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Tampa International Airport (TPA)

On April 15, 1971, Tampa International Airport's (TPA) new Terminal Complex officially opened. The Landside/Airside Terminal Complex was the first of its kind, designed like a spoked wheel. More than 50,000 people came to see the new Airport Terminal during its two-day open house. We attended that open house!

TPA is a public airport six miles west of Downtown Tampa, in Hillsborough County, Florida. The airport is publicly owned by Hillsborough County Aviation Authority.

The airport was called Drew Field Municipal Airport until 1952. Trans Canada Airlines inaugurated international flights in 1950 and Drew Field was renamed Tampa International Airport. The airport's second terminal opened in 1952 near the intersection of Columbus Drive and West Shore Blvd.

Shown below are several images of TPA through the years.

Tampa International Airport (TPA) ... landside looking towards airside terminal with Eastern Airlines jet
Tampa International Airport ... landside looking towards airside terminal
Tampa International Airport - aerial view to the north
Tampa International Airport - aerial view to the north
Tampa International Airport ... landside terminal
Tampa International Airport ... landside terminal
Tampa International Airport, aerial view, looking to the west
Tampa International Airport, aerial view, looking to the west
Tampa International Airport transportation system between landside and airside terminals
Tampa International Airport transportation system between landside and airside terminals
Tampa International Airport with National Airlines Boeing 727s parked at airside terminal
Tampa International Airport with National Airlines Boeing 727s parked at airside terminal
Tampa International Airport ... promotional postcard before opening the new terminal in 1971
Tampa International Airport ... promotional postcard before opening the new terminal in 1971
Tampa International Airport transportation system
Tampa International Airport transportation system
Tampa Airport Motel ... a tradition on Dale-Mabry, near the airport
Tampa Airport Motel ... a tradition on Dale-Mabry, near the airport


Other Tampa Aviation Scenes

Peter O. Knight Airport, Tampa, Florida
Peter O. Knight Airport, Tampa, Florida