The Jackson Airport Commission produced a "master plan" for the construction of a new airport. JJ copied the report and posted a copy below. The report provides a roadmap for the construction of the airport. The highlights are:
*The Mississippi Air National Guard told Jackson it would need longer runways when it began using "jet-type" aircraft. Jackson faced the same demands from commercial airlines. In short, Jackson needed a larger airport for jet aircraft.
*The commission and Airport Use Panel met in Washington, D.C. and determined that Hawkins Field was not a realistic solution to the problem.
*The commission chose a site in Rankin County for the new airport.
*The runway system would consist of three paved runways. Two were to be parallel and the third would serve as a crosswind runway. This system could serve "up to 80 operations per house".
*At least one runway would be 8,500 feet to meet the requirements of the military.
*A wind coverage chart is published on page six.
*Trans Texas Airways and Eastern Airlines had pending applications for Jackson service (p.7). Delta Airlines and Southern Airways were the only airlines operating at Hawkins Field.
*The terminal area would require space of 26,781 square feet. It was project to increase to 31,759 in 1980.
*The observation deck was built to accommodate the "sight-seers" that were expected as jet aircraft were a "new thing" in Mississippi.
*The plans allowed for expansion of the single-level terminal building to a two-level building if it was needed.
*The apron could handle over ten aircraft. It was projected to expand to thirteen plus in 1980.
* A map of the parcels of land purchased from the sellers is published on page eleven.
*The first stage of the construction was estimated to cost $4.16 million. The second state was estimated to cost another $2 million. The third stage estimate was $1.5 million. Ultimate stage construction was estimated to cost $2.9 million.
Note: The headline at top of first page is "Introduction"