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Throwback Thursday: DFW Airport People Movers

“Cars for “people movers” at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport are being built alongside A7 attack aircraft on the assembly line at the Vought Aeronautics Co. plant at Grand Prairie,” the caption for the 1972 photo says.
“Cars for “people movers” at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport are being built alongside A7 attack aircraft on the assembly line at the Vought Aeronautics Co. plant at Grand Prairie,” the caption for the 1972 photo says.

Before Dallas/Fort Worth Airport even opened in 1974, there was excitement about its new “people mover” system.

“It will be the most sophisticated people mover system in the world,” declared a Star-Telegram article published on April 14, 1972.

The photo shows the AirTrans cars being constructed alongside the A7 attack aircraft at Vought Aeronautics plant in Grand Prairie. The test vehicle was the first off of the Vought assembly line and was used to test sectionns of the guideway that was being installed at the airport.

“Passengers will be taken from any spot in the terminal complex to any other spot in minutes, automatically,” the article said. “The system will also transport baggage, mail, cargo and solid wastes in cars of varying configurations.”

When the airport finally shut down the AirTrans system in 2005 to open its current Skylink system, AirTrans had transported a quarter of a billlion passengers between DFW’s four terminals, traveling a total of 97 million miles.

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