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Sea-Tac International Airport: Part 1 -- Founding

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, or Sea-Tac as it commonly called, was developed as a direct response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Military needs limited civilian a...

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Sea-Tac International Airport: Part 2 -- From Props to Jets (1950-1970)

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport experienced dramatic growth between 1950 and 1970 as a result of new aircraft technologies, the increasing popularity and affordability of air travel, and the Puge...

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Sea-Tac International Airport: Part 3 -- Boeing Bust to Deregulation (1970s)

The Port of Seattle built Seattle-Tacoma International Airport during World War II to relieve pressure on existing airports such as Seattle's Boeing Field. Following the war, Sea-Tac quickly establish...

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Sea-Tac International Airport: Part 4 -- Ascent and Dissent (1980-2008)

Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) International Airport and its owner, the Port of Seattle, faced major challenges during the last two decades of the twentieth century. Foremost, their own successful investmen...

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Sea-Tac International Airport: Third Runway Project

The development of a third "dependent" runway at Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) International Airport, the state's largest airport, was one of the largest and most sensitive public works projects in regiona...

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20 Timeline Entries

Port of Seattle agrees to build new regional airport on March 7, 1942.

Soon after Japan attacks Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941), the federal Civil Aviation Authority offers $1 million to any local government that will build a new airport to serve the greater Seattle area...

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Port of Seattle Commission proposes to rename Seattle-Tacoma Airport for Philip G. Johnson on September 15, 1944.

On September 15, 1944, the Port of Seattle Commission votes to rename the new Seattle-Tacoma Airport "Johnson Field" in honor of Philip G. Johnson (1891-1944), Boeing's wartime president, who died the...

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Alaska Airlines passenger plane crashes upon landing at Seattle-Tacoma Airport, killing nine and injuring 20, on November 30, 1947.

On November 30, 1947, at approximately 2:25 p.m., an Alaska Airlines C-54A (DC-4) en route from Anchorage, Alaska, goes off the end of the runway when landing at Seattle-Tacoma Airport. The aircraft c...

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Governor Arthur Langlie dedicates Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on July 9, 1949.

On July 9, 1949, Governor Arthur Langlie (1900-1966) presides at the dedication of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. He warns eagles, hawks, and skylarks to move over for "We, too, have at last wo...

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Construction at Sea-Tac Airport unearths an extinct giant sloth on February 14, 1961.

On Tuesday, February 14, 1961, while working on a runway at Sea-Tac International Airport, Gordon Simmons of Sellen Construction Company spots bones sticking out of a recently excavated hole. Digging ...

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Police arrest demonstrators protesting construction employment discrimination at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on November 6, 1969.

On November 6, 1969, police arrest 48 protestors during a demonstration at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) protesting discrimination in construction employment. The demonstration is par...

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