Happy Birthday Dulles!

It was on this day in 1962 that Dulles International Airport was dedicated by President John F. Kennedy.

I have many fond memories of going out there on Sunday mornings when I was a little kid. A stop at the long lost Vienna Mister Donut always preceded the journey out the Dulles Access Road. My dad would strap my brother and me into the passenger seat of his ’68 TR250 and we would head out to watch the planes take off. Back then, you could park there for a quarter and the lot was empty! We would stay hang out in the lobby, eating donuts and drinking hot chocolate while we watched the planes take off and land. After the Concorde took off around 11:30, we’d head for home.

Soon, the iconic control tower will be replaced (The Wash. Times) by a new, taller tower a mile to the south. Airport officials have not yet decided what to do with the existing tower, but they are floating the idea of putting in a restaurant. One thing that I would put on the to-do list is to replace the current radar unit on top with an ornamental sphere like the one that was originally part of Eero Saarinen’s design. It just looked so good.

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