VIDEO: Denver Stapleton International Airport 1981

In honor of Throwback Thursday we found these rare videos of Stapleton International Airport. Stapleton International Airport was Denver, Colorado’s primary airport from 1929 to 1995. At different times it served as a hub for Continental Airlines, Frontier Airlines,People Express, TWA, United Airlines and Western Airlines. In 1995, Stapleton was replaced by Denver International Airport. It has now been decommissioned and the airport property was redeveloped as a retail and residential neighborhood.

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Sean Truscott
Sean Truscott

That was the place i took my first flight out of to see my Grandparents Back east. It was such a thrill. I wish it was still there. Going to the other airport is a drive.

Shirley Davidson
Shirley Davidson

I was born in 1978, but watched the planes from that area and another spot too.

Ana Molina
Ana Molina

I was barely born in 81 but remember going to watch the planes land on 25th and Elmira.

Arbon Reimer
Arbon Reimer

I remember going over by the jail to watch planes land. I know DIA gets some hate but let's all be honest... Stapleton was old n tired.

Kenneth Williamson
Kenneth Williamson

Lots of memories from there. ...worked for Continental airlines on the ramp...

Jerry Salinas
Jerry Salinas

Wow I remember hanging out on Moline st watching them come right at you and land.

Joel Harris
Joel Harris

Landings at Stapleton were always adventurous. The crazy wind off the mountains made for some crazy landings.

Mary K Powers
Mary K Powers

Loved that airport and loved working there too!!! Used to drive onto Smith road to watch the airplanes land. So cool!!

Brian Kepner
Brian Kepner

My gran used to take me up on the observation deck at the end of one of the concourses. We were plane spotters when i was 5ish lol

Ed White
Ed White

Best time ever was paying 10 cents to go up to the observation deck and watch planes land and take off!!! AWSOME!!!!! MISS IT!!!!

Jessica McNamara
Jessica McNamara

I miss watching the planes land there. They would be right over your head and it was awesome!!!

Russell Dorrell
Russell Dorrell

1981, that was the last time I flew out of Stapleton, before she was replaced.

Bradley Langston
Bradley Langston

If you tried filming like this today around an airport you'd be talking to the FBI.

Liz Sanchez
Liz Sanchez

Made me sad to watch the closing video.....I made a lot of great memories working my first job at the ice cream store when I was 14....."Roger's Top Cone".....met a lot of great people and served ice cream to local celebriites.......fun times!!

Alice Johnston
Alice Johnston

I remember driving on I-70 and having the planes taxi right over us on the bridge