New Airport Dedication Set Next Wednesday
Open House From 9 til 5
Officials and civic leaders of Jackson will proudly dedicate a highly anticipated modern new airport at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 24th. Keyed to the jet age, the outstandingly impressive new facility may be viewed by citizens and visitors during an extended Open House from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Dedication ceremonies will be held on the south bridge of the terminal building. Following an invocation by Rev. Carey Cox, pastor of First Baptist Church, Brandon, and Presentation of the Colors, short addresses will be given by Hon. Allen Thompson, Mayor of Jackson; Hon. John Bell Williams, United States Representative and William J. Schultze, representing the Administrator of Federal Aviation.
Airport Authority Chairman R. Baxter Wilson will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
Following dedication, the “Blue Angels,” famous naval flying team, will perform a 45-minute acrobatic and precision flying exhibition.
The fine new terminal as well as special displays of commercial aircraft will be on exhibit during the Open House.
Air National Guard facilities and special military exhibits, located at the north end of the airport, will be open to the public beginning at 1:30 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Air Guard Dedication
United States Senator John Stennis will give the dedicatory address during the dedication ceremonies for the Air National Guard at noon. The ceremonies will be held at a luncheon for federal, county and local officials and other invited guests. Attendance is by ticket only.
To be held in the aircraft maintenance hanger [sic], the program will include an invocation by Chaplain Edward R. Dowdy, a welcome address by Lt. Col. George M. McWilliams, Commander of the 183rd Aeromedical Transport Squadron, Air National Guard and introduction of guests by Major General William P. Wilson, Adjutant General of Mississippi.
Formal presentation of the facilities will be made by Major General Winston P. Wilson, Deputy Chief of the National Guard Bureau; acceptance by Governor Ross R. Barnett.
For expedition of traffic during the Open House, elaborate plans are being made by Jackson Police Department working in cooperation with Mississippi Highway Patrol and local Air Police.
Modern To the Last Word
New Jackson Airport is designed to provide the latest word in efficiency, convenience and safety for today’s traveler. Built at a cost of some $8 million, it may eventually cost up to $13 million as further additions are made. Present planning already includes a parallel runway, an additional airplane parking apron and a general aviation hanger.
Present facilities include sheltered loading areas for automobile passengers arriving or departing from the terminal, a modern and spacious waiting room, restaurant and snack bar facilities, broad concourses for passengers moving to and from aircraft, a 120-foot high control tower and space for the Jackson Weather Bureau.
Air National Guard facilities provide home for the 183rd Aeromedical Transport Squadron. Built at a cost of some $2,200,000.00, the military installation includes a massive hanger for aircraft maintenance and buildings housing headquarters, supply issue, motor vehicle maintenance, crash-fire and engine build-up facilities.
Captain T.A. Turner, airport manager, urges everyone in Jackson’s area to come early and inspect the terminal and displays prior to the dedication and air show.
Adequate parking facilities have been arranged and police units will be on hand to direct.
Members of the Jackson Airport Authority, under whose supervision the facility operates, in addition to Mr. Wilson, are: Thad Ryan, Vice-Chairman; Purser Hewitt, Earl Fyke, Sr. and Merle Mann.
Northside Reporter, July 18, 1963, p. 1-2
Mississippi Mid-Century: Jackson Municipal Airport