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Denver: Denver International Airport – Jack Swigert
Denver International Airport
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The portrait of Apollo 13 hero, Jack Swigert, was sculpted by brothers, George W. Lundeen and Mark Lundeen. It was commissioned around 1977 by the State of Colorado, and the original was donated to the Statuary Hall at the US Capitol in Washington DC in May, 1997. This copy was placed at Denver International Airport in April, 1998.

John L. "Jack" Swigert, Jr. (1931-1982) is best known as the command module pilot on the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission. It was Swigert’s who voiced the famous line, "Houston, we had a problem here." The mission was the third lunar landing attempt, but was aborted after the rupture of an oxygen tank on the spacecraft’s service module. After leaving NASA, he became staff director of the Committee on Science and Technology of the U.S. House of Representatives before being elected as a Republican to Colorado’s newly created 6th congressional district in November 1982. Swigert died of bone cancer before he could take his oath of office.

Denver International Aiport (DEN), often called DIA, opened on February 28, 1995, replacing Stapelton Intenrational Airport as Denver’s primary airport. The project began with Perez Architects in 1989 and was completed by Fentress Bradburn Architects of Denver. Its signature profile, suggestive of the snow capped Rocky Mountains, was first hand sketched by Design Director Curtis W. Fentress, and along with its user-optimized curbside to airside navigation won global acclaim. The central Jeppesen Terminal, named after aviation safety pioneer Elrey Jeppensen, houses shops and security screening, and connects to the 95 full service gates on 3 separate midfield concourses via train.

Denver International Airport is, by land size at 53- qaure-miles, by far the largest international airport in the United States and the third largest in the world. Its Runway 16R/34L is the longest public use runway in the United States. In 2009, Denver International Airport was the tenth-busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic, and the fourth-busiest by aircraft movement.

In 2007, Denver International Airport was ranked #57 on the AIA 150 America’s Favorite Architecture list.

Scenes from United Terminal at Denver International Airport (Denver, Colorado)
Denver International Airport
Image by cseeman
On my way to California on United on April 16, 2012. These were all taken in the evening at the United Terminal at Denver International Airport.