Abe L. Shushan Collection (MSS 23), Louisiana and Special Collections Department, Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans. “Airplane Lines, Railways, Paved Highways speed Travel to City,” Times-Picayune, Jan. 25, 1937, Scrapbook #72,…

The tour ends at the Moffett Hangar. The Shushan Airport was one of the most advanced airports in the country in the 1930s. The Orleans Levee Board had to keep extending the runways to accommodate the newer and increasingly larger passenger planes,…

On February 9, 1934, the first Mardi Gras after Prohibition was repealed, hundreds of people crowded around the airport to see the Pan-American Air Races. Abraham Shushan, the Henderson brothers (air race promoters), and Harry Williams planned these…

You are currently standing in front of the Lindbergh/Williams hangar. This hangar, the administration building behind you, and the Moffett hangar across the driveway were the airport’s original three buildings; space for nine more hangars and other…

In the 1920s, all of this land, including what is under your feet, was unsightly marshland and fishing camps. In 1922, Abraham Shushan, the President of the Board of Commissioners of the Orleans Levee District, pushed for a lakefront improvement…