Crash of Flight 5191

Blue Grass Airport’s growth

1940 -- City and county governments purchase 523 acres of farmland off Versailles Road to construct what would become Blue Grass Field.

1941 -- Runway construction begins on March 6 and progresses quickly.

1942 -- The first aircraft, an Army Air Corps B-25 bomber, officially lands at Blue Grass Field on July 11.

1945 -- Airport operations are turned over to the city Aug. 15.

1946 -- The first terminal is completed Oct. 13. Eastern and Delta Air Lines provide first commercial passenger flights to Lexington.

1968 -- First jets operate at Blue Grass Airport.

1976 -- A new terminal opens.

1983 -- Main runway is extended from 6,500 to 7,000 feet.

1985 -- Concourse C (four gates and one ground parking position) opens.

1989 -- Terminal building expanded to handle increasing number of passengers. New concourse added for Delta.

1990 -- Concourse B (three jet gates and one ground parking position) opens.

1995 -- Updated master plan recommends a 9,000-foot runway parallel to the main runway. FAA says the current runway doesn’t meet updated safety standards.

1998 -- Executive director Mike Flack, an outspoken supporter of the second runway, takes a job in South Carolina. The airport board hires Michael Gobb, who previously held the position of Airport Administrator at Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Conn.

1999 -- A new parking structure is constructed.

2002 -- Blue Grass unveils new security system.

2004 -- Construction begins on a new rental car ready return center and safety area improvements on Runway 4-22.

2005 -- Project to add 600 feet of safety area to each end of the main runway is to be completed in fall of 2006.

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