Louisiana Daily Photo: New Orleans Lakefront Airport

Louisiana Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

Louisiana Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

Work started on New Orleans Lakefront Airport in 1929 and by 1933 airplanes were gliding in and out of the facility that juts, peninsula-like into Lake Pontchartrain.

Amelia Earhart famously stayed in the VIP suites and Katrina just as famously swallowed big portions of the structure. It took $19 million to breathe life back into the old gal.

Nowadays, thousands of private airplanes and jets take off and land annually at the former Shushan Airport.

What I wouldn’t have given to have been on hand back in ’33 to watch pilot Jimmy Wedell race through the sky at a staggering (and record-breaking) 266mph.

About RL Reeves Jr

I'm a writer living and working in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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