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Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Airport, 1975 OCEA
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Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Airport (renamed “International” in 1985) had its first arrival, American Airlines Flight 341, on January 13, 1974. Political jockeying for location had been ongoing between the two cities since the 1930s with respect to  a combined Dallas/Fort Worth airport. At one point, both cities were tenaciously competing for air traffic, each with their own airports (i.e. Greater Southwest International Airport and Dallas Love Field), only 17 miles apart. Finally, the Civil Aeronautics Board ordered the two cities  to agree on a site or have one chosen for them unilaterally; ground was broken on the Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Airport in 1968, bordering the cities of Euless, Grapevine, and Irving.     


The design for the airport specified 13 terminal buildings, a nine-mile parkway, 234 boarding gates, and up to 11 runways covering 27 square miles. Terminals were connected with the first automated transit system in the world, Airtrans, which could move 9,000 people and 6,000 bags per hour. Upon opening, DFW also featured a first-of-its-kind air traffic control tower, rising 232 feet, with a bank of equipment for visual and radar displays. Construction of the facility began in 1969 and was completed in 1973 at a total cost of $700 million.

 the Cities of Dallas and Fort Worth jointly
 Gyo Obata
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