I just saw this on the Kansas City Public Library's website, earlier today.
On this day...
On November 11, 1972, the Kansas City International Airport officially opened for commercial service. The airport replaced the existing Mid-Continent Airport at the same location. Twenty years before, the 1951 flood destroyed many Fairfax Airport facilities on the west side of the Missouri River and compromised operations at the downtown Municipal Airport. With the area’s two main airports shut down, Kansas City began planning a new airport 20 miles north of the flooded city.
In the same week we voted to bulldoze our very convenient, very workable airport.
Have a great weekend, y'all, regardless.