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After the formation of the Wedell-Williams Air Service, Harry Williams established a base of operations on what was once Calumet Plantation by clearing a sugarcane field. This airport offered hangars and a grass landing field, but it also featured…

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The Air Service hit its height in 1933 and 1934, but it experienced a period of decline partially due to the construction of the Shushan Airport in November 1933. The air service took a bigger hit with the death of Jimmy Wedell in June 1934. His…

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As the Wedell-Williams Air Service expanded their air service, a new airport was under construction near Harahan in Jefferson Parish. Costing $63,000, the airport featured a 100 foot x 120 foot steel arch weld hangar with a concrete floor, complete…

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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,…

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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,…

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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…

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