Landing in Las Vegas
Commercial Aviation and the Making of a Tourist City
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: University of Nevada Press
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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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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...
1. The Airlines Come to Las Vegas
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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...
2. A Symbiotic Relationship Forms
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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...
3. Jets in the Consumer Age
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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...
4. Airline Deregulation and the Mega-Resorts
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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...
5. Still Growing During Tough Times
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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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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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Page Count: 168
Illustrations: 5 b/w photos
Publication Year: 2012
Series Title: Wilbur S. Shepperson Series in Nevada History