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75 Years Ago - Construction Of Airport Delayed Due To Army Order

BY BRIAN FULTON, STAFF WRITERMay 19, 2019

May 19, 1944

Airport construction delayed

An Army spokesman announced that there would be a delay in the start of construction on airports and super-airports in 17 states, including the planned super-airport near Avoca.

Senators and representatives, including U.S. Rep. John W. Murphy of Scranton, met with Charles D. Donaldson, chief of the Civilian Aeronautics Administration, to discuss the delays. Donaldson said “there was nothing we could do about it.”

Murphy said Donaldson informed him that the local airport was still scheduled to be built “at a future date” and the federal funds appropriated for the project would be renewed by Congress. Lackawanna and Luzerne counties, the Scranton Chamber of Commerce and the Avoca Industrial Board were joining to fight to make sure the airport would eventually be built.

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