Thursday, 5 May 2016
The twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota are served by Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport, which is on the Mississippi River about 10 miles (16 km) from the centers of both cities. The airport was opened in 1921 on the site of a defunct motor speedway and was first called Speedway Field; it was later renamed Wold-Chamberlain Field after two World War I aviators, and became the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Airport in 1944 and International Airport in 1948. The first of the two current terminals was built in 1958 and named for aviator Charles Lindbergh; a second terminal was constructed in 2001 and named for former Senator and Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey. The Lindbergh terminal was used to represent “Lincoln Airport” in the filming of the disaster movie “Airport” in 1969; the airport was chosen in part because of its well-developed snow-clearance system due to many winter snowstorms in the Twin Cities, but no snow fell during the making of the film and artificial snow had to be used.