I had an audit up at the Troy office today. It got done early enough for me to enjoy some of the afternoon. We did really well too.
Anyway, I didn't see any traffic on the river, so I decided to stop at the airport on the way home. Unfortunately, I missed the 747 by about 10 minutes but I still had a pretty good hour planewatching.
In 1940, the US Government declared part of it as a military field and during the war it was the busiest airport in the country. In 1946, it would be renamed Atlanta Airport. Up until 1961, the furthest nonstop flight out of Atlanta was to Chicago. The current terminal was built in 1977 and was named after Mayor William B. Hartsfield because he was a large supporter of aviation. It received it's current name when it was co-named after Mayor Maynard Jackson in 2003 after his death.
In 2015, it would become the first airport to serve 100 million passengers in a year. It has been the world's busiest airports in terms of passengers served since 1998.