This month 95 years ago, on April 16, 1925, Atlanta Mayor Walter A. Sims signed a five-year lease on an abandoned auto racetrack and committed the City to developing it into an airfield.
As part of the agreement, this 287 acres of land is renamed "Candler Field" after its former owner’s family, including Coca-Cola magnate Asa Candler. The infield of the old racetrack had been used as a landing site for many years prior to 1925.
Four years later, the city of Atlanta bought the land and Candler Field became known as the Atlanta Municipal Airport.
In 1998, Atlanta became the world’s busiest airport, a position it has held ever since. In 2019, this mega hub handled 110,531,300 passengers.
A full house at Melbourne's Tullamarine airport including two Queens back to back in the foreground.
In October 1973, a strike by government communications technicians in Sydney shut down virtually all air traffic in south-eastern Australia forcing Qantas and several international airlines to move its flights to Melbourne.
Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-231B 9V-SIB shares taxiway S with KLM Boeing 747-206B PHBUA. This aircraft was KLM’s first Jumbo and just one month after this photo would be hijacked by Palestinian terrorists. After touring much of the Mediterranean and the Middle East, the hijackers left the aircraft and passengers unharmed in Dubai.
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Marnix (Max) Groot Founder of AirportHistory.org. Max is an airport development expert and historian.