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Dulles’ iconic tower seen from the A/B concourse (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ryan Ewing)

Looking Inside an Abandoned Air Traffic Control Tower at Washington Dulles International Airport

Standing on top of the airport’s main terminal, the tower at Washington Dulles International Airport is perhaps one of the most iconic in the U.S. It’s design was spearheaded by architect Eero Saarinen who designed the main terminal in the 1950s.

The tower landed everything from Concordes to SR-71 Blackbirds in its heyday and even featured an observation deck at its base. Today, though, this landmark is a hollow shell of its former self.

It was put out of operation in 2007 after the FAA dedicated the new facility near the C/D concourse on Sept. 17.

Even though it no longer operates as an FAA facility, the old tower still serves a purpose while reminding people of air travel’s glory days along with 1950s-era design.

Photos by AirlineGeeks’ Ryan Ewing

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