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FLORIDA AIRPORTS ENTER THE JET AGE

Early Jetliners to Florida

Miami International Airport terminal in 1959

Dade County built the biggest airport terminal in the world (above) in Miami, which opened on February 1, 1959. Note the 270-room hotel atop the terminal building.

Broward County Airport in 1959

A new airport terminal for Broward County (above), serving Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, also opened in 1959.

Tampa International Airport in 1952

Tampa's West Shore terminal (above) opened in 1952, supplemented by a new runway and other improvements which were completed for the jets by 1963.

Jacksonville continued to use the old Imeson Airport terminal building (below) which was built in 1941. A new airport with longer runways more suitable for jets opened in 1968, north of the city.

Jacksonville Imeson Airport


Orlando McCoy Airport in 1961

In Orlando (above), an agreement with the military in October, 1961 allowed jetliners to land at McCoy Air Force base.

At West Palm Beach, jets used the older facilities at Morrison Field (below) dating from 1936, until the new terminal opened in 1966.

West Palm Beach Morrison Field

The St. Petersburg/Clearwater airport terminal (below) opened in 1957 and was adequate to handle its limited jet service.

St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport in 1957