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UER Forum > Archived US: South > Greater Southwest International Airport...... (Viewed 597 times)
Bustedknuckle 


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Greater Southwest International Airport......
< on 11/4/2007 11:07 PM >
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Well since I had to work all weekend and was unable to photograph a bigger location, I figured at least I would get something new.

So here is the story, Greater Southwest International Airport or Amon Carter Field WAS located at the intersection of 183 and 360. It was built in the 50s to compete with Love Field. It had a great looking Art Deco Terminal Building and a few hangars. The airport was demolished in the early 80s since it was directly in the then new DFW flight pattern, also it was very seldom used even when in service. Unfortunately it never got "off the ground".

However up until sometime last week there was One building still standing. The Aviation Gas (AVGAS) pump house. I had explored it before but with no camera. It had some really interesting equipment that had been left untouched. Also there was a very interesting tunnel system still intact.

So this morning before work I ventured out there only to discover that it had been completely demolished. Disheartening to say the least, I took pics of the few things that were left....

Also of note: A Convair B-36 Peacemaker Bomber (built in Fort Worth) was a proud gate guardian of this airport for years. Volunteers from the metroplex restored the bomber in the 90s only to have the GIANT bomber taken away and moved to the desert (PIMA AIR MUSEUM)



This is one of the AVGAS pumps....why they left it I do not know

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Asbestos Protected!!!!!

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Oil Level

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Upside down for some reason but this is the mfg.


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These were located outside the pumphouse.....vents


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And if you want to learn more about the airport and see pics of it in its heyday check out: http://oldterminal...ies.com/index.html
Old and Abandoned Airport Terminals and scroll down to GSW
[last edit 11/5/2007 12:07 AM by Bustedknuckle - edited 1 times]

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Re: Greater Southwest International Airport......
<Reply # 1 on 11/5/2007 12:02 AM >
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awesome, do you know if the tunnels are still there?

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Re: Greater Southwest International Airport......
<Reply # 2 on 11/5/2007 12:04 AM >
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nice stuff BK!

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Re: Greater Southwest International Airport......
<Reply # 3 on 11/5/2007 12:05 AM >
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Posted by musket boy
awesome, do you know if the tunnels are still there?


Man I wish they were or there would be more pics. They literally had to bulldoze probably 20 feet down to get them out. I brought all my gear and was ready to rope down there and everything.....like I said very disappointing.

After they closed the airport there was a squatter that lived there and they never did catch him because he would go into the massive tunnel complex.

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Re: Greater Southwest International Airport......
<Reply # 4 on 11/5/2007 12:21 AM >
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Damned shame that lovely mural went down with the building. Although I assume it was plaster and could not have been saved.

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Re: Greater Southwest International Airport......
<Reply # 5 on 11/5/2007 12:28 AM >
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Posted by buckybear
Damned shame that lovely mural went down with the building. Although I assume it was plaster and could not have been saved.


You mean the Gold mural in the lobby? If so it was actual gold plated, and it was by a known artist...name slips my mind. I'm sure someone did something with it.

Amon Carter went to great lengths to make this a better airport than love field, but it was encompassed on all sides by obstructions (stream, Railroad and highways) so expansion was damn near impossible.

He hated Dallas so much that when he had business there (well...here) he would pack a lunch because he refused to eat at Dallas restaurants.

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Re: Greater Southwest International Airport......
<Reply # 6 on 11/5/2007 1:08 AM >
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Cool... I had no idea that was out there. Good job

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Re: Greater Southwest International Airport......
<Reply # 7 on 11/5/2007 1:35 AM >
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i photographed the pump house a month or so ago, pics in this forum should still be on the first page here under pumphouse or something. i didnt go down in to the tunnels because they were actually just for the tanks as fuel lines and maint., and what wasnt flooded was unsafe to enter due to fumes and instability. funny whenever something gets demolished its usually the underground fuel tanks that are always the first to go. this time it was last and it took them 30 years!

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Re: Greater Southwest International Airport......
<Reply # 8 on 11/5/2007 1:48 AM >
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Posted by Duncantx
i photographed the pump house a month or so ago, pics in this forum should still be on the first page here under pumphouse or something. i didnt go down in to the tunnels because they were actually just for the tanks as fuel lines and maint., and what wasnt flooded was unsafe to enter due to fumes and instability. funny whenever something gets demolished its usually the underground fuel tanks that are always the first to go. this time it was last and it took them 30 years!


Hell I dont see it.....would love to check it out as I am super pissed that I didnt have my camera on previous trips.

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Re: Greater Southwest International Airport......
<Reply # 9 on 11/5/2007 6:28 AM >
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Posted by Bustedknuckle


You mean the Gold mural in the lobby? If so it was actual gold plated, and it was by a known artist...name slips my mind. I'm sure someone did something with it.

Amon Carter went to great lengths to make this a better airport than love field, but it was encompassed on all sides by obstructions (stream, Railroad and highways) so expansion was damn near impossible.

He hated Dallas so much that when he had business there (well...here) he would pack a lunch because he refused to eat at Dallas restaurants.


Last time I was in there was like 1975 and the mural had been heavily vandalized. Noses broken off, etc. It looked like gold leaf over plaster but I can't be sure. My wife and I got in to the side tunnels of the 183 tunnel under the runway in 1978. It and it was full of thirty gallon cans of water and carbohydrate supliment left from th3e CD shelter years.

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Re: Greater Southwest International Airport......
<Reply # 10 on 11/7/2007 12:48 AM >
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Truth be known, Barry Kooda was the wildman living in those tunnels!

I peeked in the old terminal building after it closed and had been in the concours tunnel when it was active. Later we ran illegal drag races, and legal autocross and timed events like gymkhana?(sp) out there before they destroyed the runways.

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Re: Greater Southwest International Airport......
<Reply # 11 on 11/7/2007 2:32 AM >
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Posted by 2Xplorations
Truth be known, Barry Kooda was the wildman living in those tunnels!

I peeked in the old terminal building after it closed and had been in the concours tunnel when it was active. Later we ran illegal drag races, and legal autocross and timed events like gymkhana?(sp) out there before they destroyed the runways.


Thats how I knew about the place, my father took me out there when I was a child, how I remember I dont know but here are a couple of pics. Sports Car Club of America race.

Good Pic of the Terminal (1978 Camaro)

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American Airlines Hangar (McKee Can Am (I think))

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Re: Greater Southwest International Airport......
<Reply # 12 on 11/7/2007 3:24 AM >
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how bout a McClaren?

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Re: Greater Southwest International Airport......
<Reply # 13 on 11/7/2007 3:35 AM >
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Posted by 2Xplorations
how bout a McClaren?


Could be a M1A but I dunno, just seems a little too rare for that "track", seen a ton of McKees at vintage races that look damn similar to that. Hell for that matter it could be a Lola

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Re: Greater Southwest International Airport......
<Reply # 14 on 11/24/2007 5:55 PM >
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I remember going out there and exploring the buildings and tunnels when I was a kid. Too bad I never thought to take a camera with me but it would have probably gotten me in trouble anyway. We also used to race our cars up and down those huge runways. I remember the piles of canned crackers and water. Oh, and the mural/wall sculpture thing was plaster covered with gold leaf. I talked to a guy one time that said the whole thing was probably worth only a hundred dollars or so because the gold leaf is so thin there's less than an ounce covering the whole thing. What got me though was all the marble on the walls that people managed to scavenge out of there.

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