Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-6

Contents

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pp. vi-viii

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Foreword

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pp. ix-x

When Vince told me he was going to write a book about Louisiana aviation, the first thing that came to mind was, What took you so long? What a great subject! I have been flying since I was a teenager, beginning over south Louisiana, and now all over the world for the motion picture and TV industry. ...

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A Note About Louisiana Aviation

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pp. xi-xii

Aviation truly touches every part of our lives, and the benefits it brings to our community border on being immeasurable. For example, agricultural crop spraying, or “crop-dusting,” ensures healthy food for our tables. ...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-2

Louisiana skies play a significant role in U.S. civil aviation. This collection of historic and contemporary photographs introduces the places and personalities associated with this little-known legacy. Spanning the Pelican State—from the banks of the Red River in Shreveport and Alexandria, the cotton fields of Monroe, ...

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1. Beginnings

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pp. 3-14

The sky presents humanity with a tempting challenge. Though curious and ever versatile, human beings are simply incapable of naturally defying gravity or maneuvering above the surface of the earth. ...

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2. An Era of Entrepreneurs

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pp. 15-46

Between 1927 and 1935, flying advanced to center stage in popular culture, rivaling Hollywood in entertaining citizens throughout the country. Ironically, on its way to becoming one of the forces most influential in shaping the twentieth century, aviation shared the spotlight with the Great Depression. ...

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3. Skies Fit for a Kingfish: Shushan Airport

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pp. 47-66

Governor Huey P. Long hoped to achieve his ambition to win the White House in the 1936 presidential election. As a means of achieving this goal, he intended to transform Louisiana into a symbol of post-Depression recovery, an advanced utopia where “none should be too poor and none should be too rich, and every comfort and convenience known to man would be provided.” ...

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4. Transformations

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pp. 67-102

Following the defeat of the Axis powers in 1945, the United States was left with a military surplus of arms and airplanes. Accompanying the fruits of victory was a home front with an abundance of vacant military airfields and bases throughout the country. ...

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5. Louisiana’s Hometown Airports

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pp. 103-120

In addition to the airports supporting commercial airline operations, an abundance of smaller general aviation airports thrive throughout the state. These airports have an unmistakable hometown feel, supported by regional municipalities and the passion of local aviators. ...

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Conclusion

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pp. 121-122

The world celebrated its first century of flight in grandeur. Aviation, progressing from its beginnings with aircraft constructed of fabric, wood, and string, has been transformed by ever-developing technology, and has allowed humans to enter the skies of the new millennium in aircraft capable of transporting five hundred passengers nonstop more than three-quarters of the way around the globe. ...

Appendix

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pp. 123-126

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 127-130

The University of New Orleans Earl K. Long Library, Louisiana and Special Collections, is home to the Newman Collection, which documents early civilian aviation in the 1920s and 1930s, and the Shushan Collection, containing memorabilia from the Shushan family and documenting the airport’s incredible original splendor. ...