Dulles Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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Hundreds of public officials, aviation industry leaders and airport employees are expected to gather this week to mark the 50th anniversary of Washington Dulles International Airport, designed as the nation’s first facility to handle commercial jetliners.

Dulles opened for business on November 17, 1962, when President John F Kennedy stood outside the air traffic control tower for the official dedication.

Michael A Curto, Chairman of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, commented:  “Dulles International Airport has gone through remarkable growth and transformation.  From the beginning, it’s clear that the airport’s designers had great things planned for the airport and region surrounding it.  The people who carried the original vision forward […] should be proud of their hard work.”

Throughout 2012, the airport has held several ‘Discover Dulles’ events to express appreciation to passengers and provide travellers with a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the operation of the airport.  This included the landing of the Space Shuttle orbiter Discovery; the first commercial flights of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental aircraft; the celebration of the airport’s 500 millionth passengers; and a trivia contest.  On November 16, a gala event took place in the main terminal.

“We look forward to the promise of future growth at Dulles well beyond the first 50 years,” said Jack Potter, President and CEO of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.  “Dulles passengers will be even better served when Metrorail is completed.  And as the airport continues growing to its fullest potential, the benefits to the economy of the region will grow exponentially.”

 

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One Response to Dulles Celebrates 50th Anniversary

  1. Stacie Cairns says:

    My maiden is Roberts. My father was the first airtraffic controller to conduct the first lift off at Dullas 1962. His name is Richard G Roberts. I was trying to find some pictures of him on the day of opening. If you have any to share It would be great. Thank you Stacie Cairns