Las Vegas aviation pioneers George and Peg Crockett with the airport "crashwagon," a 1956 Thunderbird, in front of Crockett's airport office, c. 1956. Photo courtesy Howard W. Cannon Airport Museum
The impact of the postwar travel boom in the
United States was nowhere more pronounced than in southern
Nevada. Blessed with an excess of money and leisure time,
vacationers flocked to the blossoming resort town of Las
Vegas. The airlines and hotel-casinos capitalized on the
American public's appetite for the town's "fun in the sun"
offerings. Both industries heavily advertised with joint
campaigns of individual tourist packages between specific
carriers and hotels. Since 1960, air travel to Las Vegas and
Clark County has increased continually, reflecting the link
between the community's growth as a tourist destination and
the importance of aviation to that growth. It is this history
that the Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum presents in exhibits
at McCarran International Airport and North Las Vegas Airport,
as well as a traveling exhibit, a web site, videotapes, and
Originally submitted by: Harry Reid, Senator Richard H. Bryan, Senator Shelley Berkeley, Representative (1st District) & Jim Gibbons, Representative (2nd District).
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