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Kansas City in Platte County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Airport History

 
 
Kansas City International Airport Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 19, 2010
1. Kansas City International Airport Marker
Inscription.
The story of Kansas City International Airport began in 1952 with the purchase of 4,700 acres in Platte County – a shopping excursion that started in the early 1940s. In 1953, in a truly visionary move, the site was officially designated as the Industrial Airport Site. A runway, taxiways, a temporary hangar, and a control tower were built immediately, but no terminals. The Mid-Continent Airport, as it was called back then, (and later renamed KCI), was to be only a “reliever” airport for Municipal Airport (now called Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport). But after realizing that Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport could not be adequately expanded to meet the needs of the jet age. Mid-Continent’s construction was soon back on line. In the 1960s, TWA would move its overhaul base to the site and build the huge hyperbolic parabola hangar bays still visible today on the grounds. Upon completion, MCI became KCI – and the Kansas City International Airport was officially dedicated October 23, 1972, with the help of keynote speaker, Vice President Spiro Agnew. Today, KCI encompasses 10,000 acres of land, three runways and three terminal buildings. Millions of travelers fly through KCI each year, served by an impressive array of national, regional and international passenger air service providers, while cargo carriers
Airport History Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 19, 2010
2. Airport History Marker
Looking north
keep regional industry running on schedule with timely shipments. The airport’s claim to fame? The “drive-to-your gate” design, three years in the planning, has resulted in an astonishing lack of congestion, and perhaps the quickest access to gates and baggage claim of any major airport in the country. KCI was the first airport to use the concept, and it was later adapted by Charles DeGaulle Airport in Paris, France, and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. By the way, you’ll notice a nod to the airport’s past on your baggage claim tag – the letters MCI are still used as our airport identifier.
 
Erected by Kansas City International Airport. (Marker Number T2 [32].)
 
Location. 39° 18.871′ N, 94° 42.065′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Platte County. Click for map. Two identical markers are at Shuttle Bus Transfer Stations T1 and T2, along the shuttle bus only access road immediately east of Economy Parking Lot B, at Kansas City International Airport, 601 Brasilia Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Kansas City MO 64153, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. KC's Baseball Story (here, next to this marker); Atkins Gift (about 400 feet away, measured in a
Photo on Airport History Marker image. Click for full size.
The Kansas City Aviation Department Photography Archives, undated
3. Photo on Airport History Marker
[Caption reads] Terminal A from the air.
direct line); KC: On Flight (about 500 feet away); Tribal Heritage (about 600 feet away); Art and Soul (about 700 feet away); Hale: The Firepole (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Liberty Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Home of BBQ (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kansas City.
 
Also see . . .
1. Kansas City International Airport. (Submitted on June 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Kansas City International Airport. (Submitted on June 6, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Photo on Airport History Marker image. Click for full size.
The Kansas City Aviation Department Photography Archives, October 23, 1972
4. Photo on Airport History Marker
[Caption reads] Vice President Spiro Agnew speaking at the dedication ceremony.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 596 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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