[Archive Home][Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

              

"Former Mississippi airport director tells all aviation tales"



Friday, June 22, 2012

Former airport director tells all aviation tales
By Mollie Beth Wallace
The Natchez (MS) Democrat


NATCHEZ - For many Natchez residents, the Natchez-Adams County Airport isn't
a part of the daily routine. But for William Simmons, aviation in Natchez
was a way of life for 40 years.

At the request of his son, Wayne, the former director of aviation for
Natchez set out to record his experiences in hopes of preserving the memory
of an industry to which he dedicated most of his life.
The booklet he compiled, titled "The History of Aviation in Natchez,"
follows the progression of aviation in Natchez from a carnival landing strip
to a bustling airport.

Simmons begins the story with a description of the first landing strip in
Natchez in the 1930s, which occupied the space where Natchez High School
sits. Simmons then recounts the changes brought on by two world wars and
explains the wartime effects on aviation in Natchez.

Ending with a summary of the Natchez Airport's commercial heyday, Simmons
gives his own personal account of the airport that meant so much to himself,
his wife and his children.

A copy of the booklet is available upon request at the Historic Natchez
Foundation.

On the web:

http://www.natchez.org/

http://www.adamscountyms.net/departments/airport.php


   Post your opinion on this story in the CAA General Aviation Forum
http://www.californiaaviation.org/dcfp/dcboard.php

*****************************************

Current CAA news channel:


Fair Use Notice
This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of political, human rights, economic, democracy and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.html. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. If you have any queries regarding this issue, please Email us at stepheni@cwnet.com