Dulles International Airport
is one of only two federally owned airports in the country (National Airport being the other). Some find it to be an ugly monstrosity. Others find it to be an architectural masterpiece -- I am firmly in this camp -- however, many functionality compromises were made in the name of aesthetics.
, the notable Finnish architect, known for his sweeping designs, was responsible for the design, but unfortunately died a year before John F. Kennedy presided over the opening on November 17th, 1962. Saarinen was an architectural badass (call him the Sprinkle
of architects), designing the TWA terminal
at JFK and the St. Louis Arch
. Maybe you're familiar with these?
So, my post
last week about Concorde
's first arrival at Dulles (and first in the U.S.) piqued my interest in digging up some archival footage of the airport.
The footage I found is archival film of Dulles Airport that I came across while trolling YouTube. It was a professionally produced marketing film from 1962, the year Dulles opened. The music is awesome and so 60s. I feel like the Pink Panther will show up at any minute.