Tulsa's International Airport celebrates 75 years

Wednesday, December 17th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Wednesday marked 100 years since the Wright brothers first powered flight. And in Tulsa, hundreds gathered at Tulsa International Airport to celebrate the airport's 75th anniversary.

News on 6 reporterPatrina Adger has the story.

The only thing on this corner of Apache and Sheridan in 1928 was a wheat field, until 47 local business people came together to buy 390 acres of land to start an airport.

Five months later, Tulsa Municipal Airport was born. And Wednesday, marks the 75th anniversary. "It's an exciting day in history and an exciting day for Tulsa International Airport." Tulsa Mayor Bill LaFortune celebrated the day with employees and members of Tulsa's airport authority, to commemorate Tulsa's rich aerospace history and the impact it's had on the city's economy.

A place which started with only one employee, now has more than 200 employees. Not to mention the 100 businesses at the airport including American Airlines, Boeing and Spartan Aeronautics which employees thousands of others.

Airport Spokesperson Mary Smith says the first 75 years is only the beginning. Big changes are expected, like new and expanded restaurants and gift shops. "And you're gonna see a physical change which will make security a lot easier- beautiful changes- at Tulsa's front door."

And with so many changes taking place, it will be interesting to see how Tulsa Airport will look in another 75 years.