was back in the day when Zenith had a huge (more than a million square feet) manufacturing plant in Springfield.

In May of 1991 a third of the 1964 terminal was torn down and about 53,000 square feet of new building was added. The remake was called “Terminal 2000.” It served until May 5, 2006 — the terminal closed after the last flight arrived that evening. Most of the building now serves as office space for the travel company Expedia. The last photo shows some of the Expedia office space; it occupies the old ticket counter area.

In next week's post we'll break ground for the airport's current terminal.

 

The 1964 terminal seen here in the mid-1970s.

 

The baggage claim area in 1979.

 

A lounge area in 1981.

 

Lines at the ticket counters in 1985.

 

Summer 1987.

 

Summer of 1987.

 

Holiday season, 1986.

 

A post card from 1992. It's showing off the
remodelof the 1964 terminal, called "Terminal 2000."

 

1992. Remember the 1945 terminal in previous
posts? It was located between gates 4 and 5 in this photo.

 

The front curb of the terminal in 2006.

 

The second floor of the terminal in 2006.

 

2007.

 

2007. During its last few years of service
the 1964 terminal tended to be very crowded.

 

2007.

 

2007.

 

2010. The old terminal is converted into office space for Expedia.