reply to post by Dennislp3
Thanks for the video links. I had never seen those before. I thought the 44th prez connection was interesting.
Here's the history of DIA according to Wikipedia
. I'd like to know who the
sick individual is that made the decision to have those murals put in our largest International Airport. That's a great welcome message - probably
gives kids nightmares. Someone/They either have evil plans or they like efing with people.
"In September 1989, under the leadership of Denver Mayor Federico Peña (after whom Peña Boulevard is named), federal officials authorized the
outlay of the first $60 million for the construction of DIA. Two years later, Mayor Wellington Webb inherited the megaproject, scheduled to open on
October 29, 1993.
Delays caused by poor planning and repeated design changes due to changing requirements from United Airlines caused Mayor Webb to push opening day
back, first to December 1993, then to March 1994. By September 1993, delays due to a millwright strike and other events meant opening day was pushed
back again, to May 15, 1994.
In April 1994, the city invited reporters to observe the first test of the new automated baggage system. Reporters were treated to scenes of clothing
and other personal effects scattered beneath the system's tracks, while the actuators that moved luggage from belt to belt would often toss the
luggage right off the system instead. The mayor cancelled the planned May 15 opening. The baggage system continued to be a maintenance hassle and was
finally terminated in September 2005, with traditional baggage handlers manually handling cargo and passenger luggage.
On September 25, 1994, the airport hosted a fly-in that drew several hundred general aviation aircraft, providing pilots with a unique opportunity to
operate in and out of the new airport, and to wander around on foot looking at the ground-side facilities—including the baggage system, which was
still under testing. FAA controllers also took advantage of the event to test procedures, and to check for holes in radio coverage as planes taxied
around and among the buildings.
DIA finally replaced Stapleton on February 28, 1995, 16 months behind schedule and at a cost of $4.8 billion, nearly $2 billion over budget. The
construction employed 11,000 workers. United flight 1062 to Kansas City International Airport was the first to depart and United flight 1474 from
Colorado Springs Airport was the first to arrive.
After the airport's runways were completed but before it opened, the airport used the codes (IATA: DVX, ICAO: KDVX). DIA later took over (IATA: DEN,
ICAO: KDEN) as its codes from Stapleton when the latter airport closed.
During the blizzard of March 17–19, 2003, heavy snow tore a hole in the terminal's white fabric roof. Over two feet of snow on the paved areas
closed the airport (and its main access road, Peña Boulevard) for almost two days. Several thousand people were stranded at DIA.
In 2004, DIA was ranked first in major airports for on-time arrivals according to the FAA.
Denver International Airport covered by the December 22, 2006, snowstorm
Another blizzard on December 20 and 21st, 2006 dumped over 20 inches (51 cm) of snow in about 24 hours. The airport was closed for more than 45 hours,