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Memphis International Airport

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Memphis International Airport
Memphis International Airport
As pictured on a 1970s postcard.
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2491 Winchester Road
Memphis, Tennessee 38116
United States
(901) 922-8298

On This Very Spot on June 15, 1929, the dedication ceremony was held for the new Memphis Municipal Airport, which consisted of three hangars and a sod field runway.

On This Very Spot in 1963, construction on the center portion of the present terminal began. The east and west wings are added in the 1970s, as was the present control tower.

On This Very Spot on the morning of August 19, 1966, The Beatles landed and were whisked to the Mid-South Coliseum for afternoon and evening performances. It turned out to be their seventh-to-last public concert stop, as they announced their retirement from public performances at the end of the tour. At the time, controversy was raging over John Lennon's comment that The Beatles were "more popular than Jesus." There was some anxiety about this one stop in the Deep South because the band had received hate mail and death threats. This apparently did not suppress the famous Beatle wit, however. When it was time to step out of the plane, George Harrison reportedly said, "Let John go first. He's the one they want."

On This Very Spot on April 5, 1968, the body of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., assassinated the day before at the Lorriane Motel, was loaded aboard an American Airlines jet bound for his hometown of Montgomery, Alabama.

On This Very Spot in 1973, overnight delivery giant Federal Express was relocated from Little Rock, Arkansas, where it had been founded by Fred Smith two years before. The company constructed a sorting facility and administration building on the airfield. Today the company, its name shortened to FedEx, operates its main "superhub" on this very spot. Planes from all over the world land here one after another after midnight each business day. Their contents are unloaded, sorted through a maze of conveyor belts using advanced laser technology to identify package destinations, then reloaded onto the proper planes. Around 2:30 am each morning, dozens of FedEx jets take off one after another bound for destinations around the world.

On This Very Spot a scene was filmed for the 1993 movie The Firm. The brief interior scene shows the "Maralto Brothers" arriving in Memphis and being greeted a the firm's security head, played by Wilford Brimley.

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This is an operating airport open to the public. For complete information, visit the official website of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority at http://www.mscaa.com/.

Location: Southcentral Memphis, just south of I-240 at the Airways Boulevard Exit.

Nearest Major Airport: Memphis International Airport

Nearest Rail: Memphis Amtrak


Latitude: 35.053281; Longitude: -89.990413



 
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