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TIA air traffic control tower got a makeover

Posted at 4:19 PM, Sep 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-23 21:20:21-04
A new air traffic control tower was unveiled today at the Tucson International Airport
It's 252 feet tall.
Twice the height of the old tower.
Traffic controllers now have better views of plane traffic in the air and on the ground.
The position of the old tower led to controllers being blinded by the sun late in the day.
The old tower has been in use since 1958.
"Well, the Tucson tower has been an icon, but there's two things about being an icon. One is its instantly recognizable when you get into Tucson, it also means it's been around a long time. It's the second oldest tower and now this is the newest and the most advanced tower in the FAA system," said Michael Huerta.
The old tower will remain on the runway to preserve its historical significance.