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Throwback Thursday: Delta Air Lines old terminal at DFW Airport

Delta Air Lines customers line up at the ticket counter at DFW Airport on August 5, 1985.
Delta Air Lines customers line up at the ticket counter at DFW Airport on August 5, 1985.

With Dallas/Fort Worth Airport unveiling the newly renovated section of Terminal E this week, I thought it would be interesting to look at what the terminal used to look like.

This photo was taken on August 5, 1985 at the main check-in area for Delta Air Lines in Terminal 4E, which is now called Terminal E. Delta has occupied the terminal from the airport’s opening in 1974 although it dramatically reduced the number of gates it has when it de-hubbed its operations in 2005.

The caption on the photo read, “Delta Air Lines customers line-up at the Section B ticket counter this afternoon at DFW Airport. Business is ‘back to normal’ for the airline after Friday’s crash. This is their main ticket counter at their terminal.”

The crash referred to is the fatal accident of Delta flight 191. On August 2, 1985, the L-1011 jumbo jet plunged to the ground, killing 135 people and injuring 26, while trying to land during a thunderstorm. Investigators said the accident was caused by wind shear and a sudden microburst.

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