Image on page thirteen of the pamphlet - This pamphlet predates the completion of the Philadelphia Municipal Airport, when the Central Airport was located in Camden NJ and provides a map of all area airports, listing their obstructions, markings, lighting and accommodations. It also includes a list of area aviation industry suppliers as well as civic associations such as the Philadelphia Model Aeroplane Association, which had 168 active chapters, sponsored and directed by the Aero Club of Pennsylvania and the Playgrounds association of Philadelphia and the Evening Bulletin.
An aerial view of the field at Island Road and Tinicum Avenue, showing the crowd just before events got under way.
Construction of the Philadelphia Municipal Airport began in 1937 and was not completed until three years later. The airport opened on June 20, 1940.
In 1950, the Philadelphia International Airport began building a $15 million dollar air terminal.
In 1953, the Philadelphia International Airport’s new terminal building finally opened.
The new 1953 Philadelphia International Airport reflects a modernist architectural stylings.
No, this is not from the set of Mad Men, this is what Philadelphia International Airport looked like in the 1950s and 1960s. For a 21st-century look at swanky air travel, checkout Virgin America’s ticket counters in Terminal E.