Chantilly, Virginia (JFK+50) Fifty-two years ago today, November 17, 1962, President John F. Kennedy dedicated one of the most modern airports in the world, Dulles International*.
The airport, named in honor of former President Eisenhower's Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, was the first facility in the nation designed for commercial jets.
Washington Dulles International Airport at Dusk
The airport, which is located 26 miles from downtown Washington, was the result of the Washington Airport Act of 1950, amended in 1958. Construction began on September 2, 1958.
The main terminal of Dulles, designed by Eero Saarinen, a Finnish-American architect, is adorned with a white, concave roof which rises high on one end. The design was honored by the American Institute of Architects in 1966.
The President called the new airport "a distinct ornament of a great country and a great governmental system and said...
"This building...symbolizes the aspirations of the United States in the 1950s and 1960s".
Notables in attendance of the dedication was former President Eisenhower and members of the Dulles family.
*Dulles International Airport (IAD), located in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties in Virginia, services 22.6 million passengers a year. It offers 81 non-stop domestic flights and 48 non-stop international flights.
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, www.metwashairports.com