Terminal Silhouettes: Updated DFW

Terminal silhouette of DFW (Dallas/Fort Worth)

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With 165 visits to date, Dallas/Fort Worth is my most visited hub, and second most visited airport after only my home airport of Dayton.

As with many of my other updates, DFW is one of the earlier terminals I drew, and was not as high quality as I wanted it to be. I’ve now redrawn it completely from scratch, and also captured some minor terminal construction that had taken place since my original drawing in 2015.

Diagram showing labels for DFW Terminals A, B, C, D, and E. Skylink stations are highlighted on every terminal except Terminal D.

As I redrew DFW, I learned that terminals A, B, C, and E were not quite as similar as I originally thought. D (as the newest terminal) is very obviously different, but I’d assumed the other four were all basically similar half-circles. Instead, I found that C and E were actually very slightly elliptical, while A and B did indeed appear to be circular.

Additionally, I’d assumed that the Skylink train stations (highlighted in black) on all terminals except D were symmetrical and in the same position on each terminal. That turned out not to be the case. Each terminal had its stations at a different distance from the center of the terminal’s circle (essentially, the stations stuck out more from some terminals than others) and in the case of Terminal A, even the two stations on the same terminal stuck out different distances. Terminals B and C were vertically symmetrical in their placement of stations (the stations were at the same angle from the center of the terminal’s arc), but A and E were not.

DFW certainly has one of the most recognizable terminal shapes, so it was a neat one to recreate.

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