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Throwback Thursday: Southwest Airlines on approach to Love Field

This photo taken in December 1979 included the caption “Proximity...plane flies over Mockingbird Lane.”
This photo taken in December 1979 included the caption “Proximity...plane flies over Mockingbird Lane.” rmallison@star-telegram.com

In 1979, Southwest Airlines was flying several flights a day out of Dallas Love Field to cities in Texas.

But Dallasites living in homes near Love Field were worried about the noise if Southwest was allowed to fly interstate flights.

“Beds shaking, windows breaking and babies crying in their sleep seem more suited to science fiction and disaster movies than to life in this city. But they have become a part of living for Dallas residents who work and make their homes near Love Field,” says an article that appeared on December 16, 1979. “Their lifestyles have been altered to cope with their noisy neighbor, and they fear more changes will have to be made if Southwest Airlines capitalizes on its permission to make interstate flights from Love.”

The photo with the article shows a Southwest Airlines plane flying over Mockingbird Lane as it prepares to land at Love Field.

“Oak Lawn resident Joe Fiordalisi tried to decide whether to sell his house. ‘I’ve given serious thought to it,’ said Fiordalisi, who lives about a mile from the airport. ‘The noise gets intolerable. It’s terrible.’”

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