Guernica Theory

"If you give a meaning to certain things … it may be very true."

DFW Airport is larger than the island of Manhattan.

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  • DFW Airport is second largest in acreage (18,076.297 (7,318 hectares or 29.8 square miles) among US airports. (Denver is first.)
  • DFW Airport is (corrected – almost) larger than the island of Manhattan. (see comments)
  • DFW could contain New York’s JFK, Chicago’ O’Hare, and Los Angeles International airports with room to spare.
  • DFW Airport covers parts of four cities and two counties: The cities are Coppell, Grapevine, Euless & Irving and the counties are Dallas & Tarrant.
  • May 15, 1989 – Space shuttle Atlantis is piggybacked into DFW on May 16. It was the first landing by a space shuttle at a commercial airport
  • The fossilized bones of a marine reptile, or plesiosaur, were found during the preliminary excavation of the airport. They are now on display in the airport’s Central Utilities Plant.
  • DFW Airport has 40,000 parking spaces
  • 95% of the domestic United States is within four hours flying time of DFW
  • DFW is the only airport in the world with 7 operational runways. (Verified w/ICAO. O’Hare also has seven, but one is not operational.)
  • Maximum simultaneous take-offs – 4
  • Maximum simultaneous landings – 3
  • Average number of take-offs & landings – 1100 of each per day
  • DFW has three DVORDME Doppler radar towers. They are named Maverick, Cowboy and Ranger.




Written by hammer

November 3, 2011 at 3:33 am

Posted in Imitates, Life

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  1. Not true – Manhattan Island is 21610 acres and DFW Airport is 17207 acres.

    Michael Richey

    February 27, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    • Michael, the DFW number you give only accounts for real property. If you count total area of the island and total area of DFW airport, DFW is larger. Roughly 29 square miles for DFW and roughly 23 square miles for Manhattan.

      David R.

      March 30, 2016 at 11:18 pm

  2. […] covers 234 square miles; Manhattan sits on a relatively miniscule 34-mile tract. That’s smaller than the land mass covered by the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) […]

  3. It IS larger. You’re using a formula that includes the water under legal control of Manhattan island.


    April 24, 2016 at 11:51 am

  4. […] covers 234 square miles; Manhattan sits on a relatively minuscule 34-mile tract. That’s smaller than the land mass covered by the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) alone. We don’t call it […]

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