Sky Harbor opens history museum for anniversary

Posted at 12:33 PM, Sep 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-14 15:33:48-04

Sky Harbor International Airport is opening a new exhibition in The Phoenix Airport Museum in celebration of its 80th anniversary.

Titled, “Moving Forward: 80 Years of World Class Service,” this exhibition displays the airport’s evolution through eight decades. Some photographs include the airport’s first administration building, hangar and control tower and the entire exhibit is broken up into three separate sections:

  • “Moving Toward War” shows an aerial image of a military-style runway in the 1940s showing how aircrafts took off and landed.
  •  “Moving On Up” displays photos of the opening of the Federal Aviation Administration tower and terminal three.
  • “Moving to the Future” includes photos and architectural designs of the Terminal Three Modernization effort, the plans on furthering the innovation of the airport for passenger efficiency and better views as passengers walk through the terminal.


This exhibition was curated by the Phoenix Airport Museum’s Aviation History Collection and is on display in terminal four on level three.

The Phoenix Airport Museum is one of the largest airport art museums in the country and includes approximately 900 artwork and 35 exhibition spaces.

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