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Photos: Washington Dulles International Airport Turns 50

Take a look behind the scenes with Patch.

So much has happened to Washington Dulles International Airport since President John F. Kennedy dedicated it in 1962.

The airport, which is located on 12,000 acres in Chantilly, recently experienced a multi-million dollar expansion, which will bring a new Metrorail system, a fourth runway, expanded gates and buildings and a new airport traffic control tower. About 23 million travelers visit Dulles Airport annually, and the eventual addition of a metro line will introduce it to millions of potential flyers. 

The main terminal is unmistakable (architect Eero Saarinen called it the best building he'd ever designed) and as such has appeared in movies like "Airport," "Die Hard II" and "Body of Lies." 

Joy Mowry Schwartz December 19, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Great pictures! You are lucky that you got a behind the scenes tour.
James Cullum December 20, 2012 at 03:54 AM
Thanks Joy! It was a lot of fun to photograph this place behind closed doors.

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