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PICTURES: San Antonio celebrates 70 years as an airfield

These fascinating photographs provide a glimpse into the proud history of San Antonio International Airport, which is celebrating 70 years as an airfield this month.

These fascinating photographs provide a glimpse into the proud history of San Antonio International Airport, which is celebrating 70 years as an airfield this month.

In 1941, the City of San Antonio purchased 1,200 acres of land for the purposes of building an airport.

But when war broke out, the US Army took over the airfield.

It was not until 1953, that the site officially opened as a commercial airport – San Antonio celebrates its 60th birthday next year – but in July 1942, the airport was opened as Alamo Field, and was used by the US Army Air Force throughout World War II.

At the end of the war, the city took control of the airfield once again and began developing San Antonio Municipal Airport.

In 1951 the city began construction of the terminal facilities, FAA tower and baggage handling system.

Just two years later the project was complete and the airport was open for service.



 

 

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