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Landing in Las Vegas

Commercial Aviation and the Making of a Tourist City

Daniel Bubb

Publication Year: 2012

Published by: University of Nevada Press

Series: Wilbur S. Shepperson Series in Nevada History


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Title Page, Copyright

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p. vii


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p. ix

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pp. xi-xii

This book is the culmination of ten years of research and writing about the role of commercial aviation in the growth and development of Las Vegas and personal experience as a former airline pilot based in Las Vegas. It is the product of a master’s...

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pp. 1-3

The typical evening rush hour at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada, is quite a sight. Air traffic controllers sequence Delta, Alaska, Southwest, American, Frontier, United, Virgin Atlantic, Northwest, and Allegiant airliners...

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1. The Airlines Come to Las Vegas

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pp. 4-33

April 17, 1926, was a landmark day for the dusty little desert town of Las Vegas. At 10:05 a.m., after a two-hour, twenty-nine-minute flight from Los Angeles, Western Air Express World War I pilot Maury Graham landed his single-engine Douglas M-2 biplane on the freshly...

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2. A Symbiotic Relationship Forms

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pp. 34-59

World War II brought dramatic changes to the government-aviation partnership. During the war, government intervention in the U.S. economy reached unprecedented heights. While production remained in the hands of private companies, the...

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3. Jets in the Consumer Age

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pp. 60-77

In the history of American aviation, there were two monumental milestones that legitimated and solidified the airplane’s future as a viable mode of public transportation. The first was Charles Lindbergh’s famous transatlantic solo flight from...

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4. Airline Deregulation and the Mega-Resorts

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pp. 78-100

Congressional passage of the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 could not have come at a better time for Las Vegas. Struggling to shed its reputation as a bastion of gambling, booze, sex, drugs, and organized crime, Las Vegas set out to seriously...

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5. Still Growing During Tough Times

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pp. 101-120

Despite 171,960 fewer air travelers in 2002 as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, within one year the numbers of air travelers and visitors coming to Las Vegas rose higher than ever. In 2003, 36,265,932 passengers arrived by air, and in...

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pp. 121-124

At 8:30 p.m., on October 25, 2009, British Airways Flight 275 touched down at McCarran International Airport after a 10-hour, 50-minute inaugural flight from London’s Heathrow International Airport. Among the 217 paying passengers on board...


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pp. 125-138


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pp. 139-146


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pp. 147-157

E-ISBN-13: 9780874178760
Print-ISBN-13: 9780874178722

Page Count: 168
Illustrations: 5 b/w photos
Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: Wilbur S. Shepperson Series in Nevada History
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OCLC Number: 821725640
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Subject Headings

  • Las Vegas (Nev.) -- History.
  • Las Vegas (Nev.) -- Economic conditions.
  • Tourism -- Nevada -- Las Vegas -- History.
  • Airlines -- Nevada -- Las Vegas -- History.
  • Aeronautics, Commercial -- Nevada -- Las Vegas -- History.
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