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Dallas Love Field (LOV)
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Dallas Love Field (LOV) is a city-owned public airport 6 miles northwest of downtown Dallas, Texas. It was Dallas' primary commercial airport until 1974 when Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) opened.

Howdy ... from Dallas Love FieldHowdy ... from Dallas Love Field

Love Field has its origins beginning in 1917 when the U.S. Army built a series of camps to train pilots after the United States entry into World War I. It is named after First Lieutenant Moss L. Love. With the end of World War I, in December 1919 Love Field was deactivated as an active duty airfield, and a small caretaker unit was assigned to the facility for administrative reasons. Some surplus WWI aircraft were stored there for a time.

In 1927 the City of Dallas purchased Love Field for civilian use. On March 9, 1947 Love Field's Lemmon Avenue Terminal Building opened on the east side of the airfield. A third (and current) terminal opened in 1958, which featured three concourses with moving sidewalks, and a Dallas tradition, the Luau Room restaurant, above the main lobby. It remains an active airport today.

My connections with Love Field go back a few years. My first flight ever took off from Love Field in the early 1960s, in a Delta Convair airliner.

Shown below are several images of LOV through the years, from the Airplanes Of The Past Collection.

Love Field Airport Terminal in the early 1950s
Love Field Airport Terminal in the early 1950s
Dallas Municipal Airport, Love Field, as seen in the early 1950s
Dallas Municipal Airport, Love Field, as seen in the early 1950s
Love Field Air Terminal, Dallas, Texas
Love Field Air Terminal, Dallas, Texas
Dallas Municipal Airport, Love Field
Dallas Municipal Airport, Love Field
Dallas Love Field in the late 1950s
Dallas Love Field in the late 1950s
Dallas Love Field with the Braniff International Terminal in the background
Dallas Love Field with the Braniff International Terminal in the background
Dallas Love Field interior view
Dallas Love Field interior view
Dallas Love Field ... has moving sidewalks
Dallas Love Field ... has moving sidewalks


Amon Carter Field - Greater Southwest International Airport

Amon Carter Field Flight OperationsAmon Carter Field Flight Operations

In 1925 the city of Fort Worth established the Fort Worth Municipal Airport. Renamed Meacham Field in 1927 in honor of former Fort Worth Mayor H.C. Meacham, it remained the hub of commercial flights until the early 1950s.

As air traffic at Meacham grew during the 1940s, so did the city surrounding it.

A new site was selected after much discussion, planning and haggling with Dallas. The site was south of today's DFW airport, and just east of the C.R. Smith American Airlines Museum.

Construction occurred during 1951-53, and Amon Carter Field was officially opened in the spring of 1953, named after the local legendary businessman.

The name was later changed to Greater Southwest International Airport, airport code GSW. The airport enjoyed moderate success over the years, but competition from Love Field in Dallas gradually reduced usage of GSW.

Amon Carter Field Passenger TerminalAmon Carter Field Passenger Terminal

With the opening of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), GSW began to be shut down, and was closed on January 13, 1974.

The GSW terminal was demolished in 1980, and the last of the runways were removed by 1982.