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PHOTOS: Dulles Airport Turns 50

Patch takes a look behind-the-scenes look at iconic hub.

So much has happened to Washington Dulles International Airport since President John F. Kennedy dedicated it in 1962.

The airport, located on 12,000 acres in Loudoun and Fairfax counties, recently underwent a multi-million dollar expansion, adding a fourth runway, expanded gates and buildings, and a new airport traffic control tower. In addition, local government bodies recently signed on to build Metro's Silver Line, which includes a stop at the airport. About 23 million travelers visit Dulles Airport annually, and that number is expected to continue growing.

The main terminal is unmistakable – architect Eero Saarinen called it the best building he'd ever designed – and as such has appeared in movies like Airport, Die Hard II and Body of Lies.

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