in this world can be done without someone attaching a conspiracy theory to it. Not even build an airport.
I lived in Denver from 1984 through 1996 and was there when DIA was proposed and buit. While I remember a lot of people being against it, it was
mostly due to the cost and the fact that we were used to the airport being in the middle of our city and a quick drive. DIA was far, far away and is
still a pretty long drive even though the city is slowly growing towards it and E-470 tollway gets you there in about half an hour from the southern
parts of the city.
Anyway, a couple of points of fact:
1. Stapleton was far from a "fine" airport. It was just east of the middle of the city. I used to go CU-Denver and airplanes approaching Stapleton
from the west had to approach just over the skyscrapers of Denver. This was impressive to watch on those snowy, cold evenings of winter where the low
clouds or snow made it virtually impossible to see the top of the skyscrapers--yet you could hear the planes approaching and all the sudden you'd see
the landing lights fly by--often couldn't see the plane itself or the top of the buildings, just the lights. It was an accident waiting to
2. Stapleton was old and ugly with insufficient parking. It was just dark and gloomy and crowded. Far from "everyone" in Denver liked it, as
. "Denver?s Stapleton International Airport closed on February 27,
1995. It was loathed by most, tolerated by others. Stapleton?s convenient location was a plus. It?s small, cramped terminal, ramp, and runways were
definite negatives. The frequent bad weather closures actually caused Southwest to pull because it could not maintain it?s 20 minute turn-arounds or a
3. There was no room for expansion whatsoever and one (or was it two?) north/south runways had to cross over I-70.
4. The airport created a noise problem for much of the Denver area.
5. As indicated here
: "First, inadequate separation between runways to support
multiple plane landings during reduced visibility conditions limited Stapleton's capacity to handle this growth. Second, the growth in air traffic
spawned significant neighborhood opposition to airport operations and expansion proposals.
DIA, on the other hand:
1. Is far away so if there is ever an accident it is doubtful it will destroy much on the ground.
2. The main terminal area is far more illuminated, open, and organized than Stapleton. It's just plain pleasant to visit (slightly less so post-9/11
since the nice, open main terminal is much more crowded with security lines now). But my wife is Mexican and we've flown in and out of lots of
airports and DIA is by far her favorite. And mine.
3. There is plenty of parking.
4. There is plenty of room for expansion.
5. DIA does not represent a noise problem for the Denver area.
6. Even though the weather can be more dangerous (especially in the summer), the airport actually has fewer delays since adequate runway separation
allows the airport to remain open in conditions which would be impossible to handle at old Stapleton with it's crowded parallel runways over a
heavily populated area.
Interestingly, in the article that was [url=http://www.anomalies-unlimited.com/Denver_Airport.htmllinked to[/url] it says "Even though the area is
basically flat (with a stunning view of mountains all around, since it's in a valley), the expense and time was taken to extensively lower
some areas and raise others.
" WTF? Ok, a "valley" is definitely pushing it. At least it's not a valley as most people would consider a
valley. Denver, at 5280 feet, has the Rocky Mountains to the west which tower up to 14,000 feet. To the north, south, and east the land gradually
rises to about 6500 feet. But "stunning view of mountaisn all around
" is blatantly false. To the west you have mountains, in every other
direction you have what appears to be flat plains. It is only a "valley" in the sense that there is enough of a rise in elevation in all directions
to trap pollution in the Denver area.
Also, back in 1994-1995 I was getting my private pilot's license out at Front Range Airport which is about 5 miles southeast of DIA. At that time
DIA was not
restricted airspace and we flew over it many times to check out the progress. The idea that there is some secret underground base
there is just silly. Me, my flight instructor, and any of the other dozens or hundreds of private pilots that flew over the area during construction
would have seen it. My dad (who also got his pilot's license at the same time) even took pictures during fly-overs. I think I might have one or two
myself though I think those pictures are in Colorado in my parents' house (I currently live in Mexico).
All in all, this conspiracy theory looks very clearly to be bunk.