Welcome to "The Blue Concourse", the AirportHistory.org blog! Many airport and aviation aficionados will recognize this name from the 1970 movie "Airport", the movie which ignited my fascination for airports!
"Airport" was set at a fictional Chicago airport called "Lincoln International Airport" but was actually shot at Minneapolis St. Paul Airport in 1969. Until the year 2000, the terminal's concourses at MSP were labeled according to colors rather than letters. Considering our house color blue, we thought it might be a suitable name!
In this blog, we will post small articles, factoids and more covering topics such as: never-built projects or concepts; current airport projects; fascinating airport statistics; and interesting tidbits about my hometown airport of Schiphol (see first post).
The blog will also be a bit more lighthearted and personal than our airport histories. Welcome and stay tuned!
Likewise, the movie 'Airport' triggered my fascination; I wrote an article on MSP for Airports of the World magazine a few years ago and having travelled through it a few times, it also features in my book, 'Airport Days and Nights Terminals and Runways' (co-written with Fay Johnson and Tyler McDowell).
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With a title inspired by the setting of the iconic 70s film "Airport", this blog is the ultimate destination for airport history fans.
Marnix (Max) Groot Founder of AirportHistory.org. Max is an airport development expert and historian.