An infusion of federal funding helped Lynchburg's Preston Glenn Airport take off in the late 1950s and into the 1960s, transforming a large swath of open space into the modern beginnings of today's Lynchburg Regional Airport. These photos from our archive show that earlier time, back when U.S. 29 in and out of Lynchburg was a two-lane road and the 'gates' for arriving and departing passengers were literally gates on a chain-link fence outside the terminal. 

(Check out these other galleries too: Mystery Picture of the Week, Roads and Highways, and The Flood of '85).

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