Previously known as Idlewild Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport opened in 1948 after the realization set in that the newly built LaGuardia Airport was unable to handle the volume of air traffic for New York City. For its first few years, it consisted of a low-budget temporary terminal and a series of Quonset huts. However, since then, it has bloomed into a busy, 5,000-acre airport.
In a new book by Arcadia Publishing, local aviation historian Joshua Stoff uses over 200 vintage photographs to tell how the airport has grown into the worldwide landmark it is today.
Stoff hopes his new book will allow readers to “take a little time to contemplate the birth and growth of this outstanding airport the next time they are rushing trough it.”
Highlights of John F. Kennedy International Airport:
• Features historic photographs from the archives of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey which no longer exists
• Chronicles the history of the airport built to support the most famous airport in the United States
• Recaptures the glamour of air travel in the 1950s and 1960s
• Makes clear the airport’s continuous construction and redevelopment since its founding
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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