Flashback Friday: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in 1949

Adam Snider
April 27, 2018

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on July 9, 1949
(Photo by Larry Dion / The Seattle Times)
This week's Flashback Friday takes us to Seattle for some great pictures of the early days of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which was dedicated on July 9, 1949.

The Seattle Times has the story on the airport's opening, along with more than a dozen excellent pictures:

An estimated 30,000 people attended the dedication of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and its new terminal building July 9, 1949 — so many that cars were parked all the way to the Seattle-Tacoma Highway (now Highway 99/International Boulevard). Many of the visitors stood in long lines to walk through planes and listen to speakers.

Many speakers repeated that the airport’s opening was “a dream come true,” according to a Seattle Times article. Congressman Hugh B. Mitchell declared, “I can say on the basis of experience on two continents, you have the finest facilities here of any airport in the world.”

The July 8 story described the terminal as such:

“Floors of the airport administration building are terrazzo topped with integral color designs in waiting rooms and at entrances to the building.”


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