After I had lunch yesterday, I took a look at Flight Aware to see what was coming into Detroit Metro Airport. If there was anything interesting, I would head over there. As it turned out, there were a few interesting flights coming in. Well interesting planes anyway.
The airport itself opened in September 1916 as a military base. Fokker Aircraft Company opened a factory nearby in 1919. Civilian aircraft started using the airport in 1920.
By 1940, the airport had 4 asphalt runways at 45 degree angles to each other. They were all 1,020 meters or less. Later that year, it was captured by the Germany military and by the end of World War II, it was completely destroyed by either sabotage by the Germans or Allied bombers. The airport was restored quickly at the end of the war and the first plane landed there in July of 1945. The new terminal building was completed in 1949 and it was decided that Schiphol would be the main airport of the Netherlands. Over the years, the airport has been improved.