DAVID ULANE'S PHOTOGRAPHS

March 02, 1995

March 02, 1995

March 02, 1995

March 02, 1995

March 02, 1995

March 02, 1995

March 02, 1995

March 02, 1995

March 02, 1995

March 02, 1995

March 02, 1995

March 02, 1995

When Dave sent the photos to me what appears below was given as an explanation. I chose to add it in it's entirety.

Thought you would appreciate the attached pictures I took On March 2, 1995 at Stapleton, less than 72 hours after the airport closed! At the time, I worked at Centennial Airport, and my good friend Dave (with the beard) worked for the City and County of Denverís Aviation Department. Dave had access to the whole airport, and we explored it all. We went up in the tower, where the floor was still littered with champagne bottles leftover from the post-closure party by the controllers. We were able to drive my car on the ramp and the airfield, where everything was still in place, but without one single aircraft or piece of ground support equipment. The terminal was particularly surreal- without hundreds of people, computers and HVAC systems running, it was so quiet you could literally hear footsteps from hundreds of feet away- a huge change from the busy terminal I remember visiting since age 5. All of the digital gate signs still contained the departure information for the last flight to operate from each gate, and virtually everything was still there- it was as if humans had suddenly vanished from the earth. That March day was one of the most memorable in my aviation career.

My childhood trips to the old Stapleton played a huge part in my love for airports and aviation, and Iím very fortunate to be in the airport management field today.


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