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McCampbell Terminal — PBI’s secret name

16 September 2014

McCampbell Terminal — PBI’s secret name

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McCampbell — photo by Joseph May

The formal name of the Main Terminal at Palm Beach International (PBI) Airport — photo by Joseph May

Laid down in 1988, the cornerstone of the main terminal at Palm Beach International (PBI) Airport  is the symbolic origin of the structure. The terminal walls are made of fossiliferous limestone which is chock full of gastropod and mollusc molds — an ancient ecosystem can be pondered while one waits in comfortably cushioned overstuffed bamboo lanai chairs. But it is in second floor somewhat out-of-the-way northeast corner where its secret name lies, the “Captain David McCampbell, USN Terminal” as it turns out to be. If one goes close and reads the material you learn that the terminal is named for an incredible aviator — the U.S. Navy’s World War II all-time leading ace and Medal of Honor recipient. It is fitting a terminal is named for him but especially this one as he was a West Palm Beach native. The secret has to be sought as the only appearance if the terminal’s formal name is in this corner — but the corner area is comfortable (far more than nearly every other airport we have been) and only a tad out-of-the-way (enough for the space to be a bit quieter than the rest of the terminal).

McCampbell — photo by Joseph May

Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Capt. David McCampbell (USN) who was raised in West Palm Beach FL — photo by Joseph May

McCampbell's MoH citation signed by FDR — photo by Joseph May

Faithful replica of  Capt. McCampbell’s MoH citation which is signed by FDR — photo by Joseph May

McCampbell — photo by Joseph May

McCampbell’s niche in the northeastern corner of the terminal’s second floor — photo by Joseph May

McCampbell — photo by Joseph May

Capt. McCampbell in the cockpit of his Grumman F6F Hellcat — photo by Joseph May

McCampbell — photo by Joseph May

Capt. McCampbell being received by JFK (who was part-time resident of neighboring Town of Palm Beach) — photo by Joseph May

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 17 September 2014 00:04

    We were pleased to induct Capt McCampbell into the Florida Aviation Hall of Fame – located at the Florida Air Museum in Lakeland – in 2009

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      17 September 2014 07:33

      Pleased and unsurprised 🙂

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