The portrait of pioneer aviator, Elrey B. Jeppesen, located in the Jeppesen Terminal Building of the Denver International Airport, was sculpted by George W. Lundeen in 1993.
Elrey Borge Jeppesen (1907-1966) was an aviation pioneer. Flying as a reserve pilot for the Boeing Air Transport Company, Jeppesen realized the need for aeronautical charts for safe flight and began recording field lengths, slopes, drainage patterns and information on lights and obstacles. Before long, other pilots became aware of Jeppesen's "little black book" and began requesting copies of their own - so many, in fact, he began to charge $10 a copy. Today, Jeppesen's charts are a staple in most pilots' navigational chests.
Denver International Aiport (DEN), often called DIA, opened on February 28, 1995, replacing Stapelton Intenrational Airport as Denver's primary airport. The project began with Perez Architects in 1989 and was completed by Fentress Bradburn Architects of Denver. Its signature profile, suggestive of the snow capped Rocky Mountains, was first hand sketched by Design Director Curtis W. Fentress, and along with its user-optimized curbside to airside navigation won global acclaim. The central Jeppesen Terminal, named after aviation safety pioneer Elrey Jeppensen, houses shops and security screening, and connects to the 95 full service gates on 3 separate midfield concourses via train.
Denver International Airport is, by land size at 53- qaure-miles, by far the largest international airport in the United States and the third largest in the world. Its Runway 16R/34L is the longest public use runway in the United States. In 2009, Denver International Airport was the tenth-busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic, and the fourth-busiest by aircraft movement.
In 2007, Denver International Airport was ranked #57 on the AIA 150 America's Favorite Architecture list.