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Jan. 13 marked the 45th an­niver­sary of the open­ing of what is now the Dal­las/ Fort Worth In­ter­na­tional Air­port. Plans to build a re­gional air­port for the Dal­las/Fort Worth area started as early as 1940, but dis­agree­ments be­tween the two cities over a va­ri­ety of con­sid­er­a­tions de­layed build­ing plans for over two decades. The Civil Aero­nau­tics Board or­dered Dal­las and Fort Worth to agree on a lo­ca­tion for a re­gional air­port in 1964. This led po­lit­i­cal lead­ers to meet and set­tle on an 18,000-acre site strad­dling the Dal­las and Tar­rant county lines, a lo­ca­tion roughly equidis­tant be­tween the two cities. Con­struc­tion be­gan in 1968 on the $700 mil­lion air­port.

Dal­las/Fort Worth Re­gional Air­port held an open house and ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony on Sept. 20-23, 1973. Pic­tured here on Sept. 23 is the first Con­corde to land in the U.S. – an Air France flight en route from Cara­cas to Paris. The first com­mer­cial flight to land on open­ing day, Jan. 13, 1974, was Amer­i­can Air­lines Flight 341 from New York. D/ FW be­came an in­ter­na­tional air­port in 1985.

The Univer­sity of Texas at Ar­ling­ton Li­brary of­fers a rich and di­verse col­lec­tion of ma­te­ri­als on the his­tory of Texas and the South­west. Each week, read­ers get a glimpse of the past with an im­age from Spe­cial Col­lec­tions. 817-272-3393; li­brary.uta.edu/spe­cial

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