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November 8, 2016

THOMAS F. RILEY TERMINAL – 25TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBIT OPENS AT JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT

SANTA ANA, Calif. - A new exhibit titled "Thomas F. Riley Terminal - 25th Anniversary" is on display at John Wayne Airport's ORANGE COUNTY: Destination Art and Culture exhibition space through January 2017. Featured as part of John Wayne Airport's Arts Program, the exhibit can be viewed pre-security along the pedestrian walkway connecting Terminals B and C.

The Terminal was named for the former Fifth District Supervisor whose role in community negotiations advanced the Airport Improvement Project that resulted in construction of the Terminal complex (Terminals A and B). The exhibit commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal on September 16, 1990.

"This exhibit features people, programs and history from the past 25 years which highlight the important role the Thomas F. Riley Terminal has played in the Orange County community and economy," said Board Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett. "I encourage everyone who visits John Wayne Airport to take advantage of this unique view into Orange County’s rich aviation history."

The Riley Terminal at 25 Years

The Riley Terminal at 25 Years

More images can be seen here.

From the barnstorming days at Eddie Martin’s Airport in the 1920s, to the current modern Thomas F. Riley Terminal, the 25th Anniversary exhibit recounts, through photos and memorabilia, the evolution of John Wayne Airport from a small rural airfield to the world-class aviation facility it is today. The 25th Anniversary exhibit was assembled from the County of Orange and John Wayne Airport archives by guest curator Antoinette Sullivan and designed and installed by Airport Arts Coordinator Jeffrey Frisch.

To learn more about JWA's Art Programs, visit www.ocair.com/terminal/artexhibits.

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